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All About Networking in Florida

We love getting involved with local communities.

We have customers all over the state of Florida, but we really enjoy getting involved and meeting other vendors and nonprofits in the areas we service. Recently, we have more and more customers ordering linen rentals from us in the Northeast Florida and Jacksonville areas. We also have many clients located in the Sarasota/Bradenton, Tampa/St. Petersburg and Fort Myers/Naples areas.

Our sales representatives are members of different networking groups in these areas. We are always looking for new networking opportunities in the areas we service!

1. Sarasota & Bradenton

Weddings of Sarasota

This is a wonderful group to get involved in if you are in the wedding and events industry in the Sarasota area. With monthly member meetings and lots of networking, you are bound to make some great contacts and build lasting relationships with some of the communities best vendors. Here is an excerpt from the Weddings of Sarasota website that gives a little bit more information about the group.

“Our members include the area’s finest wedding and event professionals who meet to educate and inform. We keep abreast of the latest technology innovations and trends. We want to help to make your celebration everything that you want it to be.

Good planning is the key to a successful event. We’ll discuss everything that you have in mind, and answer your questions. You’ll be able to relax, and let us do what we all love to do… create wonderful weddings and special celebrations, making your dreams come true!”

If you are interested in joining, feel free to check out their website here:

This is a photo of the Flowers by Fudgie booth at the Weddings of Sarasota Bridal Show using our Ambiance linens.

2. Tampa & St. Petersburg

Tampa Bay NACE (National Association of Catering and Events)

NACE is a nationally known organization. This is one of the biggest industry related groups we belong to. They hold monthly meetings after-work hours. If you are interested in engaging with countless professionals in the events industry, NACE is a group to consider. In the Tampa Bay chapter, there are more than 70 active members ranging from photographers, florists, makeup artists, event planners, and of course, U.S. Tent Rental and Linens by the Sea. In a few short sentences, this is what NACE is all about according to their website:

“NACE is the oldest and largest professional society that addresses all aspects of the catering industry. Through the collective efforts of members, local chapters, committees and the Foundation of NACE, NACE is at the forefront of the issues that directly affect you and your business. From practical tips that you can use to provide better service to your clients, to recognition and marketing programs that enhance the credibility and professionalism of the field, NACE is on the cutting edge. From educational programs to standards, to ethics, to legislative monitoring, NACE leads the way.”

ABC (Association of Bridal Consultants)

Linens by the Sea and U.S. Tent Rental are a part of the Central Florida – West chapter of ABC. This is a more intimate group that holds meetings in the Tampa and Orlando areas. This is a great association for wedding, corporate or social event planners, as well as any event industry related vendor. From signing up for this group, you will be put on the ABC email newsletter and also receive a free subscription of Wedding Planner Magazine. Here’s what their website says about this wonderful group:

“As a member of the Association you will be able to access other professionals in the industry. Other members can provide support ideas that are used in different areas of the country. Networking is reported to be one of the most useful aspects of Association membership.”

3. Fort Myers & Naples

National Association of Wedding Professionals (NAWP)

NAWP originated in Fort Myers. As Linens by the Sea grows, it is important to keep up with the newest event planners and vendors in this industry. Check out their website at to see why we decided we wanted to be a part of NAWP.

4. Jacksonville and Florida's Historic Coast

St. Augustine Wedding and Event Association (SAWEA)

This is a great organization for wedding planners, venues, and other wedding professionals in Northeast Florida and Florida's Historic Coast. We would love to hear from any members about their thoughts on this group, as we are considering becoming members!

Premier Bride Expo

This organization is definitely the one you want to be a part of for networking and meeting with soon-to-be brides! We were recently a part of a their huge bridal show in Jacksonville, and we can't wait to continue to work with them in the future!

If you have any other ideas for networking, feel free to contact us and let us know! We would love to hear from you.

Linens by the Sea was born out of passion, ingenuity and creative flair. Our goal is to turn important events into lifelong happy memories. We pride ourselves on attending to your individual needs, and every day we strive to make your special occasion simply unparalleled with our outstanding linens. Please Contact Us if you would like to start designing your upcoming festivity, no matter your location. We ship nationwide!

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