It takes an army to make a wedding come together – from your venue to dress designer, florist, hairstylist, photographer and more.
Every year we ask you to vote for your favourite venues, suppliers, retailers and dress designers in the UK Wedding Awards. You responded in your tens of thousands – and the winners are in!
Run by Hitched and our sister brand You & Your Wedding, the awards recognise the hard work, passion and commitment of those in the wedding industry. From hundreds of entries, our panel of experts whittled down the shortlist but it was up to our brides and grooms who was crowned the best in each category.
Here are the winners of the UK Wedding Awards 2019 – as voted by you!
Wedding Venues: The Winners
From magnificent castles and rustic barns, to chic city venues and stately homes, it was a tough job deciding between hundreds of gorgeous wedding venues. Below you’ll find the shortlist and the winning venue – click on the names to find out more about each.
If you want to see all top 10 of the best wedding venues in the UK, we’ve pulled together all the need to know details and why they deserve to be winners.
Best Barn Venue
WINNER: The Tithe Barn, Bolton Abbey
With bags of rustic charm, stunning views over the ruins of Bolton Abbey priory and feast-style dining, it’s easy to see why Tithe Barn took the crown in the best barn category.
Crondon Park Wedding Venue
Hales Hall & The Great Barn
Alcumlow Hall Farm
The Granary Estates
The Old Kent Barn
The Tythe Barn, Launton
Tudor Barn Eltham
Best Castle Venue
WINNER: Hever Castle and Gardens
You fell in love with the history and original features of this magnificent castle venue, which was the childhood of Anne Boleyn. You’ll be spoilt for choice for wedding photo backdrops.
Amberley Castle Hotel
Culzean Castle and Country Park
Glenapp Castle Hotel
UWC Atlantic College (St Donat’s Castle)
Best City Venue
With an industrial-chic feel, buzzing urban location and replica of the Titanic staircase you need to see to believe, there’s few city centre wedding venues that can rival Rum Warehouse.
Bath’s Historic Venues – The Assembly Rooms
Haymarket Hotel – Firmdale Hotels
Jesmond Dene House
The Bond Company
The Chimney House
The Engine Shed
The West Mill Venue
Two Temple Place
Best Coastal Venue
WINNER: Lusty Glaze Beach
How many wedding venues come with their own private beach? This romantic, all-seasons venue is the only one in Cornwall where you can legally marry on the beach – no wonder Lusty Glaze won best coastal venue.
Carbis Bay Hotel, Spa & Estate
East Quay Venue
English Heritage – Osborne House
Pennsylvania Castle Estate
Salcombe Harbour Hotel & Spa
St Ives Harbour Hotel & Spa
The Roslin Beach Hotel
Best Country Venue
WINNER: Larmer Tree Gardens
Larmer Tree is a truly unique venue, full of exquisite buildings, secret corners, and a quintessential English garden feel. These Victorian pleasure gardens come complete with croquet lawns and roaming peacocks, showcasing the best of the British countryside.
Brinsop Court Estate
Buxted Park Hotel
Hanbury Manor Marriott Hotel & Country Club
Le Petit Chateau
The Manor House, an Exclusive Hotel & Golf Club
Best Historic Venue
WINNER: Wilton’s Music Hall
As one of the few remaining music halls in London, Wilton’s is a living monument to the colourful history of the East End. This enchanting venue transports you from the streets of London to a different time and place: exactly what you were looking for from your best historic venue.
The Venue at the Royal Liver Building
Duns Castle Estate
Gloucester Blackfriars Priory
Hampton Court Palace
Malvern College Weddings
Manor By The Lake
Weddings at QMUL
Best New Venue
WINNER: Battel Hall at Leeds Castle
So many couples are looking for new wedding venues where they can be one of the first to say ‘I do’. With just a year under its belt, newly-restored Battel Hall combined a beautiful, fresh venue with the benefit of years of wedding planning experience from the team at Leeds Castle.
Best Pop-Up Wedding Venue
WINNER: Wild Tipi
You thought Wild Tipi’s sustainable structures were the perfect blank canvas to host a wedding. Suitable for every season and truly eco-friendly, these tipis claimed the title of best pop-up venue without having to sacrifice any of the amenities and comfort of a permanent venue.
Best Stately Home
WINNER: Blenheim Palace
The impressive surroundings of Blenheim Palace have hosted many celebrity nuptials over the years. The five star service, magnificent interiors and 2,000 acres of parkland make it the most luxurious wedding venue in Oxfordshire and a worthy winner of best stately home.
Wedding Suppliers: The Winners
As well as dreamy wedding venues, we also had a huge selection of amazing businesses enter our wedding supplier categories, including florists, entertainers, bridalwear shops, cake makers and photographers.
