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|Posted on 22 January, 2018 at 5:35||comments (0)|
As promised here is our second Blog post with lots of lovely recommendations!
I have made a point of not entering industry awards since we started partly because they cost to enter and as a brand new business it wasn't spending I could justify but mainly because in the majority they are popularity based, as in the winners are chosen purely on number of votes. It doesn't matter who those votees are, it could be your great Aunt Mabel or people you went to high school with, they need no prior knowledge of your business and certainly don't have to have been cutomers and I don't feel that it represents your hard work but rather only shows how many people you have on social media that can be bothered to help out.
The Wedding Industry Awards are different, I spotted them on social media and having read more about it agreed with their philosophy that only your actual customers can vote for you. I decided to go for it, because if nothing else, we got access to all the voters comments, which after our first full wedding season would be the perfect tool for self evaluation and much needed for the constant improvement we are always working on.
We were SHORTLISTED!!
After asking our lovely 2017 couples to votes for us, they didn't let me down, every single couple voted for us getting us to the Regional Finals in the 'Best Countryside Venue' category. Damien and I went along for a lovely evening of celebration and networking and though we didn't win on the night, it was really great to be a part of it!
The National Finals took place last week in London and a huge congratulations not only to the wonderful, deserved winners, but also to everyone who made it there, there really are some incredible businesses in the wedding industry!
Now the awards are over for the year, the best part for us has arrived - getting to see our scores and getting to read lots of lovely comments, which I'm very proud to share with you.
Vote Question Score out of 10
Flexibility and range of options at your wedding venue. 10
Quality of expertise, advice and guidance received from this supplier. 9.8
Quality of the function rooms/areas you used for your wedding. 9.8
Efficiency and personal presentation of the venue staff. 9.9
Quality of the customer service and communication received. 9.8
Quality of your wedding venue's web presence (web site, facebook etc). 9.9
Value for money. 9.8
WOW - WEE!!
A huge THANK YOU to all our couples that took the time to vote for us and to also leave some of these wonderful comments:
"The flexibility the venue offers you is something that gives this magical setting its unique selling point. We created a magical Ritz in the Woodland theme which blew away our guests. With the support of the venue owners and our wedding dressers they created our perfect day! Anyone that doesn't like the restrictions of a hotel or other bricks and mortar venues this is the perfect solution for you, let your imagination run wild and watch it come to life! Simply outstanding!"
"The best venue going. To have a wedding day without worry, stress or anxiety is priceless and that's what you get with Nicola and her team."
"Best decision we ever made was choosing Applewood. The venue is truly spectacular even without dressing anything. Nicola organises all the important stuff, which leaves you to organise all the fun stuff which makes your wedding truly unique. Our wedding day went perfectly, not one thing was less than brilliant. The staff, timings, food, marquee and outdoor spaces were all perfect and well thought out. I couldn't ask anymore from a venue. "
"Nicola and all the staff at Applewood made sure our day was perfect. Nicola took time to get to know us and understand what we wanted, that transpired into what was a magical day that was exactly how we imagined. We felt like our wedding had been planned by our friends. Nicola was on hand all day to make sure everything went as it planned, nothing was too much trouble and she even took the time to make sure we got to our hotel at the end of the night. We couldnt have wished for any more."
"Applewood and it's team gave us the most beautiful day to remember. Nicola and Damien are stunning, as were the team helping out on the day. The venue itself gives you the most perfect woodland backdrop, why anyone would want to get married anywhere else after seeing it and meeting Nicola is beyond me."
"When looking for our wedding venue, Ben and I wanted something special, different and fun. We got all of that and more with Applewood Weddings. From start to finish Nicola and Damien were fantastic; helpful, accommodating and made planning our wedding stress free. The venue speaks for itself. It is beautiful and open to the interpretation and personal stamp of each couple. We could not have asked for a more perfect venue."
"Applewood provided exactly what we had hoped for. They created a magical experience for us and all our guests. The set up had a fantastic 'wow' factor, and this was supplemented by the attention to detail, the quality of service both before the event and during the evening. Nicola and Damien have created a company that is going places and we owe them our heartfelt thanks for making our wedding a real day to remember."
"Nicola was incredibly supportive throughout one of the most nerve racking times of our lives. The planning was made incredibly easy as Nicola took complete control of organising and taking a lead in organising all suppliers and entertainment."
"Value for money and the freedom to create our perfect day with next to no restrictions with regards to theme and decoration. Many venues across Yorkshire couldn't accommodate the size of our wedding party and the woodland created a beautiful intimate environment whilst still having enough room for our wedding breakfast to feel spacious and open."
"It's truly one of a kind. We wanted an outdoor festival wedding and this reminded us of going into the woods at festival number 6. It's fun, outdoors and looks beautiful even when it's completely bare. Once the venue had our personal touches and the fairy lights on, it was incredible. It basically sums up all of those Pinterest boards you save wishing your wedding looked like that."
That is just a handful of the wonderful words of recommendation and they've made a snotty, poorly, woman extremely happy this morning!!
Thanks for reading,