The Manolo for the Brides Sweepstakes!

She entered so she could buy a pair of sturdier shoes

In the now grand tradition of the Teeny Manolo Sweepstakes, we’d like to present the Manolo for the Brides Sweepstakes!

We wanted to give brides everywhere — as well as all the former brides and wedding enthusiasts — a little extra buying power in these uncertain times, so we’re giving away two tasty $50 Amazon gift certificates and one grand prize of a $150 Amazon gift certificate. That’s enough scrap to purchase some extra favor boxes, a couple of cute monogrammed clutches for your maids, or a few shades of Chanel lipsticks. Yum.

To enter, do one of two things:

  • If you have a blog celebrating all things bridal and groomal, add Manolo for the Brides to your blogroll and leave a comment on this post letting us know (don’t forget to include a link to your blog). We love cross-promotion, so we’ll add you to our own blogroll when we see your comment. You say you already link to us, but we don’t link to you? Très horrible! Let us know in the comments!
  • If you don’t have a blog, simply leave a comment on this post describing the ultimate dream wedding product that, for whatever reasons, you can’t or couldn’t have. Maybe that perfect $15,000 dress just doesn’t fit into your budget. Was sourcing hand sewn lace from Burano too troublesome? Perhaps your dream product doesn’t exist yet… Tell us about it!

Easy peasy, right? Our job is easy, too — when the contest deadline rolls around on 12 a.m. EST, April 28, 2008, we’ll assign each commenter a number and use a random integer generator to choose the winners in a fair fashion. The first two commenters chosen will receive the $50 certificates, and the third commenter chosen will win the grand prize.

I should add that we here at Manolo for the Brides are tickled pink to have the opportunity to give something back to our readers and to get to know their blogs. So spread the word, and don’t miss out on a chance to win because time passed you by. Two weeks is over in a flash!

69 Responses to “The Manolo for the Brides Sweepstakes!”

  1. trish says:

    A videographer. Alas, there’s absolutely no money for one… 🙁

  2. Eli says:

    I would love a wedding where I would be wearing lots of Tahitian black pearls. A great necklace, earrings, a bracelet… I am not one for puffy white princess dress, so I would probably opt for an elegant formal gown (dark blue in colour), with hair tied up in a French twist. I am sure that it would be pared down yet lovely.

    Since I cannot wear a ring, these pearls would be the symbol of our love. I would wear one item or the other every day from then on. Romantic enough?

    Maybe one day!

  3. Barbara Richards says:

    There is a certain famous group(shall remain nameless)that I would love to have preform at my wedding.Suppose if I fell into a bunch of money,it could still happen.

  4. Sarah C. says:

    My wedding’s over, but what I really, really would like to do now is be able to hire a really great photographer for a “trash the dress” session. I’m planning it whether I can hire someone or not- we’re going to take it with us on our next beach vacation and take pics ourselves.

  5. Kristen says:

    My wedding is in a little over six weeks, and everything is coming together nicely.

    But, what I would have LOVED is if we had been able to have the wedding in my college town, complete with a night in the local B&B-style inn on Main Street. That town felt more like home than where I actually grew up, and I’ve fantasized about having a weekend in a B&B for ages. But it’s just not my fiancé’s thing, nor would we have had an easy time convincing our (my) families to travel “out of town” for it.

  6. Tara says:

    What fun! Don’t know how much my blog would add to the wedding world, because everything wedding-related is re-posted on Weddingbee…. But my blog will continue to feature crafts and home design even after the upcoming post-wedding extravaganza is done. And I finally got around to creating a Wedding-Related blogroll, in which you’re happily featured!

  7. MegK says:

    My dream wedding would involve a gorgeous outdoor ceremony in a flower garden by the ocean followed by a reception that has:
    Arcade games
    Ultimate frisbee

    We’d have a meal catered by the Millennium restaurant in San Francisco.
    I would also love either Weezer and/or the Decemberists to perform. That would make my life complete.

  8. squirt says:

    mmm…. first and foremost, time! But other than that, I feel like being able to splurge on great food for a huge wedding would be next on my list…

  9. Miss Grad says:

    If money were not object, then most of mine would be spent on great food! As it is, I’ll have to come up with something tasty and budget-friendly.

  10. Toni says:

    I wish we could have splurged on a fancier cake, or at least more desserts. A cake was included in our caterer’s package, but we really didn’t get much creative control, and the flowers looked like something I could accomplish after a Wilton 101 class. I call them my “fruit loop” flowers, because that’s exactly what they looked like.

