Bespoke Wedding Service of the Year | Winnerby Liz Gatherer
2022 certainly got off with a bang as Wedition won the Hampshire regional category for Bespoke Wedding Service of the Year. Wedition had been nominated for the award before Christmas and having submitted the supporting documentation to the judges, Wedition was shortlisted down to the final six. Earlier this week I received a delightful phone call from Daniel Jones of the awards team who let me know the wonderful news that Wedition had won the category!
Winner of Bespoke Wedding Service of the Year 2021/2022
For the last 16 years the Corporate Live Wire and LTG business platforms have been running national and international awards, in 2018 they introduced regional awards to recognise smaller, independent businesses that are extremely successful and hard working on a local level. Each nominee is asked to submit supporting information for their chosen category and a panel of industry expert judges review the submitted information along with publicly sourced information such as customer testimonials and information provided on the company's website and social media platforms.
You can read the information I submitted below.
What do you consider to be the outstanding points of the products/services you offer?
Wedition is a unique product, the only one of its kind. The customer experience is at the forefront of everything we do, our customer service has been recognised not just consistently high reviews, but through awards too.
Have you any certifications, media recognition or won other awards in the past?
- WINNER LTG Wedding Awards: Wedding Specialist of the Year 2019
- WINNER SME News’ 2019 Business Elite: Most Creative Bespoke Wedding Service of the Year
- WINNER Lux Life Magazine 2019's Most innovative Wedding Item - UK Regional
- WINNER The Wedding Industry Awards 2019: Special Touch
- WINNER Waverley Big Awards 2018 Customer Delight
- WINNER Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards 2018: Newcomer
- WINNER Surrey & Hampshire BIZ Awards New Business/Start Up of the Year 2018
- NATIONAL WINNER The Wedding Industry Awards 2018 Best Newcomer
- NATIONAL WINNER The Wedding Awards 2018 Wedding Special Effects
- REGIONAL FINALIST The Wedding Industry Awards 2018: Special Touch
- SHORTLISTED The UK Wedding Awards 2018: Wedding Extra
- FINALIST Inspire Business Awards 2018: New Business of the Year
- Hampshire Life
- Brooklands Radio
- Life in Farnham
- Various local newspapers. Bride Surrey. Bride Magazine (Hampshire edition, Surrey edition and London edition)
Can you support your nomination with any feedback from your customers?
VC: “I was recommended to Liz following one of my bridesmaid’s weddings and it was honestly a dream experience from start to finish. Starting with a detailed call talking through everything about us as a couple, and what our wedding day would look like it was just an amazing process. The Wedition magazine brought so much additional detail and personality to our day, and so many people commented on how amazing it was and how they would keep it as a little memento of our day! Thank you so much Liz for bringing our dreams to life”
RB: “We met Liz at a wedding fair and instantly loved the Wedition idea. So unique. From start to finish Liz was fantastic, she was super helpful if we needed guidance or inspiration for content and very accommodating of all our requests. Our guests absolutely loved Wedition and we were so pleased with how it turned out, it was perfect. It gave our guests something fun and interesting to read on the day but was also something for them to take away to remember our wedding day. I can't recommend Wedition enough, great service, great end product and your guests will love it! Thank you so much!”
MW: “When we first met Liz at a wedding fair, we instantly knew that we HAD to have this at our wedding! It is such a unique and flexible way to tell your story to your guests. We loved seeing everyone's faces when they were reading it and they can all take home a piece of your wedding and you also get a keepsake too! Liz is an incredible talent who just loves weddings and we really enjoyed working with her. It is also great to tell someone everything about your wedding when you are keeping it a secret from everyone else! If you are thinking of having this, do it! It really makes a difference and guests have never seen it before. Thank you again Liz - would highly recommend.”
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What is your long term strategy/ future objectives or are you launching anything new?
Long term I would like to see the business continue to go from strength to strength, building on an increase in number of clients each year. I would be keen to break into the Asian wedding market, although this is a hard industry to break into, as is the Jewish wedding market but I hope that with L’Chaim! it will give me a good reputation and Jewish wedding couples will start to come to me, in fact, I have just provided a Wedition for my very first Jewish (groom) / Catholic (bride) couple getting married in America. This is also my first American wedding, I would be keen to get more weddings in America too.
Please add below any further information you would like us to include in your supporting file:
During the pandemic there came a point when it was looking pretty grim for Wedition as there was no new business coming in and all the couples on our books had postponed to later dates. In September 2020 I submitted my end of year accounts and cried, I really thought I would have to close the business.
The next morning I picked myself up and decided to fight my way through. L’Chaim! was born, this is Wedition’s sister, essentially the same concept but for the Jewish Bar / Bat mitzvah market. Weddings were being cancelled and postponed left, right and centre but birthdays cannot be cancelled! Within 2 weeks of launch, L’Chaim! had 11 enquiries and one booking…. the booking was in America! L’Chaim! has grown from strength to strength, supported Wedition during the lull, I have done Bar / Bat mitzvahs in the UK, the United States and in Israel. My first booking for 2022 is a Bat mitzvah in Germany. In recent weeks, Wedition has seen an increase in enquiries and we have now done a handful of weddings since unrestricted guest numbers. 2022 is looking to be an exciting year. The pandemic has shown me a strength and resilience I did not know I possessed and it has forced me to make many changes to the way the company is run, all positive. I am proud at what has been achieved throughout the pandemic and look forward to a bright future with both Wedition and L’Chaim!
Please visit L'Chaim! here.
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