The Knot Best of Weddings 2010 FAQ

by The knot

We recently surveyed more than 21,000 recent brides to get real reviews on the top wedding vendors and venues across the country. The Knot Best of Weddings 2010 is a compilation of these results. It's your one-stop planning guide chock-full of real brides' reviews and insider tips. And now that the results are out, we're here to tackle your biggest questions (what does that asterisk mean again?). Read on to find out.

The Basics

Q: Who was invited to participate in the survey?
A: This survey was a partnership between TheKnot.com and WeddingChannel.com. In order to receive an invitation to participate, members had to meet the following criteria:

  • Registered on either site as of September 2007
  • Got married on or before June 30, 2009
  • Opted-in to receive communications from either site. Those members who participated in last year's survey were not invited to participate in this year's study.

Q: Who conducted the survey?
A: Harris Interactive, a well-respected third-party research firm, worked with us to create this survey. For more information on Harris Interactive, please visit harrisinteractive.com.

Q: Was the survey conducted the same way as last year?
A: Yes; however there were some refinements on the results. Based on the data that was received, some markets or categories may have fluctuated in length. But the same general procedure and selection process was adhered to this year.

Q: How did brides rate the vendors?
A: Brides were able to select their wedding service providers from a drop-down supplied list or they could write in the name, based on the geographic location of the vendors they used. Brides could then rate those vendors both overall and by certain attributes. Additionally, brides were encouraged to include specific comments about each of their vendors.

Q: Do you have to be an advertiser to be rated?
A: No. Our drop-down list of vendors is a comprehensive list of wedding vendors throughout the US. However, brides also had the opportunity to write in the names of any vendors they used that were not featured on the list.

Q: How were the rankings determined?
A: The survey results supplied us with an average score for every vendor. Obviously, the highest ranked vendors were those that were selected to run in the magazine and stars were assigned based on their score.

Q: What's an Unrated, but Notable?
A: This vendor didn't meet the voting requirements, but is still an important vendor in The Knot area.

Q: Which Markets are included in this year's survey results?
A: Arizona
Austin
Baltimore
Boston
Central California
Central Florida
Central PA
Chicago
Cincinnati
Cleveland
Colorado
Columbus
Connecticut
Dallas
Detroit
Florida
Georgia
Grand Rapids
Hawaii
Houston
Hudson Valley
Kansas City
Kentucky
Lansing
Long Island
Los Angeles
Manhattan
Minnesota
Nevada
North Carolina
North Florida
North/Central Jersey
Northern California
Orange County
Outer Boroughs
Philadelphia Metro
Pittsburgh
Rhode Island
San Antonio
San Diego
South Carolina
South Florida
South Jersey
St. Louis
Toledo
Upstate New York
Virginia
Washington
Washington, D.C. Metro
West Coast Florida
Wisconsin

Q: What categories are included?
A: Bridal Salon
Cake baker
Catering
DJ
Event/Wedding Planner
Florist
Photographer
Reception Band
Reception Venue
Transportation/Limos
Videographer

Frequently Asked Questions

Q: Why wasn't my location included?
A: We choose locations based on a series of factors including the number of weddings that take place there each year. Therefore, these regions may change in the future.

Q: I want a copy! Where can I find it?
A: We are no longer dedicating a publication to Best of Weddings but you can find a list in applicable editions of our Fall/Winter 2010 regional magazines on newsstands. Can't wait? Snag a copy online from WeddingShop.TheKnot.com.

Q: Will the results be posted online?
A: Yes! We now have Best of Weddings winners listed not only in the regional magazines but also in all respective markets online.

Q: Will the survey results and quotes above and beyond what is printed in the magazine be available to the public?
A: The only data that will be made public is what you see in print.

Q: I'm a vendor who was ranked. How can I market this?
A: If you haven't received our official mailing, please call our customer service line at (888) 625-1231. They'll make sure our packet with all the details on how to use this promotion is sent out to you right away.

Q: I'm a vendor who wasn't ranked this year. How can I be featured in the next issue?
A: Make sure you tell your clients to check out the survey! Keep checking your inbox for an announcement from us notifying you when the next survey is up and running.

Already married and can't wait to rate your own vendors?
Keep checking your inbox for a login -- we'll automatically notify you when the survey is ready.

Not married yet?

Pick up the current copy of the magazine and take our survey after your wedding day to let other brides know how your vendors stacked up! For any other inquires, including those from featured vendors, please call our customer service line at (888) 625-1231 or email us at [email protected]

Please note: We've made every effort to print accurate and current information in The Knot Best of Weddings magazine, but please let us know if your company's listing is wrong or outdated. The Knot will address factual concerns only. Reviews and ratings are determined by survey submissions and editorial selections.

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