Win A Wedding: The Final - last chance to vote

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Our happy couples have been shortlisted - the race is now on for YOU to make their wedding dreams come true.

Time is ticking down in our super Wedding of the Year competition and it’s your last chance to choose one of our lucky 13 finalists - and give them a prize package worth an estimated £10,000. Click on this link to read about the couples, who are in the running to become our winning bride and bridegroom. The couple that polls the most votes will win their dream wedding - so make sure you support your favourite and vote!

The winners of the Courier’s ‘Win A Wedding’ competition, in conjunction with The Venue at Barkisland, will be announced at The Venue’s Wedding Fayre, on Sunday February 3.

Our ‘Win A Wedding’ competition has been kindly supported by some fantastic local businesses, with each donating a prize that make up our amazing prize package.

Here’s what our lucky winning couple can look forward to and the companies who will make their dream wedding come to life.



Prize Package

* Wedding Reception for 75 day guests and 125 evening guests

* Civil wedding ceremony

* Welcome drink on arrival

* Three course meal followed by tea and coffee

* Glass of sparkling wine for the toast

* Evening hog roast buffet or similar

* DJ for the evening celebration

* White or black table linen and chair covers with coloured bows and table centres

* Room hire

Applies to all available Friday dates during 2013.

All our finalists will be invited to attend The Venue’s Wedding Fayre, for the announcement of the overall winning couple, where they will be able to see what our other amazing prize sponsors have to offer.


The annual Wedding Fayre will be held on Sunday 3rd February, from 12 noon until 4pm. A Wedding Co-ordinator will be there to discuss the planning for your wedding and answer any questions you may have about being married at The Venue. With a great selection of exhibitors for you to visit, your dream day will start to feel like a reality. As always, it’s free admission, with a complimentary light lunch for everyone attending.


You deserve everything it takes to create your fairytale wedding and The Venue will pull out all the stops to see that it happens. Whatever your style, whatever your budget, The Venue will have a package to suit your every need and whim. The Venue is a large, luxurious room that holds up to four hundred and fifty people and they cater for your perfect wedding day, civil ceremony, evening reception and even intimate wedding breakfasts. Set in idyllic hillside of Barkisland, the exterior of The Venue is picture perfect, creating memories in a snap shot. Inside and outside, create your work of art on our blank canvas with endless decorations and cuisine possibilities.

Visit: for more information on The Venue or find them on Facebook – search Venue Halifax.


Prize: A £400 voucher towards the couple’s wedding rings.

Diamond Bespoke offer bespoke wedding rings and diamond rings by appointment, designed especially for you.

* Wide choice of precious metals

* Personalised engraving

* Free design consultation and lots of professional advice on offer

* Your own individual designs created and crafted to the highest quality in Great Britain.

Visit or join them on Facebook – search Diamond Bespoke Rings.


Prize: A £500 voucher to spend on our Bridal or Menswear range.

Westgate Bridal Studio is so much more than just a bridal shop. You will find them conveniently situated at the heart of Halifax Town centre, in the award winning Westgate Arcade. Apart from their unique location, another reason to visit is that, without question, they really do care about you and your special day.

Their extensive collections of wedding dresses, men’s formal wear, bridesmaid dresses, prom dresses and accessories in one location will help to deliver your dream wedding.

Westgate Bridal Studio welcomes brides with a fuller figure - with an incredible choice of plus size wedding gowns they can help make your special day ‘extra’ special.

Stockists of: Cosmobella, Demetrios, Alfred Angelo, Amanda Wyatt, Forever Yours, Amelia, Impression Prom and Eternity.

NEW FOR 2013 – Fairytale Weddings & Modern Vintage by Alfred Angelo

PLUS END OF SEASON SALE NOW ON! Dresses from only £25!

Book your menswear before the end of January 2013 to pay 2012 prices!

To view our ranges and for more information visit


Prize: Wedding Photography Package, worth £500.00

He loves weddings, loves taking photos and loves the romance - put those together and you’ll probably find that he’s enjoying your day nearly as much as you are.

Howard Wilkinson’s aim is, as discreetly as possible, in a documentary reportage style, to capture the key people, the key moments (and the unplanned, where possible), together with little details which helped to make the day special, and produce an album through which you can re-live the day and enjoy the fullest of memories and treasure every moment. If he can show the emotion of the day in picture form then he counts that as having fulfilled the purpose of what he does.

He’s happy to discuss what you expect from the photographs, how much you want me to be involved in the day, and what style of album you prefer.

Please take a few minutes to take a look at some of the lovely comments and photographs, on Howard’s website from previous weddings.

Visit or join him on Facebook – search Howard Wilkinson Photography.


Prize: Hire of a Wedding car, for the ‘Special Day’

With a choice of Jaguar MkV, Rolls Royce Silver Cloud and Bentley Arnage Red Label – our wedding car hire package includes multiple trips over a 3 to 4 hour period, a uniformed chauffeur, colour coded ribbons, flowers, soft drinks, chocolates, Champagne in the Bridal car, separate locations for photos and a Champagne drive for the Bride and Groom.



Prize: A bridal beauty package worth £400

Because beauty is how you feel…at Saks, their aim is to give you a totally VIP beauty experience that will leave you feeling a million bucks!



Prize: Wedding day hair for the bride, including pre-day trial

Experienced bridal hairdressing service, at your home or hotel in Halifax and the local area. If preferred you can visit their friendly and relaxed professional salon, at Hipperholme, Halifax.

Most brides have chosen Charisma, on the recommendation of previous clients, who know they provide a relaxed and stress-free service on your very special day.

Visit: for more information on their services or join them on Facebook – search for Charisma Bridal Hairdressing.


Prize: Day & Evening Invitations, plus place cards for your ‘Special Day’

All stationery is handcrafted from scratch, so you can be sure you are receiving a truly unique design.

Amanda, prides herself on taking away as much stress as possible from the bride and groom by offering all invitations personalised to each guest complete with addressed envelopes. The bride and groom don’t even have to pick up a pen, all that’s requested is an email of your guest list.

In addition to weddings Amanda caters for civil partnerships, evening reception parties, destination weddings and ceremonies abroad! Also now available are handmade stationery for other occasions including christenings and naming ceremonies, anniversaries and birthdays, etc.

Visit: for more information on Amanda’s variety of stationery, or join us on Facebook – search Ti Amo Wedding & Events.


Prize: Hire of the Royal Mail Post Box & Hire of 2 Bay Trees or 75 Favour bags containing ‘love heart sweets’

Specialising in Chair Covers, Sashes and Venue Dressing, along with other decorations and alternatives, including Post Boxes, Bay Trees & Lanterns.

Based in Yorkshire they cover weddings throughout the region and even further, so whether you’re planning a small intimate wedding on a limited budget, or a large grand event, they’ll make it happen.

Visit: or join us on Facebook – search for The Enchanted Wood Weddings.