We can’t quite believe it, we are still pinching ourselves after Ashfield House was named the North West’s best wedding venue and best event team at the 2017 regional Wedding Industry Awards.
The Wedding Industry Awards are one of the most prestigious in our sector, and until this year, we had never entered them before. With a whole host of well established corporate chains, big wedding players and other well knowns, we were amongst some real powerhouses of the wedding industry. However, these awards operate under a very strict judging process which involves scores from past couples and a specific judging entry that we had to submit. With a focus on quality rather than quantity, it means that wedding companies can all enter, no matter how large or small, and have the same fair chance to win.
We love what we do at Ashfield House and decided that you need to be “in it to win it” and entered two categories; Wedding Venue (Town or City) and Wedding Event Team, confident that our creative approach to weddings, bravery and flexibility would stand us in good stead.
Couples who have been wed at Ashfield House over the last twelve months were eligible to vote for us and were asked to score our service in a variety of categories. We get up each day and love coming to work and love to serve. We’d like to think that this passion shines through with our couples who choose us to mark the most special day of their lives. We care about our couples deeply, and were confident they would reflect that in their marking of us in this year’s awards.
As we entered the awards quite late, we only had a 10 day period when our past couples could vote for us and score our services. Our couples did not let us down! (If you are reading this and you took the timer to vote for us, please accept our sincere gratitude).
On November 8, nine of us hired a minibus and excitedly took off to the regional final to await the decision on the North West regional winners. ‘Overjoyed’ might just be the biggest understatement of the year, as we were declared winner in not one, but both of the categories we had entered. Our whole team were so thrilled and it means so much to us that knowing 50% of our mark came from the wonderful couples who had a choice when booking the venue for the biggest day of their lives, and they chose us at Ashfield House. It feels incredible to know that our eccentric English charming country house has evoked such happy and unforgettable memories, with our couples taking the time to award us.
If you are reading this and as yet, are undecided on the wedding venue for your big day, please do get in touch with our friendly award winning team (sorry, we just wanted to type that out! Looks good doesn’t it?). We can be contacted on 01257 473500 or firstname.lastname@example.org
In the meantime, it is back to work as usual with an additional couple of items in reception for us to polish; our two new trophies! Now we must get ready for the glittering national final which takes place in London in January. We have everything crossed! Keep us in your prayers.
The Ashfield House team