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WeddingDates 16th Anniversary: Celebrating 16 years of innovation, growth and partnership

This month, we’re raising a toast to 16 amazing years! From innovation to remarkable growth, it’s been quite the ride. But what truly fills our hearts is the bond we’ve formed with each and every one of you, our cherished customers. Your unwavering support and partnership have played a pivotal role in shaping our journey. We owe our success to you, and for that, we’re profoundly grateful. Here’s to the memories made and the ones yet to come!

We have closed out another brilliant year here at WedPro, and it’s time to reflect on the strides we have made, and the challenges we have overcome and look forward to the exciting developments that lie ahead. From delivering innovative product developments to receiving prestigious events and awards, our team has continued to demonstrate dedication, creativity, and resilience in all its endeavours.

Join us as we recap the highlights of the past year and look forward to the opportunities that await us on the horizon.

OUR WEDPRO COMMUNITY IS GROWING

As a trusted software solutions provider in the wedding industry, we take pride in supporting wedding and event venues on their journey to success. Over the past year, we’ve been honoured to welcome various venues in Ireland and the UK to the WedPro Community. We want to thank our customers for their custom and feedback in the past 12 months.

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WEDPRO WINS PRESTIGIOUS TOP SOFTWARE AWARD

WedPro secured the prestigious “Best Hotel Technology Product (under 100 employees)” award at the 2023 Boutique Hotelier Awards in the UK. Nominated and voted for by our customers, we are humbled to receive this validation from our peers. It means so much to our small team as we endeavour to make a difference to the wedding industry. Our sales team, Ciara, Alix and Carys were there on the night to receive the award as part of the the Independent Hotel Show in October.

Boutique Hotelier Award Best Hotel Technology Product Winners WedPro by WeddingDates

PARTNERSHIP WITH BEST WESTERN HOTEL

We began our partnership with Best Western in 2011 and this relationship has flourished over the past 12 years with our active participation and sponsorship at their annual conferences. We have not only established strong business connections but also cultivated enduring friendships with several of our most devoted patrons within the Best Western network. Best Western GB has strengthened this alliance by incorporating our interactive wedding inquiry form and showround request form directly into their official www.BestWestern.co.uk website! This recent advancement will strengthen our resilient partnership with Best Western, enhancing the level of service we provide to our cherished customers.

Best Western Partnership Announcement WedPro

WEDPRO SPONSORS BEST WESTERN Annual Marketing Conference 2024

As headline sponsors of the Best Western AMC Gala Dinner, a highlight of our events calendar, on January 29th and 30th, Ciara Crossan, CEO and “Selfie Queen,” couldn’t resist snapping a group selfie from the stage during her speech at the dinner. Celebrating change was the theme for the conference, and we joined in celebrating our latest integration with Guestline PMS.

Best Western AMC 2024 WedPro by WeddingDates

Other events attended this year were Hotel Leadership Conference/Master Innholders, Guides For Brides UK Wedding Conference, National Hotel Marketing Conference and Best Western SMRDC (Sales, Marketing, Revenue, and Distribution Conference). Our Wedding Venue Expert Carys Duckworth travelled the length and breadth of the UK with the In4Hospitality and associated events through the UK. 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.

Expert Advice From The WeddingDates Team

CORK DIGITAL MARKETING AWARDS

Our company and team had some wins throughout the year too. Nominated for and finalists in three categories at the 10th annual Cork Digital Marketing Awards for Best in Content Creation and Best Use of LinkedIn for Business, we were delighted that one of our team took home Best Digital Marketing Student award. Our Intern Ali Byrne, who came to us for her 3rd year placement and stayed working with us until she returned to university for her final year in September, won on the night, fighting off stiff competition from her peers. Read more about the event here. 

CIARA CROSSAN CROWNED IRELAND’S MOST FLEXIBLE BOSS

We have always prioritised a healthy work culture and have always collaborated when and where needed. As a result of that, our CEO Ciara Crossan was chosen as Ireland’s most flexible boss for her commitment to fostering a flexible and supportive workplace by EmployFlex. Ciara was also a finalist in Network Cork, Businesswoman of the Year Awards in the established Businesswoman Category.

Ciara Crossan Flexible Working WeddingDates Ireland

TEAM WINS

As a fully remote team, based over five locations in the UK and Ireland, we always savour the opportunity to get together when possible. As well as occasional office days, we attended networking events including The Club Women’s Network at Republic of Work in Cork on International Women’s Day in March. A big highlight was our Summer team away day in Dublin in May, visiting the Storehouse, and learning how to pour a pint of Guinness, Tapas and Karaoke.

WeddingDates Team Away Day Dublin Guinness Storehouse

LAUNCHES AND RELEASES

2024 Wedding Industry Report

On Valentine’s Day, we launched our ninth annual Wedding Industry Report for Ireland and the UK and it is now available for you to download! Spanning 27 pages, this year’s report delves into the desires, challenges, and aspirations of newly engaged couples, providing invaluable insights into what truly matters when it comes to planning the perfect wedding. From understanding what couples want to what they hope to avoid, our report serves as a comprehensive guide for wedding venues seeking to exceed expectations and create unforgettable experiences for their clients.

UK Wedding Industry Report 2024 Banner

Ireland Wedding Industry Report 2024 Banner

THE WEDDING LIFECYCLE WEBINAR SERIES AND EBOOK RELEASE

Last summer, WeddingDates Wedding Experts, Carys Duckworth and Alix Matania-Allerton led an enlightening three-part webinar series on The Wedding Lifecycle. Guiding through essential strategies and best practices to captivate the attention and interest of prospective couples, the webinars, came with an interactive workbook and eBook Iink to eBook. You can download the ebook here.

The Wedding Lifecycle eBook Download Ultimate Guide For Wedding Venues

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 will provide wedding coordinators and venue managers in Ireland with invaluable insights gleaned from a meticulous analysis of CSO marriage data from 2019 to 2022.

Ready to grow your wedding business? Download your copy here.

Ireland Wedding Market Analysis Report 2023

EXCITING NEW WEDPRO PRODUCT FEATURES

In addition to the recently announced Guestline integration, 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.

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