How it all
Step 1 Understand the Awards
You need to submit your entry before your customers can post a review.
To be eligible for the South West Wedding Awards you must provide from your home or business premises in the South West of England (Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucester, Somerset or Wiltshire) You must supply the wedding industry in one of the categories. You may enter into more than one category if your business offers different services under different names, however they must have separate accounting and separate websites and run independently of one another.
You may enter as either a new business OR under one of the trading business categories. Not as a trading business AND a new business. Trading businesses will collect votes from their clients, new businesses are solely judged by the judging panel.
Entries may be taken from individual stores or outlets; therefore if your business has two shops and they both enter it is possible that both shops could compete against each other in the final. National Chains will not be permitted to enter.
Please ensure you enter under the correct categories; in the case of photographers we will consult the SWPP with regards to the photography categories.
Voting may only be carried out by actual consumers not businesses. The awards are 'people’s choice' and votes are verified by checking the marriage register, only bona fide couples married in the UK within the specified dates will be permitted to place a review.
Your customers will be asked to give you a quantitative mark out of 10 for the following:
- Excellent Service
- Product Quality
- Value for Money
- Commitment to Wedding
They will then be asked to leave a qualitative feedback comment.
Step 2 Enter the Awards
Select your County
Select your category (one category per business)
Complete the awards entry form online.
Please allow up to 72hrs to process your entry (longer if a weekend is involved). You will receive a confirmation email once your entry is processed at which point you can contact your customers about voting.
Entries close on 1st November 2019
Step 3 Gather Votes
Once we have received your entry, we will send you a confirmation e-mail.
You can then contact your customers who were married in 2018 and 2019 to ask them to review your business online, please ensure you ask them to fill in the comments section as the judging panel only see the comments not the scores. Please note businesses who entered the 2019 awards will have their reviews from their 2018 customers be carried forward.
The couple’s wedding must have already taken place.
You will know when your clients have reviewed you, as you will receive an email prompt informing you when they submit their review. You will not receive the review as this remains confidential. You will however receive the anonymous reviews after the awards.
Each company will receive a quantitative score, calculated by adding each vote score together and dividing it by the number of votes received.
Votes close on 7th November 2019
Those entering the New Business or Wedding Media categories do not need to gather votes from their past clients.
New businesses (trading under 18 months at the date of close of entries) may nominate themselves or be nominated. They will receive a business and marketing potential form in which they must fill out and return.
Step 4 Determining Finalists
The South West Wedding Awards admin office will determine the highest scoring businesses per category as Finalists
The finalists will be announced on the website on November 18th 2019 and they will then go through to the Finals.
Finalists must then submit their Mission Statements to the office by 28th November 2019
Step 5 Determining Overall Winners
Each member of our expert judging panel determines a winner by comparing the finalists' mission statements against their past clients qualitative comments and appraising their website & social media (where applicable), please remember these are a business awards so the judging panel will look at all these aspect of the businesses when making their decisions.
Each member of our expert judging panel will mark a winner (5 points) and 4 runners up (4 points down to 1 point) out of each category.
The South West Wedding Awards admin office then determines a winner from the highest number of points from each member of the judging panel.
At the Gala Awards ceremony, one winner will be announced per category and presented with their award.
The judge’s decision is final and no further correspondence will be entered in to.
31st January 2019- Entries Open
5th February 2019- Voting opens
1st November 2019 - Entries close
7th November 20189 - Votes close
18th November 20189– Finalists Announced on the website
19th November 2019 - Confirmation emails & logos sent out. Box Office Opens for Gala Awards Tickets
28th November 2019 – Finalists' Mission Statements Due
Jan 2020 - Box Office Closes for Gala Awards Tickets
TBC Jan 2020 Winners Announced at the Red Carpet Gala Dinner Awards Ceremony
Receiving Feedback on your entry
All entrants may contact the Awards for assistance with the entry process and feedback on judging and the comments received on their business.
For Privacy and Data Protection reasons some information may be limited and names of individual brides and grooms may not be available.
Ultimately, it is recognised by the judges and businesses alike that an important function of the Awards is to assist promotion of industry best practice and to provide opportunity for businesses to be able to benchmark themselves against other successful businesses.
The South West Wedding Awards aim to encourage the promotion and development of the Wedding Industry in the South West of England.