Contests Galore — You Have to Play to Win

Want free stuff?

  • You still have 39 days to enter the David’s Bridal “One Love” contest, which ends on October 20 at 11:30 p.m. PT. The grand prize package is worth $5,270, which includes a $1,500 gift certificate toward your honeymoon; your choice of one wedding gown, up to four bridesmaid dresses, one bridal accessory, up to four bridal party gifts, and up to five tuxedo rental packages; and your choice of his and her wedding bands from To enter, create a photo collage representing your “One Love” using one item from each of the categories from the options listed in the entry editor including a wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses, bridal accessory item, bridal party gifts, groom’s and groomsmen’s tuxedos, wedding bands, and an optional photo.
  • You still have 21 days to enter a contest launched by Courtship Stories. Send a synopsis of how you and your spouse-to-be met and fell in love to by November 1 to win a free courtship story and help submitting that story to other love story contests with wedding-related prizes. “Special consideration will be given to couples who have had to overcome physical and emotional obstacles to be with each other, or couples in which it would seem unbelievable that their paths would cross,” said Ellen Braunstein, writer and creative director of Courtship Stories. All entrants will receive a tip sheet on how to write their own courtship story.
  • You still have 11 days to enter to win Focus Photography, Inc’s Free Destination Wedding Photography Package. The contest, which ends on September 22, aims to find the couple with the Most Adorable personality, Sweetest Smiles, and the Greatest Love Story ever. Prize winners will receive their destination package, which includes up to nine hours of coverage with two photogs, a two-hour trash the dress or engagement session (locals only), all of your high res images on DVD, and an online gallery. Entrants must be marrying sometime between 11/08 and 12/09 and be able to provide transportation for the photogs. To enter, e-mail your and your sweetie’s name and contact info, your wedding deets (date/venue/locale), a recent photo, your love story, and why you’re so damn fabulous to
  • You have a whopping four days to enter to win an autographed copy of my very own book, iDo: Planning Your Wedding with Nothing But ‘Net! Just leave a comment on this entry with a link to or description of the wedding item you’d buy or reserve if money was no object — maybe it’s a $10,000 gown or perhaps you’d rent out your local pro stadium for the reception. Whatever it is, tell us by 5 p.m. on Sunday, September 14. I’ll whip out the old random number generator and announce the winner on Monday morning.

Don’t forget to sign up for these contests with a catch-all e-mail address that differs from your usual addy to avoid massive spam. Good luck!

17 Responses to “Contests Galore — You Have to Play to Win”

  1. Kristina says:

    I would get an elaborate, custom made outfit from this place. Their stuff is gorgeous:

  2. KTB says:

    If money were no object, I would have Annie Leibovitz do my photography, and have Modest Mouse play my reception.

    And have this place: cater the reception.

  3. Lindsey says:

    If I could have anything I wanted without worrying about money, I would have Ben Folds sing our first dance song: The Luckiest. I have no idea how much that would cost, but to meet Ben Folds up close and have him sing “our song” would be so amazing! I also would have The Dan Band play our last song of the night: Total Eclipse of the Heart (think: Old School’s foul-mouthed hilarious version).

  4. Melissa B. says:

    If money were no object, I’d do the following:
    * Fly to Toronto to get my gown custom-made by Lea-Ann Belter.
    * Serve a choice of lamb, trout, and vegetarian crepes at the reception.
    * Give each guest a bottle of our favorite Sonoma cabernet as a wedding favor.
    * Pay our awesome photographer to design one of his gorgeous wedding albums for us.

  5. Redblur63 says:

    If money were no object, we’d have a much larger guest list…we sent out 35 invitations representing about 70 people. Between the two of us, we came up with about 350 people we would love to have join us, but the cost was prohibitive and we truly prefer to be able to spend more time (and better quality time) with each of our few guests than make a big show of a party. Wedding is in 16 days, btw!!!!

  6. Jessica says:

    I would rent out Versailles to go along with my marie-antoinette-era inspired gown and have a wedding set in that time period. Along with coaches to bring guests in and beautiful hoop-skirt dresses. (Although mine is definetly not a hoop skirt πŸ™‚

  7. Erin says:

    I would absolutely positively buy the most beautiful black pearls to wear with my gown. I think they’re spectacular but so ridiculous that I can’t even begin to afford them.

  8. Jess says:

    If money was no object, I’d rent out the entire Woodland Park Zoo and host an overnight there. Yay sleeping with river otters!

  9. Chris says:

    I would get MC Frontalot to officiate.

  10. ladyjane says:

    If money was no object, I’d hire a string quartet for the ceremony and spoil my bridesmaids rotten with a superfun roadtrip/adventure weekend– I did tell my little FSIL I wanted to go Zorbing! πŸ™‚

  11. A.J. says:

    I would have had:

    a) a different photographer
    b) an actual band
    c) a dessert buffet (but still our beautiful and delicious cake!)

    I think I really loved everything else enough, and it was exactly what I wanted…except for time of year. I don’t know if I would have wanted to wait much longer, though…

    (I was gonna say I don’t need a book, but if I win it, I’ll lend it to friends and keep my signed copy for myself!)

  12. liberty says:

    The world’s best present for my parents, who are funding almost everything. We haven’t decided what we should get them… but my fiancΓ© is thinking a semi-automatic weapon (really, they’d love it!). Hmm…. think big… a mint Russian WWI rifle or a fancy new close-range urban assault type.

  13. Hoolie says:

    If money were no object, I would book a wine tour in Italy and take my whole bridal party.

  14. seresy says:

    If money hadn’t been an object, I would have been able to either fly my family here, at least business class, (I live in NL now) or been able to have a reception here and one in the US for my family and friends to attend. So I guess my link would be

    I’m still considering a family reception- maybe for our first anniversary. I’m already planning to trash the dress, so I could get another wear out of it first.

  15. Jane Canuck says:

    If money were no object I would have a huge fireworks display at midnight or as we were leaving the reception. Something like what you’d see at the Montreal Fireworks Festival (one of the worlds biggest international fireworks competitions), where it’s orchestrated to music and has to be set off in a barge out on open water.