We're looking for Kent newlyweds who have said 'I do' this year. Any couples can enter the competition: it doesn't matter whether the event was large or small; modest or spectacular. Just click on 'I want to enter' link above to put your wedding forward. If you've been successful, we'll be in touch.
Here are our most recent shortlisted couples - vote for who you'd like to see go through to the final, which will be held in spring next year.
Voting for this round closes on 15 November 2013.
Meet the contenders
The finer details Couple: Alicia Dickinson and James Earls Date: 22nd March, 2013 Venue: The Grasshopper Inn, Westerham Theme: Superheroes
Memorable moments Alicia and James opted for a superhero-themed day all under one roof at The Grasshopper Inn. “After searching high and wide, we discovered the venue at a wedding fair and fell in love with it straightaway. Once we'd set a date, everything else fell into place. It was lovely to celebrate with our nearest and dearest and there was a real buzz from start to finish,” says Alicia.
A toast to true love “After the ceremony, the venue manager whisked James and I to a private room where a glass of champagne awaited us. It was great to have 10 minutes alone together as husband and wife,” Alicia recalls. “The speeches will also be fondly remembered. James' mum sadly passed away a while ago and when he and his brother gave special mentions to her there wasn't a dry eye in sight.”
The finer details Couple: Emily Bruning and Jonathan Muir Date: 30th March, 2013 Venues: St Andrew, Limpsfield Chart, followed by a reception at Chartwell, Westerham Colour scheme: Ivory and blue
Memorable moments “We got married at my local village church that I've attended all my life,” says Emily. “We had an intimate day surrounded by family and close friends. Jon's brothers did readings, his dad did the sermon and his mum made our wedding cake: it felt as though everyone had a role in celebrating with us.”
Let me entertain you “We hired a white London taxi to chauffeur us around, and now, whenever we see a London cab I always think of our first journey as husband and wife,” says Emily. “In the evening we had a mobile casino. Guests exchanged their fun money for chips and everyone played.”
The finer details Couple: Rebecca Haskins and Ross Hurley Date: 25th May, 2013 Venue: Bradbourne House, East Malling Colour scheme: Purple
Memorable moments “We fell in love with Bradbourne House as soon as we saw it,” says Rebecca. “Set in the heart of the countryside with a picturesque lake and historic features aplenty, we knew it was the one for us. I walked down the aisle in the Great Hall to Pachelbel's Canon in D performed by a local string trio, and afterwards we had prosecco and canapés on the lawn, followed by photographs.”
Touching times “For the first dance we picked Something Changed by Pulp, which was played by a group of our friends,” says Rebecca. “We chose this song as we met at a music festival where the band performed. It was great to have a live version as it took the pressure off everyone watching us.”
The finer details Couple: Vickie Allum and Matt Locker Date: 17th May, 2013 Venue: The Ferry House Inn, Sheerness Colour scheme: Yellow and navy
Memorable moments “In the evening Matt and I stood at the side of the dancefloor and thought to ourselves how special our big day had been,” recalls Vickie. “It was everything we dreamed of, from the Harlem Shake dance which even my grandma did to the photo booth.”
Surprise, surprise “During the reception Matt handed me a small silver box and said to me, 'I love you, enjoy'. When I opened it there was a car key in it for a Ford Kuga; something I had wanted for the past two years,” says Vickie.
The overall winners will not only claim the all-important Wedding of the Year title and a two-page feature in the magazine, they'll also win an indulgent two night stay at Brandshatch Hotel & Spa. The prize includes a bottle of champagne in the room on arrival, bed and breakfast in a master suite for two nights, dinner with a bottle of wine each evening, and full use of the spa with £200 to spend on treatments. Terms and conditions apply; dates are subject to availability.
Located in the idyllic village of Fawkham Green, Brandshatch Place Hotel & Spa is an elegant Georgian house set in 12 acres. The four-star hotel combines traditional features with modern luxuries and couples can choose from a range of rooms for their big day. The Oak Room and Boardroom are perfect for smaller weddings, while the Terrace Suite can seat a generous 110 guests and accommodate a further 70 evening revellers. Once the celebrations wind down, guests can retire to the 38 bedrooms and unwind in the luxurious spa the following day.