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8 Free Ways To Market Your Wedding Planning Biz

February 13, 2024

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I'm Candice, your new tell-it-like-it-is BFF (and purpose cheerleader). Are you ready to grow and scale a profitable business with purpose–and one that gives back to your meaningful life? Thought so!

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There are a million and one places to invest in your wedding business, but today, I'm going to give you some FREE places to focus during seasons when you have more money than time. On top of that, marketing for wedding planners should be multi-faceted anyway. It's never a bad idea to invest in some free marketing tools and strategies and some of what I am going to dive into below could pay off for years to come.

I'm never going to be the kind of business coach that tells you there is only one right way to do things. Marketing your wedding business is no exception.

Ready for some free ways to market your wedding biz–especially if you're just starting out? Let's go!

There are a million and one places to invest in your wedding business but today, I'm going to give you some FREE places to focus during seasons where you have more money than time. Marketing for wedding planners should be multi-faceted anyway. It's never a bad idea to invest in some free marketing tools and strategies and some of what I am going to dive into below could pay off for years to come.

1. Get Yourself on Free Directories

This is a “set it and forget it” kind of task, so I figured we might as well start here. If you are looking for ways to market your wedding business, look for free places you can add your business information to. Certain wedding planning sites like WeddingWire or One Wed will give you a free listing.

When you list your business on these sites, prepare to be pitched to advertise with them. This is NOT something I recommend for most businesses, but we will save that for another day! In the meantime, you can also look outside the wedding industry and list your business on Yelp, Yellow Pages, and Better Business Bureau – the list is ENDLESS. A quick Google search will give you more than enough places to create a free listing for your business.

As business owners, we typically know where most of our couples are finding us. Although I recommend focusing for the most part on what's already working, you never know how many couples are falling through the cracks because they started their wedding vendor search somewhere you weren't expecting!

As an added bonus, sometimes these free listings will link back to your website, which helps with your overall SEO! This brings me to my next point…

2. Put Time into SEO

SEO is kind of my secret weapon (I have to be honest with you!). I know it's not sexy and it's definitely not what anyone in the online space is shouting from the rooftops, but there is nothing quite being on page 1 of Google.

When it comes to marketing for wedding planners, customers might find you on Instagram and absolutely love your work (and that might be how you are booking more of your customers now), but when they come to Google, they are actively looking to book.

Is this you? Oftentimes, I see wedding planners and other wedding pros put a ton of time and money into their website, only to have it bring in crickets. Having a high-converting (and beautiful!) website is only important if your ideal customers are actually seeing it.

If you're worried about the technical aspects of SEO – don't be. Not only am I completely confident you can learn the basic SEO skills you need to be successful, but it's also not as technical as you think. A little keyword research and changing around some of the words you use on your website can often be more than enough to get your website some traction.

3. Write Blog Posts

Okay, friend – I know that blogging is one of those things that always gets pushed to the bottom of your to-do list. But hear me out anyway. Not only is blogging great for SEO, but it's also a great way to show your work and show off your expertise. When your prospective customers check out your blog post, you have a unique opportunity to both attract your ideal client and repel the clients that you don't necessarily want to work with. Think about it – when else do you get to tell a future couple exactly what you desperately wish they'd know before they even reach out?

When it comes to blog topics, talk about the work you love to do (or dream of booking). Dream of working on outdoor tented weddings? Share some outdoor wedding tips! Prefer all-inclusive packages in a ballroom? Consider a venue feature instead.

And listen, if you need a little help figuring out your ideal client, can I pause to recommend The Client Cocktail? It might not be free, but I promise you, it is worth every penny (it's not your mom's ideal client avatar worksheet).

4. Use Pinterest

Listen, you know those things your future self will thank you for? Pinterest is one of those marketing channels. We all know that Pinterest is one of the first places couples go – of all budgets and sizes. Your couples come to Pinterest in search of inspiration and information. Similar to a Google search, when people are looking for your product or service on Pinterest, they are actively looking to make wedding planning decisions. They are in the right frame of mind to slide over to your contact form.

Or, at the very least, if they're just looking for now, they can save your website for later. When is the last time you actually went back to your Instagram collections? Was it 6 months ago or never? But when couples go on Pinterest, they are actively reorganizing their boards and going back to work with the businesses they love. So why aren't more wedding planners marketing their business on Pinterest? In my humble opinion, it's a missed opportunity.

There are a million and one places to invest in your wedding business but today, I'm going to give you some FREE places to focus during seasons where you have more money than time. On top of that, marketing for wedding planners should be multi-faceted anyway. It's never a bad idea to invest in some free marketing tools and strategies and some of what I am going to dive into below could pay off for years to come.

5. Network with your Industry

I proudly owe a lot of where I am today to the connections I made early on in my business. I started my wedding planning business over 12 years ago, and when I look around today, it's easier to network now more than ever. Here's the thing: the key to networking is NOT making it all about you. As a wedding planner, you have a million and one people coming to you and introducing themselves all of the time. Don't be one of those people. Instead, strategically approach the right people (the people you really really want to work with) and make it all about THEM.

