The owner of one Manchester's most iconic Asian fashion stores was among honoured at this year's Asian Wedding Awards.

The annual gala dinner was held at the Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel and was attended by among others wedding planners, photographers, card makers, caterers and toastmasters.

The awards now in their fifth consecutive year was hosted by Monika Plaha, TV presenter and broadcaster.

In 2018 the  Outstanding contribution to the Asian Wedding Industry went to Dilip Modha of Alankar Sarees.

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Monir Ali, Photographer & co founder of the Asian Wedding Awards said, “Each year we see another set of stories of personal endeavour, hard work and sacrifice to make couples wedding day dreams come true.

"Each year the Award Winners raise the bar, and our Asian Wedding Awards, are regarded as the gold standard when it comes to finding the best wedding suppliers in the country”

Juel Khan, of Simplicity Events & – co founder of the Awards said, “Another year of seeing the ethos of the Awards celebrated and embraced by the wedding professionals.  

"And we would like to thank our sponsors and partners without who the awards would not be possible and they are Mercure Manchester Piccadilly Hotel, Namey, Costco Wholesale Oldham, Barkers Catering Hire, Mini Mocks, MyLahore, Asian Leader, Asian Image, Asian Lite, Didsbury Magazine, Asian Wedding directory and PBTV.”

DJ Fritz, of Supreme Dream Events added “Each year we push ourselves and our teams to produce a great event, and now we have become biggest and most trusted Asian Awards event with a national presence and we look forward to doing it again in 2019.”

The winners of the 2018 Asian Wedding Awards were:

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Award for Outstanding contribution to the Asian Wedding Industry

Dilip Modha  (Alankar Sarees - Manchester) 

The Wedding Professional of the Year Award

Ibrar Ahmed (Manchester)

Banqueting Hall of the year:

The Grand Banqueting Suite (Dewsbury)

Bridal Wear Designer of the year

Aisha Naheed (Rochdale)

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Cake Company of the year 

Iced By Sajida (Blackburn)

The Robert Bell Caterer of the year

Payal Events (Manchester)

Filmmaker of the year

Zeeshan Siddique (Manchester)

Finishing Touches Supplier of the Year

Angelic Desserts (Manchester)

Florist of the Year

Occasions Florists (Oldham)

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Grooms Wear Designer of the Year

Sai Fashions (Manchester)

Makeup Artist of the year

Aphrodites Makeup Artist (Midlands)

Music & Entertainment Supplier of the year

Darius Electric Violinist (Manchester)

Photographer of the year

Zehra Photographer (Manchester)

Wedding Planner of the year

Payal Events (Manchester)

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Toast Master of the Year

George Pye (Northwest)

Transport Supplier of the year

AJ Limos (Manchester)

Venue & Stage Decorator of the year

Saffron Events UK (Glasgow)

Venue of the year

Thornton Manor (Wirral)

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Accessories & Jewellery Supplier of the year

Jewels by KBD (Manchester)

Wedding DJ of the year

Desi Jockeys (Manchester)

Wedding Stationery Supplier of the year

Mani’s Creative (Manchester)