Monday, December 20, 2010

Stuff I Really Like: Win a Free SoCal Wedding

I'm generally leery of "win a wedding" contests, possibly because many of them ask you to submit a heart-wrenchingly feel good story (ours wasn't a fancy how-we-met story), submit a photo (which makes me think they'll only choose publicity-worthily pretty couples) or allow a camera to follow you around for a reality show (um, gross, and kinda defeats the purpose of a wedding for me). But this contest is none of those things. And frankly, this contest opportunity sounds 100% awesome, so I'm happy to share:

The South Coast Winery Resort and Spa in Temecula, California is is giving away a Valentine's Day 2011 wedding. The winning couple will get married under their rose arbor, overlooking the vineyard. The couple and 100 of their family and friends will then get treated to an hors d'oeuvres, sparkling wine, and a three tiered wedding cake reception. Best of all, the only thing you need to do is fill out a form with your contact info by December 31. Really, that's it. No photos, no essays, no anything but your name and contact info.

I just want to take a moment to daydream about how amazing this would be, if we were in the early stages of wedding planning, the let's elope stage of wedding planning, or the tear-our-hair-out-I-hate-So-Cal-venue-prices stage of wedding planning. In other words, if I didn't have a bazillion contracts in place and family members with booked flights, I'd be all over this, particularly because the South Coast Winery actually holds a very special place in my heart: Jason and I stayed here for our first weekend-away trip and we genuinely love the low-key vibe of So Cal's Temecula Valley vineyards. If you don't have a firm plan yet for your wedding and you're willing to kick bum throughout January and February to make this happen, you should enter this contest. Here's how I picture it could go:

The winner will be announced on January 2, 2011. The wedding will have to take place on Monday, February 14, 2011. This gives you time to: call all your guests and invite them, send out an email invitation (eff the stress and cost of printed invitations), find a dress from a department store and rent a suit, load up some ipod songs, find an officiant or get a friend ordained in California to perform the service, write your vows, find a friend or last minute photographer to take photos, and done. It doesn't give you time to stress about extraneous wedding cr*p like centerpieces, bouquets, bridesmaid dresses and other things you won't care about 30 years from now. But it will give you time to get your family and friends in town to celebrate your wedding. You could absolutely make this happen in six weeks. Add on a DJ and some regular wine or plated food if you want. Or not. Regardless, this is a truly great opportunity to end the stress of wedding planning in one fell swoop at a fraction of the normal SoCal cost, at a location that would be truly beautiful and worth it.

So what are you waiting for? Go and enter the contest!

This is not a sponsored post. This is just an opportunity I might have liked for myself a year ago, so I thought I'd share. 


  1. I entered! Thank you so much for sharing this.

  2. @Tammi (and anyone who enters) - if you win, I want to hear all about it! And let me know if you need last minute resource help.

  3. I will definitely tell you all about it and I'm sure I'll need some resource help. Heck, even if I don't win it I'll still be scouring your blog for ideas and advice for our September 10th wedding. :)

  4. Sounds cheap.. I like cheap!!



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