Yikes! There are only three days to go before the biggest and best wedding awards in the UK so I thought I’d tell you a little more about this year’s Wedding Ideas Awards 2012 nominees and why our readers love them so much…


Clearwell Castle is a fairytale venue
Can Clearwell Castle in Gloucestershire scoop the top prize?

Clearwell Castle

Winner of the best venue in our 2010 awards, Clearwell Castle has scooped a nomination again this year thanks to its stunning ballroom, 15 elegant suites and picture-perfect grounds. Last-minute packages available too – organised brides will get the best for less! countryhouseweddings.co.uk


Real bride Catherine says… “We had such a perfect wedding day at Fennes, we booked last minute and didn’t think it was possible to plan a wedding in six weeks. Fennes were so helpful and made the planning process very easy. I would recommend Fennes every time.” Read more testimonials from this fab Essex venu now and see for yourself why they have made it into this year’s top 5. Fennes.co.uk

Rookery Hall & Spa

Cheshire brides can’t do better than the glorious Rookery Hall & Spa. Part of the Handpicked Hotel chain, this fairytale venue offers a dedicated wedding co-ordinator to help you create your day, step by step. You’ll be showing off your wedding album forever! handpickedhotels.co.uk

The Ritz

Kate Middleton I am not, but I could still have a swanky wedding at one of London’s poshest hotels! You can be a princess for the day at this iconic, city venue with bespoke packages tailored to your requirements.theritzlondon.com

Wood Hall Hotel & Spa

High on a hill… no, not a lonely goatherd, the fabulous Wood Hall Hotel & Spa in North Yorkshire! The luxurious spa, f2 rosette restaurant and the romantic ceremony rooms are just the start. handpickedhotels.co.uk


Thomson weddings abroad
Thomson can help you plan stress-free weddings abroad


A well-known, trusted brand like Kuoni may well scoop the top prize this year. With their expert wedding concierge team on hand, a wedding abroad with them is less stress and more time on the sand, topping up your tan! Yes please. kuoni.co.uk


Sandals have grabbed brides attention this year with their free wedding packages when you book 6 nights or more at one of their outstanding Caribbean hotels. And with American wedding mastermind Martha Stewart on board to help theme the day of your dreams, this really is a brilliant choice for brides who want to run to the sun! sandals.com


From Aruba to Cyprus, Malta to Mexico, if you’re a bride on a budget that’s looking for all-inclusive luxury, you can’t fault Thomson. I travelled to Mexico with them at the end of 2011 and the amount of reception themes they offer brides is truly phenomenal! thomson.co.uk

Virgin Holidays

With the lure of free wedding packages to some of the world’s best beach destinations, Virgin have secured their place at this year’s awards. Newbies to our ceremony, let’s see if the judges loved them as such as the readers.

Exclusive Yacht Weddings

I defy you to find a nicer lady than Sharron from Exclusive Yacht Weddings. If I was getting married abroad, she would be my first port of call. I know that sounds a little bias, but I wasn’t a judge so it’s all good. Heading up the experienced team, Sharron can take care of all the little details leaving you to enjoy your wedding on board one of their fabulous vessels. exclusiveyachtweddings.com


Albert Palmer Photography
Albert's pictures have graced our real wedding section this year

Albert Palmer Photography

“Albie’s done it again!” That’s the cry that comes from Real Wedding Editor Alice (@aliceiscool) every time one of Albert’s amazing weddings falls on to her desk. He has dominated this year’s real wedding section with beautiful, atmospheric pictures that transport you straight back to the big day. By the way, only we get to call him Albie! albertpalmerphotography.com

Blue Lights Photography

This bit would be longer but I’ve just spent far too much time looking at the amazing wedding pictures on the Blue Lights Photography Blog. You should too. bluelightsphotography.co.uk

Emma Case Photography

From now on, when you read ‘Alternative wedding photographer’ you should just think of Emma Case. A creative genius, her pictures have exploded on to the wedding scene this year. Our readers have fallen in love with new quirky style but have the judges? emmacasephotography.blogspot.com

Nicole Photography

Paula and Bob, a nicer couple you could not wish to meet. Their passion for the role shines through and it’s this passion that delivers perfect wedding pictures every time. With over 500 weddings shot, can they retain ast year’s crown? nicolephotography.co.uk

The Bridal Photographer

Of his favourite wedding, David says: “We had wind, rain, sunshine and pretty much everything else the weather could throw at us at this wedding. When the couple came out of the church it was so windy that even the strongest of confetti throwers could only get a tiny sprinkle of confetti on the couple, the rest was blowing back in our faces.” And the pictures still look magnificent! And that’s why he’s in your top 5! thebridalphotographer.co.uk


Lucy Ledger Designs
Real brides love Lucy's shabby-chic designs

Cards by Sophie

Handmade stationery pro Sophie once made us a giraffe card for our 100th party celebrations and we still treasure it today! And, seeing as she’s made it into our top 5, it looks like the real brides treasure her creations too! cardsbysophie.com


Whenever I’m looking for stationery inspiration I visit the Confetti website. They have designs for every theme, DIY packs for crafty brides and ideas for every budget. A one-stop shop for busy brides – perfect! confetti.co.uk

Intricate Creations

Handmade in the UK, this stationery blows our minds! The laser-cut designs depict the most romantic scenes, and glossy cards and bespoke finishes are truly amazing. intricatecreations.co.uk

Lucy Ledger

Wedding Ideas favourite Lucy appears time and again in our real wedding section. Her shabby chic scrapbook-style designs have become her trademark and offer excellent value for money. Ledger = legend! lucyledger.com


Multi-award winners Mandalay are old hands at our award ceremony. Representing outstanding value for money, their designs have graced our pages for more than five years. mandalayweddinginvitations.co.uk


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