The Winners of the 2017/18 Great Northern Wedding Awards are…

On Monday 12th June, the region’s leading wedding businesses descended upon Mitton Hall to discover who were the WINNERS of the 2017/18 Great Northern Wedding Awards. We had several businesses who were hoping
to win big for the third year in a row – with some new finalists snapping at their

Our brides & grooms have once again nominated and voted in record numbers which means the voting has been incredibly competitive across the board. And this year we have taken the opportunity to introduce 8 new business-led categories, all selected by the Little White Books team following the hundreds of service reviews submitted by our voting couples during the original nomination process. 

So this, our third Awards, will span TWO YEARS as next
year (2018) we’re taking a break. So your winners will retain their crowns for two years before we return; refreshed and raring to go with a more comprehensive Wedding Awards in 2019.

Search the hashtag #GNWA2017 across all social media platforms to see the Awards journey for our finalists. And without further ado… we announce our 2017/18 Great Northern Wedding Awards WINNERS and Highly Commended businesses:


Amelias Bridal Boutique – WINNER

Bridalwear by Emma Louise – Highly Commended

Lulu Browns Bridal Boutique – Highly Commended

The Bridal Lounge of Accrington

The Dressing Room of Garstang



Finch Bakery – WINNER

Lisa Marie Cakes – Highly Commended

The Wedding Cake Company – Highly Commended

Victoria Cakes


Alex Birtwell – Highly Commended

Brothers of Swing


PC Roadshows

Six15 Events


AM Flowers – Highly Commended

Flowers with Passion

Red Floral Architecture – WINNER

The Flower Shop Clitheroe – Highly Commended

The Rose Boutique


Bridal Hair by Sam Gateley – WINNER

Carly’s Creations

Escape Hair Salon

Nala and Knot – Highly Commended

Wed-locks by Mairead – Highly Commended


Beauty by Laura Jane – Highly Commended

Kerry Baker MUA – WINNER

Leanne Jackson – Highly Commended

Lucie MUA

Nala and Knot


Ashton Photography – Highly Commended

Mark Tattersall Photography

Mick Cookson Photography – WINNER

Peter Anslow Photography

Project Valentine


5 Little Boys Photography

Jules Fortune Photography

Kerry Woods Photography – WINNER

Petal & Blush Artistry

Teresa C Photography – Highly Commended


Brides Little Helper – WINNER

Charlotte Designs

Handmade by Hannah

I Do Designs

T For Two – Highly Commended


Broughton Wedding Cars

Churchtown Wedding Cars

Horgans Wedding Cars

Malvern Wedding Cars – Highly Commended

The Lovebus Wedding Company – WINNER


AM Flowers – Highly Commended

Beautifully Vintage – Highly Commended

Creative Cover Hire – WINNER

Creative Events

Pure Elegance Weddings and Events


Abbey Videos – WINNER

Big Bear Wedding Films

In Love Wedding Films – Highly Commended

Marry Me Films – Highly Commended

RT Productions

BEST WEDDING VENUE with accommodation

Ashfield House

Beeston Manor – Highly Commended

Eaves Hall – Highly Commended

Mitton Hall – WINNER

Stanley House

BEST WEDDING VENUE without accommodation

Bashall Barn – Highly Commended

Bolton School – Highly Commended

Browsholme Hall

Rivington Barn – WINNER

The Wellbeing Farm

Best individual

Many people in our industry work almost completely alone,
from their homes and the only support they receive is from their family and
friends. Whereas it can be great because
you’ve not got staff to worry about and manage it can be lonely and every role
becomes your own – creator, maker, accountant, marketer, cleaner – the list
goes on.

There were many deserving candidates for this award. The winner we have chosen is an absolute
force to be reckoned with. Not only is
she a busy Mother of 3 she has successfully transitioned from making beautiful
products for a supermarket chain to creating her own unique brand. Fiercely competitive, she pushes herself to
compete in a crowded market and in the niche area of her focus we believe there
is no one more deserving in our region.

The 2017/18 award for
Best Individual Business goes to Polka Pops

Best Independent

How do we classify an Independent Business? To us this means a business that competes
with national chains and completely holds their own without a corporate machine
behind them to provide support. A
business that can go head-to-head with wealthy, long-established brands and
carve their own path to success.

The winner of this award has enjoyed sustained, spectacular
success. Competing on the biggest
national stage within our industry and bringing home the prize to the North
West. A business who holds its core,
family-lead beliefs dear, always stays true to their brand and delivers an impeccable
service to Little White Books brides and grooms.

