Set up to recognise and applaud exceptional talent in the wedding industry, The Bridal Buyer Awards 2013 took place at the Harrogate International Centre on Monday night – and Wedding Ideas were there to catch all the action!


The awards, voted for by professionals within the wedding industry, recognise exceptional products and customer service and with over 1,000 entries to sift through, the judging teams – which included Wedding Ideas – had a pretty tough job!

Real brides’ favourites Mori Lee, Rainbow Club and Benjamin Roberts were among the winners. Plus designer Amanda Wyatt scooped the gong for Dress of the Year for her style ‘Felicia’ which featured on the Wedding Ideas cover back in June!


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“I can’t describe how absolutely thrilled I was when they announced ‘Felica’ as the winner of wedding dress of the year,” says Amanda. “The team said my face was a picture of pure shock and of course delight at being chosen by the brides for the award. ‘Felicia’ is a truly beautiful gown and it’s a pleasure to know that the brides love her just as much as I do!”

Special congratulations also go to British Bridal Designer of the Year Sassi Holford, who also won the Wedding Ideas Award for Best Designer back in January.

Bridal Buyer Awards – Winners 2013

RC F Melanie LS

Best Bridalwear Retailer North

Lulu Browns Bridal, Clitheroe

Sponsored by Amanda Wyatt

Best Bridalwear Retailer South

The Wedding Shop, Colchester

Sponsored by Alexia Designs

Best Groomswear Manufacturer/Supplier


Sponsored by White Rose Bridal

Best Headdress Designer

Ellie K

Sponsored by the Retail Bridalwear Association (RBA)

Best Shoe Collection

Rainbow Club

Sponsored by the National Wedding Show

Best Fabric Supplier

Carrington Fleet Textiles

Sponsored by the Harrogate International Centre


Best Groomswear Retailer

The Grooms Room at Abigail’s Collection

Sponsored by Enzoani

Best New Bridalwear Retailer

Georgina Scott

Sponsored by Charlotte Balbier

Best Occasionwear Collection

Mascara Pour La Femme

Sponsored by

Best Bridesmaids Collection

JLM Europe

Sponsored by Perfect Wedding Magazine

British Bridal Designer of the Year

Sassi Holford

Sponsored by Paul Moreland of Moreland Productions

Wedding Dress of the Year

Amanda Wyatt, Felicia

Sponsored Ivory & Co Tiaras


Best Retailer Website

The White Closet

Sponsored by Xedo

Best Bridal Manufacturer

Benjamin Roberts

Sponsored by Mark Lesley

Best Prom Collection

Mori Lee

Sponsored by British Bridal Suppliers Association (BBSA)

Best Plus-Size collection

Sonsie by Veromia

Sponsored by The British Bridal Exhibition

Best Student Designer

Jacqui Luker, University of Derby

Sponsored by Ian Stuart Bride