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The North of England Wedding Awards for Outstanding Customer Service: Congratulations To The Finalists 2012!

06th August 2012 | Julia Braime

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North Of England Wedding Awards

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I’m thrilled to be announcing the list of finalists in the inaugural North Of England Wedding Awards this morning, an awards process devised and organised by my friends at The Wedding Guide, which I have been honoured to support as headline sponsor. 

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I am immensely protective of the Brides Up North brand and with whom it is affiliated, but I really feel that a quality awards process which celebrates customer service and promotes Northern talent, voted for by real brides in the regions and judged by impartial industry peers is a cause worth backing.  The awards were completely free to enter and the judging process was based on feedback from customers alone. I’d like to see the awards  in Scotland and the North West too, but the Wedding Guide have chosen to test the process by starting local.  I think they’ll report a success:  the list of finalists not only reflects established industry talent, but also shines a light on emerging stars.  Well done to absolutely every business, large and small, on that list. 

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I’ve had no part in judging the awards (you can see the list of judges for each region and a brief bio by clicking here), but I do get to glam up in my razzle dazzle as the official host of the gala dinners in both the North East and Yorkshire.  I can’t wait to see you all there (finalists and industry friends alike) and as I don’t get to find out who wins until I open those envelopes, I’m looking forward to it as much as you are!

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Yorkshire: Friday 7th September – Winners announced at the Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony at York Racecourse.

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North East: Saturday 15th September 2012 – Winners announced at the Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony at Beamish Hall Hotel.

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For tickets to the gala dinners and ceremonies, click here: North Of England Wedding Awards Ticket Request.

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I’ve been attending fittings behind the scenes now for a fabulous frock befitting of such an occasion, and I can’t wait to reveal the final design on the night!  Here’s a sneaky peek… Brides Up North pink anyone?

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But enough about my wardrobe, let’s hear about those finalists (and its lovely to see lots of Brides Up North Featured Suppliers in there too)!

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The Wedding Guide say: Choosing finalists has not been an easy process this year! Brides were asked to review the businesses on a scale of 1-5 (with 5 being the highest score) in four areas:

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Service Excellence
Excellent Product Quality
Value for Money
Outstanding Commitment

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We took an average of the total points scored divided by the number of votes the company had received to determine which companies should be shortlisted as finalists. This is why there are different numbers of finalists for the different categories as there was so little to distinguish between them!

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The Judges have all received copies of the average points score for each company, along with all the comments made by brides when they were asked “Why does this company deserve to win?”

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The Judges will make their final decisions based on a combination of average points score and a review of the brides’ comments. They will also be looking at company websites and conducting mystery shops/enquiries to determine how well the companies live up to their mission statements.

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Yorkshire

North East England

Bridal Gown Retailer

Thimbelina

Bridal Gown Retailer

Simplicity Weddings

 

The Eternity Showroom

 

Mia Sposa

 

Curvy Bridal

 

Brides and Belles Northallerton

 

The Harrogate Wedding Lounge

 

Grace – The Weddings Company

 

Elegance Bridal Studio

 

Rosina Brown

 

Confetti and Lace

   
 

Precious Bridal

   
 

Plush Bridal

   
 

Elite Bridalwear

   
 

Brides of Harrogate

   
 

Forevermore

   

Bridal Party and Accessories

Brides of Harrogate

Bridal Party and Accessories

Brides and Belles Northallerton

 

Confetti and Lace

 

Kate Fearnley Boutique

 

Forevermore

 

Rosina Brown

 

The Jules Touch

 

Energise Weddings

Menswear

Yorkshire Menswear

 

Simply Suits

 

Yorkshire Menswear Harrogate

   
 

Sensational Formal Hire

   
 

RoodDuke

   

Cakes, Sweet Treats and Catering

Couture Cake Design

Cakes, Sweet Treats and Catering

Kelly Ann’s

 

Fantasweets Cupcakes

 

CWC Malings Ltd

 

Cakes for All Occasions

 

Figs Catering Co.

 

CWC Malings Ltd

 

MK Catering NE Ltd

 

Figs Catering Co.

