- 8 years ago
I won a ton of stuff for my wedding and have had a few friends/acquaintances ask “how I did it”.. I typed this up for them and thought I’d share it here too! I steered clear of expos and the like, have heard lots of scams there. Good luck!
I think there a couple ways you can find contests. If you’re worried about email clutter, you could create a new email account for entering/subscribing to blogs. If you really want to win something, I usually bookmark it and rename it the date of when the giveaway closes in order to check back the next day. Most people will email you if you won, but not all.
Twitter is.. interesting. If you don’t have an account, this is the #1 easiest way to find wedding contests. I would search, every night, for “wedding giveaway” “bride giveaway” “wedding contest” etc.
*Searched for wedding giveaway, http://twitter.com/#!/search/wedding%20giveaway
*Searched for bride giveaway, http://twitter.com/#!/search/bride%20giveaway
*Following http://twitter.com/#!/weddingcontests @weddingcontests
You could even just bookmark this page & look at it every night, tons of wedding giveaways
Subscribe to wedding blogs
There are a ton out there, http://www.projectwedding.com/
http://www.weddingbee.com/ (contests tab under ‘features’ at the top)
http://www.brendasweddingblog.com/ this blog usually ran a giveaway each week
http://twitter.com/#!/etsygiveaways they have a blog, lots of handmade giveaways, some wedding specific
If you’re looking for something specific, you can google for it. Also keep your eyes open for local contest. I won $500 in flowers from a valentine’s day contest in our local paper in Iowa. Ask friends to keep an eye out for local photographers, dress shops, etc. running promotions.
Most of all, enter! “Giveaways” that are typically smaller dollar usually run about a week. You can win bridesmaid gifts, accessories, etc. Subscribe to anything wedding you see or get your hands on. I won free invitations from a Martha Stewart online expo, just for being logged in and participating. Make sure you check your email (and spam!) and respond to winning notifications quickly so you can get your stuff!
Don’t get discouraged. Just enter, enter, enter as often as you can.