Judges and Sponsors

Chris Marsden –Host – Definitive Media

Radio broadcaster and proud member of The Radio Academy, Chris has been in the voice over industry for well over 19 years and has voiced projects on a global scale. Clients have included BBC, Clear Channel, Qatar Airways, PG Tips, Chrysler and many more! Chris can turn his vocal talents to anything, from straight natural reads to character, station imaging to comedy sung jingles and narration/corporate to on-hold!

As a Master of Ceremonies – Chris has hosted award ceremonies up and down the UK with his distinctive voice and humorous manner. As a M.O.C. for weddings, Chris will act as a host to your formal occasion, keeping decorum, introducing guests and speakers to the wedding breakfast. Along with this, Chris can also host your disco for the evening entertainment and even supply greetings at the church, just to make the whole day run smoothly.

Apart from being a skilled voice over artist, Chris is also a dab hand at production. New media, music beds, station imaging, commercials, documentary overdubbing…Chris has done the lot!

In his spare time, apart from being a husband and father of two children, he is also a patron for S.N.A.P.P.Y (Special Needs Activity and Play Provision York) a charity that helps disabled children and young adults with a fabulous time. It’s been going for 25 years and Chris holds it very close to his heart.


Alison Wren – Yorkshire and North East Judge – Paprika Marketing

Alison is the founder and creative force behind Wedding Business Success, an online learning hub and community for wedding business owners.

She also runs Paprika Marketing helping small business owners with their online marketing including search, blogging and social media. Her clients come from a range of creative sectors including weddings, interiors, wellness and artisan crafts. She is passionate about helping small, independent businesses succeed.

As ‘Head Judge’ for the North of England Wedding Awards, Alison will be judging both the Yorkshire & North East nominees and in the event of a tie, will be responsible for the final decision.


Tricia Sherriff – Sponsor and North East Judge – She Loves York

Tricia is the genius behind the She Loves York exclusive lifestyle club. First set up two years ago, it provides the ladies of York with generous discounts on a huge selection of local businesses, including fashion, health and beauty, food and drink, gifts and even exercise classes! Among these of course are discounts for the wedding related florists, photographers and jewellers, ensuring York’s brides-to-be can save a small fortune in the run up to their big day.

Knowing that we women enjoy the finer things in life, She Loves York had succeeded in building a community in which local women can experience the more luxurious treats the city has to offer at a reasonable price, as well as enabling these businesses to promote forthcoming events and offers to the customers, and to each other.

Looking forward to being a Judge for the Wedding Awards, Tricia is always on the lookout for businesses that would be interested in becoming partners in her company, and is eager to see the standard of organisations that she has never worked with before.


Joanne Stott – Yorkshire Judge – Y.A.P Bridal Boutique

Jo is the owner of the award winning ‘Y.A.P Bridal Boutique’ she is renowned for her passion of quality in service, attention to detail, genuine personality and a love of life. You Are Precious Bridal was created to deliver an unquestionable, unique service coupled with gorgeous gowns.

“I am so thrilled to have been asked to judge ‘The North of England Wedding Awards’.  I understand the importance of great service, especially during this important part of your life, when the choices you make, make the difference. An ‘experience’ within any sector should be excellent always – what creates excellence in my view is a quality skill set across the board of your industry.  At Y.A.P we say we deliver a quality service, which we do. However, saying you do deliver quality and doing it are two very different things.  Quality is only a word if it does not include harmony, balance, passion, intention and attention. These qualities put together deliver an ‘unquestionable service’.

When we do staff training at our boutique, I always end by saying – “that great businesses are not built by extraordinary people but by ordinary people doing extraordinary things”! x

“I have worked within our city for years and I am passionate about Newcastle. I feel we deserve nothing but the best in choice and service”.


Kerys Muller – Yorkshire Judge

Kerys Mullen left the corporate life to build The Wedding Guide Manchester (2009-2013), a successful sister wedding services directory that grew its distribution to over 130 wedding fairs per year and in addition to many years of experience working with businesses offering expertise and advice to help improve customer service, Kerys is a fantastic addition to our Judging Panel.

She now lives on Costa Del Sol (Spain) combining running the family home with teaching local expat teenagers their A-level sciences. 

Kerys will be judging the Yorkshire nominees.


Andy Nesbit –  Yorkshire Judge – amDJ

amDJservices provide a FREE-Pre Event Music Planning Service to design your music for a fantastic atmosphere. Every customer is unique; every amDJservices disco is exclusive. None of our discos are “off the shelf” packages …you deserve better than that!! Each disco is specifically designed for your celebration.

Our DJs are professional, highly trained and smartly dressed, using the latest equipment and lighting. They don’t just turn up and hope for the best, they create the music and tempo you desire.

We have over 15 years experience of continuous professional development in the entertainment and hospitality industry and over 27 years in the corporate industry.

Our DJs have brilliant customer service skills, they keep the talking on the microphone to a minimum, unless you request otherwise. They have excellent communication skills and are experienced in making timely announcements. They work well with other venue managers and staff.

Our goals are the same as yours. For you and your guests to have an amazing time. We play the music you want! and provide GREAT VALUE and an EXCEPTIONAL QUALITY SERVICE!

Laura Lindsay – North East Judge –Wedding Services Provider

I am Laura Lindsay and have been styling weddings for 5 years previously under the name Bride Bay Shop. This year has seen me rebrand and invest in some key stock in our everchanging industry, such as Limewash chairs. Prior to this I have 10 years working within the industry prior to setting up my wedding styling business.

It is a great privilege to be asked to be a judge for another year I understand how much it means to suppliers to get these awards and great to give recognition to other people working hard within the industry.


