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0 In Contests & Giveaways/ LGBTQ+

Midwestern Pride Wedding Giveaway – Win A $32,000 Wedding

At Indie Wed, we value things like creativity, uniqueness, and kindness. We also revere inclusiveness and generosity. So, in honor of Pride Month, as we continue to celebrate and support our LGBTQ+ community, we have partnered with some of the Midwest’s very best wedding vendors to bring you the ultimate wedding giveaway worth over $32,000.

A few months ago, Elise from Glass and Grain Photography approached me about the idea of doing some sort of giveaway for Pride Month. I happily joined and the end result is one of the most exciting things I’ve been a part of since starting Indie Wed over ten years ago. 15 partners have teamed up to offer one lucky LGBTQ+ couple a thoughtfully collaborative prize that will help them create the wedding of their dreams.

About the Prize:

The wedding will take place on 3/8/2020 and the grand prize of a complimentary wedding for up to 100 guests will include the venue, photography, wedding planning, catering, bar, florals, entertainment, attire, invitations, signage/calligraphy, tabletop rentals, officiating, and dessert. An engagement photo shoot, as well as the wedding, will be featured here on Indie Wed as well as with our media partner Equally Wed.

Participating partners include:

photo by Glass & Grain Photography

How to Enter:

Now through June 30, 2019, engaged LGBTQ+ couples are invited to enter by completing an entry form. To complete their application, the couple must follow all 15 giveaway partners on Instagram. Official rules (terms and conditions) and full prize details for this giveaway can be found here.

Finalists will be selected as judged by the panel of Giveaway Partners on July 15, 2019 and will be contacted using the contact information provided on their entry form. The winning couple will be selected, announced, and contacted on or before July 31, 2019.

For more information, refer to the entry page or the Facebook page.

 

1 In Contests & Giveaways/ Photography

Giveaway: Win Your Wedding Photography

March seems to be the month of giveaways.  First tickets to Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party and now this, a chance for three very lucky couples to win their wedding photography.

Morgan from Morgan Wade Photography contacted me to let me know about a giveaway she is doing on her site and thought Indie Wed readers would be the perfect fit.  She is looking for three awesome couples with amazing love stories who still need a photographer.  Though newly based in the S.F. Bay area she is willing to travel anywhere!  Her goal is to find “an interesting, unique, madly-in-love couple having a wedding in an unusual location, with lots of distinct details and a great story to go along with it.”  Sounds right up our alley.

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Interested?  Starting today, you have until this Friday, March 15th to enter.  To nominate yourself you must email the following to Morgan at morganwadephoto@gmail.com:

  • Name & photo of the couple
  • Wedding date & location 
  • Your amazing love story
  • A visual story board (photo collage) of images you are using as inspiration for your big day.  Here is a link to an online photo collage builder using images from Flickr, a URL, or your desktop if you aren’t very handy with tools like Photoshop. (I would suggest keeping your collage at between 6-10 images)

Morgan will select the six most interesting entries to post on her blog and on her Facebook page.  Perhaps we can share them here too!  From there, friends and family are encouraged to vote by commenting on their favorite couple.  At the end of the voting period, she will announce the winners.  Please see this blog post on her blog for more details and specifics..  Winners will be chosen by Morgan based on a combination of the best storyboard/love story and the most votes.

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Some specifics:
Each winning couple will receive a standard photography package which will include 6 hours of shooting plus a CD of all edited images.  This is valued at over $2500.  Extra shooting hours may be added at an additional charge.  Please note that any couple who is outside the immediate S.F. Bay area will be responsible for Morgan’s travel (airfare plus one night in a nearby hotel).  Even so, this is still a great deal!

Good luck!

