We're looking for South Wales newlyweds who have said 'I do' this year. Any couples can enter the competition: it doesn't matter whether the event was large or small; modest or spectacular. Just click on 'I want to enter' link above to put your wedding forward. If you've been successful, we'll be in touch.
Here are our most recent shortlisted couples - vote for who you'd like to see go through to the final, which will be held in spring next year.
Voting for this round closes on 28 January 2016.
Couple: Nia Jones and Kerry Henly
Date: 29th December, 2014
Venue: Cawdor Hotel, Llandeilo
Colour scheme: Red, silver and ivory
Married life: There are so many little things that are special, but I think after a busy year of wedding planning, it's been really nice to spend some quality time together with our furry four-legged son Macsen! We were so lucky to receive enough money as wedding gifts to buy a small touring caravan, and we have enjoyed a lovely summer relaxing as Mrs and Mrs.
First anniversary celebrations: We've booked to go back to our wedding venue for a candlelit meal and a night in the honeymoon suite. We just want a reminder of our amazing day, and a stay at the Cawdor is the closest we'll get!
Why they should win: As a same sex couple, we never imagined we'd get so many votes! People tend to think that a 'gay' wedding is going to be different – a big colourful affair – but our wedding was about two people who were in love who wanted to share this with family and friends. At the end of the day, as Kerry said in her speech, 'love is love – that's all that matters'.
Photography by Maria Farrelly
Couple: Fiona Davies and Keir McCumiskey
Date: 11th April, 2015
Venue: King Arthur Hotel, Reynoldston
Married life: Before we got married we just assumed that nothing much would actually change, but we both agree that getting married has altered our relationship for the better. We feel as if we're more of a unit, a little family if you like! Luckily, neither of us has experienced the dreaded post-wedding blues. If anything, we're still reflecting on the happy memories of our special day which we're absolutely convinced will never leave us!
First anniversary celebrations: With Fiona being a school teacher, we won't always be able to go away but next year the Easter holidays just happen to fall on our first anniversary so we're either planning on having a short break or we'll try and book into the hotel where we got married for a stay. It sounds cliché, but it'd be lovely to spend time together looking through our amazing wedding photos and watching our DVD!
Why they should win: Not only would it be great for us, but it would give each and every one of our amazing suppliers the recognition that they deserve too. From Fiona's handmade brooch bouquet, to the cake, feathered buttonhole, tea-length dress, purple suit and colourful bridesmaid dresses. If we won, it would be one of our greatest accomplishments.
Photography by Roz and Kirsty Photography
Couple: Claire Couldridge and Andrew Corbett
Date: 11th April, 2015
Venues: St Joseph's Penarth, followed by a reception at Fonmon Castle
Married life: The best thing for us is the sense of anticipation about what's ahead – planning the future and knowing that you'll be experiencing it every day with your best friend. Also, having the memories of the actual wedding itself – the day was better than anything we could have ever dreamed for and it'll always have a special place in our hearts.
First anniversary celebrations: We're going to keep it low key as we've recently moved house, so it's been a busy year for us. We plan to go for a walk along Penarth Pier, where we had some of our wedding pictures taken – we need to make sure we reimburse the ice cream seller who kindly donated one for our pictures! We'll then follow it up with a nice meal at home and a bottle of bubbly.
Why they should win: When planning our wedding, we took inspiration from seeing what other couples had chosen when they were getting married. In the same way we hope that by winning, we'll be able to share details of our own special day and help inspire others to have the best day of their lives.
Photography by Simon Gough Photography
Couple: Victoria Williams and Andrew Taylor
Date: 3rd May, 2015
Venues: St John's Church, Cefn Coed, followed by a reception at The New House Country Hotel, Cardiff
Theme: Summer fête
Married life: After being together for 11 years, for me it's the simple things like being called Mrs Taylor and knowing that Andrew will always be there when I need a hug.
First anniversary celebrations: We haven't made any plans yet, but we'll do something special. We'll probably go for a nice meal and I'll look back at our wedding album and video to reminisce about our day, wishing we could do it all over again!
Why they should win: To win would be such an honour and recognition of all the hard work we both put into the day to make every aspect personal to us, from the centrepieces and table names that Andrew personally cut the wood for, to the bunting, jam jars, seating plan and honey favours. It would also be such a wonderful tribute to all the people who made our day so special.
Photography by Martin Phillips
The overall winners will not only claim the all-important Wedding of the Year title and a feature all about their big day in the magazine, they’ll also win a deluxe two-night stay in a luxury executive room at The Vale Resort in Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan. The lucky couple will be able to enjoy breakfast and dinner on both days, a 55-minute spa treatment each or 18 holes of golf, as well as access to the hotel’s superb sports and leisure facilities. Please note terms and conditions apply, and dates are subject to availability.
Nestled in over 650 acres of stunning countryside, this four-star hotel offers plenty of wow factor. It boasts 143 bedrooms, two championship golf courses, Wales’ largest spa, an award winning restaurant and sporting facilities galore. Whether you want to kick back and relax or enjoy an active break, this venue caters for everyone. The resort’s AA Rosette award-winning Vale Grill specialises in using locally sourced, fresh produce in its ‘best of British’ inspired dishes. If you’re looking for a statement setting for your big day, The Vale Resort is licensed for civil ceremonies.
Choose to tie the knot in the picture-perfect Hensol Castle or one of the hotel’s function or banqueting suites, and for the ultimate arrival opt for a red-carpet entrance. If you say ‘I do’ to The Vale Resort, there’s perks aplenty, including complimentary accommodation for newlyweds and a free anniversary dinner to name a few.
To find out more call 01443 667 800 or visit www.vale-hotel.com.
The winners of our Wedding of the Year competition will also get the chance to win our National Wedding of the Year title and a fabulous grand prize of a three-night mini-moon at the award-winning Palais Namaskar in Marrakech, on a half board basis in a Pool Villa complete with return airport transfers – worth £3,000!
Nestled between the Atlas Mountains and the Djebilet Hills, the luxury hotel, which opened in April, 2012, as part of the Oetker Collection, is an idyllic resort of 41 suites, villas and palaces. Situated amidst Balinese-inspired gardens, with cascading water features and lakes, the spot boasts three restaurants, a stylish rooftop bar and an indulgent spa – just perfect for newlyweds. Visit www.palaisnamaskar.com
There will be 17 winning couples from all over the country, and they’ll all be eligible for the national title. Each wedding will be considered by a panel of editors, who’ll look at all the gorgeous little details, read about the most memorable moments of the day, sigh over the stunning photos and, in the end, select the couple they think deserve to be crowned as National Wedding of the Year winners.
All over the country, in 15 of our regional titles, couples entered our Wedding of the Year competitions in the hope that their big day will be voted best in the area, and the overall winner from each magazine was then entered into our nationwide contest.
A panel of editors considered everything about each day – the sweetest details, the stunning photos, the most fabulous stories – to decide who should win the National Wedding of the Year title for 2014.
So, it's with great excitement that we can reveal that the winners of the national title for 2014 are – drumroll please – Your East Anglian Wedding's Emma and Sam Sharples.
They tied the knot on the 12th April, 2014, at Dairy Barns, Hickling, and their gorgeous spring-themed and travel-inspired day was captured by Fuller Photography (www.fullerphotographyweddings.co.uk)
The winning couple will be jetting off on a two-night mini-moon at the five-star Chateau Saint-Martin & Spa, situated deep in the French Riviera between Nice and Cannes. Visit www.chateau-st-martin.com for more details.
Huge congratulations – and a big thank you for entering – to the couples who won the Wedding of the Year title in their regions and made it to the National final.
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