Here are the winners, including the incredible gown crowned ‘Wedding Dress of the Year’!
Best Bridal Beauty
WINNER: House of Vanity
Understanding how personal your wedding day look is to you, House of Vanity won you over with their bespoke approach to beauty, hair and make-up, and professionalism.
Hair & Make-Up Design by Gemma Waugh
Kirsty McCall Hair & Make up Artists
Makeup by Becky Flynn
My Bridal Artist
Natalie Kamal Makeup Artist
Team Glam Ltd
Tia Bliss Makeup Artist & Hair Stylist
Tina Brocklebank Make-Up Artist
Trish Rawlins Makeup Artist
WINNER: Hair & Makeup by Gabrielle
Gabrielle guarantees a gorgeous look that’ll last long after the party’s over. With an eye for the perfect style, you loved her focus on enhancing your natural beauty and making you feel at your most confident.
Best Non-Musical Wedding Entertainment
Exactly what it says on the tin: a fun photobooth built inside a rustic horsebox that looks brilliant at any venue! This unusual photobooth has been piquing the interest of couples across the country and its unique and playful theme made it a worthy winner of best non-musical wedding entertainment.
Best Wedding Cake Company
WINNER: Cakes by Nina
Specialising in handcrafted, luxury wedding cakes, family-run business Cakes by Nina were the trusted choice for the most important cake of your life. Using quality ingredients and able to create everything from quirky to rustic to even translucent cakes, her imaginative and beautiful designs are jaw-dropping.
At Your Wish Cakes
Confetti & Crumbs
Gail’s Cake Pantry
Iced Images Cakes
Little Button Bakery
Stable Cottage Cakes
The Little Sugar Rose
Best Wedding Caterer
WINNER: Ross & Ross Events
This duo have a long list of satisfied customers. Centred on seasonal produce, quality ingredients and bespoke, memorable menus, their uncomplicated approach to wedding catering – from relaxed sharing boards to five-course feasts – made them a clear winner.
Arabella Reeve Catering
Caviar & Chips
Portfolio Events Catering
Saffron Caterers and Events
Saunts Parties and Events
The Cheshire Dining Experience
Thomas the Caterer
Tie The Knot Wedding Catering
Best Wedding Day Finishing Touches
WINNER: Shropshire Petals
No wedding is complete without confetti – and you chose Shropshire Petal’s natural petal confetti as your favourite wedding finishing touch. It’s biodegradable, eco-friendly and comes in a huge range of colours (plus a pick and mix option) so your petals will fit exactly with your wedding scheme.
Beetle Juice Events Ltd
neon and blush weddings and events
Sam T Made It
Signwriting by Hannah
The Lovely Bubbly Co
The Perfect Wedding Shop
Vintage Monkeys (Unique Vintage Rentals Ltd)
Wedding in a Teacup
Wonderland Wedding and Event Creche
Best Wedding Florist
WINNER: Hedges and Flowers
Some people know exactly how they want their wedding to look, others are completely daunted. Hedges and Flowers stood out for their ‘let us choose’ option – where you can leave your wedding flowers in their capable hands – as well as their stunning bespoke arrangements.
Chic Weddings & Events
Chirpee Flowers by Steph Willoughby
Issy and Bella Floral Design
Kelly Louise Floral Artistry
Leeds Castle Floristry Team
Mary Jane Vaughan Designs
The Flower Boutique
Wedding Flower Company
Winsor Flower Studio
Best Wedding Musical Act
WINNER: Lula Weddings
Whether you want a ballad for your walk up the aisle or someone to get everyone on their feet, Lula Weddings was the perfect choice of winner for best musical wedding act. Reliable, friendly and happy to learn new songs for your big day, Lula’s vocals are guaranteed to make your day more special.
Best Wedding Photographer
WINNER: Tom Halliday Photography
Adaptable to every style and theme of wedding, and with an eye from dramatic ‘just of two of you’ shots you’ll want framed in pride of place in your home, Tom Halliday took the title of best wedding photographer. He knows how to make the most of bad weather and dark skies – a much-needed talent in the UK!
Creative Wedding Duo
Dan Ward Photography
Fresh Shoot Studios
Julia and You Ltd
Mindy Coe Photography
Natasha Hurley Photography
Neil Atkinson Wedding Photography
The Fromm Shoppe
The Wild Bride
Will Patrick Wedding Photography
Best Wedding Planner/Stylist
WINNER: La Fête
From intimate Tuscan weddings and Moroccan desert extravaganzas to luxury London nuptials, La Fête’s founder Charlotte Ricard-Quesada takes the crown as best in the business as a wedding planner. You loved her understanding of colour and aesthetics, as well as the safe and secure hands you could leave your vision in.
