On Monday 13th June we held the ceremony for the 2016 Great Northern Wedding Awards at Beeston Manor. These Awards are organised by Little White Books and are driven by you – our brides & grooms – nominating and voting for your favourite North West wedding businesses.

So this is our second Great Northern Wedding Awards. We now have a benchmark – something to compare it to – last year’s winners wanting to retain their crowns – and the other finalists snapping at their heels! What we can tell you is you have nominated and voted in record numbers – over 10,000 individual nominations and votes in total. It’s been amazing – tense – close – fingernail bitingly close in many categories – take a look at the list below and you’ll find the very best wedding businesses in the North West here and as such this year has been incredibly competitive.

Every business that reached the Top Ten and then the Final Five are all here because of the endless good work that they do for all their wedding clients. So not wanting to sound clichéd about it or anything but everyone on this list is somebody’s winner. And every business fully appreciates the time you have taken when you have nominated or voted so THANK YOU for getting involved.

Wedding Caterer

  • Anne Wilson Cordon Bleu – RUNNER UP
  • Ribble Valley Hog Roast – WINNER
  • Twelve
  • Wild Garlic Event Catering
  • With a Twist – 3rd

Bridalwear Retailer

  • Amelia's – WINNER
  • Bridalwear by Emma Louise – 3rd
  • Dreamaker
  • Glamour Bridal Boutique
  • Lulu Browns – RUNNER UP

Wedding Cakes

  • 2 nice 2 slice – 3rd
  • Lisa Marie Cakes
  • Pink Frosting Cake Company – RUNNER UP
  • Polka Pops
  • The Wedding Cake Company - WINNER
  • Victoria Cakes

Entertainer or Entertainment Company

  • Alex Birtwell – RUNNER UP
  • Dancefloor Couture - WINNER
  • Gavin Young
  • Paul Thornton
  • Pier Fun Casino – 3rd

Wedding Florist

  • A.M. Flowers – RUNNER UP
  • Flowers with Passion
  • Red Floral Architecture - WINNER
  • Rose Boutique
  • The Flower Shop Clitheroe – 3rd

Hair Stylist

  • Bridal Hair by Sam Gateley – RUNNER UP
  • Flossy & Leigh - WINNER
  • Lisa Simms
  • Paisley Gamble
  • Wedlocks – 3rd

Hen / Stag Destination

  • Birdcage Manchester - RUNNER UP
  • Funny Girls
  • Posh Pads Liverpool
  • Signature Living Liverpool - 3rd
  • The Woodland Spa - WINNER

Jewellery & Accessories Another category with a joint fifth place – so there’s six Final Five Finalists!!

  • Carrs Jewellers
  • Ditsy Bride
  • Eleventh Heaven – 3rd
  • Rocks For Frocks
  • Sparkle Designer – RUNNER UP
  • Victoria Walker Boutique - WINNER

Make Up Artist

  • Emily Worswick of the Beauty Retreat
  • Flossy & Leigh - WINNER
  • Kerry Baker Make up Artist – RUNNER UP
  • Leanne Jackson – 3rd
  • Samantha Mercer and The Dollz

Female Photographer

  • Gemma McAuley Photography – 3rd
  • Jules Fortune Photography
  • Kerry Woods Photography - WINNER
  • Louise Hendry of Phunk’d Photography
  • Rachel Joyce Photography – RUNNER UP

Male Photographer

  • Ashton Photography - WINNER
  • Christopher Lewis Photography
  • James Jebson Photography – 3rd
  • Mick Cookson Photography – RUNNER UP
  • Sam Sanders Photography

Menswear / Formal Hire Retailer

  • Amelia's
  • Greenwoods / 1860 – 3rd
  • Moss Bros – RUNNER UP
  • Slaters - WINNER
  • The Mens Room by Dreamaker

Mother of the Bride or Groom Occasionwear

  • Amelia’s - WINNER
  • Aubergine – 3rd
  • Chic
  • Flamingo – RUNNER UP
  • Maureen Cookson

Stationery

  • Brides Little Helper - WINNER
  • Charlotte Designs
  • Deannamic Designs
  • I Do Designs – 3rd
  • T For Two – RUNNER UP

Transport

  • Broughton Wedding Cars
  • Grace Wedding Cars
  • Horgans Wedding Cars – 3rd
  • Malvern Wedding Cars - WINNER
  • The Love Bus Wedding Company – RUNNER UP

Venue Stylists

  • Add a Little Sparkle – RUNNER UP
  • A.M. Flowers
  • Beautifully Vintage – 3rd
  • Brides Little Helper
  • Creative Cover Hire - WINNER

Videographer

  • Abbey Studios - WINNER
  • Big Bear Wedding Films
  • Creative Camera
  • Diamond Lights Wedding Videography – RUNNER UP
  • Silk Wedding Films – 3rd

Venue Without Accommodation

  • Bashall Barn – RUNNER UP
  • Bolton School
  • Browsholme Hall – 3rd
  • Rivington Hall Barn - WINNER
  • Samlesbury Hall

Venue WITH Accommodation

  • Ashfield House
  • Beeston Manor - WINNER
  • Eaves Hall – RUNNER UP
  • Farington Lodge
  • Mitton Hall – 3rd

The Best New Business of the Year Award goes to – Petals in Love.

Here's some more social media images of a selection of our Runners Up and Third Place companies - look out for our official photos coming very soon from Teresa C Photography. And Little White Books would like to thank our regular hosts the Party Project for doing a damn fine job of hosting our ceremony yesterday!