Disclaimer:
Please enter through the Morgan Wade Photography website using the methods listed above.  Indie Wed is not responsible for gathering or submitting entries on your behalf.  All finalists and winners are chosen at the discretion of Morgan Wade Photography.  Indie Wed is not responsible for any errors in the administration or fulfillment of this contest.  All applicable taxes, if any are the winner’s sole responsibility.  This contest is strictly between you, the entrant, and Morgan Wade Photography, the sponsor.  
62 In Contests & Giveaways/ Events

Giveaway: Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party

For those of you who haven’t gotten your fill of wedding shows yet this season, one show we are excited about is the upcoming Martha Stewart’s Wedding Party.  When the folks at Martha Stewart contacted me asking if I’d like to host a giveaway for tickets, I didn’t hesitate.  (I also have a special freebie for everyone at the bottom of this post).

Love her or hate her, Martha Stewart has helped to shape the way we view crafts, our home, our businesses and even weddings.  When planning my wedding back in 2004, before the height of the wedding blog boom, Martha Stewart Weddings was the closest thing I could find that focused on a more creative approach to weddings.  Several years ago while in NYC, I even had the chance to meet Martha Stewart… okay, actually she was walking into the David Letterman studios to tape an appearance and I was outside waiting for tickets to a later show and I started screaming “I Love You” like a giddy school girl.  I’m sure she heard me though!  Even now, when I have a tough business decision to make my husband often says… “What would Martha do?” (do they make a little bracelet for that? WWMD).

Photo by Allan Zepeda

I’ve known about the annual MS Wedding Party event in NYC for a while because Indie Wed alum, The Blooming Quill is their go-to calligraphy vendor.  This year they are bringing the show to Chicago featuring 60 vendors with about 10 or so of them, being Indie Wed vendors.  However this event is very different than Indie Wed.  They have limited the vendors in each category to just a few making it more intimate. It is also a “luxury” bridal show so you can cross off the more budget friendly options.  Does this mean you shouldn’t go?  Heck no.  Just because you might have a more DIY or budget-conscious event doesn’t mean you can’t splurge in one or two areas.  Sometimes it is good to attend different events because you never know what you’ll find.  The show is on Sunday, March 10th from 10am – 3pm.  Basic tickets are $65 / single and $110 / couple which includes a swag bag.  There is also a VIP option too.  Don’t have $110 to shell out for an afternoon of wedding planning with your sweetie?  Don’t worry… I have some tickets to giveaway!

Martha Stewart's Wedding Party Giveaway

In addition to all the vendors there will be a roster of presenters with various breakout sessions including Martha’s right hand gal Darcey Miller and Indie Wed’s fave friend, Ami Price from Elizabeth Anne Designs.  There is a destination and honeymoon lounge too.  Plus I’ll be there taking tons of photos (and notes) – Say hi if you see me!

Panel of Event Experts
Darcy Miller, Editorial Director, Martha Stewart Weddings, and Celebrations Expert
Ami Price, Executive Editor & Publisher, Elizabeth Anne Designs
Meghan Andalman, Lovebird Events, Event Planning
Rishi Patel, HMR Design Group, Floral Design
Sarah Levy, Pastry Chef & Food Consultant, S. Levy Foods
Sacha Krasney, Be U Brides Stationery Design

Intimate Break-Out Sessions with your Favorite Vendors
Claudia Hanlin, Wedding Library “Throwing a Million Dollar Wedding”
Sarah Levy, S. Levy Foods “The Dish on Wedding Food”
Ami Price, Elizabeth Anne Designs “Inspiration to Implementation”
Richi Patel, HMR Design Group “Wedding Floral Design”
Elena Grapsas, Ultimate Bride “Trends in Bridal Fashion”

Photo by Allan Zepeda

The best part… I have enough tickets for FIVE lucky couples.  That is $550 in free tickets. How awesome.  To be considered, just post a comment below by Wednesday at noon.  A that point, I’ll select 5 people at random who will each win a pair of tickets to Sunday’s show.  Please include your email address so I can reach you.

If you aren’t one of the lucky ones to win free tickets, I do have a special little freebie for everyone.  Starting tonight you can download a FREE digital version for the iPad of the spring edition of Martha Stewart Weddings (which doesn’t even hit the stands till March 4th).  This offer will be active for 1 month.  Just follow this link and use the code GCmCDN.  Just look at that cake!