WED Magazine presents the Inaugural Edition of the WED Awards – Vote for Your Favourite Wedding Entrepreneur Now!

Posted on Thursday, February 14th, 2013 at 5:58 PM

By Jennifer Obiuwevbi

We love celebrating weddings here at BellaNaija and just like our faithful readers we can’t wait for this event.

After months of growth and expansion since their launch in July 2011, WED Magazine, Nigeria’s foremost wedding go-to magazine presents the maiden edition of WED Awards.

This event heralds the first time Nigerian Wedding entrepreneurs would be recognized for their contributions in the wedding Industry. Speaking on the invitation only awards, Akin Eso, the Publisher of WED Magazine commented: “The wedding industry has grown over the years with professionals that have put smiles on couples’ faces. It is high time we recognized excellence.

WED Magazine, apart from being a rich and classy periodical tailored to meet every wedding need, is also the convener of Nigeria’s largest wedding exhibition. The WED Expo made it’s debut in March 2012 and was attended by engaged couples, stakeholders and the general public to learn all there is to know about weddings, receptions and more. The organizers are set to host a bigger and better exhibition this March 2013.

Date: Friday 22nd march 2013
Venue: Landmark Village, Oniru, Victoria Island, Lagos.

WED Awards Nominees

Categories:
Note: Category code is in the brackets beside the category

Wedding Planner of the Year (WEDPL)

  1. Just Weddings
  2. Tsoule Events
  3. Zapphaire Events
  4. Christine Ogbeh – The Wedding Guru
  5. Kalhari Limite
  6. Oaken Events

Upcoming Wedding Planner of the Year (UWEDPL)

  1. Torge Events
  2. Planification Events
  3. B’Signature
  4. Abinibi Cottage
  5. Nwandos Signature
  6. Distinct Crown Events

Decorator of the Year (DECOR)

  1. Torge Events and Decor
  2. Oaken Events
  3. Tessy Dodo – LB Events
  4. Nwandos Signature
  5. Open Hands
  6. Flowerplus

Photographer of the Year (PHOTOG)

  1. Jide Alakija Photography
  2. S67 Photography
  3. Majickbrush Photography
  4. Photonimi Studios
  5. Atunbi Photography
  6. Damell Photography

Upcoming Photographer of the Year  (UPHOTOG)

  1. Majickbrush Photography
  2. TAP Studios
  3. Replica studios
  4. Fotorolla
  5. Bumy Perfect
  6. Saratography

Baker of the Year (BAKER)

  1. Sweet Indulgence
  2. Cakes by Andy Clarke
  3. The Oven Cake Craft
  4. Bakers World
  5. Cakes and Cream
  6. SayCheese Cakes

 Makeup Artist of the Year (MUA)

  1. Banke Meshida-Lawal
  2. Ewar MakeOvers
  3. Beauty Cook
  4. SitPretty
  5. Unveil Makeovers
  6. Abeke Makeovers

Upcoming Makeup Artist of the Year (UMUA)

  1. Bellezza Faces
  2. Faceville MakeOvers
  3. Nsure Beauty
  4. Summer Hues
  5. Neddy kolls
  6. Alas Makeovers

Aso-Oke Maker of the Year (ASOOKE)

  1. The Elect Asooke
  2. Needles and Thread
  3. Natives AsoOke
  4. Tisbee AsoOke
  5. Bisbod AsoOke
  6. Bolsy AsoOke

Groom House of the Year (GROHSE)

  1. Bobos Clothing
  2. Kemka Clothing
  3. The Wardrobe
  4. Eromak
  5. Suit Affairs

Bridal House of the Year (BRIHSE)

  1. Bridal Gallery
  2. Elizabeth Philips Bridals
  3. Imani Swank Bridals
  4. Yes I Do Bridal
  5. Brides and Babies
  6. Enthyst Bridal

Videographer of the Year (VIDEO)

  1. Studio4 Pro – Cinematic Weddings
  2. Onye Ubanatu
  3. QF
  4. Bridge Media
  5. Caleb Videography

Designer of the Year (Groom) (GDESIGN)

  1. Okunoren Twins
  2. Lameda Stitches
  3. Tayor Gabriels
  4. Ouch
  5. Hunt Couture
  6. DB Formal Wear

Designer of the Year (Bridal) (BDESIGN)

  1. Kosibah
  2. Ade Bakare
  3. Mai Atafo
  4. Frank Osodi
  5. Valerie Davids

Band of the Year (BAND)

  1. Shuga Band
  2. Top Band
  3. Ebony Band
  4. Sharp Band
  5. Faith Band
  6. Estimable Band

MC of the Year (MASTC)

