Get Married Media Announces Voting Results for the First-Ever Official New Year's Eve Wedding in Times Square

Nearly 80,000 votes from GetMarried.com's audience selected the wedding details that will be part of the Wedding of the Year taking place live before a million revelers

Dec 20, 2010, 09:30 ET from Get Married Media

ATLANTA, Dec. 20, 2010 /PRNewswire/ -- Get Married Media, a national multi-media wedding planning and lifestyle resource, today announced the voting results of its online contest and campaign which puts one winning couple's nuptials—Marine Corps Reservists Bethany Phillips and Geoffrey Dubie—live in Times Square this New Year's Eve. By partnering with Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, the producers of the world famous New Year's Eve celebration, the ceremony will be witnessed by 1 million revelers in Times Square and seen by millions of viewers around the world on TV. Nearly 80,000 votes were tallied amongst the GetMarried.com audience to determine the details of this historic evening.

Sponsors of Get Married in Times Square, including Barcelo Hotels & Resorts, David's Bridal, Charm City Cakes, Hard Rock Cafe New York, Jean Yves Tuxedos, Timeless Designs, and Waterford Crystal, provided all the details on which the GetMarried.com audience voted: wedding gown, bridesmaid dresses, honeymoon, tableware, wedding cake, wedding bands, reception dinner and tuxedos.  The public also voted on exclusive Get Married invitations, as well as bridesmaid and groomsmen gifts from shop.getmarried.com.  To view images of all the winning details, watch a video of the selection process, and read more about the winning couple, visit www.GetMarried.com/Times-Square.

"The voting results have been as thrilling for our couple as it has been for our online audience and social following.  The options were exceptional and our bride and groom are so happy with what the GetMarried.com audience chose for them," said Stacie Francombe, Founder and Editor-in-Chief of Get Married Media.  "We are incredibly excited to share this special experience with Bethany and Geoffrey, our amazing partners and all of the millions of onlookers of Get Married in Times Square."

"We can't believe the big day is almost here – it has been quite the exciting journey! We are so pleased with all the amazing wedding details selected from Get Married's fans and couldn't be more grateful," said Bethany Philips, bride of Get Married in Times Square. "To be the first couple to marry as part of the New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square is beyond our wildest dreams."

From October 25 through mid-December, new wedding details from the many sponsors—along with image galleries and videos—were posted on www.GetMarried.com/times-square enabling Get Married's online audience to review three selections and cast their votes.  The highest number of votes ultimately determined the winning components for the extraordinary wedding ceremony in the heart of Times Square.  

Winning wedding details

Honeymoon by Barcelo Hotels & Resorts (www.barcelo.com): Bethany and Geoffrey will enjoy a 7-day/6-night stay in the all-new, luxury and all-inclusive Barcelo Bavaro Palace Deluxe in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. The honeymoon package includes a panoramic suite on the Club Premium level, which offers premium drinks, unlimited a la carte restaurant dining, and VIP treatment.  The couple will also enjoy a private romantic sunset cruise where they will watch for dolphins and witness the setting sun bathe the waters of beautiful Bavaro Beach.  

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Wedding gown: David's Bridal, the nation's leading and most trusted bridal authority, (www.davidsbridal.com) is adorning Bethany in an ivory charmeuse V-neck halter gown with beaded embroidered dropped waist, featuring a godet chapel train.

Bridesmaid dresses: David's Bridal is outfitting Bethany's bridesmaids in black strapless satin ball gowns with a pick-up skirt and a satin sash in Watermelon.

Reception menu: As one of the city's largest entertainment destinations, Hard Rock Cafe New York in the heart of Times Square is the perfect location for Bethany and Geoffrey's reception.  Amid the lights and excitement of Times Square, Bethany and Geoffrey's guests will dine on a fabulous meal of filet mignon.    

Tuxedos: Jean Yves Formalwear will outfit Geoffrey and his groomsmen in Steel Grey Twilight tuxedos made exclusively for Get Married in Times Square and will be available to the public March 2011.  The coats are a single breasted two-button notch collar with flat satin covered buttons, satin lapel with self edge, side vents, double satin besom pockets, satin trimmed breast pocket, and no sleeve buttons with telescopic sleeves. 

Wedding bands: Timeless Designs (www.timelessdesigns.com) is providing Bethany and Geoffrey with platinum wedding bands.  Bethany will enjoy the classic pave set band with migraine, while Geoffrey will don a classic octagon shape with beveled edge and brushed finish.

Tableware: Waterford Crystal (www.waterford.com) will set the reception table, provide champagne flutes for a special toast and gift the couple with a full set of wedding crystal and the Vera Wang Lace by Wedgwood china.  On December 27, the bride and groom will also help install the sparkling new Waterford Crystal triangles on the beautiful and iconic Times Square Ball.  Intricately designed with a new pattern to reflect "the year of love," the Ball will begin its descent on December 31 at 11:59 p.m., as millions of voices unite to count down the final seconds of the year.

Invitation: Bethany and Geoffrey's invited guests received the 'City Celebration' invitation—exclusive on shop.getmarried.com–a bright white, non-folding card with fuchsia firework bursts over a big city skyline in grey. Bethany and Geoffrey were able to choose their imprint color, up to two fonts and added sparkling rhinestones to the design.

Favors: As a "thank you"—and in the spirit of the holiday season—Bethany and Geoffrey will be giving their wedding guests a beaded snowflake ornament from shop.getmarried.com, crafted entirely by hand from a combination of clear and silver beads, complete with a white satin ribbon.

Bridesmaid gifts: Bethany is gifting her bridesmaids a monogrammed black and white polka dot Hanging Cosmetic Case from shop.getmarried.com, perfect to pack all their travel essentials, from make-up to jewels and everything in between.

