The Judges 2019

Meghan Keates

Owner of The Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards, The Wedding Emporium, The Wedding Showcase and The Wedding Business Circle.

Meghan has been heavily involved with the wedding industry for over six years now, with a huge passion and wealth of knowledge of both weddings and events, she thoroughly enjoys helping any fellow industry friends and using her experience to help at every given opportunity.

Founder of award winning The Wedding Emporium and The Wedding Showcase, The Wedding Business Circle and now, new co-owner of The Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards, becoming a judge for the first time this year has been a dream come true for her!

Victoria Barrett

Owner of The Bristol & Somerset Wedding Awards, The Wedding Emporium, The Wedding Showcase and The Wedding Business Circle.

Victoria has worked within the wedding industry for over five years having made the move from a corporate career. She has been a partner in The Wedding Emporium since 2017 but has worked directly with the company since 2015. As well as The Wedding Emporium, Victoria Co-Founded The Wedding Business Circle with Meghan in 2017 and loves working supporting small businesses with their digital Marketing.

Daniel Roberts

Danny owns and runs Marquee Elegance, a family business that has been involved in the wedding and event industry since the 80s. Danny has expanded the business whilst keeping pace with marquee and events technology driving new innovations in comfort and style such as:

  • Accessible wood flooring
  • Dance floors
  • Lighting and heating
  • Staging
  • Furniture

Marquee Elegance originally traded from a yard behind the family home in Poole and now hires marquees from a head office in Shillingstone to locations across Dorset, Hampshire, Somerset and Wiltshire.

Jill Bowen

Owner at 5 Star Celebrations and business adviser at the FSB.

Jill Bowen has been in the wedding business since 2006, in partnership with her daughter Jess Mason. Beginning with The Chocolate Fountain Ladies for several years building a solid reputation, the company was then rebranded and now know as 5 Star Celebrations, Wedding and Event Decor.

So Jill has had many years experience in the business of weddings and events, both working closely with clients to create their special day and as a recommended supplier for a number of select venues across the South West.  In an ever changing industry, she is always keen to not only create a beautiful setting for the traditional wedding, but to be constantly looking at new ideas and styles for those more adventurous couples.

Jill is also an established FSB business adviser, helping business owners create firm foundations to help their business fly.

Sam Savage

Owner of South Coast Weddings and Dorset and Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards .

Wedding Planner, Sam Savage, of award-winning wedding planning company South Coast Weddings, has been working in the industry since 2012 with a more general background in events prior to this.

Sam has gained an excellent reputation in the Dorset wedding industry as a wedding planner as well as organiser of The Dorset Wedding Supplier Awards and The Hampshire Wedding Supplier Awards.

She is extremely passionate about helping wedding suppliers develop and succeed and has a mutual love of supporting The Wedding Wishing Well Foundation.