Founders, The Wedding Industry Awards
Damian Bailey is an award-winning wedding photographer, recently having shot his 500th wedding and still shooting weddings week in, week out (www.damianbailey.com). Prior to his wedding photography career Damian was in event management running both his own event company and working for other companies organising conferences and Awards all over the world. Damian’s wife, Anna, is also from a strong event management background. Damian & Anna created their company, 23 Events Ltd, to organise and run The Wedding Industry Awards (TWIA).
Damian & Anna recently followed their own advice and entered TWIA into a business awards, winning TWO trophies of their own. Click here to find out more.
For the last 14 years, Damian has been photographing weddings all over the country, pretty much every weekend. No wedding supplier sees more of a wedding than the photographer. He or she sees almost all other types of wedding supplier and their work from florists and make-up artists right through to caterers, DJs and bands. From the bride getting ready right through until well into the dancing, the photographer is there.
Week in, week out Damian sees talented, dedicated people working hard to help couples create fantastic weddings. The differences between wedding suppliers is considerable but the price point and marketing is often very similar. Couples organising their weddings rely on marketing from wedding suppliers and word of mouth recommendations from their friends, family or their wedding venue amongst others.
Damian and Anna set up TWIA to act as an industry voice offering a third source of advice to anyone organising a wedding. Now in it's seventh year, TWIA recognises and rewards excellence in the wedding industry and to help couples all over the country make better educated decisions when booking their wedding suppliers.
The Wedding Industry Awards ensure that there is a credible and reliable independent regional and national awards process and event series. These are the only client-voted regional and national awards in the wedding industry and our judging panel is second to none in its breadth and depth of expertise and experience. This means that the results have real meaning and are useful to both the entrants and anyone organising a wedding and looking for great wedding suppliers both regionally and nationwide.
We want to help anyone organising a wedding to make better educated decisions when looking for their suppliers.
If you are a wedding supplier, wouldn’t it be great if couples could see that you'd been involved in TWIA or maybe even won or been shortlisted for an award for your dedication, skill and hard work? That you are the great at what you do not just because you say so but because your clients say so and because our expert judging panel agree? CLICK HERE to understand more about how entering TWIA can help you and your business.
If you are organising a wedding and are confronted with a long list of potential suppliers, would you book? The one who has entered, been shortlisted or won an award based on what their previous clients and our expert industry judges have said about them, or one of the others? Winning an award wouldn't be the only reason to book but it would certainly help, right?
The TWIA logo has become a mark of the highest quality coveted by wedding suppliers all over the country and, most importantly, by couples getting married - A "kite mark" for the wedding industry.
Winning a National title has been fantastic for business and has really raised our profile. Our brides and grooms really respect the award and a lot of them have found us on TWIA website.
The TWIA web site and Directory are brilliant. They really helped us decide who to book for our wedding.
I love the whole experience of TWIA. It generates business, I love the events and it’s great to meet others in the industry. I’ll definitely enter each year! It’s a no-brainer for me.
I’ve found all my wedding suppliers through TWIA. It’s so great that it’s voted for by past customers. We get an honest and true opinion.