So our new website is finally live and I must say – I am delighted with the results – while there are still several listings to be added and few minor glitches fixed – you can see the beautiful vision of mine finally come to life after several months of hard work and sleepless nights.
This was a long time coming though – when I first started Norfolk Brides back in 2011 I thought I had THE best wedding website in Norfolk, perhaps even East Anglia. That was back then – I had no idea what I was letting myself in for!
Very quickly after the first website launched I realised that the Norfolk Brides brand has become a lot more than just an ordinary wedding directory. There was so much more to offer, but I was limited to how I could showcase it on my old ( unfortunately rather dated looking) website. I have been wanting to create something new, fresh, modern and informative for local couples and suppliers alike and been plotting the plan for the new website for quite sometime now. It took me several months to decide if I can make the leap of faith and make another investment in to the business ( after all – they do say – don’t try and fix what’s not broken) and after careful consideration, several chats with the banks and my accountant, drilling from my husband ( and some tears & sleepless nights) I felt the change was certainly required in order to take Norfolk Brides to the new level and introduce it to not only Norfolk wedding market, but the whole of the UK and put Norfolk on the map as THE destination to get married in the UK.
While most of the old features are featured on the website – I feel we managed to de-clutter it, make it neater and particularly focus on the quality of images showcasing our suppliers. Not only that, but the website is now fully responsive too ( who needs an app when you have a website that works on everything – both desktop, tablets / phones ?!) and of course – it is synced with your favourite social media channels so you can share the information you find online with your friends and family hassle free.
I have introduced a completely new feature – the Norfolk Wedding Blog. I felt that there was a need for an independent wedding blog, writing all bout the local suppliers, wedding fairs, designers and wedding trends, not to mention real wedding features and styled photo shoot displays to help you get some inspiration for your wedding day. The plan is to have a weekly blog post to begin with and depending on how it goes – perhaps to increase it to few times a week. We already have a wonderful Styled Shoot by Penny of The Little Lending Co. and her team, wonderful Real Wedding Feature from Tatum Reid Photography and several supplier spotlight posts about our lovely businesses that we work with.
There is a list of fantastic Real Weddings and Styled shoots to be added soon so do make sure you keep checking in for some of the latest wedding inspiration for your wedding in Norfolk.
Aside of the blog we do still have our Norfolk Wedding Directory listing wedding suppliers from across Norfolk and surrounding areas. We changed the lay out and features ( with more to be added soon) but it is still really easy to use and navigate. There are some distinctive categories to make your search easy – you can go straight to the Norfolk Wedding Venues, Wedding Dress Shops in Norfolk, Norfolk Wedding Photographers, Wedding Jewellery Shops, Entertainment and Other Wedding Service suppliers in Norfolk. Although we already have lots of fabulous suppliers listed – there are some new and exciting businesses to be added soon so make sure to keep checking in for the latest updates.
As we organise wedding fairs in Norfolk, we have also kept the Norfolk Wedding Fair page – once again – currently you can only see the Norfolk Brides Wedding Fair listings, but do keep an eye out for some other wedding events in your area – more Norfolk Brides recommended wedding fair listings will be added very soon.
One great advantage for Norfolk Brides wedding fair exhibitors – we will be adding a whole list of attending businesses on our wedding fair pages so the brides can check them out before they come along to the event!
There is a bunch of other really exciting changes made to the website ( some new ones to be added soon!) and we are absolutely delighted with the response we have received from both suppliers and couples alike.
Our first weekend live was fantastic – we have received tremendous support, compliments and reviews from so many of you and we could not be happier – there are some huge plans for Norfolk Brides and our suppliers in the future and I am very excited about our plans!
Big thank you goes to all our previous & current suppliers and of course our couples who made it possible for the NEW and shiny Norfolk Brides Website to be reborn – we are here to stay !