  1. IK Osakioduwa
  2. Koffi
  3. AK 47
  4. Basket Mouth
  5. Tee A
  6. Buchi

Event Center of the Year (EVENTC)

  1. The Haven
  2. KFA
  3. Landmark
  4. BMO Event Center
  5. Civic Centre
  6. Eko Hotel

Caterer of the Year (CATER)

  1. Malas Foods
  2. Astoria
  3. Kemabon
  4. Kots Catering
  5. Onion Caterers
  6. Oleander Caterers

Drinks company of the Year (DRINK)

  1. ICE Box
  2. Bonix
  3. Drinks Pro
  4. Eventi Cocktails
  5. Cocktails In and Out
  6. Blueworld

Wedding Online Platform of the Year (WONLP)

  1. BellaNaija
  2. Weddings On Point (On Facebook)
  3. Sugar Weddings
  4. Wedding Digest Nigeria
  5. Na My Wedding
  6. Event Venue NG

 Souvenir Company of the Year (SOUVCM)

  1. Gift Shack
  2. The Gift Hub
  3. Souvenir Place
  4. Elise Charles
  5. Gift Bliss

Rental Company of the Year (RENTCM)

  1. KFA Rentals
  2. Naphtali Rentals
  3. Classicus Rentals
  4. 4Tees Rentals
  5. Cedarwoods
  6. Tent events

Wedding Stationery Company of the Year (WSTACM)

  1. The Wedding Company
  2. Koza Invitations
  3. Jacynthe Cards
  4. Couture Cards
  5. The wedding store

 Security Company of the Year (SECURE)

  1. Spartan Security
  2. K Square Security
  3. Golden Events Solutions
  4. Voltron Securities
  5. Event secure
  6. Preston and porter

Accessories Company of the Year (ACCESR)

  1. Bimbeads
  2. Heads and shoulders
  3. Head jewels
  4. K Beads

Dessert Company of the Year (DESSERT)

  1. Concepteur de Fruitee
  2. ILuvDesserts
  3. Sweet Kiwi
  4. Melting Moments
  5. Cup cake factory
  6. Chocolatier wonders

Voting for the nominees starts on Monday 11th February 2013 and ends on Monday 11th March 2013. It would be done via the awards website www.weddingindustryawards.com and winners would be selected by both the voters and a select panel of judges.

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  • 45 Comments on “WED Magazine presents the Inaugural Edition of the WED Awards – Vote for Your Favourite Wedding Entrepreneur Now!”

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    • If you are a wedding lover/enthusiast visit my wedding blog @ www.cakesbymizvuitton.blogspot.com February 14, 2013 at 10:37 PM

      Newton and David wasn’t nominated for the decorators of the year?

    • pade February 15, 2013 at 8:22 AM

      Scam where is DUNAMIS in the decorator of the year category, rubbish.

    • Ojay February 15, 2013 at 10:57 AM

      the list is ridiculous. decorator of the year no victoria f, no aquarian touch, no yvent kouture,no newton and david. WED i am disappointed inyour lack of credibility.

    • Me n i February 15, 2013 at 12:32 PM

      Do u want to keep nominating Same pple all d time , how o u want other pple To grow ,

    • Okyt February 15, 2013 at 12:33 PM

      Y will u pick all the big names it’s jt not good for up coming pple

    • dave February 15, 2013 at 2:40 PM

      where can we vote. cant wait to start voting

    • SCAMMM!!! February 15, 2013 at 3:19 PM

      Well, isn’t it obvious, the ONLY award nominees are companies who have paid to partake in the Wed Expo they run!…..

      • hope456 February 16, 2013 at 4:47 PM

        Olodo why you no put your name make everyone see. Just open your mouth. Even grammys has complaints. Put your business name make we know say you good

        • Tracey February 17, 2013 at 1:35 AM

          LOL…..why is it paining you that I am pointing out the obvious truth. The truth will always prevail regardless of whether or not I am an olodo. What does my business name have to do with anything? Please take your abusive self somewhere else. I’m talking to WED/BN not you. Clearly you must be one of the people on the list or a WED team member. You wont last in this business with this lack of transparency. This is 2013 for Gods sake.

    • ruby February 15, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      i am surprised newton and david is not on this list !

    • Beauty February 15, 2013 at 5:10 PM

      @ Okyt, I feel you. Nigeria is filled with so many upcoming events planners, decorators, cake makers, photographers and so many others, and they are good too, all you need to do is open your eyes and see them, not all the hyping. I believe WED is very credible. Go WED

    • Odior February 15, 2013 at 8:05 PM

      Is it only people in Lagos that this award is for?

