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WedPro & Ciara Featured in Hotel & Restaurant Times

Ciara Crossan, Founder and CEO at WeddingDates spotlights our award-winning wedding CRM and sales pipeline management software in the May/June 2024 Issue of Hotel & Restaurant Times

We are thrilled to announce that our Founder and CEO, Ciara Crossan, has been featured in the latest issue of Hotel & Restaurant Times! The article, titled “Ciara Crossan – Wedding Dates’ Destiny in Good Hands,” delves into the inspiring journey of WeddingDates, from its inception in 2008 to its current status as a vital resource for hotels and wedding venues.

The Journey of WeddingDates

In the article, Ciara shares the fascinating evolution of WeddingDates. What started as a consumer-focused wedding directory site has transformed into a powerful tool for hoteliers. Ciara recounts her early days of introducing the concept of online wedding services, which was quite novel in the late 2000s.

“I remember going to the IHF annual conference in 2009 and hosting a workshop on social media and Facebook,” Ciara recalls. “The hoteliers were skeptical, but look where we are now, 16 years later!”

This journey of collaboration with hotels has been instrumental in understanding and adapting to the changing needs of consumers. Ciara highlights how trends have shifted over the years, with boutique-sized weddings becoming more popular and couples opting for multi-day celebrations.

WedPro & Ciara Featured in Hotel & Restaurant Times

Introducing WedPro: Revolutionising Hotel Wedding Services

The article’s core centres on WedPro, our cloud-based software designed to streamline hotel wedding management. Ciara explains the significant impact of WedPro on the wedding venue or hotel’s administrative workload. The software helps hotels and venues manage enquiries, follow-ups, and bookings more efficiently, ultimately increasing conversion rates.

“With about 22,000 couples getting married each year, and each consulting an average of five venues, the administrative burden can be immense,” Ciara explains. “WedPro steps in to handle much of the heavy lifting, saving wedding venues significant time and effort.”

One notable success story mentioned in the article is a company that saved 200 hours on email administration in their first year of using WedPro. This kind of efficiency is crucial in today’s competitive wedding market.

Read the Full Article

For a deeper insight into Ciara’s journey and the transformative power of WedPro, we invite you to read the full article in the May/June 2024 issue of Hotel & Restaurant Times. Discover how WeddingDates continues to innovate and support hotels and wedding venues in delivering exceptional wedding experiences.

READ THE FULL MAY/JUNE 2024 ISSUE HERE

Listen to Ciara Crossan, a guest on the latest Podcast episode of “Hospitality On A Plate” Presented by Cyril McAree, Managing Editor at Hotel & Restaurant Times

Ciara recently joined Cyril McAree on the “Hospitality on a Plate” podcast, sponsored by Guestline and recorded at the Vienna Woods Hotel in Cork. During the conversation, they explored the origins of WeddingDates, tracing its roots back to Ciara’s background in hospitality and business savvy.

LISTEN TO THE PODCAST EPISODE HERE

Hospitality on a Plate Ciara Crossan Podcast WedPro Guestline

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