We celebrate some of our awards highlights at Bellissima Weddings over the last few years
We have always believed entering awards is a great way for us to re-evaluate our business and re-think how we do certain things, always wanting to be the best for our girls! For the first couple of years we entered the Bridal Buyer awards without even making the finals. Back then these were the only awards for bridal shops to enter, the only other ones were business awards – which were a little scary!
We eventually made the finals of the Bridal Buyer Best Retailer award for website and customer service but sadly that year (2009) we didn’t win any of them…!
Then, in 2010, it all paid off and we won the acclaimed award for Best Bridal Retailer from Bridal Buyer. What means most to us is the fact that, that year, votes were cast by brides, it was not just the decision of a judging panel. The effect of winning was immediate and far reaching and our brides and consultants alike were so happy for us. We decided we didn’t want to stop there and knew we should try our hand at the business awards as well! Much nail-biting was done there!
To test the waters we entered the regional customer service awards and I entered business woman of the year – to our surprise and delight we won both awards :). Winning automatically put us into the Essex awards and, in 2012, I won the Essex Business Woman of the Year! I was a very proud lady, woman!
In 2013 we made the Bridal Buyer finals again but didn’t win unfortunately – however, we were invited to LA (oh yeah!) by Enzoani and we were presented with a double award for being their top UK retailer for the Enzoani label and also Blue by Enzoani. That year I was even interviewed by Fashion TV in LA as well!
At that point, around the end of 2013, we started to get so many brides through the doors our time to really concentrate on awards got less and less… but Enzoani had other ideas! In 2014 we returned to LA, this time with Kaye, and were again presented with the double award – and also got our star on Hollywood Boulevard!!
In 2015, we again travelled to LA, not expecting anything but we were so pleased and honoured to win the double again!
In 2016 due to the shop having so many appointments we couldn’t make it to the US for the awards but still won the double and Enzoani very kindly had the awards presented to us in store.
We are very proud to say no other shop has ever done the double 4 times in a row! Its really great to have such a big, well-known brand really support you like that.
Then, in 2016, I entered Kaye into the Retail Bridalwear Association special recognition award because she plays such an important part in our business and we value her endless effort and enthusiasm extremely highly! She was so excited when she won and it was a great moment for all of our very hard-working team!
We have always fancied entering the The Wedding Industry Awards and last year we entered and won the regionals but again due to work commitments, we weren’t able to attend the awards ceremony and the trophy was sent to us! That was back in late 2016 and all the regional winners are then entered into the national awards.
The awards were held at the very fancy Cafe De Paris in London and I actually brought with me the regional trophy in my handbag, as we were so convinced we weren’t going to win, but wanted to have our picture taken with the regional award anyway! Didn’t want to miss out on a photo opportunity! As you can imagine we were so blown away with the Best Bridal Retailer win that all good intentions went out the window and the little trophy stayed tucked away all night!! Once again, in this award, what pleases us most is the truly wonderful feedback and the lovely comments made by our brides when they voted for us. We can’t thank them enough! Here we are below in our lovely Kelsey Rose dresses!
It has been very humbling to receive so many wins over the last few years and a wonderful recognition for our team of girls who really do work their little socks off to make every bride truly happy with their dress. We all take huge pride in receiving your beautiful pictures back after the wedding and hearing how it all went, to see the big smiles on your faces makes it all worthwhile. So please keep sending your pictures!
We have had a wonderful few years at Bellisssima Weddings and looking forward to many many more!
L & the girls x