The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards was my first attempt at recognition in the industry and even as the host announced my name I still couldn’t quite believe I had won for the following 2 reasons;
The first is I am a relative newcomer to the industry compared to the other suppliers in my category – my fresh approach obviously left a good impression with the judges.
The second is that I entered on a whim, minutes before the deadline closed, with relatively concise answers to each criteria.

Hampshire DJ

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Why the late entry? I remembered a fellow supplier suggesting I should because “the judges look really fair”.
I have often viewed industry awards with a certain degree of cynicism. It’s very subjective and judges from the same industry (whether they intend to or not) can be biased towards candidates who lean towards their own preferences.

Having done some research, these judges were refreshingly different and from a business background rather than directly from the industry itself, which I think gives them the clarity to take a step back and see the big picture. Their citation read “They really know their stuff and it is very clear from this entry that they have the right mindset for sustainable business and growth, whilst keeping the wedding couples’ needs a priority.”

The night itself, at The Hilton at Ageas, was fun and a pleasant change to be around industry friends sociably instead of because they were photographing, catering or styling a wedding I was working on.

Simon Clarke Wedding DJ

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I was delighted to see other suppliers I enthusiastically promote like Ginger Catering, Laurel Designs, Baylily Bell Tents and Kimberley Garrod Photography be recognised for their passion and creativity. Because that’s what it’s all about.

If you can find a supplier who clearly demonstrates those traits then your wedding will be in safe hands.

Simon Clarke, winner of the DJ category at The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards 2017

Hampshire Wedding Awards

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Event Planner Bournemouth

The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards are organised by South Coast Events, a Bournemouth based company who plan corporate and high end private events.