Who will be crowned Britain's Best Bridesmaid?

01 Mar 2018

From one bridesmaid who organised a surprise hen party to Paris to another who sorted a last-minute dress disaster, here are the regional finalists of Red7's Britain's Best Bridesmaid

Hen and stag party specialist Red7 Leisure has been scouring the country in search of Britain's Best Bridesmaid, with brides across the nation submitting their stories of loyalty and dedication.

The regional finalists have been announced and among them are four sisters, one sister-in-law, a mothers and eight best friends who all went above and beyond the call of duty. 

Finalists include Amanda Wane from Dumbarton, nominated by bride Leanne McNiven who had the time of her life on her suprise hen getaway. In her entry, Leanne said: "All I knew about my hen do was the date; I had an envelope to open on the morning of said date and enclosed was a card saying that I was off for a spa weekend and train tickets to Edinburgh. I was in complete shock when I saw seven of my good friends and family dressed in red berets and neck scarves at Edinburgh airport, where I was told we were actually off to Paris for the weekend. What a blast we had. Amanda is a fantastic friend for life."

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Val Hodge of Liverpool was nominated by her daugter, Emma Ford, who said: "My mum was my maid of honour. Our wedding day would not have even happened without her. She not only had mother of the bride duties but took on maid of honour duties. She just went with whatever we wanted without questioning or hesitation and it was the perfect day. She suffers with many problems including osteoarthritis and depression. During the lead up to our wedding last year she had a major spine operation, but still managed to pull herself together for our wedding day. She deserves everything good in her life to make up for all the bad things she has been through."

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One bridesmaid even came to the rescue on the big day when the bride encountered an unfortunate incident with her dress. As well as citing her selfless actions throughout the wedding planning process including finding and paying for the photographer at late notice, Rachel Elkington nominated sister Jamie Leigh Branston from Leicester for fixing a last-minute dress disaster. Rachel said: "Jamie kept me calm when the unthinkable happened and my dress broke as I was getting it on. She came up with a solution to fix it as I was in full-scale meltdown. When we eventually got to the venue, she then helped to convince them to still marry us as it very nearly didn't happen. The day would have never happened without her."

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Judges are set to deliberate further to determine who will scoop the ultimate title. The winning bridesmaid will receive an incredible prize – a cruise for two to Bruges and Amsterdam.

Red7 founder Ian Lucas says: “Congratulations to our regional finalists. To reach this stage of the competition is a fantastic achievement. We were overwhelmed by the heart-warming, and often downright hilarious, responses to this competition and cannot wait to crown our winner."

Here are all the regional finalists...

Scotland regional finalists:

  • Amanda Wane from Dumbarton
  • Kirstin-Anne Craig from Glasgow

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Wales regional finalists:

  • Charlotte Webb from Pontypool, nominated by bride 

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  • Jennifer Wallen from Nottage

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North West regional finalists: 

  • Sarah Tuesday Wilson from Manchester

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  • Val Hodge from Liverpool

North East regional finalists:

  • Teri Mallinson from Huddersfield

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  • Nicole Hutton from North Yorkshire

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Midlands regional finalists:

  • Jamie Leigh Branston from Leicester
  • Kirsty Pinchin from Evesham

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South West regional finalists:

  • Amy Hookway from Newquay

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  • Madeline Langston Fagg from Highcliffe

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South East regional finalists:

  • Angela Bubb from Gillingham

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  • Lauren Talbot from Norfolk

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For more information about the competition, visit www.redsevenleisure.co.uk/ideas/news/britains-best-bridesmaid-2018/ and stay tuned to bridemagazine.co.uk for the winner announcement. 

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