The Registration period for Jacksonville Magazine’s fifth annual Great Wedding Giveaway, hosted by Serenata Beach Club, has closed. No more applications for the 2013 prize package will be accepted.
Since 2009 four lucky First Coast couples already have been treated to the wedding of their dreams. The search for couple number five started August 1. The Great Wedding Giveaway is a once-in-a-lifetime prize package that has become the most talked about contest extravaganza in all of Northeast Florida. Since 2009, we have awarded more than $120,000 in wedding services and goods provided by the region’s leading bridal business professionals. Well, for 2013, we’re at it again. And this year is even bigger! The beautiful Serenata Beach Club in South Ponte Vedra Beach once again serves as the host site for the oceanside ceremony and reception.Additional elements of the prize package for 2013 are being finalized. Look for updates to be posted throughout the summer.
Posted below are just some of the details of the 2013 Great Wedding Giveaway, all made possible because of the generous support of our sponsors. A bevy of top local wedding services including DJ entertainment, nuptials jewelry, luncheons, hair and makeup and more will be included, too. And, perhaps most exciting of all, the 2013 ceremony again returns to the airwaves to be broadcast live on TV.
Thank you for your interest in Jacksonville Magazine’s fifth annual Great Wedding Giveaway, hosted by Serenata Beach Club and presented by the St. Augustine Wedding and Event Association. All questions on the application form must be answered in their entirety in order for your application to be accepted. The last day to submit an application is November 15, 2012.
Entertain us and convince us that you are the right couple
In addition to the application, we are asking couples to create a short video to tell us why they are the most qualified couple to receive this amazing wedding giveaway! Note: Videos are not absolutely necessary for entry. However, we expect more than 100 entries. Every little bit extra will help your chances. If you do decide to produce a video, we ask that it be at least 3 minutes in length, but must not exceed 5 minutes in length. No entries will be accepted after 5 PM on November 15, 2012. Acceptable video format: Mini-DV or DVD only. Your video will not be returned.
Along with your video, please include a still photo of the two of you along with complete contact information. Jacksonville Magazine takes no responsibility for submissions that may become lost in the mail. For questions regarding video submissions, please contact Mike Romero at (904) 389-3622.
By submitting your application for the destination giveaway, you are agreeing to receive materials, e-mails and phone calls from Jacksonville Magazine regarding the promotion. You further agree to be featured on any and all of our websites in promotions related to this event and any other Jacksonville Magazine initiatives. Please note that your video may be posted on YouTube and/or other on-line video hosting sites as deemed appropriate by Jacksonville Magazine.
Send your video, photo and complete contact information to:
Jacksonville Magazine’s Great Wedding Giveaway
Attn: Mike Romero
1261 King St.
Jacksonville, FL 32204
Each individual must be available for an interview, either by phone or in person. Each individual must be of good moral character and have never been convicted of a felony or misdemeanor (other than moving violations that did not involve personal injury, drugs or alcohol). He or she must have nothing in their background that, at the sole discretion of Jacksonville Magazine, could be considered detrimental to the publication and its partners and the success of this promotion. Neither of the individuals may be an elected official or currently running for any political office (local, state or federal).
Each applicant must be willing to undergo a background check conducted by Jacksonville Magazine and be willing to sign waiver forms authorizing the release of personal and background information.
This opportunity is open to currently engaged couples who are legal residents of the US, each of whom is at least 21 years old and each of whom complies with all requirements set forth in these rules. Couples must be engaged prior to registration.
Each applicant must be willing to have his or her wedding ceremony performed at the venue selected by Jacksonville Magazine, and at the magazine’s sole discretion, including, without limitation, an outdoor wedding. Each applicant must be willing to sign an affidavit attesting to the truth of the facts in the application form and video and attesting that each applicant meets all the eligibility requirements.
Selected applicants must also be willing to undertake the following:
• To be interviewed by Jacksonville Magazine and a selected local TV station, and to either appear in a videotape produced by Jacksonville Magazine or to submit a videotape in which the applicants or couple appears;
• To make themselves available to attend fittings and to engage in public appearances and in photo shoots, as requested by Jacksonville Magazine;
• Applicants must agree that, if selected as the wedding couple, they will be married at Serenata Beach Club Monday, April 29, 2013. The date is subject to change at the sole discretion of Jacksonville Magazine.
Applicants must agree, if they are among the preliminary group of couples identified (see Selection Process below) to make themselves available to Jacksonville Magazine for publicity and promotion, and must agree that they will not allow interviews by other media outlets, including television, magazines, newspapers, radio, and internet, unless authorized by Jacksonville Magazine from the time the four finalists are announced, through the final on-air appearance of the wedding couple.
