Rob Reaks , February 19, 2020
Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2020 Regional Finalists. Firstly, thank you to all the brides who have shared some wonderful stories and photos with us since nominations opened in November 2019; we’ve LOVED them all. It’s been so hard to whittle the entries down, but needs must! There can only be one winner after all, but in the friendship-stakes we think every one of you is a winner.
So, after a search of three months, here are the 9 wonderful Bridesmaids who’ve reached the Regional finals. Well done everyone.
Our Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2020 Regional Finalist for Scotland is Cheryl, nominated by Julie McCarthy.
“I nominate my maid of honour and my best friend through my entire life, my beautiful big sister Cheryl. When I first got engaged I think it was obvious who would be my maid of honour and she certainly didn’t disappoint! I invited all my bridesmaid round in Jan 19 to pop the question with personalised gifts and balloons not to mention a tonne of bubbly. They all thankfully accepted, little did they know the pressure that was about to be put on them!
My hubby to be Tom & I started to narrow down our search on locations and were offered a great deal for Aug 19 which we jumped at… leaving only 6 months to plan… get a dress and the all important Hen Party! Once we nailed down the date I began to frantically panic at the monstrous task of planning the big day for 140 day guests, lucky Cheryl having got married a few years earlier offered a welcome ear and helped my to focus and navigate my way through suppliers, entertainment and certificates (even assisting in brewing beer at one stage). Cheryl was an absolute dream throughout the process and really lightened the load.
Having 6 months till the wedding meant that Cheryl and my bridesmaids Emma, Lauren & Lorena had little time to co-ordinate and organise my hen, but within days deposits were paid and the venue was secured & I didn’t have to even think about it as I knew the girls with Cheryl leading the way had it completely covered and knew exactly my style and what I would like.
The evening before my wedding Cheryl and Girls completely spoiled me with gifts and made it so special that I couldn’t believe how lucky I was to have them as my bridal party.
The day of the wedding arrived and I was ‘bridechilla‘ with a glass in hand ready to enjoy the day, Chez helped co-ordinate things throughout the morning getting the flower girls ready and keeping them entertained as well as helping get my ready to go. I was very nervous about walking up the aisle but having Cheryl waiting in the wings as the last to go before me and my dad calmed me right down. Cheryl was by my side through the ceremony fixing my hair to ensure it looked perfect in the picture and laughing (it was a really fun ceremony) throughout (with some tears for good measure).
I couldn’t have wished for a better maid of honour we all spent the night dancing with Cheryl adding some break-dancing (the worm) into the mix. Although she was having a great night she was always making sure I was assisted when needed and helped me get changed into my evening dress and touch up my makeup.
Cheryl absolutely deserves Britain’s Best Bridesmaid; not only did she do an amazing job she had to organise alongside working a full time job and looking after her 3 young children, she is an absolute super mum, sister and maid of honour, I couldn’t of asked for more.”
Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2020 Regional Finalists, Wales. Angharad Morris has nominated Megan Touhig.
“Why do I think my bridesmaid Megan is Britain’s Best bridesmaid? Well let me explain. I have known Megan for a long time, (she was my first boyfriend’s little sister) and we didn’t get along. 8 years ago I had a terrible car accident and Megan helped me recover and helped my rehabilitation including helping me walk again. Since then we’ve lost a few different, close friends and relatives (including one of my best friends who was her cousin and also my dad) and with our fail she has been there for me.
When I got engaged she said “right, as maid of honour just tell me what to do and it’s done!” Jokingly I said “who said you got the job?” Next day I received a C.V. of why she was suitable for the role and her previous experiences.
She didn’t miss a venue visit or a wedding fayre and when we thought we’d have to postpone due to house fire leaving us in temporary housing and our possessions gone, she was amazing in keeping us calm and realising the wedding was still achievable if we all worked together.
When I stressed about the guest list or a potential problem she has told me to stop worrying and kept me focused on what is important… marrying the man I love. She has been amazing in what has been a challenging time for us, buying things she knows we need, pulling everything she can together and not complained once when something has changed or someone needs something! I definitely couldn’t ask for a better best friend or bridesmaid!”
Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2020 Regional Finalists, Northern Ireland. Emma McMullen nominated Maid of Honour Katey McNay.
“Katey was there for me from the moment I got engaged. Nothing was ever too much for her. She drove me around the country to find my perfect dress. She never complained about the hundreds of screenshots of ideas I continually sent her.
What meant to me the most was her heartfelt speech she made at the wedding. My mum took ill at the wedding and had to leave early. Katey first of all looked after my mum making sure she was OK and helping her feel as comfortable as she could. She arranged for my mum to get home to save me trying to organise it and then continued to check in on her. At the reception, Katey made a speech on behalf of my family, telling of how we are like family. She stood by side with pride and i can’t thank her enough for that.”
Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2020 Regional Finalists, London and The South East. Sophie Hodson nominated Sister Lucy.
“My sister Lucy was my maid of honour at our wedding in 2019. Lucy was an INCREDIBLE maid of honour. She arranged my unforgettable hen do, kept me calm and focused even when 350 miles away and was an absolute godsend on the day. She directed people around and even made a hilarious and emotional speech. Lucy had an accident the week before the wedding (she fell down the stairs and badly sprained her ankle). However she took all of this in her somewhat slower stride and took a very “show must go on” attitude. She held my dress and danced the night away with me, even though she was in a great deal of Pain. She’s one in a million and she so so deserves this.”
Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2020 Regional Finalists, East England Bonnie Anning and sister Lacey.
“My bridesmaid is my sister who is only 20 and has just given birth to her first baby boy. Once baby was born he was in intensive care for 7 days and she sat by his side 24 hours a day. Even with all that going on she never put my wedding or hen do plans aside even when she was going through something so traumatic which I appreciate more than she knows and I am so so proud of how well she had coped with all that 2019 threw at her.
At such a young age she is so very selfless and always putting other people first. Even now she is coping amazingly day in day out regardless of the day to day difficulties she sometimes faces with not much support due to family moving away. I would love to give her something back to say thank you and show how much she is appreciated.”
Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2020 Regional Finalists, The South West – Amy Matthews and Sue Tucker.
“I got married on 03/08/19. One month before my my big day we all headed on my hen that was in sunny Benidorm. This included a group of my friends, my mother and my godmother. We had the best time.
When we got home that very night my godmother passed away in her sleep suddenly without warning. Sue was my rock. Four days after this, wile chatting away to my mother my amazing grandmother passed away in the blink of a eye. You couldn’t make this up. I was broken, I still am.
Sue was by my side through it all.The funerals were the week before my wedding, sue was by my side. My wedding day arrives, happy and heartbroken at the same time I try and keep the smile on my face, when she seen that I was was struggling she gave me the look, the look of “I’ve got you” when I was crying, she wiped my tears.
When we went to leave the house she reminded me that they are looking down on me and to smile, that I looked beautiful. Throughout the weeks leading up to the wedding she took all my emotions in her stride, the anger the tears the random outburst of laughter the snappy comments and the times when I wanted to be quiet but not be alone. Above all she had me. Because of her I married the best man in the world feeling stronger and knowing that she was there, holding me together.”
Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2020 Regional Finalists, The Midlands. Jade Parry has nominated Jade Mansell from Telford.
“I started off from day one with two bridesmaids. Jade who was my maid of honour pulled out all the stops, she made sure I had an amazing hen do, forking out for everyone just to make sure I had an amazing night as my other bridesmaid pulled out of the hen do at the last minute (she was pregnant).
She helped me with all the organising before the day and put all her effort into making my venue stand out. But the main thing why Jade deserves this is because on my wedding day my other bridesmaid ended up collapsing causing me to have an ambulance sent and paramedics in my house for over a hour which resulted in her going to hospital leaving Jade to pick up the pieces and ensuring we were on time, as all of this left us with less than 1 hour for my makeup and hair.
If it wasn’t for Jade, my wedding day would of been ruined, she took my 2 kids on in her stride and walked down that aisle on her own and she owned it! I am so thankful for her not only for being an amazing friend but for being so selfless from day one. Everyone needs a friend like her.”
Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2020 Regional Finalists, The North East. Emily O’Connor has nominated pal Sally Essex.
“Sally Essex is my nomination for Britain’s Best Bridesmaid because I don’t think there is any woman alive who is more committed to her friends, and their happiness, than her. I have known her for over ten years since living together at University and she is my absolute soul sister in every way. Sal was my bridesmaid in October this year when I got married, she was also Maid of Honour for our friend Jess, and bridesmaid for her best childhood friend Millie in August.
She also said yes to being bridesmaid for two more of our friends, Steph and Anna who are getting married March and May 2020. None of this is easy given that geographically speaking, she is in Birmingham, I am in Durham, Jess is in Leeds, Millie is in London, Anna is in Chester and Steph is in Sheffield – but she literally never missed a single thing.
If the fact that she will be bridesmaid/maid of honour FIVE TIMES within twelve months, organising all of the associated incredible hen parties, bridesmaid dress fittings, wedding dress try ons & general girly nights & excitement, isn’t enough (which it should be- they have all been incredible!) she was doing all of this while facing her toughest personal circumstances.
On June 15th 2019 her wonderful father with whom she was so so close passed away after a twelve month battle with terminal cancer. She is the most genuine, caring and loyal friend that anyone could imagine, and even when she was facing such tremendous grief, supporting her mum and her brother through this awful time, she was still so committed to all of her friends & brides, insisting that this was a helpful positive presence in her life. I cannot even begin to imagine how difficult it has been for Sal, but at every turn she has been smiling, excited and supportive of each of us in our pre-wedding buzz.
She did so much on the day from wrangling guests for photos, running with me between torrential rain showers covering me with an umbrella, throwing herself into ceilidh dancing with me and generally answering every ask, sometimes before i’d even said anything.
I cannot fathom how there would be anyone that deserves this prize more than her given everything and I would just love to be able to spoil her with a treat to say thank you for being an absolute one in a million.”
Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2020 Regional Finalists, The North West is Lucy Gough-Jones, nominated by Samantha Mooney.
“Not only is Lucy my cousin but I’m lucky enough to call her my best friend too. Throughout our childhoods we went through so much together – broken families, illness, loss, depression and we have always remained best friends throughout.
I fell pregnant when I was young and Lucy was only seventeen herself – I fell into depression however she was my rock, kept me smiling and reminded me of why life is so exciting and worth living. She has been the most amazing Auntie to my little girl and life is now incredible.
I am so thankful for my wonderfully talented, childhood best friend, insanely intelligent, hilarious and beautiful cousin Lucy Gough-Jones. She totally deserves this accolade.”
The Winning Bridesmaid will be revealed on National Bridesmaid’s Day, Monday 13th April. Nominations open for Britain’s Best Bridesmaid 2021 in November.
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