Woolridge Road Dillwyn Virginia 23936 US
We need your participation to help implement programs that protect our wedding industry vendors, venues, brides, grooms & guests! Wedding Industry Success starts with the venue.
My name is Didi Russell, CEO of VAWENetwork.com and Wedding Industry Insider. For the past 5 years I have dedicated my focus to the Wedding Industry and have met some incredible small business owners, venue management, entrepreneurs and wedding enthusiasts. I have also seen an unacceptable level of unprofessional behavior, unethical behavior and even dangerous behavior over the years.
You may have heard the news about a DC area caterer and small business owner who was hired to provide catering at a Fairfax wedding. She was stabbed by a venue staffer over a dispute about the chairs, her injuries were fatal. This senseless & devastating loss was absolutely preventable. The venue representative left to oversee the event was 19 and the bride decided not to hire an onsite planner/coordinator, though she had been communicating with one. I believe that policies starting at the venue guide and shape the success & professionalism of the wedding. An average wedding venue creates 200 to 500 jobs each year by booking 20 to 50 weddings. This creates a huge amount of potential risk for a venue with vendors coming and going many ties unknown by the venue because they are hired by the couple. Some may have a history of behavior that can put your venue at risk and some vendors have no verifiable work history at all. Preferred and recommended vendor lists are not effective screening measures. Many reports I get about vendors fighting, bullying, showing up late, breaking contracts, not adhering to venue policy, etc… are on the preferred and recommended vendor lists. When an incident occurs some venues may remove a vendor but the rest of the wedding industry has no idea of the behavior that resulted in a vendor being removed and there is not follow up, not training, mentoring or policy to help that vendor improve. Being removed from a venue’s preferred vendor list does not change the behavior or risks because that vendor has an estimated 1000 other venues they can work for.
The wedding industry is long overdue for safety measures, standards of practice and reform. I have toured over 400 wedding venues, I have consulted for over 1000 wedding vendors. My heart, passion and career is focused on making improvements in the wedding industry. Improvements that create safer work places for vendors, less liability for the wedding venues and better wedding experiences for brides, grooms and guests.
I am asking wedding venues to join VAWENetwork.com to help us implement Wedding Business Background Checks. A system that documents the real work history for every wedding vendor who works at your venue AND every venue in DC, MD, VA & WV. We have created an easy system where venues, couples and clients can view the work history of vendors before they are hired and before they work at your venue. Brides & grooms are documenting their weddings for free. We have several hundred weddings we are tracking but we need the venues to adapt a new policy, all vendors must participate in the wedding work history & business background checks. Brides & grooms are signing up for this free service that documents their wedding and tracks the vendors they have hired. Over 600 brides & grooms have signed up! They want to view the work history of wedding professionals before they invest.
Business Background Checks & Wedding Work History Includes:
Contact number, email, physical address, mailing address.
Tax ID number (all vendors should have one)
Insurance Policy Number, phone, contact info (all vendors should be insured)
Certifications If Any
Licenses if applicable (food safety, limo services, etc…)
Number of weddings booked 2015
Number of weddings booked 2016
Number of weddings booked 2017
Comments from venue owners/mgt
Comments from clients
Comments from fellow vendors
Please help us make this program a success.