For all Entrants
Entries from companies must be received by 1st November 2017
Companies submitting an entry must have offices or an outlet within the South West of England (Bristol, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucester, Somerset & Wiltshire).
Companies entering must supply the wedding industry in one of the following 23 categories:
Classic Wedding Photography (Classically posed images with significant guest/photographer interaction; producing traditionally styled images)
Reportage Wedding Photography (Photo journalistic, un-posed and spontaneous shots with no photographer/guest interaction; producing candid natural images)
Bespoke Wedding Photography (Combining candid images and photographer/guest interaction. Influenced by fashion photography often with post production editing and other creative touches; producing custom style images)
Bridal Beauty Services**
Bridal Hair Services**
Handmade Wedding Confectionery (including Cupcakes)
New Wedding Business*****
Wedding Cake Designer
Wedding Entertainment (Live Music)
Wedding Entertainment (Recorded Music)
Wedding Entertainment (Non Musical)
Wedding Floral Designer
Wedding Media ******
Wedding Stationery Designer
Wedding Venue (Country)
Wedding Venue (Town)
Wedding Venue Décor
* Individual businesses must enter, an entry from a national chain will not be eligible, nor will entries consisting of two collaborating businesses. Franchises and businesses benefiting from the national marketing of a parent company are not eligible.
** Companies supplying both hair and beauty services under the same company name may enter only one of these categories
*** Companies supplying a product or service, not falling into the above categories but which add a little extra to the wedding day (For example: favours, chocolate fountains, gift companies, sweet carts, ice cream vans etc.)
**** Companies supplying bridal accessories, jewellery, hats etc
***** New businesses (trading under 12 months or provided a service/product to less than 5 clients) may nominate themselves or be nominated, and will be judged on product and business potential.
****** The Wedding Media category encompasses all media from traditional print to online blogging. It will be a Grand Final only category ad will be judged solely by our panel of judges.
Companies submitting an entry agree to expect a site visit from the judges if required.
We reserve the right to move any categories straight through to the Gala Awards Evening bypassing the County Final or to remove categories entirely due insufficient entries
We reserve the right to decline entry to any company.
The judges’ decision is final.
You will receive reviews from your previous customers and scored on a scale of 1 to 5 for each area of competence list on the vote form. A qualitative analysis will take place and the companies with the highest average score will be the finalists subject to checks.
When you receive a vote you will get an email notification with the name of the couple who voted for you on it. It is your responsibility to inform the office if you receive a vote from a clients you have not worked for.
It is necessary to receive at least 5 votes for your entry to be validated and therefore progressed for quantitative analysis. There is a maximum of 50 votes any votes over 50 will not be counted, although we will still record the customer comments for you to receive after the event.
Whilst we only require 5 votes to qualify a business for the finals, we take into account the number of votes received against your average score as a ratio.
If you are a Gala Awards Evening finalist a review of your website will take place to ascertain your product quality and market and we will request a mission statement or take one from your site. A qualitative analysis of your customers’ comments will take place to compare how well their comments match your mission statement. A winner is determined from this analysis.
It is a condition of entry that each entering business has a website.
Judges Choice Award
This award is the wild card award solely chosen by the judges to a non-category winner whose business impressed the judges so much that they felt recognition is deserved.
New Business Award
This category is for new businesses that have been in business less than 12 months or provided a service/product to less than 5 clients; the award is decided solely by the judges and is based on product and business potential.
- Should continually produce entertaining and educational information.
- Should contain well-written prose and well produced posts.
- Should demonstrate independent and original ideas and insights.
- Should be of such high quality overall it can compete with any other Wedding information resources in any other medium.
- Should be able in its overall form, content and presentation to advance the reputation of the Wedding media genre.
For the Voter
Reviews will only be accepted from married couples whose wedding has already taken place in the UK during 2016 and 2017. You may vote for more than one company entered into the Awards if you have used their services, however only one vote per company is allowed.
If any review is found to be fraudulent, the supplier will automatically be eliminated from the Awards. We reserve the right to decline entry to any reviewer not meeting the above voting criteria.
Contact information collected from reviewers or companies will not be passed on to any third parties.
The South West Wedding Awards are brought to you from the organisers of the Westcountry Wedding Awards 2008-2014.
Access to entry details will be restricted to the organisers and judging panel.
Reviews will only be accepted from couples that have used the service they are reviewing, if you are a family member or friend reviewing the product/service as the purchaser/consumer/payer then fill out with the couples' details not yours.
Owners and employees are not eligible to vote.
Reviews must be received by the close of business on 7th November 2017