The Wedding Blog Awards 2014
Breaking news, wedding bloggers...
Voting for the 2014 Wedding Blog Awards has now closed! The votes are being counted, the trophies are about to be engraved... And you can find out which winners have been picked when we hold our awards ceremony at The Savoy next month.
Meet the panel
So who's on the panel? Comprising of four highly-respected men and women from the worlds of bridal, blogging and everything fabulous, this year's panel is crammed with expertise and insight into what makes a great wedding blog.
We're delighted to be working with blogger Poppy Dinsey, bridal designer Stewart Parvin, luxury event planner Bruce Russell and, of course, our very own Claire Ridley on this year's Wedding Blog Awards panel - and, combined with your votes, the panel's opinion will pick the winners across our 10 categories.
With the help of the UK Wedding & Event Planning Academy, we've created a mini teaser video of what went down at our panel session - where the four judges got together at The Savoy and looked at the 50 sites short-listed for this year's awards. Watch it below!
Can't wait until our awards night at The Savoy in October? Keep your eyes peeled right here for lots of exciting news and updates, and join the chat over on Twitter using #WeddingBlogAwards.
Meet the Wedding Blog Awards panel
Left to right: Poppy Dinsey, Stewart Parvin, Bruce Russell, Claire Ridley
Poppy Dinsey is the brains behind WIWT.com - the UK’s largest outfit sharing social network. WIWT has been heralded by the press as “changing the fashion industry” and Glamour Magazine named the WIWT app as one of the best 50 apps of all time.
The Evening Standard named Poppy as one of ‘London’s 1000 Most Influential People’ for her work in fashion and digital whilst The Drum named her one of the UK’s “top 100 digital achievers”. Poppy writes a regular column for MSN and has written for numerous publications including The Financial Times, Elle, Sunday Times Style and Cosmopolitan.
Poppy says: "I've been blogging since 1999 but I never fail to be surprised by the wealth of talent and inspiration in the blogosphere. I am getting married this year so stalking wedding blogs has been an invaluable part of my wedmin prep, I really don't know where I would be without them! I'm excited to see the best of the best in wedding blogging get the recognition they deserve for their stellar efforts. And I may be stealing an idea or five for my own wedding along the way!"
Stewart Parvin is one of the UK’s premier fashion and bridal designers, who in 2007 was granted a Royal Warrant of Appointment to Her Majesty the Queen.
Trained under acclaimed couturier Donald Campbell, Stewart launched his own collection in 1995, an event marked by the opening of his first London boutique. Today, it houses his womenswear collection, whilst bridalwear has its own flagship store.
Stewart says: "It's fabulous to be on the panel for the Wedding Magazine blog awards. The last five years have seen the introduction of more significant interaction between brides and businesses, and the blogs out there right now are part of a really exciting moment of change in the way our clients consume news and are introduced to products and brands. It's great to be able to recognise and reward the role they have played in both influencing traditional media, and the impact they’ve had on how brands communicate with their clients."
Bruce Russell has become London’s leading wedding and party planner. His specialist services cater for weddings and civil partnerships, private parties and special occasions – delivered with passion, style and grace.
Bruce launched his business three years ago after 15 years’ experience in the luxury hospitality and events industry, including dedicated tenures with world-famous locations The Plaza New York and The Savoy London. Having coordinated weddings and events all over the world, he has perfected his talent for delivering exceptional events, inspiring clients with his genuine “joie de vivre” – the heartbeat to his professionalism.
Bruce says: "Wedding bloggers are a source of inspiration & information for brides, and I am delighted to be working on the Wedding Blog Awards, which personally recognises their work."
Claire is Wedding’s Acting Editor. Her career in the wedding industry began as Fashion Assistant at Cosmopolitan Bride, where she compiled fashion pages and assisted on shoots across the globe (with destinations including LA, Miami and Cape Town).
Claire was head-hunted to join the Wedding team in 2006 and her little white book includes every designer and PR in the business, many of whom she counts as good friends. Following her promotion to Acting Editor, Claire believes there is nothing more satisfying and exciting than seeing the magazine's team work on all areas of the Wedding brand - from the magazine to the website and beyond. She loves working in the bridal industry: "Everyone is so passionate about what they do - not to mention very, very talented!"
Claire says: "Following the success of last year's inaugural Wedding Blog Awards, we're delighted to be working with The Savoy on this year's event. I'm excited to be a member of such an exciting panel - not least because Stewart Parvin is one of my favourite bridal designers! Blogs are a hugely influential part of any bride's planning journey, and so it's fantastic to be able to marry up our brand with some of the country's leading bloggers. I'm also looking forward to celebrating with our short-list at The Savoy in October - bring on the cocktails!"
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