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Shropshire Petals run their popular photo competition several times throughout the year where couples send their confetti shot to be judged by a special team of confetti experts. Past winners have won confetti packages, afternoon tea hampers and even some delicious handmade truffles.

'One Love' Personalised Art from BSPOAK

Their new photo competition has just launched and you could be the lucky winner of an amazing personalised piece of English Oak artwork by BSPOAK Ltd called ‘One Love’. This stunning piece can be proudly displayed in your home to be enjoyed by all who read its cherished words.

Entering the competition is easy, simply like the Shropshire Petals Facebook page and upload your confetti shot.

'One Love' Personalised Art Detail from BSPOAK

If you are soon to be married and you would like to enter, here are some tips on how to get the perfect confetti shot:

  • Provide plenty of confetti to ensure your guests can throw a large handful over you to make your confetti really stand out.
  • Discuss how you want your confetti shot with your photographer before the big day.
  • Colour co-ordinate or contrast confetti with your bridesmaids dresses or wedding theme.
  • Make a confetti bar – let your guests choose their own confetti from a selection to make your confetti shot even more of a surprise.
  • Relax and enjoy, the confetti shot will be one of the only photos with you looking natural.

For more information about the competition, please visit

Brides the Show

The Wedding Community has teamed up with Brides The Show to offer you the chance to win a pair of tickets to the London Show.

Following the unprecedented success of their first ever show last autumn, Brides The Show is back and it’s even bigger! It will be a fully interactive show where you can immerse yourself in all things bridal – play with make-up looks, marvel at some of the most beautiful wedding gowns you will ever see, and create your own wedding day details in the Imagination Room.

Taking place on Saturday 22nd and Sunday 23rd March 2014 at Battersea Evolution, London, this is a show not to be missed.

How to Enter

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Battersea Evolution, Battersea Park, London, SW11 4NJ

Opening Times

Saturday 22nd March: 9am – 6pm

Sunday 23rd March: 9am – 6pm

25% off Tickets

If you are not selected as a winner, don’t worry, we have a special discount code for 25% off standard tickets. Simply add code WC25 at checkout.

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The Wedding Community has teamed up with The National Wedding Show to give away a pair of VIP tickets, and four pairs of standard tickets to each of the spring 2014 National Wedding Shows.

Plan the day of your dreams at the UK’s biggest wedding show this spring. With over 250 wedding experts specialising in everything from show stopping flowers to charming photography, striking stationery to unforgettable entertainment, and unique venue décor to delicious cakes and dream honeymoons, you are sure to find everything you need to plan your big day at The National Wedding Show.

The winners of the VIP tickets will have a luxury experience which includes fast track entrance, reserved seating at the catwalk show, unlimited access to the stylish VIP Lounge, a complimentary glass of bubbly and an exclusive box full of luxe beauty products to pamper yourself in the build up to your big day.

How to Enter

This competition has now closed.

To be in with a chance of winning either a pair of VIP tickets or one of four pairs of standard tickets to the show of your choice, simply…

  • Email
  • In the subject field of your email put the show you wish to attend, followed by NWS e.g. Birmingham NWS, London NWS, or Manchester NWS
  • Include your full name, postal address and which date you wish to visit (dates shown below) in your email

The first name drawn for each show will win a pair of VIP tickets, with the next four names drawn each receiving a pair of standard tickets. The winners will be notified via the email address used to enter the competition.

Show Details

London, 21st – 23rd February 2014

Venue: London Olympia, Hammersmith Road, Kensington, London W14 8UX

Opening/Closing Times: Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm

Show website

Birmingham, 28th February – 2nd March 2014

Venue: NEC, Birmingham, B40 1NT

Opening/Closing Times: Friday 10am – 5pm, Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm

Show website

Manchester, 15th – 16th March 2014

Venue: Manchester Central, Windmill St, Manchester M2 3GX

Opening/Closing Times: Saturday 10am – 6pm, Sunday 10am – 5pm

Show website

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London ExCel Wedding Show

The London ExCeL Wedding Show is the perfect day out for any bride and her bridal party, and next year it’s celebrating its 10th year.

To celebrate, we’re offering you the chance to win one of two pairs of tickets to the show, on either Saturday 11th January or Sunday 12th January 2014.

The London ExCeL Wedding Show will showcase hundreds of products and services, including beautiful bridal dresses, bridesmaid dresses, venues, classic car hire, honeymoon destinations, stationers, florists, tiaras, hair and beauty products and lots, lots more, meaning that this show is a not-to-be-missed day out for anybody who is planning a wedding.

The show will also feature catwalks showcasing the latest bridal wear, occasion wear, groomswear and mother of the bride dresses throughout the day. The catwalk also plays centre stage to a host of professional entertainers, singers and musicians, who will be entertaining the crowds. After a fabulous day of shopping brides and their wedding party will have the chance to relax and unwind with a glass of bubbly in the show’s Champagne bar.

