Bride Club ME Scoops ‘Best Wedding Website In The UAE’ at Sharjah Bridal Fair Awards

Bride Club ME Scoops ‘Best Wedding Website In The UAE’ at
Sharjah Bridal Fair Awards

Drum roll please, we have some super exciting news!!! The Sharjah Bridal Fair, which was held on the 19th – 22nd May 2016, has awarded Bride Club Me the ‘Best Wedding Website In The UAE’ award for 2016. YAY! The award which included an AED 5,000 cash prize, was received by Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Bride Club ME, Rhiannon Downie-Hurst while her husband, Adam Hurst, who is the Head of IT for the site, looked on from the audience.

Bride Club ME was chosen from a pool of 10 shortlisted entrants to win the distinguished award, with the judging panel which included H.E Khawla Al Serkal, Director General of Sharjah Ladies Club, Hanan Al Mahmoud, Director of Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre and Latifah Al Shamsi, Emirati Designer and Fashion Blogger, agreeing that the website best encapsulated all of the strict criteria necessary to be considered for the prize. Bride Club ME was judged on its website usability, features and content, quality of vendors on the site, branding and functionality and judges were said to be blown away by the incredibly high standard of content and aesthetic platform of the website, making it the clear winner in its category.


Above: Rhiannon Downie-Hurst collects her award (left) & Hanan Al Mahmoud (right). Image by Pink Pepper Photography

Upon winning the highly acclaimed award, Rhiannon Downie-Hurst said,

Winning this award is an honour and to see that our hard work is being officially recognised is an indescribable feeling. I am so proud of how far Bride Club ME has evolved since our launch in 2013 and we have many more exciting developments to come. I would like to take this opportunity to thank everyone for all the support we have received so far, in particular, from our wonderful readers, our sponsors and of course, a massive thank you to the team at the Sharjah Bridal Fair. is no stranger to awards and accolades, being acknowledged by Bridal Musings as one of the best 100 international wedding websites for every couple and now acting as an Advisory Board Panel Member for the Arabian Academy of Wedding Planning. Rhiannon launched Bride Club ME in 2013 after noticing a gap in the market while she herself, was a bride-to-be, trying to plan her wedding in the UAE and while Bride Club ME started off as a small project, it quickly grew into one of the main informative platforms for brides-to-be not only in the region, but globally. Rhiannon, who is considered a wedding media expert amongst her peers, has since gone on to launch The Engage Academy, a community and consultancy for wedding entrepreneurs in the UAE and is set to launch her third lifestyle online portal in 2017.


We had no doubt that would make it to the final shortlisted entries for the Best Bridal Website category of the Sharjah Bridal Fair Awards. We’ve received over 10 nominated websites and blogs, but during our final judging panel, and after examining the entries in 6 different criteria, it became obvious that it deserves first place. The website is thorough, dynamic, up to date, and beautifully designed, and the passion behind it is evident. We wish them all the best and hope this recognition would give them another push to keep up the wonderful work they’ve been doing.

Said Hanan Al Mahmoud Director, Al Jawaher Reception and Convention Centre and Head of the Higher Organizing Committee of Sharjah Bridal Fair 2016.

A Note From Our Founder 


Above left: Rhiannon Downie-Hurst, with Husband Adam Hurst.

Hi lovelies, wow! What a week it’s been for the hubby and I, a lot of exciting things are happening after what has been, quite honestly, a really tough 8 months all around. Winning this award, just goes to show that hard work pays off, as does integrity and passion for what you do. We are still not sure who nominated us in the first place, but we want to say THANK YOU from the bottom of our hearts. Winning this award, may seem like a small feat to some, but to us, it’s acknowledgement for all we have achieved in such a small time frame, none of which would have been possible without our wonderful readers, sponsors and the support of my gorgeous friends and family! Massive love to all of those who believed in us and championed us from day one.

xX Rio Xx

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