IT is ten years since Prince William married Catherine Middleton and nearly 60 million people around the world tuned into watch their amazing wedding day.
This summer there will be another wedding. Bubbly will flow, guests will dance and a famous royal photographer will capture every magical move by the bride in her gorgeous wedding dress with her dashing groom.
Email here with DREAM WEDDING in the subject, saying in fewer than 200 words why you deserve to win
And this wedding could be YOURS, if you win the Sun on Sunday’s Dream Wedding Competition which we are launching today.
It means that love really is back in the air this Valentine’s Day after hundreds of thousands of wedding ceremonies were cancelled during the past year.
While the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge married on 29 April 2011 at Westminster Abbey in London our bride and groom will tie the knot at luxurious Down Hall Hotel, Spa & Estate in Essex (https://www.downhall.co.uk/).
It boasts historic royal connections, was home to 2020’s Great British Bake Off and has just had a multi-million-pound makeover.
Kirsten Burley, Head of Weddings at Down Hall, says, “We are delighted to be working with The Sun on Sunday to give one lucky couple the chance to win their dream wedding.
“After an incredibly tough year for everyone, we can’t wait to welcome guests to the hotel and provide a truly magical day for the winners.”
A range of award winning wedding experts will help make the day truly magical.
Before the wedding the bride will have a bespoke facial at London celebrity clinic Skin+IQ (https://skinplusiq.co.uk/) ready for the big day and will be given the full bridal experience as she chooses her dress, underskirt, veil, tiara and three bridesmaid dresses from wedding dress experts WED2B
A spokesperson for WED2B, the UK’s largest and fastest-growing bridal retailer with 39 stores in the UK, said: “We’re so excited to be able to take part in the Sun on Sunday’s Dream Wedding Competition and cannot wait to meet the lucky bride.
At WED2B brides, when able, can come into any of our stores without an appointment and our highly trained bridal experts can help find the perfect dress that they can take home that very same day with many priced under £599.
Plus they can have made to order bridesmaid dresses and an accessories range featuring hair-pieces, veils, bolero jackets, and belts so brides can add the perfect finishing touch to their wedding day look.”
Shoes and the groom’s suits will be chosen from Mason’s Great Event Co (https://www.masonsgreateventco.co.uk/) and her stunning flowers from bespoke specialists Cherub’s Florists of Chelmsford, Essex (https://www.cherubsflorists.co.uk/).
The owner Alice Thomas-Scrine told us: “We create beautiful bespoke wedding flowers and venue styling to make our couples’ day truly special.
“We are so excited to be part of The Sun on Sunday’s competition and can’t wait to meet the lucky couple.”
The bride and groom can choose up to 30 guests to be at their midweek wedding when Covid restrictions allow on a date to be decided and 33 Pixels (https://www.33pixels-wedding-stationery.com/), a design studio run by Lauren Lynch will work with the couple to provide stunning bespoke ‘save the date’ stationery and invitations.
On the big day a celebrity make up artist and hairdresser will work their magic as the bride gets ready in the elegant bridal dressing suite at Down Hall.
Our legendary royal photographer Arthur Edwards MBE – who photographed William and Kate at their wedding – will capture every precious moment as the couple then tie the knot in the hotel’s Wedding Gazebo, set in its private hedged garden, or the historic Prior Suite.
The couple will exchange hand-etched ethical wedding bands from Lebrusan Studio in London’s famous Hatton Garden. (https://www.lebrusanstudio.com/).
Arabel Lebrusan, the founder and designer, said: “Ten years on from William and Kate’s beautiful day we could all do with a sprinkling of joy in our lives and a reminder of that gorgeous event.
“That’s why we’re thrilled to be taking part, it feels great to share some love and provide hand-etched engraved wedding bands.
“Cast in Fairtrade Gold, the lucky winners can wear them with pride, knowing that their existence has contributed positively to small mining communities when they needed it most.”
After the vows the wedding party will retire to the elegant Harley Suite, with its jaw-dropping chandeliers, for a three-course wedding breakfast featuring the finest locally sourced, seasonal ingredients and accompanied by fine wines.
Guests will sip on a glass of bubbly from English vineyard, Hattingley Valley (http://www.hattingleyvalley.com) or alcohol free fizz from Wildlife Botanicals (https://wildlifebotanicals.co.uk/) Favours will be amazing unique personalised gin bottles to fit the couple’s colour scheme from (https://www.mandtgroup.co.uk/).
The guests will be entertained by The Singing Waiter Masters (https://www.thesingingwaitermasters.co.uk/) who are all performers that have been leading West End or Opera artistes. They will act and sing throughout the wedding breakfast to entertain – and surprise – guests.
And the magical day will continue with the cutting of an exquisite cake from Sarah’s Simple Cakes Hertfordshire Ltd (https://www.sarahssimplecakes.co.uk/) in Hertfordshire before an evening of entertainment including lighting, a band and a DJ from the London Function Band (https://thelondonfunctionband.com/).
Their lead singer and co-director has done backing vocals for Justin Timberlake and Adele. The London Function Band’s co-director Grant Irvine said: “We love performing at Down Hall and are looking forward to putting on another highly interactive show with our first-class live musicians.
“Audience engagement is at the heart of everything we do so you can feel certain the dance floor will be packed from start to finish.”
And finally – after a dream wedding of a lifetime – the bride and groom will retire to their bridal suite at Down Hall for their first night as man and wife.
Last night Arthur – who has photographed eight royal weddings – said: “I love doing weddings – everyone is so happy and excited. And this will be such a special day, I am already looking forward to it.
“I’ll make the winner feel like a prince and princess on their big day”
To enter and win
FOR a chance to win, email [email protected] with DREAM WEDDING in the subject, saying in fewer than 200 words why your romance deserves to win.
All entries must be accompanied by a video clip of you and your future groom/bride with full names, ages and where you live. T&Cs: Competition closes on April 14, 2021. UK and ROI residents aged 18 and over only.
Entry made online via email to [email protected]. One entry per couple. Winner selected by panel including wedding experts from Down Hall Hotel and WED2B.
Allow 14 days for winners to be contacted. No cash alternative to prize in whole or in part. Prize is non-transferable.
Promoter is NewsGroup Newspapers Ltd. Not open to staff of Promoter and promotional partner or their families. For full Ts and Cs go to https://www.thesun.co.uk/administration/14040964/competition-terms-and-conditions-dream-wedding/.
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