Wedding Award Season 2017
There are frequent moments in our job that remind us how wonderfully rewarding what we do is… the happiness on a bride’s face when she knows she’s found ‘the one’, her excitement when she comes to collect her gown the day before she gets married, and the heartfelt thank you notes we receive after the wedding. But it’s another sense of achievement receiving an award for your hard work from your fellow Industry Professionals. Which is why we were absolutely delighted that Anna Bridal Couture was made a finalist for three different awards this year!
The Wedding Industry Awards are the most widely recognised wedding awards. They are not only judged by Wedding Industry Professionals, but our very own brides have the opportunity to vote for us, which made it especially exciting when we were made finalists for the South Region! We headed up to Lillibrooke Manor for an evening of bubbles and canapés, and had such a wonderful time getting to know our fellow South Central suppliers. Although we didn’t win this year, it is such an honour just to be finalists, and we want to say a huge THANK YOU to our wonderful brides for voting for us and helping us make the top three!
Since the boutique is directly on the border of Hampshire and Dorset, and we have so many brides get married in both counties, we were fortunate to be nominated as Bridal Wear Retailer of the Year for both The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards AND The Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards. These awards are organised by the incredible South Coast Events, and they are an excellent opportunity for us to meet our fellow retailers, mingle with other wedding suppliers and, above all else, let our hair down after the madness of wedding season! We also had the pleasure of supporting The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation at both Award Evenings- a truly incredible charity that organises and funds weddings for terminally ill people.
The awards are judged blind by an expert panel, and the results aren’t announced until the awards ceremony. First, we attended The Hampshire Awards at The Hilton at the Ageas Bowl in Southampton. Unfortunately Anna Bridal didn’t bring home the trophy this time, however we were over the moon just to have been a finalist, and are truly delighted for all the winners on the night!
The following week we headed to The Pavilion Ballroom in Bournemouth for The Dorset Awards, and after a busy Saturday in the boutique we were ready to get the bubbles flowing and enjoy ourselves! An exceptionally long drum roll, two shocked faces, and a spilt glass of champagne later, Anna Bridal Couture was announced as Bridal Wear Retailer of the Year!
We are unbelievably happy to have been awarded the trophy, and to have been made a finalist for three incredible awards this year. THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts to our incredible brides, you are the reason we do what we do, and we wouldn’t have this achievement without your ongoing support.
Love Anna & Rachel xx
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