On November 14, 2019, the Kent Wedding Awards welcomed more than 360 of the county’s finest wedding suppliers to The Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel to celebrate their success at the annual awards ceremony.
With the highest ever number of entries this year, plus new categories, judges were highly impressed by the variety available to Kent couples planning their weddings and commended the exacting standards of professionalism, brand strength and customer service offered.
The awards ceremony was filled with excited anticipation as KWA finalists from across the county waited to find out if they would receive the prestigious accolade of being judged the best of the best in their category.
The black-tie gala evening was hosted by comedian Tom Ward and guests celebrated by dancing into the small hours.
Events director Karin Allfree said: “It was once again a fantastic night and we would like to thank all those companies who support our awards every year and also welcome the many new companies that entered the Kent Wedding Awards for the first time.
“We were especially delighted at the success of our new categories this year, in particular Best Newcomer, for helping to shine a light on how this incredible industry continues to evolve and we are super proud of all who took the time to enter.
“We continue to be amazed at how much Kent couples appreciate and use our website hyperlinks to access all finalists and winners and we are delighted to be able to help them a reach such a brilliant collection of wedding professionals.”
“We would like to thank all our sponsors: The Mercure Maidstone Great Danes Hotel, The Mercure Hotel Tunbridge Wells and Matt Rock Photography; our supporters: Kent County Council, The Creative Venue, Photobooth Hire Faces and Discologic, and our media partner, A Kentish Ceremony magazine.”
The Winners of the 2020 Kent Wedding Awards
Wedding Venue of the Year Winner: Leeds Castle Highly commended: The Old Kent Barn
Wedding Venue of the Year - Boutique Winner: The Bull Hotel
Wedding Venue of the Year: Heritage Winner: Winters Barns
Wedding Venue of the Year - Something Different Winner: Port Lympne Hotel & Reserve Highly commended: Hayne House
Wedding Photographer of the Year Winner: Steve Barber Photography Highly commended: Hannah Dougal Film & Photography
Wedding Planner of the Year Winner: Invicta Weddings
Wedding Ring Retailer of the Year Winner: Custom & Co
Wedding Dress Retailer of the Year Winner: Victoria's Bridal Boutique
Menswear Retailer of the Year Winner: Slater Menswear
Wedding Beauty of the Year Winner: Helen Lee Makeup Artist
Wedding Hair Styling Award Winner: Kent Bridal Hair Highly commended: Claire Hartley Stylist
Wedding Events Team of the Year Winner: The Old Kent Barn
Wedding Stationery Award Winner: The Invite Shack
Wedding Cake Designer of the Year Winner: Oh So Delicious Highly commended: The Organic Cakery
Wedding Florist of the Year Winner: Emily&Me Highly commended: Floral Explosion
Wedding Finishing Touches Award Winner: Debs Sweet Delights
Wedding Wow Factor Award Winner: Charlotte Laurie Designs
Wedding Venue Styling Award Winner: KC Weddings and Events
Wedding Marquee of the Year Winner: My Tipi Event
Independent Wedding Caterer Award Winner: Touchays
Wedding Videographer of the Year Winner: TDH Media
Photobooth Company of the Year Winner: Retro VW Hire
Toastmaster of the Year Winner: Peter Thompson - Toastmaster & Master of Ceremonies
Wedding Entertainment - Ceremony/Breakfast Music Winner: 2 of Harps
Wedding Entertainment Musical Act of the Year Winner: The Redfords
Wedding DJ of the Year Winner: Apollo Funk Entertainments
Couple's Choice - Great Service Award Winner: Victoria's Bridal Boutique
Newcomer of the Year Winner: Lily Jones Events
To enter next year's awards, businesses can download an entry form at kentweddingawards.co.uk or call the Kent Wedding Awards team 01622 474011 for further information.