The 2017/18 award for
Best Independent Business goes to Ashfield House

Best Retail Team

Retail presents a huge challenge in our industry. The
pressures of rent, rates, maintenance, staff training and management and stock
control can be overwhelming, especially in our transient market where brand and
customer loyalty rarely applies. Coping with these business pressures and
providing a beautiful retail environment is not at all easy and our hats are
doffed to anyone who maintains a successful retail business.

We consulted our Brides and Grooms and many businesses we
worked with could have taken this prize. The winner has been connected to this
business for many years and took the big step to buy in and take all of the
responsibility on her own shoulders, giving a fresh injection of enthusiasm
with their customers at the heart of all that they do.

The 2017/18 award for
Best Retail team goes to The Bridal Lounge of Accrington

Best Customer

Another hotly contested category! So many of the businesses we work with
provide incredible customer service, so of all of the awards this is the one we
had to spend the most time researching.
Ploughing through countless Facebook reviews and collating feedback from
couples took hours but it was so lovely to see how much our suppliers are

The winners of this award are a family affair – a team of
two sisters ably supported by their family, one of which sports the very finest
beard in all of Wigan. They work long
hours in their shop, are seemingly always on social media answering questions
(and posting comedy relief!) and at every wedding show they’re surrounded by
masses of couples who all want their creative skills, always delivered with a

The 2017/18 award for
Best Customer Service goes to AM Flowers

Social Media

We all know how crucial Social Media is for connecting with
wedding planning couples. It’s vital to
show products and services online in an easy, fun, accessible way that inspires
and engages. Many of you do this
brilliantly, but for us there is one stand-out leader in this field.

We absolutely love the way the winners of this category
forge their own path on Social Media.
Never afraid to stand up for their principles, always posting engaging
and relevant content they consistently remain authentic to their brand
personality. There are not many
businesses who can post on Instagram 12 times each day (yes, we’ve counted and
that’s the average!) and receive such high levels of engagement. Absolutely fearless, and they make us want
their products on a daily basis.

The 2017/18 Social
Media Superstars award goes to Finch Bakery

Most Innovative

Innovation requires a brave,
entrepreneurial risk-taking mindset.
Innovate or die goes the famous quote.
Change and self-evaluation is never easy and it takes deep rooted passion
in your business and confidence in the creative capabilities of your business
and team. It takes strength to be the
innovator, to be the person who “goes there” first, creating the trends for
other businesses to follow and that customers want to see.

The winners of this award never stop
looking for new ways to grow their brand and business. Forever fresh, forever striving to implement
new products and features that delight wedding planning couples. And every change they make is just
oh-so-pretty and achingly cool.

The 2017/18 award
for Most Innovative Business goes to Ashfield House

Best Events Team

When we surveyed LWB couples last year about why they chose
their wedding venue the overwhelming majority replied “Because of the staff”. A common theme amongst the acres of feedback
we received was you can have the most beautiful, spectacular venue in the world
but without the right staff it’s just a shell – it’s the people at the venue
who make the magic happen. All of the venues here today and who we work with
strive to provide incredible service, so this was another award that took hours
of research and thought.

We settled on the eventual winners because every piece of
feedback in our survey was exemplary.
Every comment was glowing. To
quote just one bride “We loved the venue, but it was when I sat down with the
wedding co-ordinators that I felt the feelings. I knew I couldn’t get
married anywhere else.”

The winning team work brilliantly together but it’s more
than that – there’s genuine friendship, respect and a team work ethic that
makes them very worthy winners of this award.

The 2017/18 award
for Best Events Team goes to The Dreamakers at James’ Places

Best New Business

According to Bloomberg, 8 out of 10 entrepreneurs who start businesses fail within the first 18
months. Scary statistics indeed. To start your own business takes guts,
determination and firm belief in your own abilities to make your business buck
the current trend.

There have been
several new business launched in the last 18 months who have done brilliantly,
but none have made the massive impact that the winner of this award has
achieved. You simply can’t miss her. She’s left no wedding hashtag unused. She’s kept us all entertained and intrigued
with her savvy social media skills, beautiful products and networking like a
woman possessed. From magazine covers to
a new boutique to her own super-fabulous wedding day we’ve seen her journey and
we’ve enjoyed every moment. Today the
Ribble Valley and the North West – who knows what tomorrow will bring!

The winner of the
2017/18 Best New Business award goes to Kimberley Anne Bridal Boutique

Our SPECIAL THANKS goes to the Dollz Events for providing our Flower Wall backdrop and Giant Balloons; Christopher Lewis Photographer for being our Official Awards Photographer, our Host DJ Ben from The Party Project and our venue hosts, Mitton Hall.

CONGRATULATIONS to ALL our finalists!

Meet the award-winning Dream Makers from Eaves Hall, Falcon Manor and Mitton Hall at our next Wedding Event – two whole days of wedding planning excitement! 

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