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The Italian Villa at Compton Acres, Poole, has scooped the ‘Most Popular Wedding Venue in the World’ Award in the prestigious international Wedding Industry Experts Awards.

The awards are the world’s top gongs for the wedding industry, awarded on a regional, national and international basis. The Italian Villa, which hosts around 150 weddings each year – along with other corporate and private events – is the only venue of its kind anywhere in the UK. Now, thanks to a huge showing of support via a public vote, the luxurious and exclusive Italian Villa can now boast to being the favourite wedding venue in the world! The Italian Villa is managed by high-end caterers, Beales Gourmet Ltd, who themselves were awarded a top 6 place in the ‘Most Popular Catering Service’ category, internationally. The popular catering company is famed for creating innovative and often bespoke menus. Managing Director of The Italian Villa and Beales Gourmet Ltd, Tony Beales, commented on the awards achievements: “I could not be more thrilled that we have been voted the most popular wedding venue in the world! The awards recognise how hard our teams at Beales Gourmet and The Italian Villa work to uphold our excellent reputation. We are honoured to be attracting couples from around the world – one recently from as far as Australia – to host their weddings with us.” Mr Beales continued: “Our company is on track to deliver over 200 weddings this year, both at The Italian Villa, and at other prominent venues across the South. We’d like to thank all of our customers that voted for us – it genuinely is a brilliant feeling to be Number 1 in the world!” The Wedding Industry Experts Awards were started in 2012 and are now the largest popularity competition for wedding professionals and industry-related businesses worldwide. There are 82 categories and entrants compete for town/city, county, country and international levels. The company with the most votes in a category and location wins.