We are proud to announce the launch of PA Wedding Guide’s official website, www.paweddingguide.com — August 1st, 2022.
Our mission? To create an easy, transparent, seamless wedding planning platform for couples, while making it convenient and affordable for vendors to showcase all they have to offer.
If you’ve gone through the wedding planning process, you know wedding planning is a lot like solving a puzzle. Where do I even start? How do I decide on a venue? Who should I hire as my DJ? So many pieces to put together.
Founder and Clarion, PA native Hannah Wolf can relate. She was asked to help a friend plan her wedding and through that process, became frustrated by the amount of venues, photographers, caterers, florists, and musicians to sort through on the internet. Then, it hit her,
“Why not simplify the process and house everything in one place?”
Thus the idea for PA Wedding Guide was born, with the goal of showcasing as many Pennsylvania based wedding venues and vendors, events, and real weddings to help guide couples in building their dream team and navigating the search process.
A simple, strategic, one-stop shop for planning a wedding.
Those PA Business Roots
To say Hannah is excited for launching the new site is an understatement. PA Wedding Guide will not only help couples and promote small businesses, but will place her among the ranks of several successful business owners in her family.
Hannah’s grandfather, for example, established three successful businesses in Clarion County, including The Wolf’s Den Restaurant & Wolf’s Camping Resort in Knox, along with George W. Wolf Jr., Inc. in Sligo.
Given her family background, it is safe to say that Hannah’s western PA roots run deep. More than that, her passion for small business and innovative spirit and knowledge of the Pennsylvania Wedding market definitely gives PA Wedding Guide an edge.
Her Experience at Work
Hannah certainly inherited an entrepreneurial spirit, but she has taken plenty of initiative to get to where she is today.
A Penn State graduate, Hannah gained her footing in marketing and event planning through an internship with BEvents Planning, a wedding planning consultation company based out of State College. She also worked as Director of Operations & Marketing for Arrow Hotel in Broken Bow, Nebraska.
These experiences served her well, but when the idea for PA Wedding Guide “clicked,” she knew additional training and guidance would help the business take off.
Hannah decided to apply to Penn State’s ® Happy Valley LaunchBox FastTrack Accelerator, a program that helps startups “avoid common startup mistakes, build an actionable plan to launch your business, test the market quickly with ‘smokescreens,’ and build a solution based on real customer feedback.”
“This program has helped me really think outside the box, gain a large network of resources, and really pulled me outside of my comfort zone,” she said.
Hannah has truly taken every step to ensure PA Wedding Guide’s success.
A Stand-Out Among the Rest
Hannah and the rest of the PA Wedding Guide team are optimistic about the site’s future. Of course, it will be an invaluable resource, but also holds great relevance in the market.
How, you may be wondering? Especially when PA Wedding Guide isn’t the first online wedding planning platform.
Hannah said it best, “There are a lot of other websites out there that do the same thing. However, oftentimes you find different venues & vendors listed on different directories, making it tough to find everything in one place.”
Couples who know they want a PA wedding can go to the site and easily find what they’re looking for depending on their priorities. If they want to keep their wedding low-cost, they’ll find charming, yet affordable venues and caterers. If they want a DJ with great reviews, or a florist who creates fake arrangements, they’ll be able to find those too.
PA Wedding Guide is not only for engaged couples, but for photographers who are just starting out in the wedding industry, or DJs who are trying to make a name for themselves. It is for those hidden gems that aren’t yet known and need more representation.
That is Hannah and her team’s ultimate hope — that the site’s benefit will be two-fold in helping couples seamlessly plan their wedding and give small businesses the exposure they need.