We're looking for Berkshire, Buckinghamshire and Oxfordshire newlyweds who have said 'I do' any time between October, 2012, and September, 2013. 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 20 December 2013.
Meet the contenders
The finer details Couple: Sophie Rowe and Jack Brunell Date: 17th August, 2013 Venues: The Parish Church of St Peter and St Andrew, Windsor, followed by a reception at The Chapel, Beaumont Estate, Windsor Colour scheme: Navy blue with pale pink and ivory
The day The couple chose to tie the knot at Jack's parents' parish church. “Reverend Mary is lovely and everyone made us feel very welcome,” says Sophie. Post-vows, they held their reception in The Chapel at Beaumont Estate and enjoyed a wedding breakfast of twice baked cheese soufflé to start, a lamb and mashed potato main followed by vanilla cheesecake with blackberry compote for dessert.
Memorable moments... “After our ceremony Jack and I went to The Long Walk in Windsor to have a few pictures taken – it was lovely to have some time alone,” says Sophie. “I enjoyed watching everyone arrive at the church and greeting them was fun too,” adds Jack. “I was nervous waiting for Sophie to walk down the aisle, which I didn't expect to feel.”
The finer details Couple: Camilla West and George Johnston Date: 13th July, 2013 Venues: Christ Church College, Oxford, followed by a reception at Oxford Town Hall, Oxford Theme: Pink with Venetian touches
The day George and Camilla celebrated with a Venetian-themed big day in homage to the city in which the groom proposed. “We wanted to incorporate some traditions from both sides of the family,” says Camilla. “I attended Christ Church College, Oxford, and my parents married there, so we decided the venue would be ideal for us. George also originates from Scotland so he wore a brightly coloured kilt and a bagpiper in full regalia led us from the ceremony to the reception.”
Memorable moments “All the stress of arranging the day disappeared when I saw Camilla. I tried not to make too much eye contact as she often cries at weddings and I didn't want her to well up too soon,” recalls George.
The finer details Couple: Sally Dennis and Ollie Whiteside Date: 5th May, 2013 Venue: Latimer Place, Chesham Colour scheme: Deep purple
The day Sally and Ollie decided to wed at Latimer Place in Chesham because of its history and phenomenal views. “The ceremony was set in the Library where a string quartet played to our guests,” Sally recalls. “The remainder of the day was spent on the lawns of Latimer Place with Pimm's, champagne, games and lots of laughter.”
Memorable moments... “The whole day was fantastic. The venue has beautiful vistas and the weather was gorgeous,” says Sally. “Our band was excellent and played old songs as well as new ones to accommodate all our guests.” The couple made guests laugh with their film-inspired table names including Meet the Fockers for the top table!
The finer details Couple: Debbie Rose and David Warren Date: 17th August, 2013 Venue: The Bull Hotel, Gerrards Cross Colour scheme: Blue
The day “The Bull Hotel accommodated all our needs on the big day. It has a lovely olde world atmosphere as well,” says Debbie. “We decided on a fun-packed theme for all ages to enjoy, including an I Spy camera competition, a magician and tables adorned with sweet trees, party poppers and bubbles.”
Memorable moments... “I was calm until I was waiting to walk down the aisle. Then the butterflies kicked in when I saw all the guests looking at me and the processional song At Last by Etta James started,” says Debbie.
The overall winners will not only claim the all-important Wedding of the Year title and a feature all about their big day in the magazine, they’ll also win a luxurious two-night stay at the The Oakley Court Hotel. The prize includes two nights' accommodation for two in a Riverview Deluxe room, dinner on the first night in its award-winning restaurant, breakfast and full use of the hotel’s leisure facilities.. Terms and conditions apply, dates are subject to availability.
The Oakley Court Hotel Standing on the banks of the River Thames at Windsor, The Oakley Court Hotel is surrounded by 37 acres of landscaped gardens which lead to a private jetty. Dating back to 1859, the hotel is steeped in history and boasts period features, such as ornate ceilings and stone carved windows, throughout.
The Dining Room at The Oakley Court Hotel serves modern British cuisine and uses locally sourced, seasonal ingredients. It was recently awarded two AA Rosettes in recognition of the high standards offered by head chef Michael Mealey and his team. The hotel has 118 en suite bedrooms, which are all decorated in a traditional country house style and feature typical Victorian sash windows. It also boasts an indoor swimming pool, gym, sauna and steam room, tennis courts, golf course and croquet lawn.
When it comes to saying ‘I do’, the venue offers a plethora of suites: the Library can host 20 guests, the riverside Conservatory has space for 40, the Westminster and Gloucester Suites can both cater for 120 loved ones, while the larger Windsor Suite can accommodate up to 170 guests as well as host seated dinners and evening receptions for up to 200 guests.