How It Works



Learn about the Voting Process and Category nominations


The Wedding Industry Awards™ are conducted yearly in over Thirty (30) Wedding Regions of Australia.


Wedding Industry Awards™ are Australia’s LARGEST provider of Regional Wedding Business Awards since 2008, offering the Wedding Industry of Australia the MOST Comprehensive & Transparent Wedding Industry Awards™


Voting Protocol

Wedding Industry Awards™ operate seamlessly in the Background and a lot of Regional Wedding Business are unaware that Voting is underway, let alone when they are announced as a Finalists. The Key Focus with Wedding Industry Awards™ is that we DO NOT require Businesses to contact Newlyweds to Vote or more importantly ask Newlyweds for reviews as part of the Voting Process.

Wedding Industry Awards™ conducts its voting process on five (5) Principal Strategies:

  1. Wedding Industry Awards™ pays $$$ to Social Media Platforms to make contact Newlyweds who were married over the past 12-18 months seeking their support by Voting for their TOP5 Wedding Suppliers to their wedding who excelled and exceeded their expectations.
  2. Wedding Industry Awards™ supply promotional content via email to Businesses that we have on our Database to enable them to place a Post on their Social Media Platforms to seek support from their Newlyweds in Voting for their business.
  3. Wedding Industry Awards™ undertakes Tagging on Facebook of all the potential Businesses that are on its Database, this in itself creates interest and momentum in the Voting Process. This promotes the Business to its Local / Regional Wedding Industry.
  4. Every Wedding Industry Awards™ Region (over 30, see below) has a Post on the Regional FaceBook Page announcing the Voting is underway and a HyperLink to the Voting Platform. This is also duplicated on the Wedding Industry Awards™, Principal Facebook Page So, two (2). Facebook Posts undertaken for each region by Wedding Industry Awards™.
  5. Businesses that self-promote by soliciting support from their Newlyweds on Social Media will indirectly encourage their Newlyweds to vote for other Wedding Suppliers that serviced their Wedding Day. Five (5) Businesses need to be nominated so there is opportunity for four (4) other businesses to be bought into the Voting Fold.



Albury, Wodonga & Riverina
Central West
Greater Sydney
Hunter Valley & Newcastle
Illawarra & Southern Highlands
Mid North Coast & Northern Rivers
Shoalhaven & South Coast
Tweed Coast & Byron Bay
Western Sydney & Blue Mountains


Capricorn & Central Queensland
Fraser Coast & Wide Bay
Gold Coast
North Queensland
Southern Queensland Country
Sunshine Coast & Hinterland
Tropical North Queensland
Whitsundays & Mackay


Ballarat & Bendigo
Geelong & Surf Coast
Gippsland & Phillip Island
Greater Melbourne
Mornington & Bayside
Shepparton, Echuca & Swan Hill
Yarra Valley & Dandenong Ranges


Adelaide & South Australia


South-West & Great Southern






When do Nominations Open?
Newlywed Couples who have been married over the past Twelve (12)/Eighteen (18) Months are eligible to vote are targeted through FaceBook Marketing seeking their support to vote for the TOP5 Wedding Suppliers.
Regional Wedding Businesses will be advised by email if we are aware of a business for the pending Wedding Industry Awards for their region one (1) week before voting is launched. Businesses should Post on their Social Media Pages the content supplied by Wedding Industry Awards for their Newlywed Couples to vote for them in the Wedding Industry Awards. Also, businesses will be Tagged from the region on FaceBook. This is especially important in regions where majority of wedding couples come from outside the region, in other words Destination Weddings.

When do Nominations Close?
The Wedding Industry Awards will announce when Nominations close for a specific region. Nominations will be accepted up until the Nominations closing date. The Voting period is two (2) weeks ONLY to reduce the opportunity for Vote Stacking.

Who can Vote?
Only Newlywed Couples that have been married during the voting period (normally the past twelve (12)/eighteen (18) months)
They need to identify:

  • The Partners Names
  • Date of the Wedding
  • Email Address
  • Wedding Reception Venue
  • TOP5 Wedding Suppliers
  • The Wedding Venue Coordinator

Is there Validation of Nominations / Votes?

Only where there is an exception / extraordinary tally of Votes for a business that is outside the MEAN NUMBER of votes for a business in that Category.

With Wedding Industry Awards covering over thirty (30) Wedding Regions of Australia we know what is the expected number of Votes that should be received in any given Business in a Wedding Category.

If it is perceived to be an overstated number of votes (Where a Business has been Nominated in all Five (5) Choices) the Business will have its Votes reduced to one (1) ONLY for that Voting Nomination. Not the 15 Votes expected. Businesses found to be flaunting Wedding Industry Awards will be disqualified from.

The Wedding Industry Awards – Voting Platform Identifies:

Fraudulent Email Addresses + the Time of Vote Submission + the actual Computer ID where the Votes came from. We are vigilant with Vote Stacking.


What is the Judging Process?
Newlywed Couples vote for their TOP5 Wedding Suppliers that they believed went beyond the call of duty, professionalism, value for money, excellent customer service including and exceeded their expectations in the delivery of their services to the Couples Wedding Day.

Newlywed Couples are restricted to voting once and were locked out once their vote was cast.

Points were allocated to their voting rank as follows:

TOP5 Point allocation are descending in order:

  • First Choice: – 5 Points
  • Second Choice:  – 4 Points
  • Third Choice: – 3 Points
  • Fourth Choice: – 2 Points
  • Fifth Choice: – 1 Point


The Judging of Wedding Industry Awards™ is undertaken by independent arbitrators to ensure fairness and regularity. All votes are collated and sorted into Wedding Business Categories. If a business is not known, they are researched to ensure that they are from the region of the Wedding Industry Awards being undertaken.


