Australian Bridal Industry Academy
What Does ABIA Do?
The Australian Bridal Industry Academy was founded in 1997 to protect the bridal customer and promote the bridal supplier. To achieve these outcomes ABIA established four operating divisions:
ABIA Archives - ABIA Awards - ABIA Accreditation - ABIA Advertising
The ABIA directory is an extensive database of Wedding Industry Suppliers, with contact information as well as ABIA Accreditation, Awards and Bridal Ratings.
The directory is published to assist future Brides in their selection of quality wedding suppliers. All information here is provided in good faith, by ABIA, and the suppliers themselves. Any errors or omissions are unintentional and can be reported by contacting ABIA.
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Tuesday, 12th October 2010 A big thank you to the 1,173 South Australian brides who cast their ratings for the 505 South Australian Bridal suppliers they used to service their wedding day. This feedback was used to determine the 213 suppliers who qualified as finalists for the 10th South Australian Annual Bridal Industry Awards. To determine the nominees and finalists, the brides were asked to give scores out of 100 for the quality of product, quality of service, value for money and attitude of the staff of those suppliers who serviced the needs of the bride before, during and after her wedding day. Less than 1% separated the runners up from the winners in 24 of the 34 Award categories, making the 2010 South Australian ABIA Awards the tightest contest in 10 years. The tension, excitement and expectations could be felt throughout the magnificent Donato Reception Centre as the Top 20, Top 10, Top 5, Top 3 and finally the No 1 wedding supplier across the 34 wedding categories was announced. The Chairman of the Academy Mr John O' Meara congratulated all of the winners on their magnificent achievement and consoled those who missed out on the big win by such tight margins. Mr O' Meara went on to say that all of the winners & finalists should be extremely proud of the work and dedication that each supplier put into delivering the brides dream of the perfect day.
Tuesday, 17th August 2010 Over 300 of Queensland's finest wedding suppliers congregated at the Royal on the Park Hotel to celebrate the 12th Queensland Annual Bridal Industry Awards (The ABIA's). A total of 1,570 wedding suppliers competed for this year's prestigious ABIA Awards, culminating in 489 finalists, across 40 wedding categories, all of whom competed for the title of Queensland's No 1 wedding supplier. This year's Queensland ABIA Awards was one of the most exciting ever with many suppliers receiving a rating in excess of 99% out of a possible 100 points. The Marriage Celebrant & Photography categories were one of the closest fought contests ever, with 13 Marriage Celebrants and 11 Photographers receiving a rating of 99% or more. The Chairman of the Australian Bridal Industry Academy, Mr. John O' Meara addressed the guests and congratulated all the finalists on their ability to design and deliver the brides dream of the perfect day. Congratulations to all winners & finalists and thank you to all the Queensland brides for making the 2010 Queensland ABIA Awards such an enjoyable success.
Thursday, 8th July 2010 The 2010 Victorian Bridal Industry Awards were held in Melbourne on Tuesday evening to recognise and reward the highest quality suppliers in the bridal industry as voted by brides. This year's Awards were the biggest and best yet. Held in the grand ballroom of the beautiful, newly renovated reception venue, Leonda by the Yarra, musical entertainment was provided throughout the evening by the talented award winning Citrus Band. The guests enjoyed an evening of excitement and anticipation as finalists for each category were narrowed down to the top 10, top 5, top 3 and finally culminated in the announcement of each happy winner. The winners of each of the 37 categories were selected from a total of 1,127 nominated Victorian wedding suppliers. All of the winners and finalists are displayed in the ABIA directory. Congratulations to all winners & finalists and thank you to the venue, the band and all of our guests for making the 2010 Victorian ABIA Awards such an enjoyable success.
Wednesday, 9th June This year marks the 2nd Anniversary of the National Designer of Dreams Awards in the Australian Bridal Industry. Over 5,000 wedding suppliers were rated each year over a 4 year period from 2006 to 2009. Over 20,000 brides have given their feedback on the bridal suppliers they have used to service their Dream Wedding Day! The 2nd National Designer of Dreams Awards have been created to elevate the reputation, prestige and consistency of excellence achieved by Australia's Top Bridal Suppliers. It is with absolute pleasure and pride that we announce the No.1 Wedding Suppliers in Australia for each category - Our 2009 ABIA Designers of Dreams!
Friday, 5 March 2010 Western Australian wedding suppliers are about to be taken to a whole new level with the announcement that ABIA, Australia's most prestigious wedding organisation is launching the Western Australian Annual Bridal Industry Awards. Over 35,000 wedding suppliers have been nominated for these prestigious industry awards in the eastern states by over 50,000 past brides who have rated each wedding suppliers' product, service, value for money and attitude of staff. Wedding suppliers in WA will now have the opportunity to register their brides on the ABIA website inviting them to vote for their services. The ABIA voting system will provide wedding suppliers with a system for measuring quality and recognition for those who achieve excellence. At the same time brides in WA will benefit greatly from the ABIA Accreditation System enabling them to choose quality suppliers based on the feedback of those brides who have used the services before them. Western Australian Suppliers who would like more information can read Membership & Accreditation page at our supplier information site, or contact ABIA directly.
Wednesday, 3 March 2010 The ABIA Awards are open to all bridal suppliers who have been nominated by past brides. In line with the re-branding of ABIA a new schedule for each of the ABIA State Awards is being introduced in 2010. By 2011, all ABIA State Awards will be held in October, November and December followed by the announcement of the ABIA National Awards in January. To achieve this outcome, the 2010 ABIA Awards will move as follows: * Victorian Awards from April to July 2010 * Queensland ABIA Awards from May to August 2010 * Western Australia ABIA Awards will be held for the first time in September 2010 * South Australia ABIA Awards will stay the same and be held in October 2010 * NSW ABIA Awards will be held in December 2010 In 2011: * Victorian and Queensland Awards will be held in October * Western Australia and South Australian Awards will be held in November * NSW Awards will be held in December * The National Awards will be announced the following month in January 2012
Wednesday, 3 March 2010 The 2010 closing dates for award nominations will be: * Victoria: Mid June * Queensland: Mid July * Western Australia: Mid August * South Australia: Mid September * New South Wales: Mid November