In this section we have gathered some of the most popular information sources, such as trade journals, magazines, blogs, and association websites. Industry information is always changing. For the latest news, current issues and popular opinions, try following one or more of these sources. In addition, interacting with the websites that provide this information through commenting and asking questions may also provide you with more information.
Trade associations often publish free industry newsletters that are excellent sources of information for your business plan. Such newsletters often have articles that cover in-depth topics on business management, manufacturing practices, how-tos, and current industry news.
The Wedding Planners Institute of Canada | Focused on offering certification for wedding planners in Canada.
Association of Bridal Consultants | The Association of Bridal Consultants is a membership service organization, designed to increase awareness of the wedding business and improve the professionalism of members. Over 4000 members in 26 countries.
Association for Wedding Professionals International | AFWPI is an international organization dedicated to providing quality service and a central source of information and referrals - for those planning weddings and those who service weddings.
Bridal Association of America | Dedicated both to consumer info and professional development. This association aims to improve business results of its member planners.
Magazines & Trade Journals
Trade journals (often called magazines or trade publications) can be very useful in helping you find current articles relating to business research. Contact your local research library to determine which trade journal subscriptions they have. There are also free trade publications that you can access online.
Today's Bride | Online / Print magazine that covers all aspects of the Canadian wedding industry.
You & Your Wedding Magazine | Their website is subscription-based, and offers extensive content for planning a wedding. General tips and planning tools are free to browse.
Wedding Bells Magazine | More Canadian content for wedding planners and brides-to-be. Print version is published 2 time per year. Check out their Planning section.
The Wedding Ring Magazine | This magazine focuses on the wedding business on Vancouver Island.
Martha Stewart Weddings | Martha Stewart Weddings is the leading resource for the bride who wants a wedding that is beyond the ordinary. An elegant and award-winning bridal magazine from Martha Stewart Living Omnimedia, Martha Stewart Weddings guides couples through the entire wedding process.
Wedding Planner Magazine | Canada's Modern Magazine. The Wedding Planner Magazine is a source of real weddings, fashion, planning, travel and wedding inspiration for the stylish bride! It is a bi-annual print and digital magazine utilizing online, newsstands, bridal shows and social media to reach the wedding and event consumer.
Style Me Pretty | Style Me Pretty blog contains everything wedding. From the best vendors around the world and the most beautiful real weddings to wedding planning tips and tricks and the latest trends fresh from the runway.
Every Last Detail | Every Last Detail provides candid insight for brides. From real weddings and inspiration to approved vendors and wedding planning tips.
Styled In Lace | Styled in Lace is an online wedding publication for East Coast Canadian couples and wedding professionals in Nova Scotia, Prince Edward Island, New Brunswick and Newfoundland. Featuring content from the most talented local wedding professionals in the industry.
VALE + VINE | VALE + VINE is a fine art wedding blog drawing inspiration from across Canada and around the world. Vale + Vine aims to bring inspiration to brides and vendors who seek to highlight the splendor of nature and the beauty of natural light in the celebration of marriage by emphasizing natural elements and outdoor environments.
MarketWatch - Industry Analyzer
The Industries section contains current data on Dow Jones Industry Sectors. Aggregate data as well as company-specific data is available.
Vault Industry Profiles
A free source of industry information. Use the Industry Profiles to research news, company information, and industry-specific sample professions. Basic monthly membership is free and offers access to blogs, discussion forums, and job listings.
As with all sources, news articles and blogs should be carefully evaluated. For information on how to evaluate your information, watch video tutorial Module Five: Using Information Responsibly.