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Best of Long Island Weddings
Weddings

Identifying top quality among the countless restaurants, shops and family run businesses throughout Long Island is no small endeavor, and these days, even with the economy on the uptick, knowing where your money will be best spent is more important than ever. For nearly a decade, the Best of L.I. program has provided a roadmap to the best, top-notch businesses and services throughout both Nassau and Suffolk counties, as chosen by you, the residents and patrons who rely on them, every single day.

Your participation in the Bethpage Best of L.I. competition provides fellow Long Islanders with invaluable insight into everything from the best place to bring the kids for dinner to the best dry cleaner to entrust with that irreplaceable piece of clothing—and the nominations, and winners, continue to grow.

What began as a small editor’s choice arts and entertainment program has truly taken on a life of its own—this year marking the second of an award-winning partnership with LI’s favorite financial institution, Bethpage Federal Credit Union.

The Bethpage Best of L.I. has become the largest business awards program in the history of Long Island. This year’s competition features more than 6,800 unique nominees in 450 categories, with more than 900 Long Island winners!

Yet to select the very best, the very best have to be in it to win it. So, to fine-tune the program, revisions are constantly made.

Last year, the Bethpage Best of L.I. competition introduced new subcategories, such as Best Smoothie, Best Life Coach and Best Author. It also added an entire Weddings section, introducing voters to 25 new subcategories, including: Accommodations, Bands, Favors, Florists, Jewelry, Event Planning and Best Place to Host a Bridal Shower, among others.

This year’s contest includes even more additions to the program—20 new subcategories in all—among them: Best Party Event Company, Spinach Pie, Funeral Home, Taxi Service—even Best Nachos!

Our personal favorites? Well, that’d be the Bacon Menu Item and Cheesesteak categories, of course!

Expect even more next year.

For animal lovers wondering where to find their companions natural food or mini raincoats—or cute lil’ toys—check out our expanded Pets section, which includes such categories as: Best Grooming Salon, Best Organic Pet Food/Supply Store, Best Pet Clothing Store and even Best Pet Photographer.

The Bethpage Best of L.I. competition runs the gamut, and keeps getting even better. From your favorite bowling alley to your favorite bakery, your favorite podiatrist to your favorite dentist, all your number-ones have a place here.

As always, the nominees for 2014 were chosen by Long Islanders—and it’s those same Long Islanders who’ve decided which of these have made it to the very top. And there are just so many to choose from.

These new categories may not fix the economy, or bring about world peace, but they will make you happy, at least for a few moments.

Be proud of what you’ve accomplished! Know that your fellow Long Islanders believe in you and the services you provide. You deserve it—and so does the rest of Long Island!