George Clooney and the VOWS awards in one week?

We couldn’t quite believe it – George Clooney and the VOWS awards in one week!

When business owner Heather McGowan of Make Believe Events discovered she was the winner of the charity competition to have lunch with George Clooney in the same week that her company was attending the annual VOWS Awards, she couldn’t quite believe it! “The thought of meeting George Clooney was mind-blowing, but as a small team, we were really looking forward to the VOWS Awards 2016 Ceremony, as the team had worked really hard in the last year to grow Make Believe Events. We wanted a night to celebrate!”

Established in 2004, the Scottish VOWS Awards (Voted Outstanding Wedding Supplier) are voted by customers and recognise those companies offering consistently excellent customer service within the Scottish wedding industry. Over 650 guests attended the 2015 VOWS Awards on Monday 9th November at Glasgow Hilton to find out the 22 winners. Make Believe Events won the 2016 VOWS Award – Event Décor and Linen Hire and the prestigious Industry Award for contribution to the Scottish wedding industry.

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Speaking on winning the VOWS 2015 Industry Award: “We didn’t expect this at all. We’ve never even won in our category before so to go from being nominated for six years running to winning two awards in one night is just incredible. The other day one of the girls in the shop was asking me what I was going to say if we won tonight and I was saying ‘Well, we’re probably not going to win!’. To get this level of recognition from the industry, especially when previous winners include the likes of 21cc Fireworks and Joyce Young, is just amazing.”

And on George Clooney? “I asked him about how involved he was when planning his recent wedding and was pleasantly surprised by his answer. Then, he asked me if I was a wedding planner like Jennifer Lopez which got a few laughs! I told him about my VOWS Awards win and he was happy to have his picture taken with each of us holding one award each. Even two weeks on, it all seems quite surreal, but this photo will always remind me of the most amazing week of my life!”

VOWS Awards judge Carol Prest of DC Thomson & Co added, ““It was clear from the business review forms that every shortlisted company offers excellent customer service but the sustained growth of Make Believe Events whilst maintaining excellent customer service was outstanding and won their category award. These reasons, combined by the support of over 40 wedding suppliers that they work tirelessly with was reason enough to merit them with the accolade of the VOWS Industry Award 2016.”

For info on George or the VOWS Awards please contact Make Believe Events on 0141 258 5210  /

What are the VOWS Awards?

VOWS stands for Voted Outstanding Wedding Supplier and is an awards body set up eleven years ago to recognise companies that offer excellent customer service within the Scottish wedding industry. The awards are voted for by recently wedded couples through marriage or civil partnership.

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