January 6, 2016

The Knot Announces the 2016 Top-Rated Wedding Vendors in the United States

Tenth Annual “Best of Weddings” and Fourth Annual “Hall of Fame” Awards Represent Top-Rated Wedding Professionals

NEW YORK, NY/January 6, 2016 – The Knot, the #1 wedding brand connecting couples with the wedding services they need, continues its longstanding tradition of supporting local wedding vendors and today announces the top-rated wedding vendors in the United States. The Knot Best of Weddings is an annual by-couples, for-couples guide to the country’s top wedding vendors, awarding the best- and most-rated wedding professionals as reviewed by real couples, their families and wedding guests on TheKnot.com. Exceptional vendors who have earned four or more of The Knot Best of Weddings awards are inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame.

This year, more than 7,400 local wedding professionals received the distinguished accolade of The Knot Best of Weddings award.  To determine the winners, The Knot assessed a sample of more than 240,000 real and recent reviews across the various vendor categories—venues, musicians, florists, photographers, caterers and more—that a bride or groom would want in order to pull off their own unique wedding.

Additionally, 1,091 wedding professionals were inducted into The Knot Best of Weddings Hall of Fame out of more than 300,000 vendor profiles on TheKnot.com

The Knot has helped inspire and plan more than 25 million weddings. With a rich history of providing quality content and inspiration to couples, The Knot is making it easier for couples to connect with just the right wedding vendor to create a wedding that is unique to them. Every month about 10 million unique visitors come to The Knot and its wedding marketplace with more than 300,000 vendor profiles, one million trusted reviews and 1.3 million photos. The Knot marries great technology with trusted content—and a little love—to make planning for the most important day of a person’s life easier and more enjoyable.

About The Knot
The Knot is the nation’s leading wedding resource with a marketplace that seamlessly engages, matches and connects couples with the right local vendors, products and services they need to plan and pull off their wedding. The trusted brand reaches nearly every bride in the US through the #1 wedding website TheKnot.com, its mobile apps, The Knot national and local wedding magazines, and The Knot book series. The Knot has inspired approximately 25 million couples to plan a wedding that is uniquely them. The Knot is the flagship brand of XO Group Inc. (NYSE: XOXO), the premier consumer Internet and media company dedicated to helping people navigate and enjoy life’s biggest moments, from getting married to moving in together and having a baby. Please visit The Knot online at TheKnot.com and follow on social media: Facebook.com/TheKnot and @TheKnot on Twitter, Pinterest and Instagram.

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