January 16, 2016

WeddingWire Celebrates the Nation’s Top Wedding Professionals in Couples’ Choice AwardsⓇ 2016

CHEVY CHASE, MD–January, 6, 2016–WeddingWire, Inc., the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with wedding and event professionals, officially announced today the winners of its coveted annual Couples’ Choice AwardsⓇ 2016. This year’s list of winners is made up of the nation’s top local wedding vendors covering over 20 different service categories including wedding venues, florists, wedding photographers, and more. The honorees represent the top five percent of wedding professionals in the WeddingWire Network who demonstrate excellence in quality, service, responsiveness and professionalism.

“We are thrilled to celebrate such a high-caliber, committed group of professionals for the Couples’ Choice Awards’Ⓡ eighth year,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire. “We are proud to continue to serve as the industry leader, with over 2.5 million consumer and peer reviews, and feature these award-winning merchants who also understand the impact reviews have on their successful businesses.”

WeddingWire chooses its Couples’ Choice AwardsⓇ 2016 winners solely based on the quality, quantity, consistency and timeliness of the reviews each professional received from consumers through the 2015 calendar year. Due to this meticulous process, engaged couples perceive the award as an indicator of legitimacy and reliability when selecting their wedding vendor team.

“In any given city, there are likely hundreds of wedding photographers,” said Christopher Lin of Lin and Jirsa Photography in Orange County, CA. “Winning established, respected, third-party signs of credibility, like the WeddingWire Couples’ Choice AwardsⓇ Badge, helps my prospective clients feel comfortable about my service and my product. Like a positive review or a strong recommendation, this award can help wedding professionals build trust and book clients.”

With the largest number of consumer reviews on any wedding and event industry site, WeddingWire is the trusted source for consumers looking to connect with event professionals. As the necessity of reviews continues to increase with approximately 90 percent of consumers trusting online reviews as much as a recommendation from a family member or friend, WeddingWire strives to highlight top-tier, reviewed vendors through meaningful programs like the Couples’ Choice AwardsⓇ.

“This award absolutely made a difference when I was picking vendors,” said Lynn, a WeddingWire user from Michigan.”If a vendor had that seal, I knew that enough engaged couples liked their services that I would too. It helped me decide between two DJs that were otherwise equal.”

The WeddingWire Couples’ Choice AwardsⓇ 2016 winners were notified via email on January 6, 2016. Recipients will receive the official WeddingWire Couples’ Choice AwardsⓇ 2016 badge, along with access to a suite of marketing tools to showcase their achievement and a complete list of the award winners.

To learn more about the Couples’ Choice AwardsⓇ, please visit www.weddingwire.com/couples-choice-awards.

About WeddingWire, Inc.
WeddingWire, Inc. is the leading global online marketplace connecting consumers with event and creative professionals. Operating within a $200 billion industry, WeddingWire, Inc. hosts 10 million monthly unique users across its mobile and web platforms. Consumers are able to read over 2.5 million vendor reviews and search, compare and book from a database of over 400,000 businesses. Globally, it provides these businesses the technology they need to serve their clients through advertising, marketing and business management tools such as websites, payment processing, invoicing and contracts. Founded in 2007, the WeddingWire portfolio of sites serves couples and businesses across 14 countries in North America, Latin America and Europe, making it the worldwide leader in weddings with brands including Bodas.net, Casamentos.com.br, Matrimonio.com and more. The company employs more than 750 and maintains global headquarters in Washington, DC and international headquarters in Barcelona, Spain.