You & Your Wedding Bridal Retail Awards 2014
Held in West London on the 23rd January the inaugural awards ceremony recognises the energy and effort given by businesses in the bridal / wedding sector. Judged by a panel of industry experts – including royal hairdresser Richard Ward, fashion designer Tabitha Webb and luxury event and wedding planner Mark Niemierko – the awards criteria were shaped by the views of real brides – the You & Your Wedding readers – on what they want from their bridal shopping experience.
There were ten categories, with each of the entrants also qualifying for the Editor’s Choice Award which recognised one exceptional retailer who demonstrated outstanding service to deliver that once-in-a-lifetime experience.
Maxine Briggs, You & Your Wedding Editor, said:
“We asked brides to tell us what they wanted from their dress hunt and we discovered that when it comes to bridal shopping, what matters is friendliness of staff and feeling at ease. Competition in every category was fierce but we truly believe we’ve chosen they very best at what they do – those that go the extra mile to create the best wedding shopping experience for brides; offering exceptional customer service and quality dresses. Congratulations to all the winners and thank you to the wider bridal industry for the fabulous support to help make the inaugural You & Your Wedding Bridal Retail Awards such an amazing success!”
Your & Your Wedding Retail Awards 2014 Winners:
- Bridal Designer Retailer – Ritva Westenius (London)
- High Street Bridal Retailer – Coast
- Independent Bridal Retailer – Blackburn Bridal Couture (London)
- Groomswear Retailer – Black Tie (Berkshire & Hampshire)
- Bridesmaid Retailer – Maids to Measure (London)
- Mother of the Bride Retailer – Phase Eight
- Fine Jewellery Retailer – Ernest Jones
- Bridal Accessories Retailer – Giltzy Secrets (pictured right)
- Specialist Bridal Retailer – Fur Coat No Knickers
- New Bridal Retailer – LOVE Bridal Boutique (Cheshire)
- Editor’s Choice – Serendipity Brides (Northamptonshire)
All the winners and shortlisted retailers are featured in a You & Your Wedding Bridal Retail Awards special supplement available with the March/April issue of You & Your Wedding, on sale from 30 January 2014.