  11. mle says:

    I actually thought a lot about this before our recent wedding. There were plenty of things that would have been nice – a custom made silk dress for me and the BMs, kilts that were made to measure and purchased rather than rented for my husband and the groomsmen, a photobooth, fancier food, hiring my favorite wedding photographer in the area rather than someone who was just starting his business (we are very happy with his work, thankfully!), live music rather than DIY ipod ceremony and reception music.

    But what I think I would have loved to do was pay for the travel and acommodations for the friends and family who weren’t able to make it due to financial constraint. We had several people who would have had to fly across the country and they just couldn’t swing it – which we understood – but we would have loved to have them there. For that matter, we would have paid travel and acommodation for everyone who attended if we could have. That way nobody would be put out, and everyone could just enjoy themselves.

  12. You are added to my blog! Actually, you’ve been there ever since Manolo and Company were kind enough to address my “California Black Tie” incident.

    As far as a fabulous thing I would want at my wedding, there’s always the never-ending chocolate fountain that does not stain the bridal dress. But I’d really love a full banquet of Peruvian food and drink and an Argentine grill with steak imported directly from the pampas, a huge art-deco ballroom filled with chandeliers, a spa day for every woman involved in the wedding that I love (all hundred of them!), my honey’s favorite swing band, and an entire bridal jewelry set made of the ultra-rare Article 44 Swarovski beads.

    And yet, the little 1940’s nightclub-themed wedding the honey and I are planning seems just swell. 🙂

  13. Nemtynakht says:

    I’m with Martina… my dream wedding would find some way to include both of my (very divorced) parents, and maybe incorporate my step-parent in some meaningful way. That’s a dream, though… I don’t know if there would be a way to incorporate my step-mother without ostracizing my real mother.

    My dream wedding would also involve all of my friends in attendance. Between me and the fiance, we’ve lived in many states and several countries. There’s no way all of our beloved friends could ever afford to meet in one place.

    While I’m dreaming, maybe a speechwriter to help me craft absolutely stunningly beautiful vows with eloquence beyond my capabilities.

  14. Claire says:

    I would love to have a live swing band at my wedding. There are only two problems with that fantasy (other than the fact that I’m not yet engaged): 1) Money. 2) Neither the boyfriend nor I know how to swing dance. We’d love to take lessons sometime, but as the relationship is currently long-distance, that might be hard. But I can dream, right?

  15. Kathy Knutson says:

    I’ve been happily married for 34 years, and my dream would be to have all the people who were at my wedding reunite. Some are deceased now, but the memories are still there.

  16. Rasaroni says:

    We had a wonderful wedding last summer. Most everything went off without a hitch (nevermind that the champagne glasses never arrived — we made do with the wine glasses!).

    I’m not that girl who planned her wedding from age 5, but I have been listening to a recording of the play ‘A Midsummer Night’s Dream’ since I was 12. Mendelssohn’s Wedding March featured prominently and it grew to be one of my absolute favorite pieces of music. It was pretty much the only thing I *had* to have at our wedding. In my fantasy, we had a symphony orchestra performing the piece in a grand cathedral. Well, it turns out we both preferred a garden wedding to a cathedral, and as much as we wanted to hire the local symphony orchestra to play for us, we chose to budget for an i-pod and a brother-in-law DJ. Obviously, the recessional piece was to be the Wedding March, piped in on some great speakers.

    We probably should have practiced a bit with the ceremony music ahead of time (you know, the cues and all), because as I walked through the garden to the ceremony site with my parents, we couldn’t help but laugh out loud as we approached (which made for some great photos!) — we were walking IN to the Wedding March recessional! By the end of the ceremony, brother-in-law DJ had figured out his mistake, and so we also walked out to the Wedding March. There was more Mendelssohn than I could have ever dreamed of 🙂

  17. MissPinkKate says:

    I would like a pill that takes the crazy out of everyone in my family when weddings come around! So everyone can be calm and cool and have fun!

  18. You are part of my blogroll on Little Miss Planner! Your site has been an inspiration for me since the moment I got engaged! Love it all!!!

  19. Eleanor says:

    I have family and friends in Maine, California, Washington, etc. I would love a machine that could get them all to and from the wedding without the cost of plane tickets, hotels and time off work! It would also be great because travel for grandparents is not exactly easy.