It’s finally time to reveal the winners of our 5* Customer Service Awards 2016! Each winner was handpicked based on their exceptional customer service over the past 12 months. Providing consistent customer service of the highest standard is by no means easy, so we’re thrilled to announce and congratulate our winners…
Wedding Ideas: For Businesses
Judging the Best Newcomer Award was a challenge, with so many amazing new businesses to consider. All entrants for this Award were established in the industry post October 2014 and have taken the wedding world by storm. Read on to find out what we loved about each Regional Winner and who was crowned National Best Newcomer and why!
Congratulations to the following businesses who were short-listed in one of the 10 regions across England, Northern Ireland, Scotland and Wales. Nearly 1000 businesses were nominated and several thousand votes were cast. Short listed businesses were selected based on the quality and quantity of both votes and reviews, taking into consideration the business type and number of clients.
To celebrate the 20th Anniversary of Guides for Brides, we have a fabulous new logo. Fully reflecting all that Guides for Brides stands for as we head into 2015, the new logo emphasises an all-encompassing guide, equipped with everything you need to plan your wedding. The renewed logo represents what Guides For Brides has achieved in the past 20 years – becoming so much more than the 1995 directory of wedding suppliers that we started out as.
Guides for Brides were crowned “Business of the Year” at the prestigious Venus Oxfordshire Awards on Friday.
Founder and Managing Director, Alison Hargreaves, said “When Guides for Brides launched as A5 wedding directories in 1995 our aim was to make it easier for wedding businesses to promote themselves to their local brides. This award recognises all that we have achieved in growing these local guides into a popular wedding planning website and mobile App covering all of the UK, along with useful wedding planning tools and essential advice. Our figures speak for themselves: 780,000 unique visitors and 4.7 million hits per year.”
The best of the UK’s wedding suppliers were celebrating this month at The 2014 Wedding Industry
Hosted by Sky News’ Sarah Hewson, the awards recognise the very best in service, innovation, professionalism and passion.
From bridal gowns, wedding flowers, hair and make-up to venues, transport, entertainment and photography, every winner was cheered by the 450 strong audience and everyone who had reached the shortlist for each of the 24 categories had much to celebrate.
The 2014 awards season got off to a glittering start on Friday night. As we are sponsors, Guides for Brides were there to enjoy the entertainment along with the pick of the UK’s wedding businesses, and hand out the award to the winner of the best wedding venue category, the Country House Weddings’ represented venue, Leez Priory in Essex.
The evening at The Tower Hotel, London, started with drinks served by Butlers in the Buff and entertainment from the Brit Tones. After a delicious meal guests were entertained by impressions from Britain’s Got Talent’s Francine Lewis before the following awards were presented.
Yesterday marked the first day of the 2014 Spring Wedding Fair season, a season that stretches from the first Sunday in January until the end of March, with just a scattering of Fairs later in the Spring. The Autumn season starts on the first Sunday of September, continuing into early November.
Fairs are almost all on Sundays; Saturdays are out of the question as they are the busiest day for most wedding suppliers. This is also the reason that there are no Fairs during the summer months, however inconvenient this may be to brides who are wanting to put together the final touches for their summer wedding, or to start planning a winter wedding.
January and February are the busiest months for Fairs; this quiet off-season period for wedding suppliers perfectly coincides with the time that most couples are wanting to actively book everything for their wedding, and most suppliers are very happy to give up a Sunday in order to meet brides in person at one of the hundreds of wedding fairs throughout the country.
Here is a round up of the people we met at the National Wedding Show. There was a real mix of companies, but one thing they had in common was that they all cared about making their product unique so your wedding can be a day you will remember forever! Read More