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And The Award Goes To… The Wedding Industry Awards 2014

January 20th, 2014 | Julia Braime

The Wedding Industry Awards 2014

It’s absolutely no secret that here at Brides Up North I like to shout about the fabulous talents of many suppliers in our glorious wedding industry, so that’s why I was very happy to step up as a judge in The Wedding Industry Awards for the third year running (seriously, where has that time gone?!)  What better way to keep informed of what the great and good are up to?

The sparkling ceremony took place last week and whilst I was unable to attend due to a family holiday, I was watching all the action unfold on Facebook and Twitter.  Hosted by Sky News’ Sarah Hewson and held at The Bloomsbury Ballroom in London, the awards recognise the very best in service, creativity, innovation, professionalism and passion.

The Wedding Industry Awards 2014

Sponsors of the evening were Lanson Champagne , Square Meal and Guides For Brides. Entertainment was provided by Sternberg Clarke and arrival entertainment was by Party Pianos. LOOKLOOK photo booths captured the fun of the evening and guests also used the new crowd sourcing app Jaunty Twig to share their photos. The Four Seasons London hosted a champagne reception for the judges and ‘wedding royalty’ before the ceremony (damn that holiday!) while the lucky winners took home trophies designed and made by Cutture.

The Wedding Industry Awards 2014

From gowns, flowers, hair and make-up to venues, transport, entertainment and photography, every winner was cheered by the 450 strong audience and everyone on the shortlist for each of the 24 categories had much to celebrate.

1,250 companies entered the 2014 awards. 23,000 votes were cast by newlyweds which decided the Regional Shortlist. These select few then went through another round of critical judging by an expert panel who decided the Regional Winners, before a final process of judging to decide last night’s National Winners.

The Wedding Industry Awards 2014

Assigned to judge in a few categories (I ask not to judge any categories with a Brides Up North sponsor) – and there’s no way I’m telling you which ones – I specifically asked Damian and Anna Bailey, the lovely organisers, not to tell me who the final winners were.  Firstly, because I already had a gazillion emails asking me who had won and secondly because I like the element of anticipation and surprise!

The Wedding Industry Awards 2014

It looked like there might be a few hangovers the next day, but mostly it looked like a proper celebration of everything that’s good about our industry – a fabulous setting, glamorous gowns, industry friendships and a lot of healthy competition.  A massive well done to all the wonderful winners (particularly to our amazing Featured Suppliers Middleton Lodge and Flossy & Leigh – big love)!  You’d do well to add a few of these to your go-to wedding planning list. 

The Wedding Industry Awards 2014

Damian was thrilled with the evening and with the response to the awards themselves:  The Wedding Industry Awards really have become the gold standard for wedding excellence in this country. Everyone can enter and because of the unique way the votes are scored, big companies are on the same footing as individuals. For couples, seeing our logo on the website of a potential supplier is a real guide to quality and we know that the list of nominees and winners on our website is a big hit with brides and grooms. We’ve done all the hard work in selecting the very best and couples can just enjoy choosing top quality suppliers with no worries.

This was our third awards and the standard of entrants was higher than ever.  It’s becoming harder and harder to pick winners from such amazing shortlists where everyone demonstrates such skill. It was great to celebrate everyone’s achievements and then party all night!

The Wedding Industry Awards 2014

To see the full list of winners, and web sites, click through…

The Wedding Industry Awards 2014

National Winners

Best Wedding Accessory – National Winner

Hermione Harbutt

Best Bridal Retailer – National Winner

Carina Baverstock Couture

Best Wedding Cake Designer – National Winner

Curtis & Co

Best Wedding Caterer (Independent) – National Winner

Lemon Zest Cuisine Ltd

Best Wedding Dressmaker/Designer – National Winner

Emma Tindley Couture

Best Wedding DJ – National Winner

Terry Lewis Entertainment

Best Wedding Entertainment (non-musical) – National Winner

Christian Fletcher – Wedding Magician

Best Wedding Event Team – National Winner

Anna Russell at Middleton Lodge

Best Wedding Florist – National Winner

Kate Avery Flowers

Best Wedding Hair Stylist – National Winner

Fordham Hair Design

Best Wedding Live Music Entertainment – National Winner

Howard Wing

Best Wedding Make-Up Artist – National Winner

Flossy & Leigh Hair & Make-Up Artist

Best Wedding Marquee Provider – National Winner

World Inspired Tents

Best Wedding Menswear Provider – National Winner

Vow Bridal Gallery

Best Wedding Industry Newcomer

Rock My Reception

Best Wedding Photographer – National Winner

Ross Harvey Photography

Best Wedding Planner (Independent) – National Winner

Unique Wedding Planning

Best Wedding Special Touch – National Winner


Best Wedding Stationery – National Winner

BerinMade Designs Ltd

Best Wedding Transport Supplier – National Winner

Cathedral Cars

Best Wedding Venue – National Winner

The Ashes

Best Wedding Venue Stylist – National Winner

Darby & Joan

Best Wedding Videographer – National Winner

Rideout Films

Best Wedding Industry Web Site

Blooming Lovely Films

The Wedding Industry Awards 2014

Highly Commended

Best Wedding Florist – Highly Commended

The Poundbury Florist

Best Wedding Cake Designer – Highly Commended

Love Candy Cakes

Best Wedding Caterer (Independent) – Highly Commended

Chimneys Catering

Best Wedding Marquee Provider – Highly Commended

Stunning Tents

Best Wedding Venue – Highly Commended

Middleton Lodge

Best Wedding Hair Stylist – Highly Commended

Essex Wedding Beauty

Best Wedding Make-Up Artist – Highly Commended

Chloe McCall Make-Up Artist

Best Wedding Venue Stylist – Highly Commended

Beau Events

Best Wedding Industry Web Site – Highly Commended

Mango Acoustic Duo

Best Wedding Industry Web Site – Highly Commended

Elite Tents Ltd

The Wedding Industry Awards 2014

The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA) ensures that there is now a credible and reliable independent regional and national awards process and event. They are the only client-voted regional and national awards in the wedding industry and the judging panel is second to none in its breadth and depth of expertise and experience. This means that the results have real meaning and are useful to both the entrants and anyone organising a wedding who is looking for great wedding suppliers both regionally and nationwide. TWIA want to help anyone organising a wedding to make better informed decisions when looking for their suppliers.

Nominations for The Wedding Industry Awards 2015 open in May 2014.

For more information, details of the winners or more comment from Damian Bailey, please contact Damian at   and for further details on how the awards themselves work, including voting & judging, please visit their website.  


Brides Up North UK Wedding Blog – Images © 2014 provided by The Wedding Industry Awards

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Julia Braime
Former lawyer and bride to be Julia founded Brides Up North in 2010 with a chip on her shoulder. Frustrated by the poor Northern presence in glossy bridal magazines and online, she decided to do something about it herself. Astounded by the rapid growth of her blog and brand, Julia now manages Brides Up North’s online content alongside their busy wedding exhibition season, industry events and related commissions. And she’s always, always, got a new project on the go…

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