If you're a soldier living in Smyth County, Virginia you could win a free wedding.

A business in Marion Virginia is giving it away.   

There are some exceptions, though.   

You must be from or currently live in Smyth County.  

You have to be active or on reserve in the military, and you have to get married this year.  

The deadline to enter is May first.  

One lucky soldier will be selected.
For full contest rules and additional information, contact Ken Heath at (276) 783-4190 or kheath@marionva.org.

Prize includes "A Storybook Wedding for up to 100":
Custom invitations from A&B Printing of Marion

Wedding Ceremony and Reception at the General Francis Marion Hotel and Conference Center

Wedding and Groom's Cakes from Kelly's Cakes and Four Seasons Bakery

Photography by April Morgan

Wedding and Reception Sound and Music by Ken Heath's "Bow Tie" Pro Music and Sound

Wedding jewelry provided by Cornett Jewelers and by Sara's Jewelry

Bridal bouquet and flowers by Marion Flower Shop, Rosewood Florist, and Food City Floral

Honeymoon night stay at the General Francis Marion Hotel

Honeymoon vacation in Myrtle Beach provided by WZVA & WOLD

Groomsmen's gifts provided by War Horn Whisky/Appalachian Mountain Spirits


 1)  Bride or groom must be originally from Smyth County or currently living in Smyth County, and at least one MUST be active duty or reserve in any member of the US Armed Forces, including National Guard.

 2) Winner's wedding MUST take place in 2013 calendar year, and the date is subject to availability of venue and vendors.

 3)  HERE'S HOW TO ENTER:  Each entry must include a completed entry form, a recent 4 x 6 photograph, and YOUR love story - your essay telling us why you and your soldier should be chosen to win.

 4)  Our winner will receive our "Wedding for a Soldier" wedding package, which includes a storybook wedding and honeymoon night at the General Francis Marion Hotel, invitations, food, and reception for up to 100 people, bridal bouquet and flowers, groom's tux and groomsmen's gifts, honeymoon vacation in Myrtle Beach, and more!  (Prizes not redeemable for cash and are not transferrable).

 5)  Winner will be selected from submitted essays.  They will be judged by panel of participating sponsors, and the winner will be chosen based upon originality, creativity, and ability to tell YOUR love story to convince us that YOU should win.

 6) All essays, photographs, and entries become property of Marion Downtown and may be published in part or in all publications as part of this promotion.  By submitting your entry, you hereby agree to hold harmless all sponsors and to agree that your entry, likeness, name, and essay may be used in conjunction of the promotion of this event.

 7) Entry deadline is Wednesday, May 1st 2013.  All entries MUST be received by entry deadline to be considered.  Sponsors are not responsible for lost of misdirected entries.  Mail or deliver entries to "Marion Downtown", POB 1005, Marion VA 24354-1005.  Mark your package "WEDDING FOR A SOLDIER"