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Guides for Brides is “Business of the Year”

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.”



At the gala dinner, the judges took to the stage and praised Guides for Brides for the “huge amount of good growth over the last few years, ambitions for what they are going to do over the next few years, for being really adaptable to what their clients needed and how they can flex to meet those requirements and for achieving a huge amount of customer engagement.”


Unlike websites created by web developers, Guides for Brides has always been run by people who have worked in the wedding industry so they genuinely understand the needs of both brides and businesses. Their wedding planning App leapt to Number 1 in the iTunes chart for both iPhones and iPads soon after it launched and has remained there ever since, a testament to Guides for Brides’ ability to recognise the wedding planning tools that brides really want. 

Guides for Brides received Growth Accelerator funding during 2014, having been recognised as a company capable of rapid and sustainable growth. The team of 17 are all passionate about what they do and a lot of the company’s success can be attributed to their ability to embrace and adapt to the changes in the wedding industry as they have occurred, remaining prepared for any future changes. 

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