For those of you who have been reading the site for a while, you might remember how excited we were when we launched the Vendor and Venue directories last year (they are those pretty purple and magenta tabs you’ll see to your right over there). In fact, obviously you were paying attention, because the Venue Directory is one of the most popular parts of the site. Which is fantastic, because while the Vendor Directory is one of the ways we are able to support the site (read: pay the staff), the Venue Directory is really a labor of love for the community. It’s literally a multi-thousand dollar little tool that we created solely for the purpose of making your planning a little easier (we make no money on it). Unlike the Vendor Directory, we don’t accept submissions from venues themselves, so the Venue Directory is 100% by APW readers for APW readers.
But the funny thing is, even though the Venue Directory is one of the most visited parts of the site these days, it’s looking a little empty in there right now (there may or may not be cobwebs in the corners). And we need your help fixing that so everyone can keep taking advantage of this awesome tool.
But we’re not just going to gently suggest that if you liked your venue (no restrictions, it can be anywhere in the world), you should fill out this form (and you can keep your answers to the required questions as short and sweet as you want) and upload a few photos and pay the magic forward (even though it would make our day). Because where’s the fun in that? Instead, we’re going to do you one better.
This year our readership grew exponentially, which means that there were more APW weddings than ever before (like, way more). So we know there are plenty of amazing venues just waiting to be submitted. But sometimes you need a little nudging. So we’ve worked with our friends and longtime sponsors of the site, Turtle Love Co. to come up with a little bribe that everyone on the staff wants so much we’re trying to figure out if we can, uh, keep one.
So! For the next month, until November 12th we’ll be collecting entries to the Venue Directory, and on November 13th we’ll draw five winners from all the venues in the directory (which means if you’ve already submitted your venue, you’re already entered) and the selected readers will win…
One of these awesome state necklaces from Turtle Love Co. (I know. Amazing, right? And better yet, these are works in progress!) The state necklaces are brand new to Turtle Love Co. (in fact, they are currently being created by the artists right now, so we’ll update you on their progress in a few weeks), but since TLC is such an avid supporter of the APW community, they wanted you guys to have the first opportunity to get your hands on them. The necklaces are currently available for New York, California, Maine, Massachusetts and Texas, but they’ll be adding more to the mix soon and are even working on a few country silhouettes (so fear not, international readers.) Even cooler, you can add a tiny diamond to the necklace in the location of your wedding (I WANT), or a dot, if you’re not a diamond kind of person.
The Venue Directory is a magical tool because it’s fueled by the power of the community, and so is this giveaway. With help from Turtle Love Co., it’s our way of saying thank you for making the Venue Directory as popular as it is, and thank you in advance for helping us make it as robust as we know it can be. All you have to do to enter is fill out this form. Then you can go pat yourself on the back for saving future generations of APW readers from God knows how many hours on Google trying to find that perfect industrial venue that seats more than 150 people and will allow outside catering and self-serve booze. They all thank you in advance, and it’s possible a little necklace of awesome might await…
This contest is sponsored by Turtle Love Co. Thanks, TLC, for supporting the APW mission.