I completely agree with Holly. She goes on to explain, “I wish more vendors understood how patience, authenticity, a sincere interest, and offering value, (not for your own gain) will take you must farther in the long run. The wedding industry is a long-term game. To give you perspective, 11 years into business as a wedding planner in Los Angeles, the seeds I planted 1, 5, and 10 years ago, are finally sprouting, and blossoming. Just like a garden, professional relationships (all relationships really) need time, space, nourishment, and cultivation. Water your garden, keep it pruned and maintained, and remember that some things take time, but they are worth the wait. People will always remember how you make them feel, so do your best to be your best.”
So, take a page out of our book: be intentional and present when spending time with people you meet, focusing on quality over quantity, be authentic, and, ultimately, provide value to the rooms you walk into and I assure you, you’ll build the lasting and significant networking relationships that you desire.