If at any point during the contest Jacksonville Magazine deems an applicant or finalist couple ineligible, Jacksonville Magazine, at its sole discretion, may disqualify that couple and select an alternate.
Jacksonville Magazine at its sole discretion will select a preliminary group of couples from eligible entries (completed application form plus video) submitted. Jacksonville Magazine will begin reviewing entries on a rolling basis as they are received, and will end the selection process when a preliminary group of qualified couples has been chosen.
Selection criteria used by the judges shall include:
• The couple’s video and application materials;
• The personality of each entrant, individually and as a couple;
• The demonstrated strength of couple’s commitment;
• The nature of the couple’s history and background (how each couple met, became engaged, how long they have been engaged, the relationship of the couple with family members and friends, and any other factors that make the couple’s story unique or compelling);
• The appearance of the couple, both individually and as a couple.
From the preliminary group of couples, Jacksonville Magazine will then select up to twenty semifinalist couples, based on these factors above, plus telephone interviews with the couples. These semifinalist couples will be required as a condition of continued eligibility to complete and sign an Affidavit of Eligibility, Waiver of Liability and Publicity Release in the form attached to these Rules.
The semifinalist couples thus selected will be interviewed by Jacksonville Magazine and may be asked to participate in the filming of a videotaped interview by representatives of Jacksonville Magazine.
The semifinalist couples will also be subject to background checks to verify and determine additional information about each of the individuals.
Based on Jacksonville Magazine’s interviews, the videos, the background checks and the selection criteria noted above, the finalist couples will be selected by representatives of Jacksonville Magazine, at its sole discretion. Jacksonville Magazine, at its sole discretion, may utilize guest judges and may grant immunity to certain couples.
Pictures of the finalist couples, and a brief synopsis prepared by Jacksonville Magazine regarding each of the couples and their performance in the Jacksonville Magazine competitions will be placed on Jacksonville Magazine-related websites.
If the wedding couple is disqualified or otherwise unable to fulfill the requirements asked of them, a second couple from among the finalist couples, selected by Jacksonville Magazine, may receive the wedding.
Couple must agree that elements of the wedding will be determined by Jacksonville Magazine, including but not limited to, wedding planner, rehearsal dinner, wedding site, ceremony, reception and catering, accommodations, florist, photographer and videographer.
Couples are agreeing to legally wed; if your religion does not permit this, please do not apply. Couples are responsible for completing licensing requirements for Duval County, Florida.
Please note: Giveaway package is for a total of one hundred (100) persons, including the bride and groom. There may be an opportunity for the couple to pay for additional persons.
Couples may be disqualified by not complying with these rules or their inability to fulfill all of the requirements. If the winning couple is disqualified, they will become ineligible and the runner-up will take their place.
MULTIPLE ENTRIES RECEIVED FROM ANY PERSONS WILL VOID ALL ADDITIONAL ENTRIES. Entries that are incomplete, illegible, postage due or corrupted are void and will not be accepted. If any entrant becomes ineligible during the contest, he or she may be disqualified.
All entries, including application forms and photos, become the property of Jacksonville Magazine and will not be acknowledged or returned.
Jacksonville Magazine is not responsible for telecommunications, network, electronic, technical or computer failures of any kind, for inaccurate transcription of entry information, for errors in any promotional or marketing materials, for errors in these rules, for any human or electronic error, including but not limited to the administration of this Event or Prizes, or for entries that are stolen, misdirected, garbled, delayed by computer transmissions, lost, late, damaged, or postage due.
Jacksonville Magazine and its partners are not responsible for any injuries or damages caused or claimed to be caused in the event and will not assume any liability. Jacksonville Magazine is not responsible for entries lost in the mail.
Note: Like all contest prizes, this wedding package is considered taxable income by the IRS. By accepting the prize, all taxes owed become the responsibility of the winning couple.
2012 Great Wedding Winners Sherry & Gill. The couple married in May of this year, and were treated to a honeymoon vacation at Hawk’s Cay in the Florida Keys.
2011 Great Wedding winners Katherine & Kevin. The couple married June 6, 2011, and were treated to a honeymoon vacation at the Boca Raton Resort & Club.
2010 Great Wedding winners Sareh and Zac. The couple wed June 14, 2010 and enjoyed a week’s honeymoon stay at the Casa Marina Resort in Key West.
2009 Great Wedding winners Nita and Ian. The two married June, 2009, and spent a week at the Ocean Club Resorts in the Turks & Caicos islands.