Archive for the ‘Contests’ Category

Today I came across an amazing contest from the Dessy Group, and just had to share! The prize? Not only a free wedding gown for you, but up to eight free bridesmaid dresses from ANY of their collections! Dessy Group carries gorgeous gowns from Alfred Sung, Cynthia Rowley, After Six, Lela Rose and Dessy Collection.

Lela Rose Bridesmaid Dresses Contest

To enter the contest, Dessy wants you to create a video explaining why you absolutely positively MUST win their prize! They’re encouraging you to include your bridesmaids, future husband, ANYONE — or keep it simple with just yourself. The sky’s the limit – use your creativity to put together a video that convinces them you should be the winner! The length of the video needs to be no longer than 5 minutes and must be in English. Additionally, you must have a Facebook account in order to enter.

Cynthia Rowley Bridesmaid Dresses Contest

To enter, visit the Dessy facebook page and “like” them (while you’re there, pop over to the Aviva Events facebook page and “like” us, too!). Create your 5 minutes or less video and submit it under the “Contests” tab on Dessy’s facebook page. You must “allow” the Contest Application on your facebook account in order to submit your video. All submissions have to be received by Midnight, EST, on FEBRUARY 14th, 2011. Dessy Design Staff will choose the top three, and those finalists will be annouced on February 21st, 2011. Then the general public will vote for the winner! The final winner will be announced on February 28th, 2011.

After Six Bridesmaid Dresses Contest

Full details are available on Dessy’s blog. Good luck to all who enter! Let us know if you make it to the final three so we can root for you to win!

All images © The Dessy Group


January 8, 2010

… to Denise! has spoken, and you are the winner of our first ever blog contest! Please e-mail me to collect your winnings: a 2-hour consultation with Aviva Events to help with your wedding preparations, a free engagement session with Fyrefly Photography, a DVD of The Proposal and several wedding magazines. Denise’s story is below:

“Matt and I got engaged on May 22, 2009. Being an extremely good listener, with an extremely good memory, Matt decided to propose at the lake by my parents’ house. This lake was dear to me as I grew up there going for bike rides with my father, walks with my mother, and even spent one summer there training for the Marine Corps Marathon. Matt took my father out to dinner that night to ask him for my hand in marriage, while my mother thought it would be nice if I came over to have dinner at the house with her while the men were out. Matt suggested we go into DC for drinks after dinner, so I dressed up a bit. When they arrived back at the house, Matt asked if we could go down to the lake instead to feed the ducks and geese that lived on a small island there. He had already picked up some bread from the Italian restaurant, so how could I say no? After we finished feeding the ducks and geese, Matt suggested we continue walking to the nearby dock. As the sun was setting, he took my hand and walked me out onto the dock where he got down on one knee and proposed.”

I loved reading ALL of the proposal stories, they were each so unique and sweet! I wish I could give a prize to everyone, and although I can’t, I promise to keep up the regular blogging to bring more advice and tips that are hopefully helpful to anyone who is planning a wedding, in Cincinnati and beyond :)

Do you have a topic you’d like us to cover on the blog? Send a note or leave a comment below!

Over the weekend, I was contacted by Cincinnati wedding photographer Nathan Peel of Fyrefly Photography; he oh-so-generously offered to add to the prize for our first ever blog contest! For a chance at winning our engagement present, all you need to do is leave a comment on our original blog post, telling us your story of your got engaged. One winner will be chosen at random on Friday morning to win the following:

First, the fun: A DVD of The Proposal and several of our favorite wedding magazines to get you in the “wedding mood”

Second, the helpful: A two-hour consultation with Aviva Events to help you kick-start your wedding plans.

And lastly, the awesome: A free engagement session with Fyrefly Photography!

So hop on over and leave a comment; the winner will be announced this Friday!

(image above courtesy of Fyrefly Photography)

Your facebook News Feed has probably made it very clear that Engagement Season is in full-swing! Thanksgiving through Valentine’s Day is quite the busy time of year for proposals, so you may, like me, be currently busy congratulating friends right and left. Or perhaps you have your very own engagement to celebrate! Either way, this time of year definitely sees a spike in proposals and a jump-start on wedding plans. So now, a few bits of advice for the newly-engaged, (and below the advice a fun contest!):

1. Enjoy it! As soon as the ring is on your finger, the questions will start: “Have you set a date?” “Who is in the bridal party?” “Where are you having the reception?”. Feel free to ignore them all, and just ENJOY your engagement for a while (however long is up to you) before you go full-fledged into planning. There will be plenty of time to worry about the details later.

2. Once you’ve had some time to savor your new status as a Fiancée, take a deep breath and start at the beginning. Sit down with your fiance and chat about the following things: 1. The approximate number of guests you’d like to invite, 2. The approximate overall budget you’d like to stick to, and 3. The style you’re envisioning for your wedding day. Those three factors will guide all of your other decisions, so it’s important to talk about them early on (especially #2!).

3. Consider hiring a wedding planner. OK, so this is a bit of a plug, but if you are thinking of hiring a planner even for just “day of” services (often referred to as “DOC”), you may want to hire them earlier rather than later. Some planners will include complimentary advice via email throughout your planning, even if you only hire them for a limited service. Whether it’s day-of, full-service, or a custom in-between plan, having an outside opinion can be incredibly helpful and calming as you go about making all of your decisions!

Share your engagement story in the comments below – on Friday morning (1/8, 10am EST), we’ll pick a comment at random to win a special Engagement Present from the crew at Aviva Events :) And keep checking in on the blog for more wedding and event planning tips and tricks… we have a whole slew of info to share this year, and we’re still recapping last year’s weddings for even more lovely inspiration photos.

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