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The Wedding Industry Awards 2018… the votes are in!

weddingawards_badges_regionalwinner_4a With the glittering Awards ceremony now over and the comments from all our voters clutched in our hands we're feeling unbelievably proud, and a tiny bit emotional (but don't tell anyone!) about our participation in The Wedding Industry Awards 2018. It's been quite a rollercoaster and whilst we know we've got a great team, to hear it from the people who really count, our couples, means the world. It's exactly why we do this and we're never going to forget that. So after winning our regional heat as Best Wedding Caterer (and what a huge region it is too - Yorkshire AND the North East) we were put through to the National Finals taking place in London. Some of the team dusted off their glad rags and headed on down there ready to party the night away at the Café de Paris. By all accounts they had a fantastic night flying the flag for us and meeting some of the other finalists. Sadly we didn't win, but we're by no means disheartened by this - we were up against some stiff competition! Huge congratulations to With A Twist Catering who were well deserved winners and also to Four Gables Food who were highly commended. We wouldn't have been very proud Regional Winners, or National Finalists without the votes that were cast by our lovely couples and we're feeling incredibly humbled not only by the number of you who chose to take the time to vote (you actually have to give feedback and not just click a button!) but also by the comments that we're now able to read. There are so many that we can't share them all in this post but you'll see them popping up on our social media pages soon and in the meantime, here's a very lovely, but very small, selection.. 'F4D took on our tapas style wedding catering and gave us the best tapas we'd ever had and we've eaten a lot of tapas! Not only has every guest there consistently mentioned the food since the wedding, we also never stopped hearing people talking about it whilst there too! We had a huge mix of dietary reqs from veggies to vegans, wheat intolerant and a Pescatarian! They catered for everyone with unique and delicious food without a kitchen - they only had an empty room! 15+ dishes a table. Incredible!' 'Outstanding service, food and presentation. I am still yet to write formally to thank as we have just returned from Honeymoon. Friends 4 Dinner are incredible!! Right from initial booking to the wedding day itself. All our guests have commented about how amazing the food was! I still can't comprehend how you can cook 134 beef fillets to perfection from a catering tent!' 'From the initial call, right through to the days before the wedding, F4D guided us and were on hand, what felt like all the time. No request was too silly or too extravagant. We really loved that we had a face to face consultation and a full tasting session that brought the consultation to life and allowed for amendments. It also meant that we had no need to worry on the day. On the food quality and presentation was impeccable with the staff falling over themselves to assist beyond the catering' 'The food, the attention to detail, the people, were all outstanding from our first contact with them but, imagine, they ship in field kitchens, produce a superlative meal for 100 people and don't tell us (till late in the evening) that the hired ovens had failed and they produced this incredible meal, all cooked on site, with perfect fillet of beef at the heart of the meal, from a single domestic oven. No fuss, no delay, no sign, just a truly fabulous service and the most incredible cooking!' 'Friends for Dinner were superb. Our guests were blown away by the food. The canapés were a real show stopper. The main course was designed to our specific requests and worked perfectly with the general theme of the wedding. The service provided was first class from the very start. We could not have wished for more from Friends 4 Dinner' 'The service provided by Jonathan, Katrina and Olivia from the moment we stepped into West Milford Grange kitchen until our wedding day was phenomenal. We couldn't have asked for anymore and they delivered beyond all expectations. Our day wouldn't have been as memorable without them, we have already and will continue to recommend them to anyone looking for the best wedding caterers' 'Katrina, Allie & Jonny are the best caterers I've ever worked with! They are super personable, flexible and helpful. Without them we wouldn't have been able to have the wedding we dreamed of, they were so integral to the big day. We are huge foodies and the food was outstanding and beautifully presented. We love that F4D use local suppliers and also helped us with those ever important timings. We would defo use them as caterers for any future dinner parties/events we do!' 'We needed something unusual and cost effective. They were the only caterers we contacted who genuinely were interested in making our vision work within our budget. We spoke to at least 20 others who just gave us the 'same old' wedding food but not Friends for Dinner. Their customer service is also really friendly, relaxed and personal. They always respond to requests quickly and show you how much you matter to them' 'Friends 4 Dinner served around 80 guests at our wedding an outstanding meal which was very much enjoyed by all. They managed to pull this off working in a very small area in a marquee which was in the middle of a field. How they did this I do not know. The presentation was amazing and the attention to details was 1st class. The team worked extremely hard to deliver something special to our guests and not one person was disappointed. Everybody raved about the food. Totally amazing company' 'Just unbelievably brilliant!!' 'Friends 4 Dinner more than deserve a ten in every one of these categories. They manicured a menu for us, that not only suited our style and tastes, but was fantastic value. Throughout the lead up to the day, they were attentive and in touch frequently, putting us at ease and keeping us in the loop. On the day, they couldn't have been better, the staff were wonderful, the food was sublime and they were unseen when required and there when needed, a perfect company and selection of people. Thank you' We normally like to fill a blog post with lovely images but in all honesty, this one is just about the words, so that's how we've left it. We'll be in touch with everyone who voted early next week but in the meantime, thank you so much from all of Team F4D. It genuinely means the world to us that you took the time to vote and give feedback (and such amazing feedback at that!).