I just attended my first, official blogger event, and it was fantastic! I was invited to attend 11th Thread’s Fall Fashion Premier on the rooftop of the swanky Elyton Hotel in downtown Birmingham, Alabama. It has been a long time since I graduated in public relations, but I was trying to channel everything I knew about networking and marketing. Having zero ideas of what to expect, I was super nervous. I tend to do genuinely well at social events, even though I get major anxiety beforehand. The older I get, the more I notice my introverted qualities. This is why I feel the need to be extremely prepared. So, I wanted to create an informative post on how I made my first blogging event, not only a success, but exceptionally FUN!
DO YOUR RESEARCH
I think this one is a no-brainer! Make sure you are knowledgable about the company who invited you! With the 11th Thread, I made sure I knew who they were, the owner’s name, how they got started, and what they promote. It is as simple as going to their website and reading. Check out their social media handles and start following them. Also, know where the event is taking place, and how to get there. I think it is totally ok to be (a little) fashionably late, but don’t miss the event because you were lost! Give yourself time for traffic and parking as well.
WHAT TO WEAR
Make sure you wear something appropriate and extremely cute! I always feel more confident if I am looking my best. If it is a day event, you can probably go much more casual than an event at night. My event was a fashion premier, so I knew I wanted a classic look, but trendy as well. Since my event was during the day, I went with jeans, a blouse, and heels. Now, I could have worn my super high heels, but I wanted to be comfortable. I also wanted to be able to walk around a lot, take pictures from all sorts of angles, and mingle as much as possible. My Calvin Klein heels were perfect! Make sure your accessories are on point as well. Bringing my oversized purse for my camera was a must.
BRING SOMEONE YOU TRUST
This is an important one! Since it was my first event, I wanted to bring someone I trusted for so many reasons.
- To calm my nerves! To calm my nerves! To calm my nerves! You get it, right?
- Bring someone who is good with your camera. As a blogger, you need pictures of yourself at these events. So your person(s) needs to be ok with taking pictures with your camera.
- Bring someone who is going to enjoy the event just as much as you. I attended a fashion event, so bringing my two besties was perfect! They enjoy fashion just as much as me. I don’t think my husband would have been a good fit for this event!
- Now, if you can’t find anyone to go with you, go anyways! This is easier said than done, because I didn’t have to go by myself! However, I met the cutest girl who came by herself. I am so glad she did, because it was her first event as well! She could totally relate to what I was feeling, and she just made me feel more at ease being in the same position as me!
MAKE SURE TO MINGLE
This was a lot easier than I thought! Everyone was just shopping for GORGEOUS clothes on the rooftop of a stunning hotel. As ladies, we were all talking to each other about what looked cute and what fit the best! This gave me the perfect opportunity to ask their names, their websites, and social media outlets. Check out @tohellinahandbag and @paigeburleson for some beautiful feeds. A bunch of us ended up sitting around talking about blogging, exchanging Instagram handles, and learning about our local blogging network. It was super informative and really fun! I highly suggest to step out of your comfort zone, and try to spark up an authentic conversation with people at your event. The payoff is very rewarding!
Natalie at the 11th Thread did such a beautiful job setting up this event. I am super thankful I took my camera to capture the amazing clothes, venue, and set up. Plus, I was able to post these pictures on my Instagram, Facebook, and for this blog post. TIP- the camera gives me an out when I am feeling somewhat nervous. Hiding behind it to collect my thoughts is a perfect way for me to take a minute!
- RSVP to the event
- Get social media handles or emails from the people you meet at the event
- Thank the host before leaving and through social media, email, etc.
- Tag everyone on your social media posts
- Link back to their website whenever possible
- HAVE FUN
I had a BLAST at my event, and also learned a ton! I’m extremely grateful I was invited, and can’t wait to do more! I also scored a really cute sweater and hat(the one I am wearing in the picture at the top), received the coolest swag bag, and had a spectacular time with my girlfriends! What are some of your tips you have learned at these type of events? Let me know! If you have any questions, please feel free to comment, or email me through my contact page!