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Winners announced for the Northern Ireland Wedding Awards 2023


Top wedding specialists gathered at the Europa Hotel in Belfast on Tuesday evening, 31st January, to celebrate the champions of the 7th Northern Ireland Wedding Awards 2023.


We all know that organising a wedding is not an easy feat as it takes months of planning getting every detail right. That’s where these wedding experts come in... to put everything in place and make sure the couple will have an unforgettable wedding experience.



Among the winners of 2023 were a number of local businesses including:


• Jewellers of the Year

Vera McCullough Jewellery (Broughshane)


Vera McCullough Jewellery: “I won guys! Thank you so much guys who took the time to vote for me.”

• Wedding Hair & Make Up Salon of the Year County Antrim

Sarah Walker Bridal Makeup (Ballymena)


Sarah Walker Bridal Makeup: “Can’t believe I’m walking away from the Northern Ireland Wedding Awards as Wedding Makeup Salon of the Year Co. Antrim! A MASSIVE thank you to all my lovely brides and clients who voted for me - I couldn’t have won without you all!”

• Wedding Boutique of the Year County Antrim:

Castle Couture (Galgorm)


• Wedding Boutique of the Year Overall Winner:

Castle Couture (Galgorm)


• Wedding Caterer of the Year:

Caulfield & Dority Catering Services (Ballymena)


Caulfield & Dorrity: “We are so very thankful to all of our past couples who voted based on their past experience, all of our present and all of our future couples who may also have voted! This doesn’t go unnoticed, however more importantly we would like to take this opportunity to thank our staff for their hard work, dedication, and their focus to our vision.”

• Romantic Wedding Venue of the Year:

Altahammond Wedding Barn (Carrickfergus)


Altahammond Wedding Barn: “We're absolutely chuffed to bits to be winners at The Northern Ireland Wedding Awards! Thank you so much to each and every one of you who voted for us!”

• Wedding Florist of the Year County Antrim:

Budding Design (Randalstown)


Budding Designs: “We Are BUZZIN. This wouldn't have been possible without the support of our AMAZING & LOYAL Customers. Thank you to everyone who has supported us.”

• Wedding Venue of the Year County Antrim:

Dunadry Hotel & Gardens (Antrim)


Wedding Cake Designer of the Year County Antrim:

The Elite Cake Company (Antrim)


• Wedding Entertainment of the Year County Antrim:

A ‘n’ P Promotion & Entertainment (Antrim)



The 2023 Awards recognised exceptional specialists and suppliers that go above and beyond to ensure the uniqueness of every wedding. These suppliers are from a variety of industries and they work their hardest to ensure that wow factor is present at every wedding they’re hired for.


From boutiques and cake designers, to jewellery providers and much more, the Awards recognised businesses that meet the needs of their customers offering top services under one roof.



A spokesperson for the Northern Ireland Wedding Awards 2023 said:


“The winners represent the industry’s gold standard that work tirelessly to meet the demands of the couples and their guests.


“The Awards are now in their seventh year and have been established as the leading annual celebration of the wedding industry in Northern Ireland.


“These champions are tried and tested specialists that know how to create a stress-free wedding experience, keeping the romance in the air. We would like to congratulate all finalists and winners for their amazing achievements.”



Full list of winners of the 7th Northern Ireland Wedding Awards 2023:


• Freelance Wedding Hair Specialist:

Kim Alexandra Hair (Bangor)


• Freelance Wedding Make Up Specialist of the Year:

Bella Rose Beauty (Draperstown)


• Videographer of the Year: CloseKnit Films (Belfast)


• Wedding Planner of the Year: The Wedding Company (Belfast)


• Groomswear Supplier of the Year: Freddie Hatche (Belfast)


• Wedding Coordinator of the Year: Claire Graham (Omagh)


• Outstanding Wedding Supplier of the Year: Northern Lights Event Hire (Coleraine)


• Wedding DJ of the Year: DJ MAGIGGS (Castlewellan)


• Celebrant of the Year: Jean Barrett Quinn (Belfast)


• Honeymoon Planner of the Year: MCG Travel (Bangor)


• Wedding Transport Provider of the Year: Silver Line Cars NI (Belfast)


• Wedding Event Decorator of the Year: Chelsea’s Creations (Belfast)


• Wedding Stationery Supplier of the Year: Wellwood Wedding Stationery (Bangor)


• Wedding Accessories Provider of the Year: Visionary Veils (Belfast)


• Wedding Specialist Supplier of the Year: Wedding First Dance NI (Lurgan)


• Local Wedding Exhibition of the Year: The Quirky Camper Booth (Belfast)


• Romantic Wedding Venue of the Year: Altahammond Wedding Barn (Carrickfergus)


• Wedding Caterer of the Year: Caulfield & Dority Catering Services (Ballymena)


• Jewellers of the Year: Vera McCullough Jewellery (Broughshane)


• Alterations Specialist of the Year: Kings Tailor (Newtownards)


• Wedding Photographer of the Year Belfast: Vicki Maher Photography (Belfast)


• Wedding Photographer of the Year County Down: Cliona OHanlon Photography (Kilcoo)


• Wedding Photographer of the Year County Derry / Londonderry: James Aiken Photography (Derry)


