The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards

Something new, inspiring and seriously exciting is happening in the UK wedding industry.

On Friday I had a call from Damian Bailey. Damian is a UK wedding photographer with a vision. He’s great. Damian is organising The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards. This is a huge undertaking, not least because this is the first fair, all-encompassing, wedding industry award event.

I’ve openly criticised other wedding awards which I thought were unfair. I scrutinised the rules and processes behind The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards and was very impressed. This is a whole new world for the UK wedding industry – an award which is fair, open to all and voted for by brides and grooms. Wow.

The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards

I jumped at the chance to be involved. This reflects everything I stand for: an honest wedding industry driven by creativity and integrity. I’m in. And I promised Damian I’d do everything I could to help promote The 2012 Wedding Industry Awards

We need your help.

We need you to nominate wedding suppliers – anyone who deserves a little recognition, who pulled out all the stops for you on your wedding day.

And wedding bloggers, we need help promoting the awards. This is something that can really bring the industry together – so if you think you can help please get in touch.

About the 2012 Wedding Industry Awards

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  • Emma
    8 years ago

    Wow, I just went to vote but found that I’m not allowed to until my wedding has taken place. The voting forms are quite lengthy! Oh well, great idea, I just can’t take part!

    • Claire
      8 years ago

      Oh no! Sorry you couldn’t vote, Emma.
      It does highlight one of the ways this awards is different and regulated though. You have to provide information to prove you’ve recently got married in order to vote – so it stops suppliers voting for each other and people getting all their mates to vote.
      It also highlights quite how mad Damian is to be going through all those entries when it’s number-crunching time… and how important integrity is to these awards.
      It is a shame brides to be can’t vote… but there’s always next year 😉

    • Damian Bailey
      8 years ago

      don’t worry, emma! If you wedding iakes place after 31.10.11 you’ll be able to vote for suppliers in the 2013 Awards. Voting only takes 2 mins and as Claire says, it’s all to make sure that only eligible votes are accepted and that we get as much detail as possible about the company you are voting for. You can still NOMINATE your suppliers and their eligible clients can then vote for them. Spread the love!

  • Nikki Ward
    8 years ago

    Totally agree hon .. its a great thing for the wedding industry. The only slightly annoying thing is there is no seperate category for Wedding Stationers 🙁

    • Claire
      8 years ago

      Thanks for your comment Nikki 🙂
      There isn’t a separate category for wedding stationery, but I know a few in my region have been nominated under the Special Touches category.
      Claire xxx

      • Nikki Ward
        8 years ago

        Yes thats what I’ve signed up for … glad I’ve done the same as everyone else 🙂

  • chris hanley
    8 years ago

    fab idea, but why london ? and why at a similar time to the WIM awards and the swpp convention.
    They are missing a trick to be really different by supporting a regional city and at time when these awards can shine bright rather than be out shone by the bright lights of the capital and other events in Jan.
    Wishing you much success.

    • Claire
      8 years ago

      Thanks for your comment Chris.

      Why London? … good question, there are regional categories so there’s no bias about who can win. London is our capital so it makes sense. And the ceremony at the end is the only London-based element of The Wedding Industry Awards – this one isn’t all about the glam event though.

      I didn’t know about the swpp convention, as for the WIM awards… is January awards season, generally? Talk of film stars shivering in sequins on red carpets tells me it could be.

      Great questions but I think there’s an argument for and against each one. 🙂
      C xxx

      • chris hanley
        8 years ago

        why does everything revolve around london, its ridiculous, going to london makes it no more special than going to cardiff, chester, birmingham, carlisle or edinburgh. The National Wedding show is held at the NEC in March and October, why not coincide the awards with either of those shows when the “wedding industry” is their in force.
        2012 wedding industry awards to coincide with the national wedding show . Central networked route, good rail links, airport, motorway network, no parking issues, no congestion charges hotels, catering, large venue, non london prices.
        Surely this makes sense ?

    • Damian Bailey
      8 years ago

      Hi Chris
      Fair questions! We originally wanted to have an event in each region with the National event being held in London but we felt we were taking on too much too soon. Maybe next year! We are extremely keen on the regional aspect of the Awards as many wedding suppliers only operate in relatively small geographic areas.

      We had to pick somewhere to hold the event and we chose London for this year. We have already considered varying the location each year. January is also the time of year that most wedding suppliers are at their quietest and winners can also maximise the Award for the whole year ahead.

      Finally, as Claire said, these Awards are not just about the big do at the end. The process and results are the most important thing. We want to create a set of Awards that will reward the very best suppliers and force others to improve in order to win next year. Have no fear, the Awards event will be great but it’s not the most important thing.

  • I do love the idea of it being ‘real couples’! But if it’s a vote count what about the companies that are really small and only allow one or two weddings a week or even a month so they can give a really personal experience? It hasn’t stop 2 of my wonderful brides voting already but I just wonder how I’ll compete with some of the more larger companies 🙁

    I actually like London, even though I couldn’t stand working there for too long-I swear I actually ended up walking really fast when I came back up North! Plus, it’s more of an ‘event’ if we get to travel somewhere!

  • Fiona Campbell
    8 years ago

    Great innovation. Really good luck with it, Damian.

  • Jayne Wolstenholme
    7 years ago


    I was the south west regional winner for menswear supplier and I was so touched to read the comments my customers left me. It was a shame I couldn’t make it up to London the costs were just too prohibitive! I have really taking part in the awards it was really well run. I did however struggle to use my winners logo as the jpeg was low resolution (I struggled to open it too) I notice in a previous blog Damian you mentioned a bride could vote in the 2013 awards after 31/10/13 , how?

  • Claire
    7 years ago

    Hi Jayne, congratulations on your regional award – well done.
    There’s a link on the awards website now for people to sign up to be the first to hear about the 2013 awards –
    I hope that helps 🙂
    Claire x

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