10 finalists in the running to win a free winter wedding in the New Forest

To celebrate their 1000th wedding, Balmer Lawn Hotel and Spa is offering one lucky couple a free winter wedding - vote now! 

Balmer Lawn 505 - credit - Ann Aveyard Ten couples are within touching distance of winning their dream winter wedding having shared their stories behind their most meaningful love songs, following an inundation of entries from across the UK to win a national competition.

The four star Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa, nestled in the heart of the ancient New Forest, is offering one lucky couple a free winter wedding to celebrate the venue’s 1,000th wedding – provided they get the backing of the public, having been shortlisted amongst the top ten.

Some of the back stories of those who’ve entered include:

  • A shared first kiss at five that was rekindled 36 years later when the two finally got together as a couple
  • A couple whose romance epitomises winter, having met when switching on Epsom’s Christmas lights
  • A Danny & Sandy relationship in a school production of Grease that never stopped
  • A romantic proposal that re-enacted the work colleague turned lovers’ first date rock climbing
  • A DJ who is hoping to celebrate the tenth anniversary with his better half by finally tying the knot

Balmer Lawn 512 photo credit - Ann Aveyard Vote now! 

A voting system will now determine the competition’s final trio and members of the public can read about each couple’s backstory – and their favourite love songs – as well as vote for their preferred choice here: https://www.balmerlawncomps.com/winterwedding/

1000 magical weddings at the Balmer Lawn, iconic New Forest hotel

Located at the edge of Brockenhurst, the iconic Balmer Lawn hotel's tasteful blend of contemporary and traditional décor ensures the perfect combination of old-fashioned values with a modern twist - it is a truely magical and luxurious setting for a wedding. Add to that the award-winning service provided by the friendly and professional staff throughout the hotel (the Balmer Lawn team scooped two major awards at the recent New Forest Brilliance in Business awards, including Business of the Year!) and there's little wonder that the hotel's competition has drawn so much interest nationally!

Balmer Lawn front 600x400Michael Clitheroe, General Manager at the Balmer Lawn, said: “Winter in the New Forest is a spectacular time of year. With ice encrusted trees and swathes of frost covered grass, it turns into a magical winter wonderland – the perfect setting for a winter wedding.

He continued: “We wanted to offer up a free wedding to celebrate our 1,000th, but we also wanted to ensure whoever won it was suitably deserving. Having heard a little bit about each couple, we’re now sharing the best entries with the public to help us make a final decision.”

The hotel invited couples to use 1,000 characters to outline why they should win, a bit of their back story and their favourite song as a couple (along with the meaning behind it) to help present their case. Extra points were awarded to those who submitted a Marryoke effort as part of their entry!

Balmer Lawn 599 photo credit - Ann Aveyard Once the public have had their say as to who should be top three, the winner with the most votes (along with second and third) will be announced.

Michael concluded: “We’re really excited about giving away a wedding and can’t wait to see who ends up as the eventual winner! It will be interesting to see who catches the eye of the public, and we’d like to wish all of the finalists the best of luck.”

The voting closes at midnight on Friday 24th January, before the lucky winners are announced on the week commencing Monday 27th January. For the couples who come second and third they also win a prize – a £1,000 discount off their wedding at Balmer Lawn Hotel if they were to book with the hotel this year.

For more information on Balmer Lawn Hotel & Spa, please visit https://www.balmerlawnhotel.com/

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