New for 2014 is the Experts Theatre, where wedding experts including wedding planners, designers and hair and beauty specialists will be on hand to offer inspiration, ideas and advice on all aspects of wedding planning.

How to Enter

To enter our competition to win a pair of tickets to the show, simply email with ‘London Wedding Show’ in the subject. Please add your full name and postal address in the message.

This prize draw will close on Monday 6th January at 12noon and the winners will be contacted via the email address they enter with.

Good luck everyone!

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We’ve teamed up with Shropshire Petals to give you the chance to win an incredible confetti package for your wedding.

Shropshire Petals grow biodegradable natural petal confetti, wheat sheaves and dried flowers, all handpicked from their farm set in the rolling fields of Shropshire. They’ve put together an amazing package, worth more than £270, and you could win it for your wedding. The prize includes…

3 Shropshire Boxes with your unique choice of Pick & Mix Confetti Petals and Cones

Shropshire Box with Blue Confetti Cones with Something Blue Confetti


2 litres of Larger Confetti Petals (for your tables)

Cerise Petals


1 Flower Girl Basket with 2 litres of your unique choice of Pick & Mix Confetti Petals

Flower Girl Basket with Something Blue Confetti


3 Lavender Wheat Sheaves (for bridesmaid bouquets or table decorations)

Wheat Sheaf with Lavender


1 Cream Rose and Lavender Wheat Sheaf (for bride’s bouquet or table decorations)

Cream Rose and Lavender Wheat Sheaf


2 Lavender Bunches (for napkin decorations, favours, decorations)

Lavender Bunch


To enter the competition, simply register to join The Wedding Community for free. If you are already a member you can enter by sending your full name to with the subject ‘Confetti Competition’ (please note that email entries will only be valid if you are a member of The Wedding Community).

Full competition details and terms and conditions can be found at

Good luck!

Bride and groom in wedding car

Last year, we ran a competition to win an amazing wedding dress from No.9 Bridal Couture. Our lucky winner was Hannah Barnecut who got married in July this year. Hannah chose the stunning No.9 Bridal Couture dress ‘Olivia’, and we are sure you will agree she looked amazing.

What I felt when I won the competition…

When The Wedding Community told me I had won, I couldn’t believe it! I’m never that lucky, this sort of thing never happens to me, and I couldn’t stop smiling. I was not going to spend much on my wedding dress, so when I found out I had won one I was so happy and excited.

Bride wearing Olivia wedding dress from No.9 Bridal Couture Bride wearing Olivia wedding dress from No.9 Bridal Couture

Why I chose the dress Olivia…

I looked through all the dresses in the No.9 Bridal Couture collection and Olivia stood out; I’ve never seen a dress like it and thought it was lovely. I thought it would look good on me and it was different to all the other dresses I have looked at.

Bride wearing Olivia wedding dress from No.9 Bridal Couture

How I felt when I put the dress on for the first time…

When I first put the dress on I felt amazing and couldn’t stop smiling; I knew straight away it was the dress for me. I didn’t want to take the dress off and I couldn’t believe how much it suited me.

Bride wearing Olivia wedding dress from No.9 Bridal Couture Detail on back of Olivia wedding dress from No.9 Bridal Couture

Additions to the dress…

When I went to try the dress on, Linda from No.9 Bridal Couture suggested having a petticoat built in to the dress to make it bigger, and she also made a matching veil for me which was really long and pretty.

Bride and groom Bride and groom

What I felt like when I walked down the aisle…

I felt like the luckiest girl in the world. It brought a tear to my eye, and I felt amazing. My husband also had tears in his eyes when he saw me.

Bride and groom

Our thanks go to No.9 Bridal Couture for providing this amazing prize.

Images © Neumanngraham Photographers

The National Wedding Show Autumn 2013 Dates

The Wedding Community has teamed up with The National Wedding Show to offer five lucky readers and their ‘plus one’ the chance to attend the year’s most prestigious wedding event, absolutely free!

We have one pair of VIP tickets and four pairs of standard tickets to give away to the Autumn 2013 National Wedding Show.

How to Enter


To be in with a chance of winning these fabulous tickets, send an email with the title ‘Win NWS Tickets’ to, with your name, address, which show you’d like to attend (London or Birmingham) and the day you wish to visit (Friday or Sunday)*. The first name drawn will win a pair of VIP tickets, with the four following names drawn all receiving a pair of standard tickets.

*Tickets are valid on Friday or Sunday only and are limited to one pair per winner.

The Shows

27th – 29th September

London Earl’s Court, Warwick Road, London, SW5 9TA

4th – 6th October

Birmingham NEC, Hall 12, Birmingham, B40 1NT

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By now, you have probably all seen Mathew Oliver’s amazing 5 Reasons… videos (if not, check them out here). Well, Matthew has just posted his 100th video, and to celebrate, Matthew is offering you the chance to win his help with your wedding planning and on-the-day co-ordination.

