By Tracey Manailescu, Co-founder of WPIC Inc.
Photo: Liza Summer
Behind every beautifully styled shoot and flawlessly executed wedding, there’s a team of dedicated professionals who pour their hearts and souls into making the event a memorable one. From photographers and florists to planners and stylists, each individual plays a crucial role in bringing the couple’s vision to life.
In the age of social media, where every detail of our lives is shared with the world, it’s essential to recognize and give credit to all those who contributed to the success of a wedding or styled shoot. Unfortunately, the importance of proper credit can sometimes be overlooked or underestimated. Yet, acknowledging everyone involved is not just a matter of etiquette; it’s a fundamental aspect of building and maintaining relationships within the wedding industry.
One of the cardinal rules of social media etiquette in the wedding industry is to give credit where credit is due. Whether it’s a stunning bouquet arrangement, a perfectly captured moment, or an impeccably styled table setting, each element represents the talent and hard work of professionals who deserve recognition. Tagging vendors and collaborators in posts and captions is a simple yet meaningful gesture that shows appreciation for their contributions.
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Acknowledging everyone involved in the wedding planning process fosters a sense of camaraderie and mutual respect within the industry. It demonstrates a commitment to collaboration and professionalism, qualities that are highly valued. By recognizing and celebrating each other’s talents, professionals in the industry can build stronger networks and forge lasting partnerships.
It’s also worth noting that giving proper credit is not just about acknowledging talent; it’s about upholding integrity and fairness. Behind every styled shoot and wedding, there are countless hours of hard work, creativity, and attention to detail. Failing to recognize the contributions of others not only diminishes their efforts but also reflects poorly on the individual or organization responsible for the oversight.
Maintaining positive relationships within the wedding industry is essential for long-term success. The wedding community is remarkably interconnected, and word travels fast. While it may be tempting to take sole credit for a successful event, doing so can damage one’s reputation and credibility in the long run. Conversely, acknowledging and appreciating the efforts of others strengthens trust and goodwill, laying the foundation for future collaborations and referrals.
In an industry where reputation is everything, burning bridges should be avoided at all costs. Even in instances where tensions may arise or disagreements occur, professionalism and diplomacy should always prevail. Every interaction, whether online or in person, is an opportunity to build trust and strengthen relationships. By treating others with respect and giving credit where it’s due, professionals in the wedding industry can cultivate a culture of mutual support and appreciation.
Giving proper credit in wedding planning and styled shoots is not just a matter of social media etiquette; it’s a reflection of professionalism, integrity, and respect for others’ contributions. Recognizing the talent and hard work of vendors and collaborators is not only a gesture of appreciation but also a strategic investment in building strong relationships within the industry. In a community where reputation and relationships are paramount, playing fair and acknowledging everyone’s efforts is not just important, it’s essential.
Let’s strive to uplift and celebrate each other’s contributions, knowing that in the small world of the wedding industry, kindness and gratitude go a long way.
As the Co-founder and Vice President of The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada, and the President of The Wedding Planners Institute of Coordination, Tracey’s expertise extends across North America, the Caribbean, and Europe. Her valuable insights on weddings have graced numerous platforms, making her a trusted source of advice. Her passion for sharing knowledge extends to speaking engagements at prestigious Wedding and Event Industry conferences, where she continues to inspire and uplift the next generation of event professionals.
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