I received the below email from a reader. We did this once before for this sweet reader and she made it to the finals, but did not win. Let's help this bride-to-be win her dream wedding! Please read the letter and click on the link to vote. Good luck Gwen!
We've never exchanged emails before, but I'm actually an avid reader of your blog! Since being engaged, I've been searching the web for unique, creative and fun wedding ideas and have actually found blogs to be an amazing source of information and inspiration! And it just so happens that my wedding is the reason I'm emailing you.
My fiance and I are funding the entire wedding ourselves and are well on our way to the longest engagement in history! It's been almost two years with no end in sight! If it were up to us and money wasn't an option, we'd be married in a heartbeat. But unfortunately everyday expenses and student loans have gotten in the way and saving for our wedding has been much more difficult than we ever expected.
So we figured if you can't pay for a wedding...why not try and win one!
The Bahamas Ministry of Tourism is jumping on the "bailout" bandwagon and holding a contest called the "Bahamas Bridal Bailout". Five very lucky couples will win round trip airfare for them and eight others, hotel accommodations for four days and three nights for ten people, a photographer, wedding coordinator, wedding cake, flowers and champagne. All you have to do to be eligible to win is submit a 500 word essay detailing how you met, why you want to get married, how you got engaged, why you want to get married in The Bahamas, why they should bail you out, and basically why The Bahamas is so awesome.
How do you win? Well the "voting round" lasts from April 25 to May 17. This is the period during which anyone and everyone can go to the website and cast their vote for the couple of their choosing. Unfortunately each vote is associated with an email address and each email address can only vote once. After you place your vote on the website, you must log into your email account to "validate" your vote. Then on May 18 the "judging round" begins. The top 20 vote-getters from the website will then be judged based on the quality of their essay and how well they answered the questions asked of them, and five couples are chosen as winners.
As long as we get past the voting round, I think we have a pretty good chance of getting chosen by the "judges." Mostly because some of the other entries are just flat out terrible, but also because our essay is one of the very few that's written from a male's perspective. Yes, you read that correctly! My wonderful, amazing fiance took the liberty to not only come across this contest from an email he received from The Bahamas tourism office, he also wrote the essay. Well, he wrote most of it and then I added in the rest of the cheesy "Bahamas are great" stuff at the end so we were sure to address all of the questions. If your future husband trying to win a Caribbean wedding doesn't say "I love you", then I don't know what does.
We are sending out the link to all of our friends, family, coworkers, etc., but I thought I'd go another step and send it to a few of the bloggers whose websites have given me such great ideas (and hours of very entertaining reading) for my own wedding! There aren't too many blogs I follow, but I figured I'd send it out to the few individuals whose blogs I do enjoy reading since maybe a couple of votes could wind up making a huge difference for us in the long run!
Thank you in advance for your vote!
All the best,
Thanks for helping out a fellow reader!!