Welcome to our Autumn company update. Explore the most recent updates, company and team developments at WeddingDates, uncovering all the news highlights spanning from May through September 2023.
At WedPro, our commitment to excellence and innovation drives us forward, and this season has been no exception. Since our Spring Update in April, we’ve welcomed new customers to the WedPro Community, released an enhanced showround calendar for WedPro customers and successfully completed a three-part webinar series on The Wedding Lifecycle, complete with a workbook and eBook. We’ve also celebrated the outstanding accomplishments of our dedicated team members, and even garnered prestigious award nominations!
Join us for our Autumn company update as we recap the memorable events and conferences we’ve had the privilege to attend, and get a sneak peek into the exciting upcoming events that will further enrich our calendar.
Latest WEDPRO/WEDDINGDATES COMPANY NEWS
EXCITING NEW WEDPRO PRODUCT FEATURES
Building on the successful launch of our showround calendar earlier this year, we’ve rolled out an upgraded version of the showround plugin. This improved iteration features an intuitive and user-friendly interface, simplifying showround appointment management to a whole new level. Staying on top of all your upcoming appointments has never been easier.
In case you missed it, our April release included a range of features such as the ability to add a partner’s contact information, unblock dates, receive notifications to prevent double bookings, and manually enter inquiries for already booked dates.
Discover all the latest updates and features in the WedPro software here.
CONSOLIDATING OUR PARTNERSHIP WITH BEST WESTERN
Our partnership with Best Western, which began in 2011, has flourished over the past 12 years, with our active participation in the AMC and SMRDC conferences. We’ve not only built strong business ties but have also forged lasting friendships, with some of our most loyal customers coming from the Best Western family. Best Western GB have consolidated this partnership by integrating our interactive wedding enquiry form and showround request form on their official www.BestWestern.co.uk website! This latest development reinforces our robust partnership with Best Western and elevates the quality of service we offer to you, our valued customers.
GROWING OUR WEDPRO COMMUNITY
As a trusted software solutions provider in the wedding industry, we take pride in assisting wedding and event venues on their path to success. Over the past few months, we’ve had the honour of welcoming a variety of venues in Ireland and the UK to the WedPro Community. As valued members of WeddingDates, Manor House Country Hotel, Farleigh Golf Club, Clayton Hotel Galway and The Priest House have taken the step to upgrade their toolkit to include WedPro, empowering their team to achieve even greater success.
Our partnership with Legacy Hotels has blossomed over the years, and we’re elated to announce that seven of their esteemed UK properties have recently become part of the WedPro family. Their team’s expertise, combined with our software, will make planning effortless and weddings extraordinary.
The addition of new customers is always a cause for celebration, and we’d like to extend a special welcome to Rockhill House, Weston Park, Glenside Hotel, Wivenhoe House, Park Hall Hotel and Wroxeter Weddings, their decision to invest in our sales pipeline management software demonstrates their commitment to streamlining communication, boosting revenue, and saving valuable admin time.
Want to join the #WedProCommunity too? Request an introductory call here.
The Wedding Lifecycle Webinar Series and eBook Release
Over the summer, WeddingDates Wedding Experts, Carys Duckworth and Alix Matania-Allerton led an enlightening three-part webinar series focused on The Wedding Lifecycle. They guided Wedding Professionals on a journey through essential strategies and best practices to captivate the attention and interest of prospective couples. Alongside this webinar series, we rolled out a collection of informative blog posts and an interactive workbook. And guess what? The comprehensive guide will soon be available in eBook format!
WeddingDates Awards – Open for Submissions
Exciting news! The 2023 WeddingDates Top Rated Venue Awards are officially underway. The question on everyone’s mind: Who will clinch the title of this year’s Top Rated Wedding Venue? To stand a chance of winning in your location and category, all you need to do is have your previous couples submit reviews to the WeddingDates website. Remember each review counts! Don’t let this chance slip away to secure the premier spot for your venue.
If you have any questions or need more information on how you can participate in the WeddingDates Awards please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org or complete the contact form on the WeddingDates website.
CELEBRATING SUCCESS: WEDDINGDATES’ LATEST TEAM NEWS
Shortlisted for 2023 Boutique Hotelier Awards
WedPro by WeddingDates has been shortlisted for the prestigious 2023 Boutique Hotelier Awards, in the category of “Best Hotel Technology Product (under 100 employees).” Applications were submitted by WedPro customers and this nomination underscores the unwavering trust and confidence that our valued customers have in our company and offerings.
The ultimate winners of these awards are determined through public voting, and we humbly request your support in transforming this nomination into a well-deserved victory. Please take a moment to cast your vote here, and for more details regarding our nomination, you can explore further here. Thank you for being part of our journey!
Finalist in Cork Digital Marketing Awards
WeddingDates has proudly secured a place as a finalist in three distinct categories at the highly esteemed 10th annual Cork Digital Marketing Awards, hosted by The Cork Chamber of Commerce. These nominations are for our content related to The Wedding Lifecycle campaign, our innovative use of LinkedIn, and the exceptional efforts of our Marketing Intern, Ali Byrne. This recognition is a testament to the unwavering dedication and creativity we pour into our digital marketing endeavours. Our ultimate goal is to craft content that not only delights our valued customers but also empowers them to excel in the ever-evolving wedding industry.
