A story of a lucky bride
You might have seen the following article in the papers this week, one lucky bride spent hours each day entering countless competitions to fund her dream white wedding;
A BRIDE has funded the £10,000 white wedding of her childhood dreams by winning more than 20 competitions on social media. Hannah Alexander, 28, spent an hour every day entering giveaways on Facebook and Instagram after she realized that she and her partner James, 26, would not be able to afford the traditional white wedding they’d always hoped for. Hannah, 28, and James, 26, won their white wedding for virtually free by entering social media giveaways and various completions. We have looked up a few current ones and here is where you could start: https://www.confetti.co.uk/competitions/win-your-dream-wedding
Over the course of just 18 months, the determined bride – who works for Sainsbury’s – bagged herself a lavish reception at a nearby country hotel, professional photography to capture the day, stunning decorations, a tiered cake, and even the couple’s wedding rings all for free. This incredible haul of freebies allowed childhood sweethearts Hannah and James, from Sutton Coldfield, West Midlands, to marry in style in front of 60 family and friends. Hannah said: “Entering so many competitions was a job in itself. I must have entered hundreds and hundreds. “But it was all worth it. We had a fantastic day we could never have afforded.” The childhood sweethearts have been together for over 10 years and met in the sixth form The couple married at the luxury hotel Moxhull Hall in nearby Sutton “James and I had the traditional white wedding we both dreamed of. Everything was absolutely perfect.”
The newlyweds first met in the sixth form over 10 years ago and got engaged in 2016. But with the average wedding in the UK now costing over £30,000, James and Hannah were horrified to discover they could not afford the wedding they’d always wanted. The bride said: “I was thrilled when two years ago James proposed. I’d always dreamed of a very traditional white wedding and immediately began looking at venues.” However, the two smitten supermarket workers were also saving up for a deposit on a house and simply couldn’t justify splashing thousands of pounds on a lavish ceremony. Hannah won the breathtaking venue after entering a competition on social media Hannah sold some of her prizes, including a coffee machine and fitness tracker watch, to buy her £750 wedding dress Hannah added: “We both longed for a great day. But we were also saving for a deposit for a house and our family couldn’t afford to help. “It was a huge disappointment to realize we simply couldn’t afford the sort of wedding we wanted.” Heartbroken, the couple decided to postpone their plans. The bride said: “I resigned myself to a long engagement while we saved enough to have a very basic wedding.” Hannah’s friends made cupcakes and brownies for the occasion.
The couple also won their stunning wedding cake through a social media competition But while browsing through Facebook in mid-2016, Hannah saw a competition to win a wedding at the nearby country hotel, Moxhull Hall. We thought you might try to enter this venue competition: https://www.bridemagazine.co.uk/competitions/win-a-wedding-at-newbury-racecourse-worth-10000-pounds.
Drawn to the stunning Georgian estate and gorgeous gardens, Hannah said: “I had to write why I would like to win a wedding there. “I thought, ‘why not?’ I wrote about how James and I met and how we longed to marry in 2018 to celebrate 10 years together. “I said it was exactly the sort of place where I dreamt of marrying.” The couple asked the groomsmen rented their own suits for the occasion James’ groomsmen also rented a VW camper fan to escort him to the luxury hotel. After entering this one competition, Hannah then decided to try her luck at more. She said: “I heard nothing about it for months. In fact, I forgot all about it. “But entering the competition got me thinking, it might be possible to actually win our wedding. “I began researching on Facebook and Instagram for giveaways and competitions to enter.” So did we and here is just a taste: https://www.facebook.com/v8.0/plugins/video.php?app_id=&channel=https%3A%2F%2Fstaticxx.facebook.com%2Fx%2Fconnect%2Fxd_arbiter%2F%3Fversion%3D46%23cb%3Df105dd8c34012fc%26domain%3Dtatianaporembova.co.uk%26origin%3Dhttps%253A%252F%252Ftatianaporembova.co.uk%252Ff2a58a483ba164%26relation%3Dparent.parent&container_width=636&href=https%3A%2F%2Fwww.facebook.com%2FBotanicalsBandUK%2Fvideos%2F341685193252685%2F&locale=en_GB&sdk=joey&width=1080.
Over 18 months, Hannah entered countless competitions in a bid to secure the wedding of her dreams. But the biggest breakthrough came when Hannah won the luxury venue completely out of the blue. Reflecting on that game-changing moment, the thrilled bride turned to James and said: “Now we can get married.” “From then on, there was no stopping me.” Just like Hannah, we thought you could try to add to your budget by entering this competition:https://nationalweddingshow.co.uk/competitions/win-a-shopping-spree/embed/#?secret=Oh3nFiNApZ.
Hannah and James were able to marry in style in front of 60 friends and family as a result of their competition prizes. The couple’s Georgian wedding venue would ordinarily cost £5,000 a day. Confessing that she lost count of how many competitions she entered over that time, Hannah revealed: “it must have been hundreds”. She said: “I’d come home from work and sit at the computer at least an hour a day. Much of that time was searching for the right prizes.” And while “some contests were as simple as leaving an email address”, others included “filling in forms or writing a few sentences” here and there”.
Understandably, Hannah’s friends and family started to express concern. Along with her dream venue and wedding cake, Hannah also won wedding rings worth £250 and a £240 watch. Hannah also won a £75 bottle of Lancome perfume for her special day. Although some warned that it could “all be a scam”, “some said spending so much time trying to win my wedding was sad.” Reflecting on that time, James said: “Hannah was incredibly focused. She wasn’t only focused on winning but winning stuff we really liked. “I am stunned she managed to win so much.” Along with the luxury venue, Hannah also bagged a set of wedding rings worth £250 as well as 55 bags of sweets for her guests worth £50, and six personalized engraved cufflinks worth a further £210.
The couple’s luxury prizes Wedding ceremony and bridal suite at
Moxhull Hall – £5,000
Photographer – £1,500
Wedding rings – £250
Wedding cake – £300
Honeymoon – £350S
ix personalized cufflinks – £210
Luxury Liverpool stag do – £165
Wedding decorations – £100
Confetti, £20Groom’s watch – £240
Bride’s perfume, – £75
Groom’s aftershave – £13055
bags of sweets – £100
Save the Date cards – £40
Wedding stationery – £100
Wedding Fair VIP tickets – £35
Curl Me Deluxe hair kit – £60
Hen Party pamper – £50
Bride’s make-up box – £25
Mini-moon cottage – £350
And although the bride originally asked her friend to take the photos for free, she “then realized how important they were. “I spent dozens of hours researching photographers and entering giveaways. When I found Focal photography I was worried because they were based in Sheffield. “Luckily, they were happy to travel for the big day.” As the October wedding approached, the couple’s friends and family were so impressed with the bride’s efforts that they also chipped in to help. Although Hannah initially asked one of her friends to take her wedding photos, she then won another competition for a professional photographer to capture the day. So we thought to look into this for you and found you a chance to win one of the best.