Welcome to our January Round-Up; Find out what’s new at WeddingDates in 2024
As we usher in the new year, we’re excited to share an overview of the milestones and achievements that have shaped our journey from September 2023 to January 2024.
At WedPro, our commitment to excellence and innovation drives us forward, and this season has been no exception. Since our Autumn Company Update in September, we’ve welcomed new customers to the WedPro Community, released enhanced WedPro reporting features and announced the winners of the 2023 WeddingDates Awards. Alongside these accomplishments we’ve welcomed new team members, won some awards of our own and Ciara Crossan, our Founder and CEO recorded A LOT of podcasts.
Significant developments have marked this period – join us for our January company update as we revisit key events.
LATEST WEDPRO/WEDDINGDATES COMPANY NEWS
2024 WEDDING INDUSTRY REPORT
It’s that time of the year again, and we couldn’t be more excited to announce the launch of our ninth annual Wedding Industry Report. Scheduled for release in February, this report delves into insights gathered from over 2000 recently engaged couples across Ireland and the UK. Join Ciara on Wednesday, February 14th, for two live webinars where she’ll discuss the key findings. The official release will follow shortly after. Don’t miss the chance to secure your spot today and be among the privileged few to gain early access to this comprehensive report.
WEDPRO WINS PRESTIGIOUS TOP SOFTWARE AWARD
In October our flagship product, WedPro, secured the prestigious “Best Hotel Technology Product (under 100 employees)” award at the 2023 Boutique Hotelier Awards in the UK. What truly sets this award apart is the fact that it was our customers that nominated us and the win was a direct result of your votes. Winning this award is not just a recognition of our capabilities but also a testament to the faith our customers have placed in us.
EXCITING NEW WEDPRO PRODUCT FEATURES
In January, we introduced two eagerly anticipated reports: the Showround Report and Lead Time Reports. These enhanced reporting features will allow WedPro customers to make informed, data-driven decisions around requested, scheduled and completed showrounds and calculate the lead time between enquiries and wedding bookings.
Discover all the latest updates and features in the WedPro software here.
GROWING OUR WEDPRO COMMUNITY
As a trusted software solutions provider in the wedding industry, we take pride in supporting wedding and event venues on their journey to success. In recent months, we’ve been honoured to welcome various venues in Ireland and the UK to the WedPro Community.
Several WeddingDates customers like Carberry Tower, Holdsworth House, Headfort Arms, An Grianan Hotel and Newpark Hotel have chosen to elevate their toolkit by incorporating WedPro, empowering their teams for greater success. Along with these valued customers, welcoming new venues is always a joyous occasion. We’d like to extend a warm welcome to the AG Hotels Group, Ailantus Hotels and Providence Hotels among others!
Their decision to invest in our sales pipeline management software reflects their dedication to streamlining communication, enhancing revenue, and saving valuable administrative time.
2023 IRELAND MARKET ANALYSIS REPORT
Towards the end of 2023, we released our “2023 Ireland Market Analysis Report” to the public following customer distribution. This comprehensive report provides wedding coordinators and venue managers in Ireland with invaluable insights gleaned from a meticulous analysis of CSO marriage data spanning from 2019 to 2022.
WEDDINGDATES AWARDS – WINNERS ANNOUNCED
In December we concluded the entries into our 2023 WeddingDates Awards and announced the Top Rated Wedding Venues in Ireland and the UK. The awards are decided based on venues that receive the most reviews on WeddingDates and we are over the moon to have so many well-regarded venues on our customer list. Congratulations again to all the winners!
IHF ASSOCIATE MEMBER
We are proud to announce that WedPro by WeddingDates is now an IHF Associate Member. We look forward to connecting with IHF member hotels and venues at Showtel, the IHF’s Trade Exhibition in Cavan at the end of February.
CELEBRATING SUCCESS: WEDDINGDATES’ LATEST TEAM NEWS
WEDDINGDATES WINS “BEST DIGITAL MARKETING STUDENT” AWARD
October brought another significant achievement for WeddingDates as Ali Byrne was announced as the recipient of the “Best Digital Marketing Student” award at the 2023 Cork Digital Marketing Awards. Joining WeddingDates as a Marketing Intern in January 2023, Ali’s dedication and expertise were recognised through this accolade. Notably, WeddingDates was also named a finalist in three categories at The Cork Digital Marketing Awards ceremony, held at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs.
CIARA CROSSAN CROWNED IRELAND’S MOST FLEXIBLE BOSS
In a recent competition hosted by EmployFlex to discover Ireland’s most accommodating boss, Ciara Crossan, the Founder and CEO at WeddingDates was chosen as Ireland’s most flexible boss. Nominated by her team this award celebrates Ciara’s passion and commitment to fostering a flexible and supportive workplace.
GROWING OUR TEAM
In November 2023, we welcomed Medhavi Upadhyaya to our Marketing Team. Medhavi will play a pivotal role in steering content creation and digital marketing efforts for WeddingDates Directory in Ireland and the UK. Additionally, in January, we extended a warm welcome to Aoife Fogarty, our new Marketing Intern.
THE YEAR OF THE PODCAST FT CIARA CROSSAN
2023 was undoubtedly the year of the podcast as Ciara recorded not one but six different podcast episodes. You can listen to them here:
- 24 Stories Podcast; Women In Business
- Growing Forward Podcast; Iconic Women
- The Leadership Mindset Podcast; Ft Ciara Crossan
- Ciara Crossan On Red Business Podcast
- The IEBusiness Podcast Meets: Ciara Crossan
- Ciara Crossan On The Business And Marketing Scoop Podcast
EVENTS AND CONFERENCES WE ATTENDED
Sponsorship of the Guides For Brides UK Wedding Conference in November 2023 was a first for us! Alix loved presenting her insights on the four compelling reasons to embrace automation.
A standout moment in our calendar occurred at the Independent Hotel Show in October 2023, where Carys, Alix, and Ciara not only connected with fellow wedding professionals but also clinched an award at the Boutique Hotelier Awards. It won’t be an event they’ll soon forget.
Alix and Carys had a delightful time reconnecting with our Best Western GB customers and making new connections at the Best Western 2023 Sales, Marketing, Revenue, and Distribution Conference (SMRDC) on 28 September 2023. A special thanks to everyone who visited our stand and took selfies!
Carys had a busy quarter networking like a ninja! She attended the In4Hospitality events in Glasgow and Edinburgh in November, and in December, she participated in events in Leeds and Newcastle. Currently, as we provide this update, she is engaged at the In4Hospitality events in York, Liverpool, and Manchester.
Earlier this month, Alix and Ciara seized the opportunity to attend the 2024 Hotel Leadership Conference in London, marking our 11th sponsorship. They found great value in the innovative discussions revolving around breaking boundaries in the hospitality industry.
UPCOMING EVENTS – COME MEET US
- Best Western AMC 2024 on Monday 29th and Tuesday 30th January
- Irish Hotels Federation (IHF) Conference on Monday 26th and Tuesday 27th February
- IHS Amsterdam on Wednesday 13th and Thursday 14th of March
- National Hotel Marketing Conference (NHMC) on Thursday the 25th of April
Last year was a jam-packed year and we are gearing up for another bustling year helping our customers be the best they can be. We are really looking forward to the launch of our 2024 Industry Reports and are planning a range of webinars following the release so keep an eye out for those.