What are the Wedding Business Categories?
Depending on the Region, Wedding Business Categories will vary, you would not have Surf Clubs in Central West NSW for instance.

There are over Fifty-Five (55) Typical Categories:

  • Accommodation
  • Bridal Accessories
  • Day Spa
  • Beauty Therapist & Treatments
  • Bridal Hair Stylist
  • Bridal MakeUp Artist
  • Bridal Hair & MakeUp
  • Bridal Gown Alterations
  • Bridal Gown Couture’
  • Bridal Gown Designer
  • Bridesmaids & Formalwear
  • Suits & Formalwear
  • Buck’s & Hen’s
  • Wedding Cakes
  • Caravan, Truck, Cart and Bar
  • Wedding Caterer
  • Marriage Celebrant
  • Elopements & Celebration Events
  • Chapel, Church & Ceremony Location
  • Dance Studio
  • Decorator & Stylist
  • Event Hire
  • DJ
  • Master of Ceremonies
  • Live Entertainment
  • Entertainment Services
  • Wedding Florist
  • Jeweller
  • PhotoBooth
  • Wedding Photographer
  • Wedding Videographer
  • Pop Up Weddings
  • Wedding Transport
  • Wedding Planner
  • Wedding Venue – Coordinator
  • Wedding Services
  • Wedding Stationery
  • Wedding Venue – Boutique Hotel
  • Wedding Venue – 4 – 4.5 Star Hotel
  • Wedding Venue – 5 Star Hotel
  • Wedding Venue – Resort Hotel
  • Wedding Venue – Beach
  • Wedding Venue – Boutique
  • Wedding Venue – Unique
  • Wedding Venue – Community hall
  • Wedding Venue – Country Club
  • Wedding Venue – DIY
  • Wedding Venue – ECO
  • Wedding Venue – Farm & Country
  • Wedding Venue – Function Centre
  • Wedding Venue – Garden
  • Wedding Venue – Golf & Country Club
  • Wedding Venue – Historic
  • Wedding Venue – Licenced Club
  • Wedding Venue – Restaurant
  • Wedding Venue – Surf Club
  • Wedding Venue – Waterfront
  • Wedding Venue – Boutique Winery
  • Wedding Venue – Historic Winery
  • Wedding Venue – Winery


How are Finalists Selected?

Finalists are selected based on the number of Nominations and Votes allocated that they receive in their specific Category. Each business must realise a minimum of 20 Votes. There is a maximum of 20 Finalists per category. Therefore, the Highest Votes in a Category will realise being a Finalist.

When are Finalists announced?

The Finalists of each category will be announced 2 – 4 weeks after close of voting.

Finalist businesses will be notified of their Finalist Nomination by Wedding Industry Awards™ by Email, Posted on the Region’s Our Wedding FaceBook Page (see below) and the Wedding Business will be Tagged through the Region’s Our Wedding FaceBook Page.

Finalists will receive an Invitation to the Wedding Industry Awards™ Virtual Presentation Evening, a Finalist Logo Roundel, and General Information about the prestigious Wedding Industry Awards™ Virtual Presentation Evening

What are the Regional Our Wedding FaceBook Pages?


What are the National Wedding Industry Awards FaceBook and Instagram Pages?


When are Winners Announced?

The WINNERS are announced at the prestigious Wedding Industry Awards™ Gala or Virtual Presentation Evening attended by Local Regional Wedding Businesspeople, Sponsors and Dignitaries. Tickets are available to Finalists, Finalist Staff, Family Members and Sponsors.

Where there are under 50 Businesses Registered (purchase a Ticket for each Category Nominated) from the previous year’s Wedding Industry Awards™ in a Region, then the Wedding Industry Awards Gala Presentation will be Virtual.

Where there are over 50 Businesses Registered (purchase a Ticket for each Category Nominated) from the previous year’s Wedding Industry Awards in a Region, then the Wedding Industry Awards™ Presentation will be Gala Black Tie Dinner.


Are only Winners announced?

Winners for each Category specific to the Region, as some Regions do not have all Categories!

There is also Highly Commended (Runner Up).

In some Categories there maybe numerous Finalists:

  • Where there are 10 Plus Finalists there is a TOP5 (Categories such as: Bridal Hair Stylists, Bridal MakeUp Artists, Marriage Celebrants, Wedding Cakes, Decorator & Stylists, Florists and Wedding Photographers can have more the 10 Finalists.)
  • Where there are 20 Plus Finalists there is a TOP10 (Categories such as: Bridal Hair Stylists, Bridal MakeUp Artists, Marriage Celebrants, Wedding Cakes, Decorator & Stylists, Florists and Wedding Photographers can have more the 10 Finalists.)

There will be awarded TOP 10, TOP 5, Highly Commended and WINNER where practical.

Do only Winners obtain Marketing Collateral?
Every FINALIST Business that registers to be a participant in the either Gala or Virtual Wedding Industry Presentation for the Wedding Industry Awards™ in their Region receives Marketing Collateral, consisting of (Acrylic Plaque, Digital Roundel Logos) Wedding Industry Awards™ are Australia’s largest provider of Regional Wedding Business Awards since 2008

Where to from here?
Every Registered WINNER of a Regional Wedding Category in the Wedding Industry Awards automatically becomes a FINALIST in the Australian Wedding Awards™ The Australian Wedding Awards are celebrated in the January of the following year.



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