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And the Winner Is…

… The fabulous and wildly lucky Rebecca A!

With just one entry, hers was the one I pulled at random out of Mr. Twistie’s hat (mine were all too shallow for the sheer volume involved; he has a top hat). After the wedding, Rebecca plans to donate both her gown and the tiara to the Brides Against Breast Cancer program.

Rebecca, contact me at gileswenchatyahoodotcom, let me know which tiara you’re choosing, and where you’d like your prize delivered. I’ll get the wonderful folks at USABride your information, and you’ll soon have your prize in hand.

I only wish I could have provided a tiara to each and every person who entered, if only to have the fun of imagining all the different wonderful ways you wanted to enjoy your windfall.

Thanks to everyone who played. I’ll be linking blogs over the weekend.

Contest: Crowning Achievement

It’s contest time!

The wonderful people at USABride have offered up a great prize for all you lovely brides out there: one lucky winner will get her choice of one of four fabulous tiaras/headbands (value $129.95 each) for free!

The winner will choose between the Nicolette:

the Lucia:

the Vibrant:

and the Mariana:

Any of these would put the finishing, sparkly touch to a gorgeous wedding look!

Win It!

To enter the contest, simply leave a comment on this entry telling how you would use your tiara/headband after the wedding. I didn’t actually wear one on my wedding day, but if I had, I would totally still wear it whilst vacuuming the carpets.

For additional entries, you can do the following:

1: Score one additional entry when you add Manolo for the Brides to your blogroll, or let us know we’re already on your blogroll so we can link back to you.

2: Score two additional entries when you like USABride on Facebook or follow them on Twitter and let us know.

3: Score three additional entries when you Tweet about this entry or write it up on your blog.

All entries must be in by midnight PDT on thursday, March 29. The winner will be announced on friday, March 30 in this very blog.

Best of luck to all of you, and let the games begin!

And the Winner of the Wedding Planning Book 4-Pack Is…

Free wedding books? Sweet!

The lovely Jennie! (And I’m not just calling her lovely because she said she wanted my book, mind you…) Her favorite flavor of wedding cake is classic vanilla, but she’s not averse to wackier options like Funfetti. Which I, too, would happily eat at a wedding or otherwise.

Be on the lookout for an email from me, Jennie, so we can work out the postal details, and congrats!

And P.S. – Speaking of contests, if you’re feeling kindly and would like to help a totally deserving couple win the Disney fairytale wedding of their dreams, this couple (who had micro-preemie twins and lost one soon after birth) could really use your votes!

A Wedding Planning Four Pack Giveaway!

In March, I finally finished cleaning out my desk in what was once my office, was destined to be a nursery for a time, and then became a playroom. Among the detritus, I found a stack of wedding planning books that I had meant to use as giveaway prizes in individual contests. Oops! But it occurred to me that my oops could be one reader’s gain – because I can now hold a wedding planning book giveaway four times the usual size! This giveaway will include four fun titles: How I Planned Your Wedding by Susan Wiggs, Something New by Elise Mac Adam, Help! I’m a Newlywed by Lorraine Sanabria Robertson (not strictly a wedding book, but close enough), and a signed copy of my own book iDo!

Free wedding books? Sweet!

With this four pack, you pretty much have everything you need to plan a wedding and start off married life right. Or you have a free gift to give to someone who’s planning a wedding and poised to entered the world of the marrieds. Either way, you can’t go wrong.

Win the Wedding Planning Book Four Pack!
I’ve got copies of How I Planned Your Wedding by Susan Wiggs, Something New by Elise Mac Adam, Help! I’m a Newlywed by Lorraine Sanabria Robertson (not strictly a wedding book, but close enough), and a signed copy of my own book iDo waiting for one lucky reader. To enter to win, just leave a comment on this post telling us your favorite flavor of wedding cake (with cookies or pie being acceptable answers).

For additional entries, do any of the following (and leave a comment for each additional entry):

1. As always, you can score one additional entry when you add Manolo for the Brides to your blogroll, or let us know we’re already on your blogroll so we can link back to you

2. Score two additional entries when you like Manolo for the Brides on Facebook

3. And you can pick up a whopping three additional entries when you tweet this giveaway or post about it on your own blog!

This giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. EST on Friday, April 8, and the winner – chosen via your friend and mine, the trusty random number generator – will be announced on the following Monday. Good luck!

And the Winner of the Box of Donsuemor Madeleines Is…

cookie giveaway

…the generous Charli, of Two Bad Dogs Quilling. In response to the question I posed, the oh-so-sweet Charli said:

I will give the box to my wonderful MIL who is 84 and will be gone soon. She loves all things chocolate.

While I would surely love to be eating a whole box of delish dipped madeleines myself, I certainly can’t think of someone I’d rather see eating them in my stead. Congrats, Charli! I or someone from Donsuemor will be in touch soon!

GIVEAWAY: A Box of Donsuemor Madeleines!

After I posted my Donsuemor madeleine review last week, the company graciously offered to do a giveaway of their limited edition heart shaped madeleines. These are the same gourmet madeleines that so tickled my fancy transformed for Valentine’s day. Cute!

You *could*give these sweet madeleines to your sweetie if you win the giveaway, but as someone who ended up having to share with a cookie-loving toddler, I recommend keeping them. And eating them all at once while watching a series of wedding-themed movies. You know, to de-stress!

Win It!
The nice people at Donsuemor are offering one lucky commenter a sample box of their delish heart-shaped madeleines – chocolate, chocolate dipped original, and white chocolate dipped chocolate. To enter, just leave a comment telling us whether you plan to share your madeleines or eat them all yourself! I think you know my preference.

For additional entries, do any of the following (and leave a comment for each additional entry):

1. As always, you can score one additional entry when you add Manolo for the Brides to your blogroll, or let us know we’re already on your blogroll so we can link back to you

2. Score two additional entries when you like both Donsuemor and Manolo for the Brides on Facebook

3. And you can pick up a whopping three additional entries when you tweet this giveaway or post about it on your own blog!

This giveaway will end at 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, February 3, and the winner – chosen via your friend and mine, the trusty random number generator – will be announced on Friday. Good luck!

And the Winner of the Hardcover Photo Book from Lulu Is…

The gorgeous Emily! Who says she wants to to make a book of photos from the first five years she and her hubbie-to-be have been together, which sounds like a lovely idea to me.

free photo book

Big congrats, Emily – I or someone from Lulu will be in touch soon with details on how you can redeem your prize!

P.S. – I am so, so sorry that the contest winner wasn’t announced sooner. Long story short, my family suffered a loss recently that made it very hard for me to keep up with certain things. Needless to say, future contest winners will be announced on time.

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