'Dream wedding' for lucky lovebirds

ANNA WILLIAMS
Last updated 15:23 23/04/2014
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A Marlborough couple could take a free walk down the aisle, thanks to a group of Marlborough businesses who have banded together to give one couple a dream wedding.

Marlborough wedding planner Alysha Hutchison, of Renwick, decided to help a couple tie the knot after watching Cadbury Dream Factory, a show about bringing the dreams of New Zealanders to life.

After two months of planning and asking businesses for help, the wedding is set to become a reality.

But first she needs a couple.

The couple must live in Marlborough and be considered "deserving" by Hutchison and a panel of judges.

"We want to give someone their dream, someone who has always wanted to get married but who might have had a rough time and just not managed it," she said.

People can write in or nominate a friend about why they deserved their dream wedding.

"I'm thinking we might have a few tear jerkers," Hutchison said.

"We want to get that story that just hits you, where you just know that's the one."

The wedding would take place this year at Giesen Sports and Events Centre in Renwick. Almost every aspect of the wedding had been covered, including a celebrant, hair and makeup for the bride, music, a photographer, wedding transport, and accommodation for the wedding night.

Outfits for the bridal party were proving a bit more tricky to come by, as were rings for the couple and food for the catering.

Hutchison had been a wedding and events planner for 18 months and said the average wedding cost between $15,000 and $25,000.

She loved seeing the transformation from a nervous, unsure bride to someone who knew exactly what they wanted.

"Everything comes together on the day," she said.

"You get to listen to the speeches, and you feel their emotions, even though you've only known them five minutes."

For more information on how to enter, visit their Facebook page 

Entries close at noon on May 14 and the winning couple will be notified in June.

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- The Marlborough Express

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