Who Is Behind The Awards?


Damian & Anna Bailey

Founders, The Wedding Industry Awards

Damian is an award-winning wedding photographer. He has shot over 800 weddings since he started back in 2003, and still shoots weddings week in, week out (www.damianbailey.com). Prior to his wedding photography career Damian was in event management running both his own events 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.

Pre-Covid, Damian and Anna followed their own advice, entered TWIA into a business awards and WON! Read more about their experiences HERE.

The ethos behind the Awards

Want an insight into TWIA, why we set it up and how it all works? Check out this podcast.

"For the last 20 years, I have 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.

Throughout my wedding photography career, I have seen 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 by wedding suppliers and word of mouth recommendations from their friends, family or their wedding venue amongst others. We set up TWIA to act as an industry voice offering a third source of advice to anyone organising a wedding. Now in it's 12th year, TWIA recognises and rewards excellence in the wedding industry and to helps couples all over the country make better educated decisions when booking their wedding suppliers."

Integrity, Credibility & Reliability

Established in 2011, The Wedding Industry Awards ensure that there is a credible and reliable independent regional and national awards process and events. 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, comprising over 100 industry experts. 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.