The dust has settled on what was a fantastic awards party at the lovely Knightsbrook Hotel in Trim, we at weddingsonline have been reflecting on the event and eagerly listening to feedback from many businesses, both winners and finalists.
The weddingsonline awards were set up to recognise excellence within the wedding sector and to reward those businesses that stand out from the crowd.
There is a very clear scoring mechanism for the independent judges to adhere to that help them to choose winners in each category.
We always set the judges the challenge of “Who would they book if they were getting married?”, based on the submissions / website / social media and reviews.
Once businesses made the shortlist (based on a public vote), the awards were then scored in the following way:
As wedding supplier choice is quite an emotive purchase they are rewarding businesses that stand out from the crowd with great content / imagery and video and that showcase their personality and give a positive experience to their couples.
This is also the case in terms of wedding venues, where the imagery, video, personality and warmth of the staff in the venue means more that the bricks, mortar and surroundings.
There is a very clear scoring matrix for the reviews. Marks are awarded in the following areas:
This scoring mechanism rewards great management of your reviews which in turn helps to encourage others to book your business.
We have found over the past 11 years of running the weddingsonline awards that businesses that embrace the awards and use their nomination, shortlisting and winning the award to contribute to a positive marketing experience, can really push on to new heights.
Interestingly we have seen some nominated / shortlisted clients (who have not won) positively promoting the fact that they are finalists using that as a sales tool and a springboard for their business.
Please let us know if you would like a marketing consultation with one of our team, we would be thrilled to help you make the best of your success.
Thanks for getting involved and roll on the 2021 weddingsonline awards
I’m just getting back to emails today, I am still in shock after winning my award! And will be on a high for a long time, believe you me. I had a brilliant night there, it was so well organised, the food was gorgeous and the music unreal. –
Brian Roche, Baker Boy Cakes, Cake Designer of the Year 2020
Still coming to terms with this, our second award of the year. I am hugely grateful for everything. Thanks to the whole weddingsonline team, especially my account manager Rory McDonald who was the very first industry professional I spoke to about advertising over 10 years ago. I’ve been with weddingsonline from day 1 and some of the seminars they have put on over the years have been where I picked up invaluable information helping me grow through the formative years. Onwards and upwards, the hardwork continues.
Ronan Quinn – Amare Stories, Wedding Videographer of the Year 2020
I just wanted to write to say thank you very much for giving Fernhill the opportunity to win best country house hotel in Ireland at the weddingsonline awards. My brother is on honeymoon and my wife and I had a baby last week so we were not able to go but we were celebrating back in West Cork! The win also had a great reaction locally with about 1,000 likes and comments from 165 different people on our instagram and facebook pages. Thank you again. It is very inspiring and we have lots of plans to improve for next year
Michael O’Neill – Fernhill House Hotel, Country House Venue of the Year 2020
“I’m absolutely thrilled I won the award, Business has just boomed since I joined WOL. You’re a really brilliant bunch and I was so delighted to meet you all and be part of it all! Back to reality today, a thousand emails to get through but with a very big smile on my face
Flannelly Media Design – Wedding stationery by Sarah, Stationery Designer of the Year 2019
“We were delighted to win and it is getting a massive reaction on social media!”
Michael O’Neill – Fernhill House Hotel, Hotel Venue of the Year Munster 2019
“Just to let you know we didn’t realise how prestigious the awards were and our phones have not stopped ringing with bookings since we announced our win. We loved every minute of the awards and we thought it was so well organised and there was a fab atmosphere. We were treated so well and we were genuinely so pleased with the messages of congratulations from other suppliers as well as brides.”
Michelle & Audrey, All About Weddings, Venue Decor & Event Stylist of the Year 2019
“Thank you so much to the judges for selecting Castlemartyr Resort as venue of the year. It really was totally unexpected. A lesson learnt was always attend, because you just never know….next year we’ll be first to order tickets! The whole team are thrilled. It’s really given everyone a huge lift. Our PR company are working on our exposure after this great win. The Billboard is being planned too…….We had a great night and wished we could do it all again!” – Castlemartyr Resort – Hotel Venue of the Year, Munster and Overall Venue of the Year 2018
“I am just letting you know I have received my lovely trophy and my Certificate. I am delighted. It’s all very exciting!” Wicklow Wedding Celebrant – Wedding Celebrant of the Year 2018
“Absolutely Brilliant Night! Great support from other suppliers in the industry! Best Awards I have entered, judged on actual work by independent judges. Brides pay attention to the winners of this award, it has been mentioned to me on hair trials” I saw that you won the weddingsonline awards, well done!” – Upstyle Junkie – Hair Stylist of the Year 2018
“Winning the weddingsonline awards has set me apart from other wedding photographers, it has been a great motivator for me in helping me improve my business! There have been more enquiries this year and definitely a bigger level of trust from couples”. – Couple Photography – Photographer of the Year and Overall Supplier of the Year 2018
“Floods of emails since. A few congrats from past/future couples but mostly enquiries. Booked my first 2020 yesterday, deposit and all as a direct result!” – Paudie Walsh, Munster DJ Hire – Winner DJ of the Year 2018
“My work and enquiries are through the roof. I have got the most amazing response for my award. Thanks so much for everything, joining WOL was the best move I made in a long time. Hope all good with you and your amazing team.” – Olivia O’Hanlon, Church Singer of the Year 2018
“100 enquiries in just 2 days … 15 weddings booked in just 2 days … Thank You !” – DKPHOTO – Photographer and Overall Supplier of the Year 2017 (3 days after the Awards)
Weddingsonline Awards is delighted to have won Best Awards Ceremony in the Event Industry Awards 2018!