January 2010

Get Hitched on Hilton Head…ALL EXPENSES PAID!

Author: Special to CH2

Are you preparing to pop the question? Or are you anticipating a proposal with Valentine’s Day around the corner? This year, the thought of an engagement, much less a full-blown wedding, may be daunting no matter how whipped you are over your significant other. The cost of the perfect engagement ring, ultimate reception, fairy tale honeymoon and custom-engraved invitations to your family and one hundred of your closest friends is staggering, and in this economy, perhaps impossible, until now.

Soon-to-be brides and grooms, take your mark and get set…your entire wedding weekend could be cost-free! That is, provided you are the lucky couple with the winning tale of true romance and a wedding proposal that beats the competition. Celebration Events & Catering and CH2 invite you to share your unique story with us via the featured entry form (also available online at CelebrateHiltonHead.com). Then stay tuned for updates. Hundreds of area couples have already inquired about the entry application, and these contestants, along with you and others from Hilton Head, Charlotte, Atlanta plus fiancés and fiancées from around the country, will be narrowed down to five finalist couples this April by our select circle of judges.

CH2 readers will be the judges when the final five couples compete on the island for the coveted prize, a totally complimentary wedding weekend, from rehearsal dinner to bridesmaids’ brunch and spa, groomsmen’s golf and, of course, the deluxe resort ceremony and reception following. We’ll even throw in the farewell brunch on the Sunday following the nuptials. Accommodations for the lucky couple will be covered, as well as those of immediate family members. Discounted accommodations will be extended to wedding guests. Courtesy transportation will be provided. Could it get any better for the chosen couple?

Actually, yes. Once the winning couple is selected in May 2010, all wedding details that would normally plague the new bride, her mother and potential wedding planners will be handled flawlessly and for FREE! The winning couple will be offered four themes from which to choose their dream wedding backdrop. Will they wed on the beach? Poolside? Or will they say “I do” in a more traditional setting? The choices will cover a wide range of preferences and tastes, emphasizing the true versatility and charm of one of the Southeast’s favorite wedding destinations, our own Hilton Head Island.

Once the theme for the prized November 2010 wedding is selected, our readers will once again determine the shape of the rewards of Get Hitched on Hilton Head. We’ll ask for your input regarding decisions such as which is the perfect wedding cake? Who should photograph the sacred event? What will the bride-to-be wear? From gown to jewels, to invitations, venue, cuisine (and more), the details offer the opportunity for numerous island businesses to showcase their wares and services. All participating businesses will strut their stuff on the pages of CH2 and voting will occur throughout the coming summer months. We’ll share all final results with you via the pages of the magazine and online. Our media partners will also keep you informed of the latest developments as the winning couple prepares to Get Hitched!

So what are our judges looking for in the winning couple? There are few limitations in the run for the coveted, costless island wedding. First and foremost, all entry forms must be received by February 14. All couples qualify, regardless of their ages, location, professions or backgrounds. The compelling factor will be their story…what brought them together, kept them united and led to the decision to marry. Perhaps the two met through a blind date they resisted, or amidst the trauma of serving time with a military division overseas. Maybe they’ve known each since the sixth grade with hopes of one day reuniting. Or theirs could be a story of daring passion, kept secret against all odds! The winning story will be published in the May edition of CH2 (and online) as we congratulate the two lucky-in-love and initiate the planning of one of Hilton Head’s most memorable weddings ever.

  1. super excited… where and how do i enter!!!

    — Erin Sternquist    Jan 3, 05:38 pm   

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