We wanted to know the top wedding-related businesses in and around Calgary and we knew that weddings are often planned based on word-of-mouth recommendations and advice from trusted friends. So, in 2020, Avenue Calgary launched its first Best Wedding Services ballot as a way to hear from our audience and community partners about their favourites. Anyone can participate and we hope that you do so that collectively we can continue to learn about, celebrate and support our local businesses.
Here are answers to some of our most frequently asked questions. If you have a question that you don’t see answered here, please contact us through this form.
Where is it?
The ballot is on AvenueCalgary.com/BestWeddingServices.
When is it?
Phase 1: The nomination phase from June 21 to July 12. During this phase, we are asking Calgarians to nominate their favourite wedding-related businesses in a variety of categories. To do that, simply select the category and type in the name of the business. All of those nominations will be collected and the businesses with the most nominations will move on to phase 2.
Phase 2: The voting period is from August 3 to 23. The finalists in each category will be displayed online during this time and readers can go to the ballot and vote for the best.
Phase 3: The results will be published in January 2022. We’ll reveal the winners in each category online and in Avenue‘s January 2022 print issue.
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How are businesses selected for each category?
The list is generated entirely by audience input.
Why don’t you have a category for _______?
To make this ballot manageable and user friendly, we narrowed down the list of categories to just over 30. We selected categories that Avenue‘s audience has shown the most interest in and tried to capture a broad range of wedding service providers in Calgary. That said, we had dozens of other categories that we could have included and it is most important that we learn about all of the great services in Calgary. If there’s a category you feel should be included on our ballot next year, please send your feedback through this form.
How will the winners be chosen?
The business with the most number of votes in a category will be selected as the Best Wedding Service in Calgary in that category.
How many businesses or individuals can I nominate?
During Phase 1, you can nominate once per category.
How many times can I vote?
During Phase 2, you can vote once per day in each category.
When will I know the results?
The results will be announced on AvenueCalgary.com and in Avenue’s print issue in January 2022.
Can businesses outside of Calgary be nominated?
Yes, we accept nominations for businesses close by in Southern Alberta and the Rocky Mountains. Avenue Calgary is a city magazine that supports local businesses, but we know our community includes the surrounding area. And, in particular, we know that Calgarians planning a celebration want to know about businesses both in and around the city.
Why do I need to enter my email address to vote?
It helps us protect against potential voter fraud. The system we use is triggered when an email is submitted that may not be valid. Those email addresses are reviewed and eliminated if they can’t be verified. We will not send you any emails unless you specifically opt-in to receive them.
What do I do if I want to advertise?
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