• Wedding Photographer of the Year County Armagh: Sara Dalzell Photography (Armagh)


• Wedding Photographer of the Year County Fermanagh: Ciaran Conlon (Newtownbutler)


• Wedding Photographer of the Year County Tyrone: Divine Photography - NI Portrait Photographer Tyrone (Dungannon)


• Wedding Photographer of the Year County Antrim: Pure Photo N.I (Lisburn)


• Wedding Photographer of the Year Overall Winner: Vicki Maher Photography (Belfast)


• Wedding Venue of the Year County Tyrone: Corick House Hotel & Spa (Clogher)


• Wedding Venue of the Year County Derry / Londonderry: Drenagh Estate (Limavady)


• Wedding Venue of the Year County Antrim: Dunadry Hotel & Gardens (Antrim)


• Wedding Venue of the Year County Down: Rocky Mountain Cottage (Newry)


• Wedding Venue of the Year Belfast: Beachlawn Hotel (Belfast)


• Wedding Venue of the Year County Fermanagh: Manor House Country Hotel (Enniskillen)


• Wedding Venue of the Year County Armagh: Killeavy Castle Estate (Newry)


• Wedding Venue of the Year Overall Winner: Corick House Hotel & Spa (Clogher)


• Wedding Florist of the Year County Fermanagh: Clare Flower (Irvinestown)


• Wedding Florist of the Year County Antrim: Budding Design (Randalstown)


• Wedding Florist of the Year County Down: Janet’s Flowers (Ballynahinch)


• Wedding Florist of the Year County Armagh: Ol Flowers Armagh (Armagh)


• Wedding Florist of the Year County Tyrone: Yana Flowers (Cookstown)


• Wedding Florist of the Year County Derry / Londonderry: Flowers By Ian (Strabane)


• Wedding Florist of the Year Belfast: Blooms of Belfast (Belfast)


• Wedding Florist of the Year Overall Winner: Budding Designs (Randalstown)


• Wedding Cake Designer of the Year County Fermanagh: Cake Creations (Enniskillen)


• Wedding Cake Designer of the Year County Derry / Londonderry: Cakes2Party (Maghera)


• Wedding Cake Designer of the Year County Down: Laulo Cakes (Rostrevor)


• Wedding Cake Designer of the YearCounty Armagh: The Sweet Life by Lauren (Loughgall)


• Wedding Cake Designer of the YearBelfast: The Sugar Room Cakes Belfast (Belfast)


• Wedding Cake Designer of the Year County Tyrone: Emma Stewart Cake Design (Omagh)


Wedding Cake Designer of the Year County Antrim: The Elite Cake Company (Antrim Town)


Wedding Cake Designer of the Year Overall Winner: The Sweet Life by Lauren (Loughgall)


• Wedding Hair & Make Up Salon of the Year County Fermanagh: Vibrant Hair  (Enniskillen)


• Wedding Hair & Make Up Salon of the YearCounty Tyrone: Brona Marie Hair (Cookstown)


• Wedding Hair & Make Up Salon of the Year County Derry / Londonderry: Glam Hair and Beauty (Derry)


• Wedding Hair & Make Up Salon of the Year County Antrim: Sarah Walker Bridal Makeup (Ballymena)


• Wedding Hair & Make Up Salon of the Year County Down: Aisling’s Unisex Hair Salon (Castlewellan)


• Wedding Hair & Make Up Salon of the Year Belfast: La Vie En Rose (Belfast)


• Wedding Hair & Make Up Salon of the Year County Armagh: Nadine McLaughlin Professional Makeup and Training (Armagh)


• Wedding Hair & Make Up Salon of the Year Overall Winner: Aisling’s Unisex Hair Salon (Castlewellan)


• Wedding Entertainment of the Year County Fermanagh: Embrace Socials (Enniskillen)


• Wedding Entertainment of the Year County Tyrone / County Armagh: DJ Chris Entertainments (Castlecaulfield)


• Wedding Entertainment of the Year County Derry / Londonderry: Cheryl Ann (Derry)


• Wedding Entertainment of the Year County Antrim: A ‘n’ P Promotion & Entertainment (Antrim)


• Wedding Entertainment of the Year County Down: Darren McGarry – Wedding DJ NI (Bangor)


• Wedding Entertainment of the Year Belfast: Rachel Toman Music (Belfast)


• Wedding Entertainment of the Year Overall Winner: A ‘n’ P Promotion & Entertainment (Antrim)


• Wedding Boutique of the Year County Fermanagh & County Tyrone: Wedding Belles Bridal Boutique (Enniskillen)


• Wedding Boutique of the Year County Derry / Londonderry: She’s Fabulous and Bridesmaid Boutique (Garvagh)


• Wedding Boutique of the Year County Antrim: Castle Couture (Galgorm)


• Wedding Boutique of the Year County Down: Seraphim Bridal (Newtownards)


• Wedding Boutique of the Year County Armagh: Creative Ideas Bridal (Armagh)


• Wedding Boutique of the Year Belfast: Lauren Elizabeth Bridal (Belfast)


• Wedding Boutique of the Year Overall Winner: Castle Couture (Galgorm)

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