To Ireland and Back- the Weddings Online Conference

They say that home is not where you live but where they understand you. Or at least, that’s the quote they have painted on the Guinness Storehouse wall in Dublin. 🙂

A very apropos quote to bump into (yes, I made time for fun overseas as well) while wrapping up my whirlwind trip to Ireland for the Weddings Online conference and awards.I can’t help but feel like I’m home when among the Irish wedding industry- such a passionate, creative and fun group.

The conference itself, featuring the likes of such well known talents as Gavin Duffy, Krishna De and Mark Richardson (to name just a few of the extensive line up) walked wedding pros through everything from branding and social media strategies to converting sales leads into real business.

While the majority of the speakers had limited experience in the wedding industry itself, their principles and business tips were easily applicable.  As for me, I was happy to bring the latest in wedding trends to the group, showcasing in part some of the fabulous images from this year’s Wedding Luncheon in Phoenix.

Did I mention we trended #wol on Twitter during the event?  Now I know what it feels like when someone wins an Oscar. 🙂

The WOL awards the same evening was a fabulous end to a memorable day. Congrats to all of the nominees and winners!

I wrapped up the trip with a bit of fun- after all, who can pass on a trip to the Guinness Storehouse and the chance to see Calendar Girls in its limited run? I’m still in shock over the name of the restaurant I dined at during my last night in this fabulous city.

A BIG thanks to Weddings Online, especially the hostess with the mostess and all around sassy wedding pro (and author!) Bláithín who made my memorable and whirlwind trip the very best!

Life gets busy here in the next few weeks so just a few promos before I sign off:

  • I’m gearing up for a presentation on Generation Y Brides at the Get Engaged Workshop next week in Charlottesville on February 22. I’m thrilled to be apart of an illustrious line up of some of the top experts in the industry. Check out the Get Engaged Workshop’s web site for more details.
  • On February 23, I’m teaming up with Wedding Market and Propose PR for an International Twitter chat about Wedding PR at 1pm EST. Great chance to ask any and all wedding public relations questions. Click here for more info.
  • Illuminate is back and set for March 30. Click here for more info and join us!

Until next time,

Meghan Ely is the owner of wedding marketing and wedding pr firm OFD Consulting. She is the exclusive wedding pr columnist to wedding marketing journal WedLock magazine and is a highly sought after speaker in the wedding industry. She loves ruffle table runners and Royal Wedding Tchotchkes. To learn how OFD Consulting can assist you with your wedding marketing and wedding pr, please contact us today.


Meghan Ely

Regarded as one of the leading wedding publicists in the US, Meghan Ely combines in-the-trenches event experience with a love of wedding PR. She has earned coverage for her clients with the New York Times, People, Brides, Bridal Guide, The Knot, Martha Stewart Weddings, CNN Money, and more. She is a WeddingPro Expert and long-time contributor to and