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Enquiry Etiquette: Best Practices for Responding to Wedding Leads

When it comes to their wedding day couples tend to dream big. They imagine their day as nothing short of perfect. And as wedding pros, it’s our honour to turn those dreams into reality. But the magic begins long before contracts are signed or vows exchanged – it starts with that very first Google search! Navigating these initial connections can shape the entire journey – either setting the stage for a partnership filled with harmony and success or leaving couples searching elsewhere for their dream team.

Shockingly, our 2024 Wedding Industry Report uncovers a surprising truth: a staggering 74% of engaged couples in the UK and 68% in Ireland indicated they aren’t being made to feel special during the enquiry process. Many perceive it as generic, and impersonal, making them feel like mere entries in a spreadsheet.

In this guide, we delve into the delicate art of enquiry etiquette – a roadmap to securing clients and laying the groundwork for an unforgettable wedding journey. From swift responses to unwavering professionalism, from tailored touches to crystal-clear communication, let’s unlock the secrets of excellence in client interaction.

8 Best Practices for Responding to Wedding Leads

1. Personalise Your Response

Tailor your response to each couple’s specific needs and preferences, showcasing your attentiveness and dedication to their vision.

Example: Address the couple by name and reference any specific details they mentioned in their enquiry, such as their desired wedding date, theme or preferred style of venue setup.

2. Respond Promptly

Aim to reply to wedding enquiries promptly to demonstrate your professionalism and commitment to excellent customer service.

Example: Implement a system for monitoring and responding to enquiries within 24 hours, even if it’s just to acknowledge receipt of their enquiry and provide a timeline for a more detailed response.

With WedPro by WeddingDates, we’ve got your back when it comes to all that repetitive administrative work. Our system makes it simple to prioritise and streamline your follow-ups, freeing up hours of your time each week. Plus, by focusing on the most promising leads, you’ll see a bump in your conversion rates. And don’t worry, it’s all automated while still keeping that personal touch in your process.

3. Be Clear and Comprehensive

Ensure your responses are thorough and address all aspects of the couple’s enquiry, leaving no room for confusion or ambiguity.

Example: Provide detailed information about your venue’s facilities, packages, pricing, and any additional services offered, accompanied by relevant photos or virtual tours.

4. Showcase Your Unique Selling Points

Highlight what sets your venue apart from others, emphasising its unique features, amenities, and the experience it offers to the couple.

Example: Share testimonials from past clients, along with photos or videos showcasing memorable weddings held at your venue, to illustrate the magic and charm it can provide.

5. Offer to Schedule a Visit or Consultation

Extend a personalised invitation for the couple to visit your venue or schedule a virtual consultation, allowing them to experience its ambience and splendour firsthand.

Example: Invite the couple to book a tour of your venue at their convenience, offering to answer any questions they may have and providing guidance throughout the planning process.

With WedPro couples can book a showround directly on your website at the click of a button. With our Showround Calendar, you can effortlessly manage your appointments in the WedPro dashboard.

6. Demonstrate Flexibility

Show flexibility in accommodating the couple’s preferences and needs, demonstrating your willingness to customise wedding packages or adapt to their specific requirements (within reason of course!).

Example: Offer flexible scheduling options for tours or consultations, including evenings or weekends, to accommodate couples with busy schedules or those planning from a distance.

7. Follow Up with Additional Information

After the initial response, follow up with any additional information requested by the couple, ensuring they have everything they need to make an informed decision.

Example: If the couple asks for more details about catering options or accommodation for guests, promptly provide comprehensive information and offer further assistance if needed.

8. Maintain a Friendly and Professional Tone

Strike a balance between professionalism and warmth in your communication, making the couple feel valued and supported throughout the enquiry process.

Example: Use friendly and courteous language in your responses, expressing genuine enthusiasm for the opportunity to help bring their wedding vision to life while also maintaining a professional demeanour.

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Streamline Your Couple’s Communication with WedPro’s Email Templates

From the moment they enquire about your services to their first anniversary and beyond, WedPro has you covered. With WedMail you’ll have access to a series of pre-designed email templates tailored to different stages of the couples’ journey, ensuring that your communication remains consistent and effective.

With WedPro’s email templates, you can effortlessly send out brochure mailers, follow-up messages after initial enquiries, reminders for upcoming appointments, and even anniversary greetings. Each template comes pre-populated with best-practice email copy, saving you time and effort in crafting the perfect message.

However, we understand that every wedding professional has their own unique tone of voice and style. That’s why all WedMails can be fully customisable to reflect your brand’s personality and values. Whether you prefer a casual and friendly tone or a more formal approach, you have the flexibility to tailor the content to suit your voice preferences. WedPro’s email templates ensure your communication with couples is not only efficient but also personalised and engaging, helping you to build stronger relationships and enhance the overall wedding experience.

We’ve recently introduced the ability to create HTML emails and add attachments with more exciting features coming soon! Read more about our enhanced WedPro capabilities here.

To find out more about how WedPro by WeddingDates can give your wedding business the edge it needs in 2024 book an obligation-free discovery call or demo with a member of our sales team. We hope you found this blog post informative! Keep an eye out for future articles about the importance of post-enquiry follow-ups, managing client expectations, building a strong relationship through consistent communication, advice on handling rejections gracefully and so much more!

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