WeddingDates Launches Planning Portal

9th September 2019

Posted In: FYI

Ireland’s premier Wedding Software and Marketing Platform has just launched a brand new site with a planning portal to help brides and groom easily navigate planning their big day!

WeddingDates is the go-to platform for wedding venues and suppliers in Ireland and the UK. The site enables engaged couples to search for their perfect venue or supplier and send enquiries directly to those suppliers. It gives over 750 venues and some 1,500 suppliers qualified leads on which to drive their wedding business forward. The site engages with brides and grooms keeping them on top of trends and tips through regular inspirational blogs, newsletters and social media posts. With in excess of 250,000 enquiries through the site and over 15,000 booked weddings to date, the site is a firm favourite with both consumers and industry professionals.

The missing link was a more integrated planning area for users, which the award-winning company has just launched. Now brides and grooms will be able to plan their whole day through the new WeddingDates Planning Portal. Here engaged couples can log in and stay on top of their wedding planning with a variety of digital tools aimed at helping them create the best day ever.

According to WeddingDates Founder & CEO Ciara Crossan, “We are really excited about this new phase in our growth as a company. This is something we have been working on since we celebrated our 10 years in business last year. We wanted to bring the site to the next level and really give our end users the experience they want when planning for the biggest day of their lives within the WeddingDates ecosystem.  So not only has the whole look and feel of the website been overhauled, the way users search has been dramatically improved with geolocation search. Users will now be able to search based on venues/suppliers within a radius of their location which means our clients will show up in more meaningful searches than ever before.”

A key feature of the planning portal is the ultimate checklist, which will guide the bride or groom through the key tasks they need to keep on top of during their wedding journey. It details month by month what needs to be done and couples can save their chosen suppliers within their own page and check it off the list. They can keep tabs on who they have sent enquiries to and mark it as confirmed once booked.

According to Crossan, This launch is phase one of the planning portal and phase 2 will see us build in budgeting tools and table plans along with other key features to help couples plan. Users can expect to see these benefits come online later in the year.”

The portal is a free tool for users and is simple and easy to use. They just have to log in and all their searches will be saved in their profile, which they can use on any device. Taking the stress out of wedding planning, while improving the user experience and benefitting clients is a win-win for WeddingDates who believe their agility to innovate is a core strength and value of the business.