You may have seen me blowing up Instagram stories recently (if you missed it – you can find the full montage under “wedding” story highlights!) at the Wed experience in Boston. What’s Wed? A hands-on, personal wedding planning event and experience.
I was pretty skeptical about Wed since I’ve heard not-the-best-recaps from friends and co-workers regarding wedding conferences and expos. “Full of gimmicks”, “just a sales pitch”, “not very helpful at all” were just a few comments that I heard over and over again. So when I got engaged – I swore to not even waste my money (or wedding planning time), attending a so-called-wedding-expo. Because who really wants to spend a whole day of their weekend crammed into a fluorescent-lit giant conference room? Enter: Wed by Whim Events.
Wed was more of an all-day workshop where you got personalized, one-on-one time with industry leaders and experts versus an expo (because who needs all those tchotchkes lying around your house?). The schedule included: several panels on various topics like setting the mood for your big day, keynote speakers who spoke to budgets, day-of and planning timelines, breakout sessions where you could speak to a honeymoon planner and stationery expert and you can’t forget the endless bubbly and yummy brunch + lunch options! My favorite by far was being introduced to The Big Wedding Planning Podcast – Christy and Michelle were the MCs for the day and they were seriously so funny and now I can’t stop listening to their podcast. I also loved how the event wasn’t like any regular event but actually felt like a wedding all dressed and decor-ed out. How adorable is this balloon display? #NEED.
I brought along the soon-to-be husband and even he thought it was equally enjoyable and useful! He was totally into the Insta-worthy setup, talking to a few of the suiting + attire vendors and the food, of course! We both loved this adorable craft beer + cocktail truck from Hive that can literally pull right up to your wedding venue. The specialty cakes from Mayflour Confections was also a plus! I was a huge fan of the lemon poppy seed cake – how unique?!
So how will we use our experience at Wed as we move through the wedding planning process? For one, making sure we’re putting our needs, wants and priorities first. At the end of the day – this day is about us and how we, as a couple, envision it. Secondly, making sure we’re thinking of our overall guest experience. One of the points that stuck out in my mind was: how can we capture guests to be present with us? To put down their phones and dance, party and celebrate the night away? Where can we truly “hook” them and make them have a great night?
Regardless of what stage in the planning you’re in – I feel like you can learn so much at Wed! Plus, I just loved getting wedding inspo and “in the wedding mood” at the event! I felt like our planning process had come to a bit of a lull so I loved getting re-inspired and excited all over again to pick up the process of planning.
For more info and to stalk when their next event is, visit Whim’s site.