The Bridal Buyer Awards 2010

Harrogate International Centre, Harrogate, March 2010

The prestigious Bridal Buyer Awards is one of the key events on thebridal industry's annual calendar, recognising and saluting creativetalent and business acumen within all sectors of the market.

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Now in its 8th year, the awards programme attracts a vast number of entries and new categories are added as a direct response to sector growth and demand. This year, for example, Bridal Exporter of the Year, Young Designer of the Year, and Bridal Shoe Collection of the Year brought category total to 17.

The entry method and judging procedures vary from category to category. Consumers vote online for the Best Bridal Retailer, Best Groomswear Retailer and Best British Bridal Designer through the websites of You & Your Wedding magazine and The National Wedding Show; visitors at the National Weddings Show in London and Birmingham vote on site for the Wedding Dress of the Year. A panel of independent retailers judge the supplier-related categories, while industry experts and sector specialists study entries in categories such as Best Retail Website, Best Bridal Innovation, Exporter of the Year and Best Student Designer. The judging processes are detailed, complex and time-consuming - in most categories six finalists are selected, from which there is one winner.

The glittering 2010 awards ceremony was held this year during the British Bridal Exhibition in Harrogate, on the night of Monday 15 March, at a glittering black-tie dinner and ball in the reception halls of the Harrogate Exhibition Centre, attended by more than 600 industry names.

TV presenter Dominic Holland hosted the celebration of the best in bridal. Some left the festivities jubilant, starry-eyed and clutching their trophy; others, while disappointed at not being named overall winner were still delighted to have been a finalist and enjoying the kudos that recognition brings.

Details of the 2011 Bridal Buyers Awards entry criteria will be available in August 2010. To register your interest for tickets/table sales, please call Createvents on 01252 781178 or email


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