Ciara Crossan: Finalist at the Network Cork Businesswoman of the Year 2023
In May Ciara Crossan, Founder and CEO of WeddingDates, earned a remarkable nomination in the Established Businesswoman Category at the prestigious Network Cork Businesswoman of the Year Awards 2023. While the top honour may not have been achieved on this particular occasion, Ciara’s nomination stands as a resounding tribute to her extraordinary talent, unwavering dedication, and substantial impact on the business arena.
For a comprehensive recap of the event, click here.
Carys’s Memorable Road Trip Through Ireland
In late July, Carys embarked on her inaugural sales road trip to Ireland, and it proved to be an unforgettable journey. From romantic castles to trendy city venues, each stop presented a unique set of challenges and opportunities. One remarkable venue, hosting over 300 weddings annually, was looking to streamline its processes to consistently deliver exceptional service, while a group of venues was determined to boost bookings for their newer spaces and sought a top-level strategic perspective. Face-to-face meetings allow her to truly connect with the heart and soul of these remarkable places and it’s one of her favourite aspects of the job.
The Leadership Mindset Podcast; Ft Ciara Crossan
Earlier this year, Ciara had the opportunity to sit down with the highly regarded host, Paul Lanigan for an episode of his podcast titled “The Leadership Mindset”. Get ready to delve into Ciara’s journey as she shares her passion for reshaping the wedding industry.
You can listen to the full podcast here.
May 2023 Team Away Day
On the 18th of May 2023, our team set off on a thrilling expedition to Dublin, marking the eagerly awaited annual Team Away Day. It was an occasion where our dedicated staff from both Ireland and the UK connected in the vibrant city, all set for a day of bonding, enjoyment, and the creation of enduring memories. Working remotely it is important for our team to make time to connect and to celebrate our wins together.
For a detailed account of our exciting adventures, delve into our recap here.
EVENTS AND CONFERENCES WE ATTENDED
Our sales team loves networking and connecting with fellow hospitality and wedding industry professionals. During the Spring and Summer we actively took part in several engaging events and conferences:
- With our steadfast support for the National Hotel Marketing Conference spanning over a decade, Alix, Ciara, and Carys had the privilege of attending this year’s conference on the 27th of April, hosted at the Hilton at St George’s Park. Notably, Ciara presented an engaging seminar on “The Wedding Lifecycle” alongside Mark Godfrey MI from the award-winning wedding venue, Deer Park Country House.
- Carys had the opportunity to connect with fellow hospitality professionals at the In4Hospitality networking event on the 11th of May, which took place in Cheltenham.
- In June, Alix participated in the Classic British Hotels & Resorts members’ conference, where she delivered an insightful presentation on the UK Wedding Market, shedding light on current trends and the expectations of today’s couples.
- Ciara had the distinct honour of not only representing WedPro by WeddingDates as a gold sponsor at the prestigious Hotel Marketing Association Awards in June but also serving as a judge for the esteemed “Best in Partnership Marketing” award.
- We were proud to have Ciara Crossan join as a distinguished judge at the esteemed Midlands 103 Customer Service Awards. This grand gala took place at the splendid Mullingar Park Hotel, where it gathered a remarkable assembly of over 500 attendees hailing from the counties of Laois, Offaly, and Westmeath.
UPCOMING EVENTS – COME MEET US
As the year draws to a close, our calendars remain abuzz with exciting opportunities to connect. Join us at these forthcoming conferences and networking events:
- Alix and Carys are eagerly anticipating their attendance at the Best Western 2023 Sales, Marketing, Revenue, and Distribution Conference (SMRDC) on September 28, 2023.
- Join Carys, Alix, and Ciara at the Independent Hotel Show 2023, taking place on October 16 and 17, 2023, at Olympia in London. Make sure to utilize our referral code to secure your complimentary conference ticket.
- Carys has a busy schedule ahead, attending the In4Hospitality networking events in Glasgow and Edinburgh from November 8 to 10, 2023. On December 7, 2023, she’ll be participating in the events in Leeds and Newcastle. Don’t forget to reserve your free ticket for these valuable networking opportunities.
- As finalists, we are looking forward to attending the 2023 Cork Digital Marketing Awards Ceremony at the Clayton Hotel Silver Springs on Friday, 6th October.
Additionally, we’re excited to announce the upcoming launch of our ninth annual Couples Survey in December. The insights gathered will serve as the cornerstone of our 2024 Industry Report, set to be released in February 2024. If you want to keep up to date with more company and industry news subscribe to our newsletter, find us on Facebook, follow us on Twitter or connect with us on LinkedIn.
As we keep pushing for excellence in everything we do, we want to express our gratitude for the chance to share our Autumn company update filled with the latest news with our valued customers and partners. We’re really proud of what we’ve achieved, and we’re committed to providing top-notch service to the wedding industry.
Your continued support means the world to us, and we look forward to bringing you more exciting updates from WeddingDates in the near future. If you have any questions or want to learn more about what we offer, please don’t hesitate to get in touch. Here’s to a successful and fulfilling Q4! There’s definitely more to come!