The votes are in and the 2013 winners were announced yesterday in the 2013 ClickOnDetroit.com "4 The Best" competition. The annual competition takes votes in several different categories, including 17 wedding categories. Voting opened in the beginning of July and closed on Sept 15.
This year, the voting was a bit different than in past years. First off, votes were allowed on a daily basis, instead of the usual one-vote-per-week limit. Secondly, this was the first year ever where single companies were allowed to enter themselves into multiple categories. In the past, a company could only enter themselves in one category even if they offered multiple services...this year, the door was opened for many of the "combo companies" (companies that offer more than one service) to enter into several categories.
The new voting rule definitely had an impact, especially in the Videography and Photography categories. Complete Video Solutions, for example, had been voted #1 in this competition in the Videography category the past three years. This year, they finished in second-place behind the combo-company, Mike Staff Productions. Mike Staff's huge market reach also impacted the Photography category, where The Camera Chick also finished in second-place to Mike Staff Productions, although The Camera Chick had been voted #1 the past several years as well.
According to the new voting system, Mike Staff Productions finished in first place in DJ, Photography and Videography.
Here is a complete list of winning vendors in all 17 of the 2013 Wedding categories:
- Best Cake - Cakes By Stephanie, runner-up Christine's Cakes and Pastries
- Best Caterer - Quality Kosher Catering, runner-up Soprano's Catering
- Best DJ - Mike Staff Productions, runner-up Disc Jockey Productions
- Best Flowers - Viviano Flower Shop, runner-up Deb's Flowers & Gifts
- Best Invitations - Talia's Creative Printing, runner-up Events To Remember Event Production and Design
- Best Limousine - Dream Limousines, Inc., runner-up ALLSTAR Transportation Inc.
- Best Make-Up - Ashlee Ann on Location, runner-up David Houston Salon
- Best Musicians and Soloists - Cosmic Groove Band, runner-up La Corda String Quartet
- Best Party Rentals - Bloomfield Party Rentals, runner-up Present Tents
- Best Photographer - Mike Staff Productions, runner-up The Camera Chick
- Best Rings - Ati's Jewelers Ltd, runner-up Travis Coffee Shop
- Special Touch - Carey Ann's Clown Caravan & Dream Machine Family Concerts, runner-up Elite Extensions
- Best Tuxedo - Gerard Tuxedo, runner-up President Tuxedo
- Best Venue - Meadow Brook Hall & Gardens, runner-up Sterling Inn Banquet & Conference Center
- Best Videographer - Mike Staff Productions, runner-up Complete Video Solutions
- Best Wedding Dresses - The Wedding Shoppe, runner-up Bombshell Bridal Boutique
- Best Wedding Planner - Events To Remember Event Production and Design, runner-up Beautiful Day Planning, LLC
Congratulations to all of the winners in all of the categories!