Weekend Wrap Up: Wedding PR Round Up

You may remember from last week’s Wedding PR round up that I fondly remember my first media mention as a kindergartner with  superior bobbing for apples skills.  After that, I was hooked and now I enjoy the opportunity to give my clients the same opportunity to feel like a rock star.

We here at OFD Consulting love bragging on our wedding peeps.  Wedding pr, sadly, doesn’t come as easy when you’re not a rather adorable five year old in Halloween costumer. It takes a little persistence and a lot of patience. And, if you’re me, a brand new dining room light that requires much begging of the husband to install with zero notice. 🙂

So without further ado, here’s a recap of some of my favorite media mentions for the week–

It’s no secret- we here at OFD like nice people, plain and simple. So when we read that the ever talented and extremely down to earth yet fabulous Dana LaRue of Broke Ass Bride fame was in need of assistance, we came running.

Like many small business owners, Dana pays for her own health insurance and despite her coverage, is now facing a mountain of medical debit due to multiple eye surgeries. We offered to donate our PR services and were pleased to see that the San Francisco Chronicle picked up Dana’s story and her Dishing for Dana campaign.

We mentioned last week that we were on pins and needles anticipating the results of great, big contest and we’re now happy to officially announce that Historic Mankin Mansion has been honored by Style Weekly as one of the three Best Hidden Gems in Richmond. Congrats to Paula, Martin, Mary-Catherine at the Mansion team!

Up next- we were just thrilled when Jennifer McBride of McBride Events was asked to serve as a special guest columnist by the Henrico Citizen for their Entrepreneur’s Corner. Jennifer balances the fine line between wedding planner AND corporate event producer so this was a great opportunity to flex her meeting planning prowess.

Wedding PR extends far beyond blogs, web sites and magazines, as we enjoy collaborating with clients on speaking opportunities as well. This past week. honorary Richmonders from the Blue Steel Lighting Design team served as the keynote for NACE’s  monthly meeting.  Their talk on event lighting “Let There be Light” was a smash hit!

And finally, you may have heard that there was a rather fabulous wedding this past Friday in England. We “called” the local Royal Wedding Viewing Party not soon after the Engagement was initially announced (I believe I gave it 30 seconds or so :)). As you may have saw last week, the little soiree that could was featured on the Huffington Post. This week, it enjoyed a little celebrity status here locally with the Richmond Times Dispatch as well as nationally on Aol’s My Daily.

And our Royal Wedding Party was not just featured in print. Alas, we officially enjoyed our 15 minutes (ahem, 35 seconds) of fame on Good Morning America.

So what’s next? Well we are waiting on one more article coming out of the Royal Wedding Viewing Party and then I dare say, it’s time to put that to bed for good. We’ve got a few fab wedding features in the works, as well as a collaboration with an overseas publication which has been quite a bit of fun.

For those who may not know, I also dipped my toe back into the wedding reception world this past weekend and I’m officially inspired. More on that soon.

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 Catersource.com and SpecialEvents.com.