Best Wedding Stationery
WINNER: Junie Poonie Designs
With an ability to bring to life the personality of each couple through their stationery and little touches, Junie Poonie Designs creates “utter loveliness” and was the deserved winner of best wedding stationery.
Best Wedding Transport
Offering you the chance to arrive at your wedding in style in a true London icon, best wedding transport winner RedRoutemaster not only solved the problem of how you move your guests between the ceremony and reception venue, but make for a truly memorable wedding day photo backdrop.
Best Bridal Accessories
WINNER: Ivory & Co.
With a stunning range of vintage-inspired to contemporary designs for every budget, Ivory & Co stood out in their category for the elegance, beauty and choice of their range. From tiaras and veils to pendants (and even cufflinks for grooms), Ivory & Co lead the way in bridal accessories.
Best Bridal Boutique
Two bridal boutiques in neighbouring North Somerset towns means double the choice of dresses so there really is something for every bride. Run by two sisters, The White Collection won over the judges with its high level of choice and service.
Anya Bridal Couture
Creatiques Bridal Boutique
Fross Wedding Collections LTD
Ian Stuart Blewcoat
Morgan Davies (Hitchin)
Morgan Davies (London)
The Dressing Room
The Tailor’s Cat
The Wedding Club
Truly Bridal of Surrey
Best Bridal Party Attire
WINNER: Maids to Measure
With an extensive selection of designs, colours and sizes, you thought specialist bridesmaid shop Maids to Measure made the whole process fun, easy and stylish.
WINNER: Jon Richard Jewellery
An exceptional choice for accessible prices for the bride, bridesmaids, mother of the bride and wedding guests ensured Jon Richard’s win for best jewellery.
Wedding Dress of The Year
You adored this vintage-inspired, universally-flattering dress by Maggie Sottero. With a beaded bodice covered in Swarovski crystals, scooped back and tulle skirt, there’s no wonder this glamorous gown won Wedding Dress of the Year.
Elbeth Gillis Bridal – Ava Dress
ELIZA JANE HOWELL – Lucille Dress
Ivory & Co. – Paparazzi’s Dream Dress
Justin Alexander – Style 88050
Katya Katya London – Lake Dress
Sanyukta Shrestha – Sarah with Big Skirt
Best Retailer Gift List
WINNER: The Wedding Shop
The flexibility of your list and huge selection of gifts – including experiences, cash gifts, subscriptions, artwork, honeymoon and charity funds, as well as your usual homeware – made The Wedding Shop the first choice for best wedding gift list.
Best Wedding Travel Company
WINNER: Sandals & Beaches Resorts
From destination weddings to luxury all-inclusive honeymoons, Sandals’ unrivalled service, beautiful selection of Caribbean resorts and added extras make them the leader in wedding travel.
Editor’s Choice Awards
Sarah Allard, Editor, Hitched
WINNER: Le Petit Chateau
“Le Petit Chateau is quickly becoming one of our most popular venues on Hitched – and for good reason! Not only do they have stunning options for ceremonies – from the enchanting ‘Belle Époque’ chapel to the romantic Mediterranean Terrace – but they really do go above and beyond for their couples thanks to their dedicated team of professionals and 11 flexible pricing levels, which is why they’re my Editor’s Choice.
“Whether you’re looking for a traditional wedding or something a bit different, Le Petit Chateau combines luxury with its unique French-chic style for a day to remember.”
Michelle Royle, Group Editor, You & Your Wedding
“For couples who want to plan a wedding abroad, TUI is the great choice, as they offer weddings in 70 venues in 16 different countries! From Iceland to Mexico, Ibiza to Jamaica, the destination list is amazing – and the prices are incredible. With planners at every resort, TUI can help you arrange every last little detail.
“I’ve chosen TUI because they really do cater for every type of ceremony – from same-sex blessings to tiny elopements, or huge, luxurious days to barefoot beach vows.”
Peta Hunt, Editor-at-Large, You & Your Wedding
WINNER: Justin Alexander
“As a long-established family bridal company, with four other sister brands, Justin Alexander knows about creating flattering shapes and styles. I loved their new collection from the moment I saw the show in New York this year – created for modern brides, the dresses are bang-on-trend but still very wearable.
“They have used fabrics with soft textures, beading and floral embroideries with plenty of strong silhouettes and interesting necklines. From my point of view, these dresses are a dream to shoot and a joy to wear, so what’s not to love?”
Congratulations to all the winners of the UK Wedding Awards 2019!