Matt Strawford – North East Judge –  Hotel du Vin York

Matt Strawford is a General Manager at Hotel Du Vin,  a collection of 19 boutique   hotels across the UK. Along with Malmaison and its 15 properties, Hotel Du Vin is a   member of the Frasers Hospitality Group. Frasers Hospitality is one of the World’s   Leading award winning Serviced Apartments, Hotel residences and Boutique   Lifestyle Hotels.

Trained at Birmingham College of Food, Tourism and Creative Studies, Matt started his 20 year Hospitality career with Swallow Hotels and its Landmark 5* 100 bedroom property.  Working in a selection of roles within International Hotel brands, Matt, an Acorn Award Nominee, Joined the Hotel Du Vin/ Malmaison family 12 Years ago. Winner of Hotel Du Vin Group GM of the Year 2017 and Finalist in Hotel of the Year, Matt leads a strong management and Guest centric team in York.

Throughout Matts Career he has overseen intimate weddings and co-ordinated events with 1000+ guests, working closely with clients, suppliers and Hotel teams to deliver hundreds of “Best day of my life” quotes. Matts experience in this field allows him to perfectly judge our venues and suppliers to ascertain the leading lights in the North of England Wedding Awards 2018.


Gillian Robson & Katy Foxcroft of Tan Cream – Sponsors

Tancream ™ offers SPF50 protection using a blend of organic sunscreens, gradual self-tanning and instant bronzing. The premium luxury lotion has anti-ageing properties, no odour and it doesn’t streak.

Clinicians, aestheticians, chemists, scientists, dermatologists, doctors and specialists all believe Tancream to be the product the industry has been waiting for.

Having received glowing media reviews, awards, and celebrity endorsements, Tancream is on its way to going global.  Find out more here.


Wedding Fayres Yorkshire – Sponsor

Wedding Fayres Yorkshire have welcomed over 2500 brides through our doors over the last 12 months, to some of the best wedding venues in Yorkshire. Taking a new approach to wedding fayres we have seen venues fill their diaries with bookings and suppliers choose our events time and time again. A secret marketing formula combined with an enthusiastic team and lots of hard work has allowed us to become one of Yorkshire’s most loved wedding event organisers. Our motto – Our fayres are only as good as you say they are!


Big Screen Social – Sponsor

Big Screen Social proudly sponsors the Wedding Entertainment category at the North of England Wedding Awards 2018 for the second year running, where you will also see Big Screen Social in action! Tweet and post on Instagram using #NOEWA to see your messages and photos on the big screen!

Big Screen Social is a brand new “Social Media Wall Platform” for events and venues specifically designed to be visual and eye-catching!

If you’re organising an event or if you manage a venue then Big Screen Social is for you! It’s easy to set up and easy to use. You choose the hashtag and Big Screen Social will display the posts and tweets featuring the specified hashtag.

Big Screen Social has already been successfully used at various events and conferences including NOEWA 2017. Along with the promotion of your event hashtag, Big Screen Social encourages and enhances social media engagement of guests and delegates alike.

This isn’t your standard kind of “Twitter Wall!” Take a look for yourself and find out more on their website www.bigscreensocial.com


The Insurance Emporium – Sponsor

From rural weddings in the English countryside, to a Scottish castle, even beach weddings in the Caribbean, The Insurance Emporium can protect your dream wedding so you can dream bigger! We offer 7 different policy types that you can tweak, which means that whatever you book and plan for your big day you can personalise your policy to meet your needs.   Find out more here.


Louise Mason – Your Wedding Specialist – Sponsor

I am passionate about marketing and helping people ‘do’ better, smarter marketing. I’ll give advice to anyone who’ll listen and in my spare time you can find me on Google Hangouts, webinars or twitter chats keeping up with the latest trends, digital developments and marketing tools like Periscope and Blab. I also pick up tips and tricks from entrepreneurs around the globe from online events, forums and of course good old Facebook groups.

I want to help small business owners and entrepreneurs grow their businesses, develop relationships with their customers and move towards personalised communications rather than mass marketing and dare I say it… spam.  You can read more here.


Liz and Nicola Clark – The Wedding Guide

Launched in 2000, The Wedding Guide for Yorkshire & North East England has gone from strength to strength becoming the ubiquitous ‘bible’ for thousands of brides to be throughout the region. Liz & Tim Clark, along with their daughter Nicola run their business according to their strong, traditional, family values. Customer service, value for money, trust and personal service are vital to enable you to feel confident in our product. The fact that many of our customers are still working with us after more than 10 years shows it works.

The Wedding Guide is the indispensable guide to help brides plan their wedding available free from wedding fairs, bridal shops and Register Offices throughout the whole of Yorkshire and the North East. It offers a highly targeted marketing approach to Yorkshire and North East brides to be, providing information and recommendation of Yorkshire and North East wedding suppliers just when they need it most.

The Wedding Guide works hard to create a winning blend of personal contact (at exhibitions), with printed matter (The Wedding Guide book) and virtual media (web & e-mail). This ‘marketing cocktail’ is perhaps the most distinctive blend we can offer bridal businesses, combined with our personal approach and care for the needs of brides to be and businesses alike.

Many of our wedding suppliers value their association with other businesses through The Wedding Guide. We believe there is substantial marketing strength to be gained from association with a geographical network of specialists.

In order to give even greater recognition to the outstanding service offered by many fantastic businesses throughout the two regions, the North of England Wedding Awards in association with The Wedding Guide were recently launched. Nicola has been the driving force behind this project and has gone to great lengths to make sure everything will run as smoothly as possible. Liz & Nicola have been overwhelmed by the response and look forward to making this an annual event on the calendar.

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