Just 24 hours to go until the biggest party of the year! The tans are in place, our jewels have been arriving all day and there are five more fabulous categories to tell you about. I’m putting my serious head on, these are the BIG ONES… Here’s part 4 of our Wedding Ideas Awards 2012 nominees.

Modern mums have loved Ian Stuart's latest designs

Best mother of the bride collection

Ian Stuart

Best known for his dramatic, theatrical bridalwear, multi-award-winning designer and all-round lovely guy Ian Stuart also creates a stunning collection for modern mums. ianstuart-london.com

John Charles

Part of the established and well-loved Ellis brand, the John Charles collection is constantly being updated and refined by design supremo Regine Ellis. With unique details and figure-flattering designs, this collection makes mums feel confident and feminine. johncharles.co.uk

Linea Raffaelli

From elegant cocktail dresses to glamorous full-length gowns, Linea Raffaelli are experts in creating outfits that stand out from the crown. With interesting fabrics and unique styling they’re a hot contender for 2012. linearaffaelli.be

Mori Lee

The new VM collection for mums is a collaboration between top designers Madeline Gardner and Veni Infantino. Created with more mature ladies in mind, the cut, ruching and details on every gown will make your mum feel like a superstar. morilee.co.uk

Ronald Joyce

Designer Veni Infantino has bought her own signature style into this new mother of the bride collection. With jackets, skirts, floaty dresses and suits, mums can mix and match to their heart’s content. ronaldjoyce.com

Best Groomswear Collection

Smart suits for all ages at Mia Sposa

Anthony Formalwear

With suit and hire purchase available, award-winning Anthony Formalwear offer one of the best selections of suits and accessories in the business. Waistcoats are a speciality! anthonyformalwear.co.uk

Cameron Ross

With their unique outfit builder and a nationwide network of 180 stores, Cameron Ross provide a stress-free way of dressing your guys. hirewear.co.uk

Hugh Harris

Celeb favourite Hugh Harris have made a magnificent name of themselves, providing first-class customer service alongside designer-led suits at realistic price points. With their easy-to-use outfit selector, their new outlet in the North and an exclusive range from William Hunt of Savile Row, Hugh Harris are going from strength to strength. hughharris.co.uk

Mia Sposa

With a new lightweight menswear range now in store, Mia Sposa are expanding their popular grooms offering for 2012. With suits and accessories to hire and buy, this is a great choice for grooms on a budget. miasposabridal.com/menswear.aspx

Moss Bros

The mighty Moss Bros have dominated this category for the last few years, offering affordable quality to grooms up and down the country. Their nationwide pick-up and drop-off service has proved popular but is it enough to retain the crown? moss.co.uk

Best bridesmaids collection

An amazing choice of colours and designs at Kelsey Rose

Kelsey Rose

Kelsey Rose’s imagery has been some of the strongest we’ve seen this year, with gorgeous dresses to flatter all figures. kelseyrose.co.uk


Dessy has become the go-to name for high-quality, affordable gowns for your best girls. With sassy styles with pockets to an accessory range to die for, can Dessy dominate again this year? dessy.com

Mark Lesley

Husband and wife team Mark and Lesley have cultivated this bridesmaids collection into the amazing designs we see today. With striking new imagery on the cards for 2012, and purse-friendly styles that suit all figures, this brand is a real contender for the top spot. marklesley.co.uk

Mori Lee

Designer Madeline Gardner has created a super-stylish collection for bridesmaids this year, perfect for ceremonies at home or abroad. Her designs get great feedback when featured in our real wedding section but will the judges agree? morilee.co.uk

Romantica of Devon

Family-run Romantica have an eye for what modern girls want. With over 50 colours to choose from in a range of fabrics, they make it easy for brides to find their favourite styles. romanticaofdevon.co.uk

Best plus-size collection

Perfect gowns for fuller figures at Callista

Amanda Wyatt

Amanda’s latest collection stands out because of her ability to understand the female form. She has been using celebrity plus-size model Nina Blakemore to show off her collections for over 6 years now, proving that her clever designs work on every frame. amandawyatt.com


A relative newcomer to the plus-size market, Callista has already made waves in the industry with their dreamy plus-size designs. Each gown is constructed to accommodate the needs of the fuller figure in terms of style, support and fit. callistabride.com

Gorgeous with Curves

Benjamin Roberts’ plus-size offering grew out of their original collection, with only the most appropriate styles being adapted for larger brides. These styles still boast the designer-led detailing Benjamin Roberts are known for, making them a first-class choice for fuller-figured brides. benjaminroberts.co.uk

Sincerity Plus

Amazing dresses at affordable price points, Sincerity never fail to deliver for brides on a budget. And their Sincerity + collection is no exception. Developed with elaborate hidden corsets to create that bridal silhouette, these gowns give fuller-figures brides confidence all day long. sinceritybridal.com


Last year’s special recognition award was scooped by Jason Jennings, designer of this outstanding plus-size collection. With clever corsetry and gowns in glorious colours, these dresses are perfect for full-figured confident brides. veromia.co.uk

Best dress collection

There's a gown for every bride at Maggie Sottero

Alfred Angelo

The mighty Alfred Angelo are a new nominee this year. Their Disney collection has made a huge impact, enabling every girl to become the princess they always dreamed about. Will the fairytale of winning become a reality this year? alfredangelo.com

Benjamin Roberts

The unstoppable Karen Taft and her team have managed to mix designer-led details with affordable fashionable designs. This is one of the best examples of traditional styles with a modern twist. benjaminroberts.co.uk

Ian Stuart

The award-winning designer has featured heavily in our real weddings this year proving that Wedding Ideas brides will blow the budget when it comes to the perfect gown. if you want to add instant drama to your day, and make an unforgettable entrance, Ian’s gowns provide the wow factor. Ianstuart-bride.com

Justin Alexander

Designer Tony Mentel has exceeded all expectations with his glamorous designs this year. Each new dress is a work of art in its own right, boasting exquisite details that today’s brides demand. justinalexanderbridal.com

Maggie Sottero

The fit, the detailing, the price point, the amazing range of styles, the dresses for weddings abroad… no wonder Maggie Sottero has dominated this category for so long. Real brides know that there will be a Maggie style to suit her, making the dress shopping process and less stressful and more enjoyable experience. maggiesottero.com


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