Win a Wedding
If you are struggling to save, and busting your bridal budget on your wedding planning — preserve your pounds, and enter our 'Win a Wedding' competition for your chance to enjoy your dream day, without spending a penny!
Wedding Dress? Check. Wedding Photographer? Check. Venue? Check. Hen night and stag night? Check. Average £25,000 Wedding Bill? Check.
What would you do if you could have all the elements for your dream day, without a bulky bill at the end of it all?
Well guess what? You can! Every year UKbride gives away a dream £25,000 wedding to one of its lucky members, and what's more, entering the competition is completely free of charge!
Whilst 2010's 'Win a Wedding' victors Naomi and Sean tied the knot at Landguard Manor on the Isle of Wight at the end of last year, this year's winners Rhiannon and Ollie — from Guildford, Surrey — will wed at a forthcoming ceremony in Aberystwyth, Wales on September 10th.
Rhiannon and Ollie were revealed as UKbride's 2011 'Win a Wedding' champions on Valentines Day earlier this year, and have since been busy with preparations for their dream day.
Since finding out they'd won this opportunity of a lifetime, the pair have been frantically planning each and every detail of their wedding, and we caught up with them with just four weeks to go to find out how it feels to win a wedding...
When we spoke to Rhiannon last, the couple had already made several arrangements in preparation for their big day; "We have chosen our rings from F Hinds, and I have been looking at Bridesmaid dresses on Mori Lee — there are too many nice ones and I'm spoiled for choice!" she told us.
"I cannot wait to become Mrs Simmonds!" the Surrey bride-to-be said, when we caught up earlier this week.
Most recently, Rhiannon enjoyed her Hen party, courtesy of UKbride and Red Seven; "We had a 5 star hotel in London for one night, a two hour pole dancing lesson in Piccadilly, dinner, and VIP entry to Ruby Moon in Leicester Square," she gushed.
"It was truly the most amazing hen do ever — my sister-in-law and best friend Amy did a fantastic job of organising it all!"
Ollie also had his stag weekend two weeks ago, which saw him enjoy a day with his closest friends at Thorpe Park, and revel in an evenings go karting — all of which were part of their 'Win a Wedding' prize!
In the run up to their big day the pair are extremely excited about all their plans coming together. In particular, Rhiannon is elated about winning their wedding photography; "The photography package sounds amazing — I can't wait to see the finished photographs, and we haven't even had our wedding yet!"
"We've also booked our honeymoon," says the excited bride-to-be, "But we won't be taking it until February next year — we'll actually be flying out on the 5th February which is my 28th birthday!" The pair will enjoy their belated honeymoon in St Vincent in the Grenadines thanks to Kuoni.
"We can't wait — we've never been anywhere so glam!" she says.
“I have found UKbride fantastic for all sorts of information and would genuinely recommend it to any bride-to-be," she added.
Our Dream Wedding Partners…
We selected some of the very best wedding partners to give our winners the dream day they deserve, creating our dazzling day are the following experts:
Kuoni's aim is to create your perfect honeymoon, from romantic resorts to buzzing cities and thrilling safaris. Many of their hotels feature special Kuoni honeymoon offers, including room upgrades, intimate dinners and heavenly spa treatments. The Kuoni Personal Travel Experts can tailor-make your honeymoon from scratch and they’ve won heaps of awards, including the World's Leading Tour Operator title for 11 years in a row. Your honeymoon is safe in their hands. To find out more, visit http://www.kuoni.co.uk/.
Founded in 2005 by Michael Fagan, MF Photographics can offer a wide range of services, from weddings to studio portraits, commercial work and school photography. MF Photographics cater to many weddings, and photographics cover the whole wedding day with 2 photographers, starting with the Bride at home, the Groom at the church, best man, ushers and guests arriving. They stay with you all day to the first dance. The company also offers a full range of Modern Graphic Story Books. For more information on this endearing company visit www.mfjpegs.co.uk.
Mori Lee wedding dresses are the epitome of elegance with feminine designs and beautiful fabrics. Slim A-Line skirts and bodices decorated with sparkling beading, glamorous halter-neck designs, to princess style tulle dresses for perfect fairytale weddings. Mori Lee designs feature a collection of ‘destination dresses,’ with delicate chiffon dresses ideal for an exotic beach wedding.
The collection offers tulle, taffeta, organza, chiffon and duchess satin in shades of Ivory, White, Gold and Pearl to complement brides on their wedding day. Each dress features its own personal touch of exquisite embroidery lace, stunning beadwork or glistening hand-sewn Swarovski Crystals. Find out more at: www.morilee.com.
Suit Hire from Formally Yours:
For dapper groomsmen head to Formally Yours. The retailer allows the groomsmen to hire any complete outfit for just £65, and all suits are delivered eight days before the wedding for complete peace of mind, collected two days after your wedding.
Operating entirely online, it’s great for weddings in which the groomsmen will come from different parts of the country, and all suits include jacket, trousers, shirt, waistcoat, cravat and handkerchief for a really polished look. With ten styles and loads of accessories online, plus free fabric swatches available, the company provides the ultimate service for any dream wedding. Find out more at: www.formallyyours.co.uk.
Jewellery from F Hinds:
Rhiannon and Ollie will exchange rings courtesy of F Hinds, whose 100 branches and 150 year reputation are a reflection of the company’s experience providing quality jewellery for any occasion.
The company’s internet site features a wedding guide with advice on how to choose your engagement rings and wedding bands from different metals to patterns and finishes, size and shapes, alongside a wealth of information guides on all things jewellery-related, from the Four Cs of diamond selection, to Ethical Trading and Hallmarks. For more information see www.fhinds.co.uk.
Hen and Stag Nights from Redseven:
A wedding is a one off occasion which deserves a legendary send off. The expert team of party experts at Redseven are renowned for their diverse, unconventional and innovative ideas.
Their experienced team will ensure that Rhiannon and Ollie receive a safe, professional, and unforgettable send off before they tie the knot in September.
By booking with Redseven, customers can be assured of great value, great service and great protection! They also do all the hard work for you!
In their customers' eyes, and also our own, Redseven is a company that is trusted and stands for value for money, quality, glamour, innovation, and bags of fun!
For more information please visit http://www.redsevenleisure.co.uk/
Pictured: 2011's 'Win a Wedding' competition winners Rhiannon and Ollie.
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