Find out all about the Wedding Ideas Awards 2013 here. If you want to know where the venue is, how voting works, how the winners are picked, FAQs and more, you’ll find it right here…
The Wedding Ideas Awards 2013, in association with Hitched.co.uk have evolved over seven years to become established and recognised nationally as ‘the’ consumer wedding awards. Boasting big names on the guest list and attracting sponsorship from some of the biggest brands in the wedding industry, the Wedding Ideas Awards are just like the magazine – authoritative, acknowledged yet (and most of all) fun.
The voting process is simple – readers and fans of weddings and the businesses that supply the industry can be voted for on our Wedding Ideas Awards 2013 voting page. We generally receive around 7-8,000 individual votes in the 15 categories. Each year we alternate between different regional specific suppliers like cake designers, videographers, florists and wedding planners, conscious that the ceremony itself shouldn’t be too long, and also given that we are a national magazine.
The Wedding Ideas Awards 2013 – Frequently Asked Questions
When are the awards happening?
The Awards will take place on Friday 11th January at The Tower Hotel in London. The drinks reception will start at 6.45pm, following by dinner and the Awards at around 9.15pm.
Where is the awards ceremony taking place?
We’re holding the ceremony at the stunning 4-star Tower Hotel in London. Located right next to Tower Bridge it offers amazing views of the surrounding area, as well as providing top class facilities for the event – you’re sure to have a ball!
How can I get to the venue?
To reach The Tower Hotel by road…
The Tower Hotel is just to the east of Tower Bridge, on the north side of the River Thames. At the traffic lights on the junction of Tower Hill, Tower Bridge Approach, East Smithfield and Mansell Street, turn into St Katherine’s Way: The Tower Hotel is at the far end. To programme your sat-nav, use the postcode E1W 1LD
We have 80 on-site car parking spaces available at an additional charge of £20.00 per 24 hours. Spaces are on a first come first served basis and cannot be reserved.
If you’re coming to The Tower Hotel by rail…
Mainline rail: Fenchurch Street station is 0.5 miles away
London Underground: Take the District or Circle line to Tower Hill station. Leave the station via the entrance on the left, go down the steps and through the subway. Turn left and walk past the Tower of London. Another subway takes you under the next road, then simply follow signs for The Tower Hotel.
London Bridge Tube and rail stations are just a short walk away over Tower Bridge.
Arrive in style!
As well as the usual modes of transport, for this year’s Awards we have teamed up with the fab folks at Uber to give you something a little bit special – The opportunity to arrive in serious style!
Uber is the groundbreaking, on-demand, luxury car service that is transforming personal transportation across the globe and recently launched in London. They have a fleet of amazing cars at the push of a button – Mercedes S Classes, Audi A8s, BMW 7 Series and Jaguar XJs – it all works exactly like having your own private driver. Rides are billed directly to your credit card on file, so there’s no need to carry cash or have your card on hand. Plus, your receipt is automatically emailed to you at the end of your ride. All you need to do is:
- Request & Ride: Select or type in your pick up location and press ‘Request pick up now’. Your driver will arrive within 15 minutes!
- Download the Uber Technologies app on your iPhone or android device. If you have a blackberry, visit m.uber.com via your web browser
- Sign up and enter the promo code: WIMagAwards to receive your £20 OFF, it will automatically deduct from your first journey with Uber and show on your emailed receipt. This is for first time riders only.
Can I stay there?
Yes, you can book rooms at a discounted rate if booking directly with the hotel by quoting ‘Wedding Ideas Awards’
How do I buy tickets for the ceremony?
Simples. We have a secure ticket booking form here on our site. Booking tickets is as easy as 1,2,3… Hurry up though, they’re starting to shift!
Do you receive a discount for table bookings?
Yes, if you buy nine tickets, you’ll get one free – the tables comprise of ten people.
I’m a bride to be – can I come to the event?
No, sorry, at this time we are only able to accommodate industry professionals. Nominees for the ‘Bride of the Year’ category will be notified as soon as possible and invited to join us at the event.
What is the dress code?
Black tie/cocktail dresses, please. For those creative bods who prefer visual clues, we’ve given you a prime example of what, and what not to wear below…
What time does it start?
The drinks reception will start from 6.45pm.
What can I expect from the evening?
A fabulous drinks reception with a spot of bubbly, a delicious three-course meal, and entertainment by the host of this year’s awards, top musical comedian Rob Deering. And maybe a few surprises along the way 😉
How will I know who the finalists are, and if I am one of them?
The finalists will be published in issue 117 of Wedding Ideas, on sale on 24th December 2012. Managing editor Rachel Morgan will be in touch to invite you to submit an entry after the 25th of November, but any announcements will be strictly embargoed until publication of the magazine.
I want to get involved with the event – who can I speak to?
If you are a supplier, contact our Brand Manager Pippa Ward, she’ll be pleased to help. She’s lovely to boot, too!
I would like to be included on the drop-down list for next year’s awards. How do I do this?
Get involved with the magazine – work with us and we’ll work for you!
I can’t make the ceremony, but will I still be able to watch it?
How can I keep up with events on the evening?
You can follow and use the hashtag #wimagawards for all Wedding Ideas Awards 2013 related stuff. We’ll be tweeting from both our regular account @wimagazine and our super special awards one which is @wimagawards
How does voting for the Wedding Ideas Awards 2013 work?
Entry is FREE, although we do place regular clients on a ‘drop down’ menu in recognition of their support for us. Because we work with most of the biggest and best in the industry, we find that this gives voters a great range of suppliers to choose from, or if they can’t find their favourite in the list, they can enter a different company name under the ‘other’ option. We feel that’s a better compromise than asking for an entry fee, because doing that means only the companies who can afford to pay, or are willing to pay to enter can win!
When voting closes at 23:59:59pm on the 27th of November 2012 (yes, we’re as precise as a Swiss watch!) we’ll count up all the votes, discover the top five in each category and invite them all to submit a short entry including the reasons why they should win. These are then sent to our esteemed Wedding Ideas Awards 2013 judging panel who will each (independently and without consultation) select their ‘winners’. Based on number of votes, the winners will be presented with their awards at the glittering ceremony on January the 11th 2013.
For any further enquiries regarding the awards please contact our Brand Manager Pippa Ward