6. Establish Relationships with Venues

This goes hand in hand, but one of my favorite ways to attract ideal clients is to talk about and market for the venues they're already looking at (that I love to work with). Whether you are dreaming of a luxury ballroom or a destination wedding weekend away in one of the farm wedding venues a few hours away, focus on establishing relationships with venues that you want to work with. Even as a wedding planner, venues are often booked before anything else. These relationships will pay off over and over again.

7. Use Google My Business

As a coach for wedding planners, I'm often asked where is the BEST place to ask for your couples to leave a review. I always suggest your Google My Business listing first, as it can help push your website up in the rankings, and it's the first thing that prospective couples will see when they google your business name. Using this can be incredibly powerful because, by the time they click through to your website, they already know you have great reviews, so they are warmed up before they even check out your services page.

More than that, Google My Business is coming out with even more new features to help you keep potential customers in the loop about all of the incredible work you are doing. You can add images from past weddings to your profile and even post updates linking to new blog posts or business announcements. These really are the kind of tasks that are super quick to do but so often get missed by your competitors.

8. Create Connections on Instagram

This is one of the free marketing tools for wedding planners that you're probably the most familiar with, first because it is often the most natural to us, and second, because most business coaches are shouting from the rooftop, “Can you believe you can grow an entire business just by posting pretty photos on Instagram?”. Of course, you know there's a catch and that Instagram is a lot of work, but when you are just starting a wedding business or looking to gain momentum fairly quickly, Instagram can be a great place to start. More than just posting your own beautiful work, reach out to fellow vendors that are already working with the type of weddings and couples that you want to be working with. Ultimately, social media is social, and you'll find it to be most effective if you're using it that way.

OK, that was a lot! Let's recap my tips for marketing for wedding planners.

Here are 8 of the most effective free ways to market your wedding planning business:

  1. Get Yourself on Free Directories
  2. Put time into SEO
  3. Write blog posts
  4. Use Pinterest
  5. Network with your industry
  6. Establish relationships with venues
  7. Use Google My Business
  8. Create Connections on Instagram

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Steven Greitzer from @ourprovenance joined me for a tech talk this week on the podcast! We definitely chat about the mistakes we make when it comes to tech - and how you can be more intentional with the tools you use.

He also shares his predictions for tech this year! 2023 was definitely all about ChatGPT and the rise of AI, and Steven has some opinions about what you can expect in 2024. 

If you’re not familiar with Stephen, he’s the founder and CEO of Provenance. After spending many years officiating weddings and coaching first-timers to do the same, it became painfully clear that the only resources out there for wedding officiants were generic Madlib templates, convoluted blog posts, and outdated scripts.

Today, Provenance has a suite of AI tools that has been helping thousands of couples, officiants, and guests design personalized and meaningful ceremony scripts, vows, and toasts for modern-day weddings.

With over a decade in the tech space, and now a tech founder himself, Steven was the perfect guest to have on this week to break down tech trends we need to watch out for!

It was an awesome episode and I’m excited for you to tune in and hear Steven’s predictions. 

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One of the biggest problems wedding planners have to deal with is unprofessional colleagues. It’s one of the hardest parts of our job - and we don’t talk about it enough. 

I talked about this and more in my latest YouTube video! 

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Is your website built like a museum or an airport?

Engagement sales season is here, and I’m not gonna lie - your website probably needs a little refresh! 

But before you blow some dust off your homepage and start adding your most recent weddings, I’d love for you to listen to my conversation with @alexcollierdesign. She’s a Showit and Brand designer for wedding pros, and in this episode of The Power in Purpose Podcast, Alex shares how your website sets the tone for your client experience.

As a business coach for wedding pros, I know how obsessed you are with giving your couples and clients an amazing experience. You invest in software, templates, service providers, gifting experiences, and business coaches to help you make your client experience the best on the block.... but what about your website?

What role does it play in your overall client experience, and what does it tell a couple about what life will be like for them once they start working with you?

We chat about all this and more - in today’s episode!

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I’m making today a decision day in my business. I do this when I’ve let a lot of decisions pile up to the point where it feels overwhelming to make ANY decision about anything. I feel super stuck on where to focus my energy right now because so many things are ‘hanging in the balance.’ Can you relate?!

So, today is a decision day - and I’m working on laying out my calendar, figuring out my marketing strategy for the year, deciding on new products, launches, roadmaps, and lots of other things.

If you ever find yourself stalled and stuck because you’ve ignored making decisions about big and small things - consider having a decision day in your business, too!

PS - would you like to see more reels and videos like this from me on IG? I’d love to know if you found this helpful! #candicecoppola #honeybook #weddingpro #weddingindustry #businessowner #businessstrategy #decisionmaking #weddingplannereducation

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  1. heather says:

    hey candice i was hoping that you could talk more about networking and how to go about doing that effectively? i feel like every time i reach out to someone they never respond and i wonder what i am doing wrong

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