Networking as a Wedding Celebrant

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    Networking is a vital skill for any wedding celebrant. Not only does it help build your professional network, but it also opens up opportunities for referrals, collaborations, and enhancing your visibility within the industry.  Whilst you might think of networking as being confined to a business networking meeting or wedding fairs, Weddings themselves can be a great place to network as a Celebrant. In fact, if you’re not networking at your weddings, you’re missing a huge opportunity.

    Here are some tips and strategies from our Celebrant Mentors to effectively network at weddings and how these practices can benefit your celebrancy business.

    Why you should network at Weddings as a Wedding Celebrant

    Recent research published in Woman and Home magazine shows that wedding couples use an average of 10 suppliers and invite on average 80 guests, so that’s a great opportunity to get yourself known to people who could be your ideal audience, or who could be hired by them and recommend you.

     Your networking efforts can lead to more than booking opportunities; think marketing collaborations, styled shoots, venue referrals, and intros, and you might even find a business bestie for life!

    Celebrant Networking facts_the average wedding couple invites 80 guests

    Here are our top tips for networking at Weddings:

    1. Network before the big day

    Laura Crockett, a wedding Celebrant and one of Celebrant Mentors says, “Networking at weddings can open so many doors!”

    “My top tip is to contact your fellow suppliers before the ceremony to introduce yourself and give them an idea of what to expect from the ceremony. I like to email the running order to all the suppliers beforehand and then get in touch on Instagram to say hi 👋🏼.

    That way, on the day, you’ve already introduced yourself, and you can continue to build on those connections once they’ve seen you in action!”

    1. Be Prepared with business cards

    One of the simplest yet most effective tools for networking is the business card. As a wedding celebrant, you never know when someone might ask for your contact details. Always carry a few business cards in the back pocket of your folder. This preparation ensures that you can easily share your information with guests who enjoyed the ceremony or with other wedding suppliers. 

    In today’s digital age, exchanging Instagram details is also a common practice, so be ready to connect online as well. Keep a note of who you’ve connected with and follow up with them promptly, ideally within 24 hours (people have short memories).

    1. Connect with Fellow Suppliers

    Before the ceremony begins, take the time to introduce yourself to the other suppliers. You’ll likely be working with a variety of professionals, including photographers, musicians, and caterers, during the ceremony. Establishing a rapport with them can lead to valuable connections. Exchange Instagram details and agree to tag each other in photos. This mutual promotion can significantly boost your online presence and help you reach a broader audience.

    Celebrant Networking facts_ The Average wedding couple uses 10 suppliers
    1. Leverage Social Media

    Social media platforms like Instagram and Facebook are powerful tools for networking and marketing. By tagging fellow suppliers in your posts, you increase the chances of being noticed by their followers. This visibility can lead to more referrals and collaboration opportunities. For instance, after meeting suppliers at a wedding, you might collaborate on styled shoots or marketing projects. These collaborations not only enhance your portfolio but also strengthen your professional relationships.

    Read More: Dos and don’ts of social media for celebrants

    1. The Power of Referrals

    Networking with other wedding professionals can lead to a steady stream of referrals. Photographers, musicians, caterers, and event venues often recommend celebrants they have worked with and trust. By building strong relationships with these suppliers, you can create a network of referral partners who help each other grow. For example, after working with photographers and musicians at a wedding, you might find that they start referring couples to you, and you can do the same for them. Keep a handy list of recommended suppliers that you can share with your couples.

    Related: How to market yourself as a Celebrant

    Real-life success stories

    Networking can lead to amazing opportunities and long-lasting professional relationships. Take, for instance, Miranda Ash, an award-winning Celebrant and one of our Celebrant mentors: Miranda met two fabulous suppliers while doing a wedding last year. She says “We hit it off and have since referred several couples to each other. We’ve also collaborated on a styled shoot and a recent branding shoot. The relationship has been so fruitful that I’m now officiating one of their own weddings!”

     These kinds of connections not only enhance your business but also add a personal touch to your professional journey.

    Miranda Ash Celebrant with Friends she met through Networking as a celebrant

    Build genuine relationships for success.

    Networking as a wedding celebrant is more than just exchanging business cards; it’s about building genuine relationships with other professionals in the industry. By being prepared, actively connecting with fellow suppliers, leveraging social media, and fostering referral partnerships, you can significantly boost your business. Remember, the key to successful networking is to be genuine, approachable, and proactive. Happy networking!

    Inspired to become a wedding celebrant?

    If you want to start your journey to being a Celebrant on the right foot, with insider tips like these and next-level support, check out our Wedding Celebrant training courses.

    Jennifer Claire

    Jennifer is the Director of the leading celebrant training company, The Academy of Modern Celebrancy as well as the Founder of The Celebrant Directory, supporting over 600 celebrants globally.

    Jennifer run a 2.5k community of celebrants who she dedicates her time to helping them grow their businesses and taking celebrancy from a hobby to a lifestyle.

    Jennifer heads up the global Celebrant Industry Awards and the global celebrant summit, Celebrantopia each year!

    A celebrant herself since 2010, she knows what it takes to make it in the industry and trains the best celebrants out there across the UK, Europe and the USA.

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