It only seems like yesterday when like millions of people around the world I decided to join Facebook for a bit of fun and to keep up with all the local news in and around
Drangan and Fethard, that was five years ago starting off with just a few friends and sharing family photos and news. In 2012 I set a new business page, initially I had no idea of the success that lay ahead for Drangan Video on facebook two years later and with almost 2500 likes, my page now plays a very important roll in the the day to day running of my wedding video business here in South Tipperary. The success of a business page is very much down to what you are are prepared to put into it, of coarse it’s very easy to set up a business page about 10 mins in total will get it up and running. The whole idea behind a successful page is regular posting about special offers and news about the company, in my case as a wedding videographer in Tipperary and Munster potential brides 2 be are naturally interested in keeping up with all the latest wedding news and looking at recent wedding video highlight clips. Online rankings are very important for all wedding suppliers and that includes wedding videographers, I just did a check today on how Drangan Video is doing in Google rankings, pleasantly surprised to see that we are number one in Tipperary from an organic search for Wedding Video In Tipperary and also number one in Kilkenny and Waterford, I would be more than happy to be listed on the first Google search page so I suppose its a bit of a bonus to be right up at there at the top. Word of mouth referrals are still the number one means by which inquirers come in to me, normally when Drangan Video is recommended to a couple their first port of call will be a Google search and a link to Facebook followed by an email, FB pm or a phone call, mind you phone calls are very much in the minority for the initial contact.
if you have a moment please check out Drangan Video On Facebook for all the latest wedding news in Tipperary and surrounding counties, the page also contains many recent clips from weddings in Cork, Carlow, Limerick and Kilkenny.
Here is a very interesting Facebook page Bridal Musings, always up to date with all the latest wedding planning advice.
This a snippet from Bridal Musings website.
Where To Source Suppliers From
So, where to start? I would begin by asking friends and family (especially if they’ve been married recently) if they can recommend any suppliers as a personal recommendation is always preferable. They can also let you know if there are any companies you should steer clear of! Personal endorsements are likely to yield more local suppliers as well, which will save the cost of sourcing a national company who have to travel to you.
Magazines, blogs, wedding directories are all great sources too of course. Don’t just look at whoever is shouting the loudest and has the biggest ad – actually take the time to look at the kind of weddings they have worked on and what couples had to say about them.
You might not have thought of it, but social media is also an excellent tool for tracking down wedding suppliers. The wedding industry has a huge presence on Twitter and most wedding suppliers now have their own Facebook pages too, so you can find out more about them and interact with them virtually.
I always check out the ‘About Me’ page of a supplier’s website and have a look at their blogs to see what they’ve been working on most recently and to get a feel for their personality as well. It’s all very well if their work is amazing but you’re going to share a really important day with them, so ultimately I believe you want to get along with them.
Finding The Right Suppliers For You
Suppliers fall into two camps: those that you will mainly be interacting with in the lead-up to the day, for example your stationer, who you may be happy to interact with just via phone and email; and those that you will be spending most of the time with on the actual day, such as your photographer.
Once you’ve found a selection of suppliers that fit your needs and budget, you should arrange meetings with at least 2 or 3 of each type of vendor – anymore than that is likely to become overwhelming. Use meeting them as an opportunity to get to know them and how they work, not only on the day but leading up to it and afterwards, too.
Follow your instincts when meeting with suppliers: can you imagine spending time with them or do you think your personalities might clash, especially under constraints of time and pressure? Of course you want to look back at fabulous flowers and stunning photographs, but if your overriding memory is of a supplier that made you feel uncomfortable or stressed then I would say steer clear.