Get Married Media To Host First-Ever Wedding With a Million Guests in New York's Times Square on New Year's Eve 2011

Engaged couples across the country invited to submit today until October 1st for a chance to "Get Married in Times Square"

Sep 13, 2010, 09:00 ET from Get Married Media

ATLANTA, Sept. 13 /PRNewswire/ -- Get Married Media, a national multi-media wedding planning and lifestyle resource, today announced that it will host the first wedding ever live in New York's Times Square during New Year's Eve 2011 by partnering with Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, producers of the world's most famous New Year's Eve celebration.  By submitting entries online at GetMarried.com now until October 1st, one lucky couple will have the chance of a lifetime opportunity; to win the wedding of their dreams, with the historic background of New Year's Eve in Times Square, while sharing planning details and nuptials along the way with the Get Married online audience.  The wedding will be witnessed by 1 million people in Times Square and seen by millions of viewers around the world.

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On New Year's Eve 2011 before the annual Ball Drop, Get Married will host and broadcast live a truly unique and spectacular wedding event—Get Married in Times Square—for one deserving couple selected on www.GetMarried.com/Times-Square.  As part of its mission to engage an interactive audience, Get Married will enable its online audience (www.GetMarried.com) to vote on key wedding elements provided by participating sponsors, including bridal gowns, bridesmaids gowns, tuxedos, wedding bands, wedding invitations and wedding cake.  Each wedding component will be part of a virtual gallery of images and videos on GetMarried.com, providing information about the details its audience votes on, with the highest number of votes ultimately determining the wedding details for this extraordinary wedding in Times Square.

“We are ecstatic about hosting the very first wedding in the epicenter of New Year’s Eve excitement—New York’s Times Square—and we are looking for one special couple who wants to experience a true wedding adventure,” said Stacie Francombe, founder and editor-in-chief of Get Married Media.  “Get Married promises the wedding of the decade and, with the iconic, vibrant and celebratory backdrop of Times Square, we welcome the opportunity to put one couple’s ‘I do’s’ in the limelight and in the hands of the passionate GetMarried.com audience.”

As the big day approaches, Get Married will fly the winning couple to New York City to meet with vendors, narrow their selection of wedding details, create webisodes showcasing voting options, and conduct media interviews about their unique wedding experience.  The day of the wedding, Get Married will videotape the couple's wedding preparations and various wedding elements—walk down the aisle, wedding vows, ring exchange, recessional—and by partnering with Times Square Alliance and Countdown Entertainment, co-producers of New Year's Eve in Times Square, will broadcast it 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.  

"As part of this year's global tradition of New Year's Eve in Times Square, we are thrilled to help bring together two exciting celebrations into one magical and romantic occasion, both for the happy couple and the viewing crowd," said Tim Tompkins, President, Times Square Alliance.  "With the flashing lights and the unmatched energy of the excited revelers, this will surely be one of the signature moments of the 2011 New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square."

"We are thrilled to partner with Get Married Media to celebrate the biggest event of the year," said Jeffrey Straus, President of Countdown Entertainment. "The first wedding ever on New Year's Eve in Times Square will be witnessed by the million revelers on site and broadcast across the globe via our TSTV pool feed and worldwide webcast."  

Now through October 1, 2010, Get Married is accepting applications from couples across the country who  have a great story to tell and also deserve this once in a lifetime opportunity.

For consideration, couples must read the eligibility criteria, application information as well as acknowledgements, consents and releases on www.GetMarried.com/Times-Square and their application must be legible, complete, and signed.  

Submission process

  • Log onto www.GetMarried.com/Times-Square
  • Review eligibility criteria, application, consent forms
  • Complete the entry form
  • Upload an image of you and your fiance
  • Upload a video of you and your fiance (optional)

About Get Married Media

Get Married Media is a national, integrated multi-media wedding planning resource that reaches passionate brides online (www.GetMarried.com) and in print (Get Married magazine) and through unique videos.  Get Married connects brides with local and national wedding vendors and experts through entertainment and news. 

Get Married magazine (distribution 300,000) is the distinctive shopping and trend guide for the savvy bride.  Moving beyond the traditional ways of delivering a bridal publication, Get Married magazine offers the newest interactive technology, the latest trends in bridal shopping and style, and a colorful, fresh voice in the wedding genre.  For more about Get Married magazine's Microsoft Tag, visit www.getmarried.com/magazinetag  for step-by-step instructions, including a free application download, a list of Tag-friendly phones, as well as an actual Tag to test on your mobile phone.  

Get Married magazine and the online portal at www.GetMarried.com offers 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 Hard Rock International


With a total of 169 venues in 52 countries, including 134 cafes and 14 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 and Singapore.  Additional hotel and casino projects have been announced in Punta Cana, scheduled to open in 2010; 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.



For information, contact:

Rubenstein Communications for Get Married Media:

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

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


Get Married Media:

Becca Brett Leish, becca@getmarried.com

Director of Marketing and Communications





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