Matthew gives details about this fabulous competition in this, the 100th video…

The Prize

Matthew’s on-the day service is worth £600, and includes:

  • A meeting or Skype call to go over all wedding plans
  • A wedding schedule of all wedding plans
  • Arrangement of all last minute details
  • Communicating with suppliers and venues just before the wedding
  • Co-ordinating with all suppliers and venues on the day
  • Co-ordinating all guests throughout the day
  • Arriving early or night before to set up all necessary items
  • Being on hand throughout the day to help you, your suppliers, guests and others feel comfortable and relaxed
  • Contingency plans and emergency kits if needed
  • A valuable and trustworthy service from Matthew Oliver

How to Enter

To enter all you need to do is email Matthew and tell him why he should help make your wedding day run perfectly with his on-the-day wedding planning service.

Please start your entry by saying…

Dear Mr Oliver,

I would like you to help me on my wedding day because…

You can write as many words as you need, and the crazier it is the more likely you will be picked!

You must also include the following before or after the text:

  • You and your partner’s names
  • Address
  • Telephone number
  • Email
  • Wedding date (or estimated date)
  • How many guests will be attending
  • Wedding location
  • General theme, inspiration

Send this to by 28th June 2013

Don’t worry about where you are based as Matthew is happy to go anywhere in the world*!

It doesn’t matter when you are getting married, this year, next year, or 2020; you will still have Matthew!

The competition will close on 28th June 2013, and the winner will be announced on 1st July 2013.

Good luck

*If you’re outside the UK you will be asked to pay for flights and accommodation, and depending on where you’re based in the UK you may need to pay travel expenses.

La Gartier Garter

We’ve teamed up with La Gartier to offer you the chance to win a gorgeous handmade garter for your wedding.

From hand-picked fabrics and vintage jewellery, to Swarovski crystal rhinestones and hand sewn initials, each La Gartier wedding garter is truly inspired. With quality, beauty and sophistication in mind, La Gartier garters are not just another wedding accessory – they are a statement.

The Prize

You could win your choice of wedding garter from these four beautiful designs…


Corrie Wedding Garter

This wedding garter is made out of an exquisite ivory double-faced satin ribbon and white crocheted antique lace. In the centre of this garter is a stunning rhinestone brooch.



Janice Wedding Garter

Ivory double-faced satin ribbon, ivory satin lace, satin bow and hanging silver locket that opens for you to add whatever your heart desires.



Lori Wedding Garter

This wedding garter is made out of an alternating rhinestone and pearl vintage inspired band. The back 1/2 is made of a soft ivory elastic. It is one of the most modern and glamorous wedding garters on the market.



Pierce Wedding Garter

Light Blue Dupioni Silk Ribbon, Centre Rhinestone and Pearl Brooch. Elegant and Stunning.


How to Enter

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The National Wedding Show Spring 2013 Header

The National Wedding Show has been working hard throughout the year to bring you a selection of 250 wedding experts and suppliers, enabling you to source all the products you need for your special day, all in one place. So whatever you are searching for and whatever your budget, The National Wedding Show has it covered: from bridal wear and grooms attire, to florists, venues, photographers, cake designers, jewellers, wedding planners and honeymoon destinations.

The Wedding Community has teamed up with The National Wedding Show to offer one lucky reader the chance to plan their big day in style by winning a pair of VIP tickets, worth £70, for either the London or Birmingham spring 2013 show.

London Kensington Olympia: 22nd – 24th February 2013

Birmingham NEC: 1st – 3rd March 2013

Included in the VIP Ticket offer…

  • VIP Glossy Box packed full of treats
  • Free glass of bubbly to make a toast to your future happiness
  • Relax away from the hustle and bustle of the show in the comfort of the exclusive VIP lounge
  • Benefit from reserved seating at the show stopping catwalk – ensuring you have the best seat in the house!*
  • Whisk yourself to the front of the queue through the fast track entrance – saving precious time to shop the show
  • PLUS all standard ticket benefits – full access to over 250 exhibitors and a host of live features

* Select your catwalk time when ordering your ticket – please retain your ticket stubb as proof of your catwalk reservation

How to Enter

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Terms and Conditions

  1. Competition open only to those over the age of 18
  2. Tickets are valid for one day only
  3. No cash alternative will be offered
  4. The competition is open between 14/01/2013 and 31/01/2013. The winner will be chosen at random after the closing date from the entries received
  5. No transport is included in this prize
  6. Once the location and date have been chosen, this cannot be amended
  7. The Wedding Community will contact the winner via the telephone number provided on entry. Should the winner not be obtainable within one week of being selected, The Wedding Community reserves the right to select a different winner
  8. The National Wedding Show will send the VIP tickets to the winner
  9. The information you provide will only be used for this competition
  10. The Wedding Community’s decision is final

For more information or to save money by booking advance tickets visit The National Wedding Show website, or call the ticket hotline on 0844 581 1404.