Natchez, Mississippi: The city that time forgot. Without a major interstate running through it, Natchez had not developed like so many other towns. This disadvantage became an opportunity to build a whole new business in this town of Southern culture, grace, and beauty.
The well-preserved antebellum homes and converted bed & breakfasts had made this quaint town the perfect vision of the old south. In a time when people look for history to cling to, preserving that history and that way of life can be very attractive to tourists.
RUSSO positioned Natchez as a destination wedding location. So many girls dream of big weddings with a prince and a big dress. A big southern wedding is the closest thing to royalty in America. With big hair, big dresses and a horse drawn carriage, it’s as if the fairy tale has come to life.
With a multi-media branding campaign that kicked off in Southern Living Magazine, the town saw a 12% increase in weddings within the first year, with some bed and breakfasts seeing up to a 38% increase in bookings over the previous year. Also, The Natchez Campaign received the CVB of the Year Award for branding and online marketing initiatives – for CVB’s with a budget of $750K to $1M.