    • LadyG February 15, 2013 at 11:15 PM

      Nonsense people! No furtullah, no rostal flowers, no victoria f, no harbour point. Cooked up list! When you are selling stands first, and then trying to add awards. Of course most of the stand owners will be nominated. Extremely faulty FOUNDATION from the get-go. WED kor BED nii. They should go and SIT down. Mschewwwwww

    • Meeeee February 16, 2013 at 10:40 AM

      No Furtullah? No Victoria F?? Really… So y are we voting???

    • Miss Richards February 16, 2013 at 11:28 AM

      Its obvious that some people have bad blood in them, imagine how people who cannot so much as float any good thing rubish a dream created by some creative individuals, I wish I know the guys behind this award, they are cool. Everybody cannot be on the list, there are so many people not here, Grandeur hall is not here, the Ark is not here, Linensville is not here, Facetalk is not here so please move on cos everyone cant be here, not enough space for the list. When can we start voting, I am eager, fresh news.

    • kehinde February 16, 2013 at 3:31 PM

      @ meeeeee…. asin!

    • Bimpe Faleti February 16, 2013 at 4:53 PM

      I put my name out because i can’t stand people that talk without substance if your company doesn’t make the list move on and hope for next year. Don’t form anonymous and talk message way den no send you. Great job jor.

    • ayo February 16, 2013 at 8:57 PM

      kool. On reading both sides, some are mistaking the point. The issue is not that some people are not on the list. of cos not everyone can make the list but why would you leave out some people who are doing wonderful things and include a very high number of those who are partaking or have taken part previously in the exhibition. That is lack of credibility.

      • Nike A February 17, 2013 at 2:05 AM

        Ayo your comment made sense initially but then you went the route that you just have the same assumptions. There are 26 categories and last year i didn’t see up to 30% of this people at wed expo for example lara of Just Weddings wasn’t, Oaken wasn’t only shuga band was and many like that. Lets encourage this people the awards doesn’t mean you are not good its just a start lets encourage wed and move the industry, for example Unveil is my friend and i know she has never done anything with WED b4. Lets encourage them.

    • Detutu February 16, 2013 at 9:31 PM

      me, i have my winners already- whether they win or not they are winners in my world in this wedding and event planning ish- No one should abuse me o cos we all have our opinions. ehn ehn..so therefore Best MUA is sit pretty, Best Upcoming Photographer is TAP studios, best Decorator and wedding planner even though she wasnt included in the list is Dunamis and for those included on the list i would go with Tsoule and Zapphire, best band is Wale zion band not so popular but upcoming, then may be shuga and faith band, best bridal house even though she wasnt put in the category is Brides and More very reasonable and affordable plus quality . wedding online platform, Bella naija followed by wedding on point, Drink company of the year Blue world followed by Ice box….anywhich way Nigeria is very large and there are so many people in the wedding industry it may be difficult nominating all of them and the fact that they are not on here doesnt mean they are not good in their work…its all about personal touch….

    • Baby we February 17, 2013 at 1:05 PM

      Why is bonix drinks? A lot of good companies missing.

    • nana February 17, 2013 at 1:34 PM

      Pls why is my girl chi chi of faceville makeovers on the Upcoming make up artist na?anyways maybe for the bridal industry sha cos she is well known in the fashion world anywyas that’s na girll

      • nana February 18, 2013 at 1:47 PM

        This Is faceville makeovers. And I appreciate ur words what I don’t understand however is wwhy use my nickname(nana)to write this post that I don’t appreciate…thanks

    • alwayshappy February 17, 2013 at 6:50 PM

      haba… wey cakes by tosan now.. …… afterall una don feature plenty weddings where the man’s talent and masterpiece like deliveries evoke ” ohh,….. ahh..WOW… omg? Please revisit that top baker list jo.. Also how about best wedding entertainer/band category i no see that own afterall all these bands wey dey go perform at weddings deserve to be recognized for their artistry

    • Boo February 18, 2013 at 1:43 AM

      Surprised Newton and David, Cakes by Tosan and Duduguy Photography did not make the list…..I mean just go through the last 10 weddings posted on bellanaija and you’ll see these 3 well represented in a positive way.

      Anyways good luck to the nominess. One day these awards will make sense because they will actually represent the very best.

