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

06th August 2012 | Julia Braime

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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. 


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. 


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!


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


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


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


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)!


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:


Service Excellence
Excellent Product Quality
Value for Money
Outstanding Commitment


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!


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?”

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.




North East England

Bridal Gown Retailer


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




Bridal Party and Accessories

Brides of Harrogate

Bridal Party and Accessories

Brides and Belles Northallerton


Confetti and Lace


Kate Fearnley Boutique




Rosina Brown


The Jules Touch


Energise Weddings


Yorkshire Menswear


Simply Suits


Yorkshire Menswear Harrogate


Sensational Formal Hire




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



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




I&J Photography


Cat Hepple



Ever After


DCH Presentations


Know Media


In Camera Productions


Stationery Retailer

Boutique 14

Stationery Retailer

Silver Birch Designs


Invites for All




Butterflies and Snapdragons


Graphic Embers


White Petal Design


First Crush Cards


Vintage Love Stationery




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




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




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




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


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


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



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  • 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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