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You’ve got to be in to win it …..

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Running Save the Date magazine really does give us some amazing opportunities. One of the best for both Abbi and I has to be giving someone their dream wedding. The satisfaction when you see that bride and grooms face when they realise what they have won is priceless.

Every ticket purchased for the Wedding Event with a Difference back in February was entered into a prize draw to win over £5,000 worth of wedding supplies, from dress to cake, car to entertainment – we covered as much as we possibly could to really make sure this was a competition worth entering. The lucky winners were Abi and Paul and back in February we presented them with a bottle of fizz and told them all about exactly what they had won. They were totally made up, as were we.

So, for the Wedding Event with a Difference in October, we’re running another competition. And it’s going to be AMAZING. Seriously, we don’t do things by halves and from last time winner Abi’s report below, you can see that winning this competition really does make a huge difference. So, enough rambling from me – here is bride to be Abi to tell you all about what it’s like to win …..

So, Abi and Paul, the big day is only 9 months away now, how’s the planning going?

Its going really well, we have booked all the major elements and over the next few months will be finalising thigs like bridesmaids dresses, mens suits and invitations. But a lot of it is sorted.

Since winning the competition at the Wedding Event with a Difference in February, have you been in touch with all the suppliers offering their services? Talk us through what they’re offering you and what you’re excited about:

Yes all of the suppliers emailed me within a couple of days of me finding out we had won. They have all be fantastic and really helpful.

I went to see Tineke flowers near Matlock and the lady there was really helpful, she showed us lots of pictures to really understand what we wanted. On the big day Tineke will supply us with my bouquet, the bridesmaids bouquets and the grooms button hole. The flowers all look so amazing so we’re really excited.

One of the most exciting prizes for me was winning money towards my wedding dress, I was able to go to the Little White Dress shop in Nottingham and pick anything I wanted off the rack. I picked a Stuart Parvin dress which is absolutely gorgeous and even better was the huge amount of money I saved!! The girls in the shop were so helpful and gave me some fantastic ideas about my veil and accessories, which were also really reasonable.

We also won our photography with Butterworth photography, this was amazing as anyone planning a wedding will know that not only do you need someone you get on with and understands the concept you’re looking for but also photography can be really expensive. The package we won is fab and we can add to this if we want nearer the time. Becky came to our house not long after we found out we had won and was really helpful showing us what our options were.

The cake is being provided by Cakey-Wakey which is just amazing, they have a really good reputation in creating some beautiful cakes. Joanne emailed me basically asking what I wanted and I more or less had free range to have whatever I want which is amazing.

We also won a car with I do Wedding cars who have some fantastic vintage rolls royces; they are beautiful and it was diffiucult to choose but I went for “Eleanor” in the end and she’s gorgeous!

The entertainment will be provided by Just Ben; Paul has spoken to him over the phone and he’s a really nice guy. We have got him for most of the day and night and he’s also offered to bring his DJ equipment for the night which has really helped us. All we need to do now is choose our first dance!

My hair will be done by James White, this is really exciting as he too has a fantastic reputation. I will be meeting him closer to the wedding to discuss ideas and he’ll be there on the day making sure my hair is perfect.

Last but certainly not least, we won themeing and co-ordination by Honeysuckle and Castle. These girls are based in Draycott and are absolutely fantastic, I could only ever dream of having a co-ordinator on the day. It really takes the pressure off and means I can concetrate on enjoying the big day. They have been so helpful and have offered advice and ideas on almost everything. They also provide us with the vases for the flowers, table mirrors, table numbers and place names, favours, tea light hire and tree hire. It just amazing what they have offered us, they are also going to be sorting all of our invitations and order of service so that everything matches.

How has winning this amazing competition transformed your wedding plans?

Winning this competition has absolutely transformed our wedding plans, not only do we have some of the best suppliers in the business but it’s saved us an absolute fortune. This means that we can have everyone at the wedding we want and we can put the money we have saved towards other things like the honeymoon! Anyone planning a wedding will know that it can become really stressful and overwelming but this competition has made it fun and we have both really enjoyed the planning.

Anything you’d like to say to brides who are buying tickets for the event this October and therefore entering a similar competition with the same reward as what you guys won?

I would say that you have got to be in it to win it!! The wedding event with a difference is fantastic and you get to speak to so many different suppliers there who are all ready to help and offer ideas to suit your budget. Enter all of the prize draws at the event because people do win and they win some amazing things!

You see, we really do mean it when we say this is a competition worth winning. Reading Abi’s answers brought a tear to my eye – it really is such a wonderful feeling to know that our competition has made such a great big difference to Abi and Paul’s wedding and I’m really pleased such a lovely couple won.

Also, it goes without saying that this competition wouldn’t be possible without the generosity and kindness of our fabulous suppliers/exhibitors. So a huge thank you to them as well for making this competition so amazing.

So, fancy winning something similar to Abi and Paul for your big day? Make sure you book your tickets in advance, online and be in with a chance of winning …. Good Luck!

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