   
 

Box Tree Events

   

Cars and Carriages

The Yorkshire Heritage Bus Company Ltd

Cars and Carriages

Webb’s Special Occasion Cars

 

Reece Wedding Cars

 

Abbey Wedding Wheels

 

Halifax Prestige Wedding Cars

 

Rose – Wedding (Cars) Ltd

Health and Beauty

Helen Claire

Health and Beauty

Lydia Jane

 

Gel Bridal Studio

 

Wear Fit

 

Helen Guy

 

Make-up by Jo

 

Victoria Farr

   
 

Siginature Beauty

   

Music and Entertainment

Mark Waddington – Magician

Music and Entertainment

Mark Deeks Piano Player

 

The Fireworkers Ltd

 

Impact Technical

 

Mark Gilroy Music

 

Alexander Lomas

 

Alexandra Parker – Electric Violinist

   

Photography

J Clitheroe Photography

Photography and Videography

Image Newcastle

 

PH Weddings

 

Figment Studios

 

Nikki Bowling

 

Jamie Penfold

 

Karen Walton

 

Sarah Thew

 

Lissa Alexandra

 

Neil Denham

 

Duncan Mansfield

 

Gillian Cross

 

Wooden Hill Images

 

One Digital Image

 

Alex Knight

   
 

Marmalade

   
 

I&J Photography

   
 

Cat Hepple

   

Videography

Ever After

   
 

DCH Presentations

   
 

Know Media

   
 

In Camera Productions

   

Stationery Retailer

Boutique 14

Stationery Retailer

Silver Birch Designs

 

Invites for All

 

StupidCupid

 

Butterflies and Snapdragons

 

Graphic Embers

 

White Petal Design

 

First Crush Cards

 

Vintage Love Stationery

   
 

StupidCupid

   

Wedding Enhancements

Chair Covers of Yorkshire

Wedding Enhancements

Party On Balloons

 

Décor for Events

 

Dandy Events

 

Bijou Chair Covers

 

Beckwith Events

 

The Enchanted Wood Weddings

   
 

Martin House Hospice

   
 

Booth Revolution

   

Wedding Flowers

Neve Flowers

Wedding Flowers

The Floral Quarter

 

Twisted Willow Floristry

 

The Design Studio

 

Flowers by Anne-Marie

 

Fern

     

Elise Flowers

     

Atelier de Fleurs

Wedding Services

Steve Haynes Toastmaster

Wedding Services

North East Wedding Planners

 

Jane Nordli Wedding Planner

 

JR Wedding Supplies

 

Love to Marry

 

Travel Counsellors

 

The Angels Events Ltd

   
 

Yorkshire Venue Dressing

   

Wedding Venue

The Craiglands

Wedding Venue

Newton Hall

 

Castle Howard

 

Longhirst Hall

 

Hazlewood Castle

 

Woodhill Hall

 

The Old Golf House Hotel

 

The White Swan Hotel, Alnwick

 

Hotel du Vin, Harrogate

 

Beamish Hall Country House Hotel

 

Holdsworth House

   
 

Wood Hall Hotel & Spa

   
 

Aldwark Manor

   
 

Goldsborough Hall

   
 

Burn Hall

   
 

York Venues

   
 

Villa Farm

   

New Wedding Business

Sell My Wedding

New Wedding Business

Pansy Potter’s

 

Dominic Wright Photographer

 

The Wooden Ladybird Company

 

Rachel-Elizabeth Designs

 

Just Perfect Wedding & Event Gallery

 

Campbell’s Flowers

 

Candy Dreams

 

Raithwaite Hall Country Retreat

 

Victorian Sweet Cart Company

 

Bash

 

Ruby Shoes Wedding

 

Buttercup Boutique

 

Brides and Dreams

 

Nikki R Photo

   
 

Rebecca Downes Designer Dressmaker

   
 

White Rose Weddings

   
 

The Cherry Blossom Bakery

   
 

Happy Days Chair Covers

   

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Good luck everyone, I’ll see you at the glitzy awards ceremonies that I know The Wedding Guide have planned.  That link for tickets again:  North Of England Wedding Awards Ticket Request

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You don’t need to be a finalist to attend.  Come along and support your fabulous industry colleagues. 

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Brides to be?  You’d do worse than to check out a few of the suppliers above!

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  – Images © 2012 The Wedding Guide/ Brides Up North

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comments

  • August 6, 2012 | Permalink | Reply

    Hey Julia, I’m so excited to be a wedding photographer finalist. So excited for the big awards do, bet your dress will be AMAZING! No idea what I’m going to wear now, oh well just might have to go shopping! he he.x

  • August 6, 2012 | Permalink | Reply

    I am absolutely over the moon to find that I’m a finalist in the New Wedding Business category – better get my glad rags dusted off! Can’t wait to put faces to names!

  • August 7, 2012 | Permalink | Reply

    I am so thrilled to see Graphic Embers on that list. As a business which hasn’t yet been trading for 10 months it is truly amazing to find out we are among the finalists. We would love to send our most heartfelt thanks to those who voted for us, firstly for allowing us to work with them on something as important as an aspect of their weddings and secondly for taking the time to vote. We really can’t express our gratitude or how thrilled we are.

  • August 7, 2012 | Permalink | Reply

    So overwhelmed that my brides and grooms thought highly enough of me to vote for me in these awards, it means a lot!
    Looking forward to seeing everyone at the awards ceremony (as well as Julia’s stylish new dress!)

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