This year I decided to enter into The 2017 Wedding Industry Awards. This involved my brides from October 2015 – October 2016 voting for me by providing scores and feedback, answering 5 set questions in relation to my business and services and a judging panel of industry professionals reviewing my work, answers to the questions, social media and web presence and my voters comments and scores. As you can imagine I was absolutely thrilled when the Regional shortlists were published 1st November and I saw that I had been shortlisted for the West Midlands Regional Finals!
Having seen the shortlisted businesses in my category I knew competition was going to be stiff but I was so excited and headed off to Fazeley Studios, Birmingham for the Awards Evening on Monday 14th November, with my husband for support.
The venue was gorgeous and everything looked fantastic, with my nerves shredded we obviously headed straight to the ‘Beetlejuice Cocktail Bar’ for our complimentary cocktail which was delicious, and went down a little too easily!
The venue was bustling with excited and nervous tension, with Suppliers from every sector within the Wedding Industry in attendance. The Canapes were delicious but to be honest I was too nervous about spilling something down my white jacket to take full advantage of the many varieties circulating!
Soon enough the time to announce the winners arrived and everyone headed into the awards room. The excitement was palpable! Winners from each Sector were announced and collected their awards. Finally they reached the Wedding Makeup Artist of the Year announcement. Due to the high standards within this category a Highly Commended Award was also given.
Unfortunately I didn’t win an award on this occasion but I thoroughly enjoyed my evening and met some lovely people.
The awards are a fantastic way for our passion and hard work to be recognised and acknowledged. What makes this even more special is that none of us would be shortlisted without the feedback from our wonderful Brides (or Grooms). I was so touched to read each of my brides comments about their experience and the reasons for booking me and am extremely grateful for their kind words. Regardless of winning or not the feedback is invaluable and for this reason I am looking forward to next year’s awards!!
Good luck to everyone who went through to the finals!