2016 is a leap year! To celebrate, Brides is looking for courageous and confident women to get engaged at one of the most exciting bridal events we have ever hosted!
We want to help you stage the most beautiful and fun marriage proposal to your partners - and the entire Brides team is on hand to take care of all the details. We'll arrange the luxurious five-star London hotel, professional hair by Michael Van Clarke's top London stylists and make-up from Lisa Potter-Dixon and her team from Benefit, your personal styling, mini manicures from Perfect 10, even the filming and photography to capture your engagement.
Plus, you'll get a free designer dress to propose in and anothergown to marry in (complete with accessories!), thanks to David's Bridal, who stock Vera Wang, Jenny Packham, Zac Posen and more. Top London stylists from Michael Van Clarke will also be giving each girl a voucher for a complimentary Wedding Hair Consultation and Blowdry.
All you have to do is get your partner there - and keep the biggest secret of all time!
One lucky couple will also win an exclusive 7-night honeymoon to La Plantation d'Albion in Mauritius with Club Med, worth over £5,000. Jetting off on this luxe all-inclusive adventure, all you need to decide is what to do first… Everything is covered - from over 60 sports activities to gourmet food, drinks and resort transfers. Now that's what we call a trip-of-a-lifetime!
You will arrive on the day (minus your partner; remember this is a surprise!) to enjoy a day of ultimate pampering and preparation with Brides. We are collaborating with David's Bridal, whose designer bridal collections include those from Vera Wang, Zac Posen and Oleg Cassini, to help you make this a night you both will never forget. Your partner will join you later, knowing nothing about what is about to happen. After you've popped the question, fabulous band The London Essentials will kick off the evening of celebrations as you sip on delicious cocktails.
How to enter
So, tell us why you want to make this proposal. What is your couple story? Why is now the absolute right time for you both? Please send a maximum of 300 words together with a recent photograph of you both to firstname.lastname@example.org telling us about yourselves (including where you live), how long you've been together, why neither of you has proposed just yet and why you'd like to be part of this magical event.
We will then select the lucky women who will join us for this one-off never-to-be-repeated event.
We will be hosting our proposal event in London on February 8th so you will both need to be available to attend. Remember your partner is not in on the surprise. If you are selected we will share our cover story with you so that you can get them there without raising any suspicions at all.
You will also need to be happy to be filmed and photographed in advance and on the night, and for this to be shared by Brides and David's Bridal across all our respective digital channels. All the lucky brides-to-be will also be photographed to appear in Brides magazine.
Club Med prize breakdown: * Two return economy flights from London to Mauritius * Seven nights at Club Med's La Plantation d'Albion in Mauritius on an all-inclusive basis which includes: resort transfers in Mauritius, accommodation, gourmet meals (including breakfast, lunch, dinner and snacks), all drinks (including beer, wine and spirits), over 60 sports (including land and watersports) and evening entertainment
Terms & Conditions:
Entry is restricted to persons aged 21 or older and resident in the UK or Republic of Ireland who are not employees of Condé Nast Publications Limited or in any way connected with the promotion. No employee, agent, subcontractor or director of Club Méditerranée, nor anyone connected with the competition, nor any member of such person's family, is eligible to enter. The organisers reserve the right to verify the eligibility to enter. The winner will be chosen at random from all eligible entries received by 1st February 2016. The winner will be announced at the event on 8th February 2016. The winner must claim their prize before 31st April 2016 and all travel must be taken by 1st May 2017, subject to availability. Blackout dates include: 25th March - 9th April, 1st - 8th May, 28th May - 4th June, 5th July - 31st August, 19th October - 4th November, 17th December 2016 - 2nd January 2017, 4th February - 5th March, 1st April - 1st May. The prizewinner will need to register at least two months before the departure date with their requested dates. Each registration is subject to a systematic study of availability of the holiday/tour and transportation at the resort, and to the dates requested by the winner. If the resort, the tour or the dates requested are not available, Club Méditerranée will make an offer to the winner, depending on availability, alternative services (date change for the same resort/tour or change of resort/tour on the same date or change of date and resort/tour or extension of the validity of the free voucher). The date of departure and the destination chosen are final and definitive when registration has been accepted by Club Méditerranée. No modifications to the date of departure and/or the destination by the winner will be accepted when the registration has been made and accepted. If the winner makes a cancellation, the holiday cannot be deferred and cannot be recouped. If, prior to the departure, Club Méditerranée simply cancels the winner's holiday/tour, for any reason as stipulated by the provisions of the general conditions of sale applicable to the holiday/tour concerned, the winner will be offered alternative services, unless circumstances of force majeure apply. Cancellation of the holiday and the alternative choices offered will be notified to the winner by Club Méditerranée by phone and/or any other means available to the Club. Cancellations do not entail any rights other than those already stipulated (alternative services), and no refunds of packages or compensation will be forthcoming after a cancellation. The prize cannot be transferred, exchanged for cash or used against another holiday, hotel or airline. All extra incidentals including spa treatments, laundry, premium beverages, excursions, ski equipment and some land/watersport activities that incur extra costs are not included and must be paid for directly by the prizewinner. Transfers to and from the UK departure point, gratuities and personal expenses are also not included. Prize is not valid in combination with any other offer or promotion. Travel insurance or any airport fees and taxes are not included in the prize. It is the responsibility of the individual passengers to ensure they have travel insurance cover, valid passports and necessary vaccinations prior to their journey. Visa applications for entry into countries requiring them for certain passport-holders must be obtained prior to travel. Once the flight tickets are issued, no changes can be made to the booking. The editor's decision is final and no correspondence will be entered into. The promotion will be governed by English Law.