Dream Wedding Gone Sour

Posted: April 12, 2012 in Uncategorized
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Some of you are wondering how my friend Janice fared in her quest to win the $25,000 dream wedding.  (If you haven’t read the story, you can read it here.)  The $25, 000 Dream Wedding has turned into a $5,000 Nightmare Wedding.   Here’s what’s happening…My friend was leading in the vote count by a slim margin when suddenly another couple skyrocketed into first place by an incredible number of votes.  The newspaper determined that there had been some cheating and stopped the contest.  They threw out all the votes and started over, this time only allowing subscribers to the newspaper to vote.  That didn’t turn out well, so they stopped the contest a second time and started over, this time having the merchants supplying the wedding services being the judges.  Each couple had a twenty minute interview that would be the basis of their decision.

The judges’ decision was…. that they couldn’t decide.  Everyone would share the wedding.  There is to be a group ceremony with all five couples exchanging vows at the same time.  Each couple is limited to sixty guests.  The other details are still undecided.  Would there be five wedding cakes, or would they have to share that as well?  Do they all exchange vows simultaneously or do it couple by couple?   “Do you, (insert your own name here), take….” If couple by couple, who gets to go first?

All five couples remain in the wedding, too, because the newspaper can’t prove that the “winning” couple actually cheated.  Perhaps they had a well-intentioned friend who did it on their behalf but without their knowledge.  Would it be right to penalize the innocent couple?

So now it stand that if a couple drops out of the contest, the remaining couples get more of the prize.  And it turns out that even though the newspaper called it a $25,000 dream wedding, there was no money involved.  What you were actually getting was $25,000 in services from local vendors.  All the couples have to share the wedding site, the caterers, the photographer, and so on, all on the same day and at the same time.  So it will be a communal wedding of sorts.

Janice is still entered into it, just because of the principle of the thing.  At least for now.  September is a long way off, so it might change all over again.  She gave me a big hug to pass on to all of you who voted and re-blogged it on your site.

I’ll let you know if they decide to chuck it all and elope to Hawaii.


  1. Wow what a mess! It’s interesting to me that something with such great potential has to be ruined. It’s just sad really for all four couples. The 5th couple may not be to blame, at least not out right. But why would their “friend” consider that cheating, or stuffing the vote would be acceptable?

    I also am surprised by the newspaper. Was there not a way to verify votes from the get go as viable votes, therefor stopping any cheating from the get go. This just bugs me.
    That 5 couples have to share $25,000 worth of services is kind of cheeky. I vote that the paper take some of it’s annual profits and add some help for the wedding of their dreams.

  2. Louise says:

    Oh no, that’s such a shame. What a complete mess.

  3. judithatwood says:

    I vote for Hawaii! What a blankety blank blank this has turned out to be. I hope they decide to tell the paper to shove it up their butts — this is ridiculous.

  4. cobbies69 says:

    In boxing terms ‘ a bit below the belt’ I’d say.

  5. I opt for elopement!!! The way the contest has been handled leads me to wonder how the wedding would fare!!

  6. Kate Kresse says:

    Grrr a shared wedding? how insulting…..thanks for letting us know the status. what a mess.

  7. AlohaKarina says:

    Knowing what I know now…I’d chuck it all and elope to Hawaii. Spend the money there, focus on yourselves, and have a BBQ when you get home.

    Friends will celebrate with you regardless. Why go through the whole mess? 🙂

  8. Cathy G says:

    How disappointing…it all started with good intentions…what a lesson. I do wish them all the best after all that’s happened.

  9. Northern Narratives says:

    Wow, I think I would elope to Hawaii 🙂

  10. Patti Kuche says:

    Another one voting for eloping!

  11. fgassette says:

    What an absolute mess. The couples should have the options of takng $5,000 in service from which ever vendor they choose to cover their wedding whenever they choose to have it. The weddings may be small but since no money involved, only service, than that is only fair. Praying for all couples involved for a happy marriage regardless of how this turns out.


  12. Yes I agreee that is a BIG MESS… and how UNPROFESSIONAL of a local paper and all the vendors involved. A wedding should be the couples special day and not shared unless done so by choice. We had a very simple wedding where we did a lot of things ourselves and some friends and family helped… it wasn’t a $25 000 day, but we had fun. Your friends winning sounds like a nightmare and not a prize with so many unknowns. Can you imagine trying to make 5 brides happy and not to mention mother of the brides and mother in laws? Who picks the colours, cake flavour, cake style, food…. soon the $25 000 will be $5000 each? Shudder….

  13. Imelda says:

    I vote for Hawaii. Your friends are just being used by the advertisers and the newspaper or whoever for their publicity. Business first, before anyone’s convenience.
    5 weddings at the same time, one photographer, cost shared… yay! They will be lucky to have a photo of them taken. :-)) I am so cynical, I suppose.

  14. What a horrible way to plan a wedding. First everything’s on the up and up so someone get’s a fair shot and then you get stuck with a group wedding etc. Since the newspaper appears to be the brains behind the prize, I would think that organizer didn’t have enough experience OR the newspaper has never had a contest before.

    I feel for the couples involved—four out of the five.

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