    • Ono February 18, 2013 at 10:41 AM

      Pple the award is according to wed expo n not according to “u” or anybody or according to ur kind of best pple

    • Nneka February 18, 2013 at 3:35 PM

      You people can talk sha was it not tosan, newton and david and eventful that they selected as judges… How will a judge be a nominee. You just talk without facts. Last 10 weddings on bella now means what na. Those are the only weddings abi

    • Nneka February 18, 2013 at 3:37 PM

      You people can talk sha was it not tosan, newton and david and eventful that they selected as judges… How will a judge be a nominee. You just talk without facts. Last 10 weddings on bella now means what na. Those are the only weddings abi. Its an awards ppl

    • Bisi BusyBee! February 18, 2013 at 4:58 PM

      Interesting opinions on these… Everyone nominated here are good with their Unique Selling Point.. The fact that some ‘popular’ names are not on here doesn’t mean they are not good/appreciated. Its possible some of their fans didn’t know of these Awards, Some are actually judges for these awards and so can’t partake.
      We should support every creative business and give them a chance to be celebrated.
      I run BusyBee Events! a fast rising event management outfit, and am glad to see quite a number of colleagues and friends on these list whose works are highly commendable. Pls lets try and appreciate them. Cheers

      busybeeeventsng.com

    • neon February 18, 2013 at 5:04 PM

      There are soo many people doing amazing things not nominated, and thats okay, this is 2013, i am so over all these different awards that make no sense.

      There are even some names here that im thinking huh? how is he/she nominated? from scamming clients? to not delivering on promises? abeg! lets not name and shame ourselves here.
      *logs off*

    • didi February 18, 2013 at 5:32 PM

      Totally silly list in my opinion. A casual google search for ‘nigerian wedding photographers’ throws out many photographers way better than those nominees (Apart from Jide and Atunbi ).. But then like in a previous comment, its the list according to WED magazine.

      Maybe it should’ve been named WED Mag Awards, instead of Nigerian Wedding Industry Awards … just sayin’

    • Anon February 18, 2013 at 6:04 PM

      Not one to be a hater, just stating my two cents. A few vendors on the list deserve the kudos (OAKEN Events + 2 more) However, the rest of them don’t even make the cut when it boils down to creativity, high grade products without breaking the bank, customer service and so much more. The list is completely biased and without merit. Then again, if it’s more important to sell booths and make a quick buck, then go ahead WED. Next year, take the time out to carry out a valid vetting process so your list will be based on solid rankings and not who has signed up to be a participating vendor.

    • Anon February 18, 2013 at 6:07 PM

      Exceptional work has nothing to do with being popular. If your work + service is fantastic, nothing wrong with the vendor being nominated year after year. It is what is is. It’ll just make other vendors step up their game so they can knock out viable competition the following year.

    • Remi February 18, 2013 at 6:32 PM

      As far as I knw all d 5 big names in all d catgories shouldn’t b mention , they should give rooms for other pple any award u c the same ppl over n over they should b judges or matrons in d industry … Anyway d award is according to we’d expo deal with it , there do many mag that come with most pretty n mst handsome every year , so it’s according to d oganisers

    • Sol February 18, 2013 at 10:01 PM

      The oven cake craft fir cake decorator.nice,affordably deliciously made and well crafted cakes. , go oven cake craft! Go oven cake craft!! Go oven cake craft!!!

    • gbenga February 19, 2013 at 4:08 PM

      Where is Classic drinks in the drinks category?

    • Heydeejay February 19, 2013 at 5:24 PM

      Interesting opinions but some1 like me doesnt know if tosan, newton & david etc are d judges and some few pple like event redefined, flawless makeovers are not on the list, y? Even if everybody cant be on the list but Pls lets try and appreciate them………….where can we vote.? cant wait to start voting.

    • Class February 19, 2013 at 6:55 PM

      Happy to see chocolatiers wonders on the list. Divine cupcakes and desserts.

    • Lola February 19, 2013 at 7:04 PM

      Pls wen it comes down to event plannersN Elizabeth R is nt on the list and also for decorations too. For your caterers. TFC, Mistee. And for party drinks you guyd need to taste Precious party drinks Chapman, its the best have tasted sooo far, its good, althou they are still upcoming .

    • Juwon February 21, 2013 at 10:53 AM

      I’m happy for my girl @eventi cocktails!

    • Anon February 21, 2013 at 8:45 PM

      The Best catering awards go to ASTORIA! Any day any time! No one can beat dat, class all d way! Next pls

    • sheeka February 21, 2013 at 11:20 PM

      Congrats to the nominees! May we be on this list next year! Check out the link : aepands.tumblr.com/

    • Yvonne Arisekola-Alao February 27, 2013 at 7:02 AM

      I think we should give them kudos jare, there is always room for improvement. I don’t know if there is a category for Event Online Websites, but heard about one event planning site, OwambeNaija.com, those guys have only done their Welcomepage, and they are already making waves. Nice when people are finally doing something different

    • reglin March 21, 2013 at 10:42 PM

      I didnt see cakes by tosan on the list. The wedding industry is really doin well

    • MasonSamuel July 3, 2013 at 10:16 AM

      that’s a long list and seems lot are quiet not satisfied and any ways appreciation always pays…