Getting married this year? Care to do it in Bermuda? Then check out this fantastic giveaway sponsored by the Bermuda Department of Tourism, the Knot and JetBlue. Ten lucky couples will win a destination wedding for ten—a five-night stay at one of ten participating hotels, airfare for you and eight guests on a private JetBlue charter flight and a dream wedding based upon one of ten island-inspired themes: Exotic Cave, Eco-Chic, Magical Sunset, Waves of Love, Moongate, Sunset and Pink Sand, Waterfront, Harborfront, Nostalgic Bermuda and Linked For Life. The catch? You’ve gotta say “I do” on October 10 (ten couples on 10/10/10, get it?). Details of how to enter will be released today on the Department of Tourism’s website, but early reports suggest that couples will be asked to submit a photo along with ten reasons they want to get married in Bermuda. And no, “because it’s free,” is not a good reason. A panel of judges will select the finalists then the winners will be chosen by the public—sort of like American Idol, Bermuda style. In the meantime don’t forget about a similar giveaway still going on at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess in cooperation with Destination Weddings & Honeymoons magazine. You have until May 31 to enter to win a dream wedding for 20 people. Here’s what’s up for grabs: A ceremony and reception at the Fairmont Hamilton Princess for up to 20 people (or $10,000); 10 double occupancy hotel guest rooms; 20 JetBlue airline tickets departing from New York's JFK or Boston Logan; and a $1,000 Saks Fifth Avenue gift card for a total retail value of $45,000. All you have to do is submit a brief essay (500 words max) about why you want to have your dream wedding in Bermuda. In contest parlance: “Tell us how the Fairmont Hamilton Princess is the perfect location to host your Ultimate Dream Destination wedding and what getting married in Bermuda means to you.” That’s it. All submissions must be received by May 31, 2010 and potential winners will be notified by email on or before June 15. So, what are you waiting for? That handsome couple in white could be you!
is a Bermuda-based travel writer and television correspondent. To read his work visit DavidLaHuta.com or to follow him on Twitter visit Twitter.com/DavidLaHuta. Visiting Bermuda? Read his story, 36 Hours in Bermuda, which appeared in the New York Times travel section in September 2009 (http://bit.ly/36HoursBermuda) and Jetsetter's The Many Faces of Bermuda, which ran in January 2011 (http://bit.ly/FacesOfBDA).