Monday, August 2, 2010

The Engaged Wedding Community

As we grow older, we come to realise that inspiration is relative.

Relative to who we are.

I'm one of those individuals who place great value on people and interaction, and as I was mulling over what to write about today, it struck me that I owe some thanks.

To the person who offered me a springboard into the world of wedding industry professionals.

Without knowing me, no less.

I've been making jewelry for brides for a couple of years now, and I really didn't have much contact with other vendors. Well, other than the ones I met at bridal shows I was exhibiting at. And then I stumbled - quite literally - across the place that changed all that for me. Taking me and my business in directions I hadn't anticipated.

You know, some people lead and some people follow. And some people create avenues for both of those qualities to come together.

Christine Dyer is one of those people.

Now if you're a wedding industry professional you probably know all about her already. But for those of you who aren't, she's the founder and CEO of BridalTweet. A fabulous community started in April of 2009 with the intention of bringing down walls between brides and wedding experts.

There were 7,431 members the day I joined the community in late April 2010. Fast forward to today, and there are 8,370 members.

With new members joining daily.

It isn't hard to understand why the site is so popular, either.

Through the incredible channels Christine has created, brides can come to the community and ask the wedding experts whatever questions they might have. I've seen brides from all over the world ask questions; in threads spanning dozens of pages because vendors pitch in to address the questions from all angles.

On top of that there are planning ideas, notices about local events, giveaways - and the chance to get as personal as you would like.

Vendors are given maximum editorial freedom through the blogging system on the main page, the chance to showcase all of their expertise, and the opportunity to create connections with other industry professionals. I can attest to the power of these connections, as I've made several of my own over the past few months. Connections which are rapidly turning into working partnerships in some cases. Moreover, Christine's weekly blog offers free business wedding advice to said vendors - giving valuable tips which enable them to grow their business

In Christine's words, this community is taking a REAL leadership role in shaping how the wedding industry can continue to connect and prosper.

I, for one, am proud to be part of the community - so I thank you, Christine.

You are truly an inspiration.

BridalTweet can be found here.
Christine's blog is available at the following address.
You can follow Christine on Twitter and Facebook.


  1. Great post! I love Bridal Tweet too. It is such a great resource for brides and bridal vendors.

  2. Terrific blog. I love Bridal Tweet also. It is a terrific resource for me as a bridal vendor and since I am helping my stepdaughter plan her wedding is a valuable bridal resource as well.

  3. You did an awesome job lili! I find Bridal Tweet too be a great resource and can attest to all you have said!



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