Groomsman gifts: Geoffrey is gifting his groomsmen with a monogrammed, ultra versatile Deluxe Sports Duffle Bag from shop.getmarried.com that has all the features they'll need to stay organized for trips to the gym or a weekend getaway.  

On December 31, 2010, Get Married will capture Bethany and Geoffrey's wedding preparations and various wedding elements—the walk down the aisle, wedding vows, ring exchange, recessional, and reception. The wedding will be broadcast live for the world, as well as on the large LED screens around Times Square.  Immediately following the wedding, Get Married will host a reception for the couple's friends and family at Hard Rock Cafe New York in Times Square.  

About Get Married Media

Get Married Media is an information, entertainment and social network for the bridal community that reaches passionate brides during their wedding planning though a website (www.GetMarried.com), magazine (Get Married magazine) and unique videos. 

Get Married magazine (distribution 300,000) is the distinctive shopping and trend guide for the savvy bride, presenting the newest interactive technology and the latest trends in bridal shopping and style.  For more about Get Married magazine's Microsoft Tag, visit www.getmarried.com/magazinetag for step-by-step instructions, a free application download, a list of Tag-friendly phones, and a Tag to test on your device.   Get Married magazine and the online portal at www.GetMarried.com provide brides an interactive experience, including an online wedding shop offering wedding invitations, wedding favors, accessories and products as seen in the magazine, as well as a wedding blog, video segments from the show, articles, image galleries and wedding planning tools. 

About Times Square New Year's Eve

The Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment are the organizers of Times Square New Year's Eve. The Times Square Alliance works to improve and promote Times Square so that it retains the energy, edge and distinctiveness that have made it an icon of entertainment, culture and urban life.  Countdown Entertainment, which represents the owners of One Times Square, and the New Year's Eve Ball, is a marketing management and event production company specializing in the Times Square area.

About the sponsors of Get Married in Times Square

Barcelo Hotels & Resorts is among the world's top 25 largest hospitality and travel companies. The family owned, privately held company has been world-renowned for more than 75 years for its excellence in service and its innovation within the tourism industry.  The hotel company owns or manages more than 180 properties in 17 countries. Barcelo's hotels and resorts are found in key destinations and cities throughout Europe, North America, Africa, Latin America and the Caribbean. The company offers a large variety of hotels and resort types to accommodate all travelers, from budget-minded to upscale guests seeking luxurious accommodations.  Barcelo specializes in all-inclusive resorts that make vacation planning both convenient and affordable, offering one upfront, all-encompassing price.  www.barcelo.com

David's Bridal has more than 50 years of experience dressing women of all ages for life's special occasions and understands the importance of providing brides-to-be with a vast selection of exquisitely crafted bridal gowns and bridal party dresses. Known for outstanding value, fashionable designs and the ease of one-stop shopping, nearly 50% of all brides in the US choose to shop at one of David's over 300 stores located across the US and in Puerto Rico. Working with a knowledgeable bridal consultant, a customer can enjoy trying on a wide selection of gowns and dresses in her size with the added convenience that most styles are available to take home the same day. www.davidsbridal.com

Hard Rock International

With a total of 169 venues in 51 countries, including 133 cafes and 15 Hotels/Casinos, Hard Rock International is one of the world's most globally recognized brands. Beginning with an Eric Clapton guitar, Hard Rock owns the world's greatest collection of music memorabilia, which is displayed at its locations around the globe. Hard Rock is also known for its collectible fashion and music-related merchandise, Hard Rock Live performance venues and an award-winning website. In addition to the two flagship Seminole Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos in Tampa and Hollywood, Fla., Hard Rock Hotels/Casinos are located in Las Vegas, Biloxi, Orlando, Chicago, San Diego, Pattaya, Bali, Macau, Penang, Singapore and Punta Cana.  Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Panama, scheduled to open in 2012; and Hungary, Dubai and Abu Dhabi, scheduled to open in 2013.  Hard Rock International is owned by Seminole Hard Rock Entertainment, Inc. For further details on Hard Rock Hotels and Casinos, visit www.hardrockhotels.com.  For more information on Hard Rock International, visit www.hardrock.com.

Jean Yves is a specialized brand specific to formal wear. As an innovative tuxedo manufacturer based in Miami, Florida, Jean Yves' goal is to provide the end consumer with tuxedos that show off individual style, as well as provide a great fit. Visit www.jeanyvespreview.com to see what is hot for this coming season.

Timeless Designs is one of the top leading jewelry manufacturers and creates custom pieces, such as cad designs and remounts.  The family business has gained a reputation as the best when it comes to creating and executing perfection.  Its vintage inspired collections include an assortment of engagement rings, wedding bands, pendants and earrings, using platinum, gold and silver in pristine condition and an array of colored stones, sapphires and diamonds. www.timelessdesigns.com

Waterford Crystal designs, manufactures and markets an extensive range of crystal stemware, barware and giftware for people all over the world.  Craftsmanship, intricate design and an unrivalled dedication to quality have  been the guiding principles for over two hundred years, appointing Waterford as the finest and most recognized crystal makers in the world.   The company's commitment to creating prestigious products continues to evolve -- for gift giving, entertaining and home decorating, with classic designs than transcend time.  Visit www.waterford.com for more information.

For information, contact:

Rubenstein Communications for Get Married Media:

Gina Salese, gsalese@rubenstein.com  or 212-843-9334

Carolyn Nurnberg Spungin, cnurnberg@rubenstein.com or 212-843-9316


Get Married Media:

Becca Brett Leish, becca@getmarried.com, Director of Marketing and Communications



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