What it meant for us to win…
After a busy 2015 wedding season, Winter came around, which in wedding world means one thing- the awards! On Thursday 14th January 2016, the Bellissimo wedding team attended The Wedding Industry Awards at Café de Paris, London. We love any excuse to dress up, but when you are up for a National Award, it makes it all the more special!
After attending the Regional awards in November 2015, and being crowned with Best Wedding Planner in the South West, we have been living on cloud nine, and therefore to even be attending the National Awards was a true privilege.
We managed to get a great spot and we sat with our tasty cocktails by BeetleJuice whilst entertained by singers, Rachel Rose and Fil Straughan, and hoop trapeze artists who were simply amazing. When the Awards began, it was great to hear all of the winners in the other categories, especially as Dorset managed to scoop up quite a few! Then our category arrived, Best Wedding Planner… ‘And the winner is, Bellissimo Weddings’.
*screams* hugs * a few more screams* pictures*
We then also had a short interview where we could express how truly grateful we felt, as well as surprised. We feel thrilled to have won the National award; we pride ourselves on giving the best service that we possibly can and winning the Award shows that the hard work really does pay off.
This is what Melanie, owner of the business, said after winning the award: “We really value the way the awards are run. Your couples are asked to vote for you and score you in a number of elements of your service which is really important to get the people who really know about our service to comment and score us. Its anonymous if they want it to be as well so its a really fair system. To read the comments that our couples make about us after the awards is so valuable too. We have been at this stage last year in the finals and didn’t win and the year before we were shortlisted for the regionals but didn’t win but we kept coming back and trying to improve our services even more and striving to get the big award! It was so important to us get this recognition at national level. We established in 2008 and we have strived to deliver a really high level of service to our couples and really develop a niche in the services we offer and we really feel we are where we want to be. Getting this national award is truly the icing on the cake”
“What would we say to other wedding businesses thinking of taking part or lucky enough to get nominated? DO IT!!! Its been a fantastic journey – even in the first few years when we didnt win – it just made us work even harder! Its good to know what your clients feel about you and it makes you look at your business when you apply – you have to really concentrate your mind on the things you do and the ways you could improve going forward which is great for any business”
Thank you so much to all of our lovely 2015 for your kind words and votes, it really does mean a lot to us. And thank you to The National Wedding Awards; it was a fabulous evening filled with live entertainment, cocktails, canapés and happiness, and sleepy heads on the car journey home after the party.
Just a selection of some of the photographs from the evening!
We really look forward to all of our weddings we have coming up this year with lots of lovely couples.
Watch the highlights from the evening:
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