Tying the Knot in a Meaningful and Memorable Way (Without Losing Our Savings or Sanity)

Monday, November 3, 2008

DISCLAIMER: A Word About Contests

One new direction I would like to go with this blog is the inclusion of more contests.

Frankly, I find contests to be fun (maybe it's my competitive streak or maybe it's my miserliness?). Free stuff excites me. What can I say?

I apologize in advance to those of you who find blog contests more distracting than fun.

Sometimes I will be offering the prize myself and other times external vendors will be offering the prize. I want to state for the record that this is a not-for-profit blog. It only costs $7 a year for me to run http://2000dollarwedding.com (and that's only for the domain name--the actual blog is free from Blogger).

When I host a contest from an outside vendor, I'm not benefiting financially from the deal; I'm simply hosting the contest because it means you might get something you want for free. Sure the business is pimping their stuff, but we're under no obligation to buy it. It feels like a very symbiotic exchange to me.

For the record, I might not even like the product! But honestly, one of the things I learn every day from blogging about wedding stuff is that we're all different. We have different tastes and preferences. You get to decide for yourself whether to enter the contest or not.

At the end of the day, this blog is about planning a wedding that focuses on community, connection, commitment, and fun. We can make weddings meaningful and memorable with sincerity and heart rather than money and stuff.

I'm crossing my fingers that you'll enjoy the opportunity to enter more contests. Definitely leave your thoughts about the inclusion of more contests in the comment section: Yea or nay for more contests?

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V. Wetlaufer said...

I agree with you. Contests are fun!


Kaitlin Wainwright said...

Yay for more contests! Most definitely :)

AmyJean {Relentless Bride®} said...

I love contests! I'm having one right now actually too... come join :)

Catherine VandeVelde said...

Yes, yes, indeed!

Sarah said...

Yay, of course!

Anonymous said...

yea! contests are always fun :)

Anonymous said...

Always yea to the contests!

Angie Mae said...

Sounds good to me!!

Tyly said...


Contests (and free stuff!) are always good things!


Becca said...

I like the idea of contests (yay for free stuff!)... but with a caveat. Although you may not like the actual product itself (to each her/his own) I hope that you'll keep away from promoting items that go against the themes of your blog - that incredible weddings can be budget affairs and that they should focus on community, connection, joy and love. And sustainability.

I'm sure there are tons of giveaways that meet these parameters. However, this is one of the few completely commercial-free wedding sites I've found. I'd be thrilled for more DIY Book type contests. But favors? bridal clothing? fancy photography? I'm less inclined to support those sorts of contests, since I already have to look away on other blogs from pretty sparkly bridal porn and remind myself of my wants vs needs.

Just my two cents. I like free and I like this blog.

Anonymous said...

Yea for contests!

Unknown said...

yay to contests!

Kaitlin Wainwright said...

I definitely see Becca's point, but I think as long as the contests are kept to things are useful for a non-commercial, or budget wedding (such as the hairpins, which we reused), or where the context inspires people to talk about something from their wedding, then it just all goes back to sharing.

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