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.