May 31, 2009 09:30 AM by Britteny Elrick
Thenew TNTreality tv series, Wedding Day, is going to give lucky couplestheir dream weddings by using the help of their friends and family. Wedding Day premieres June 16 and centers around helping couples who are experiencing tough financial times.
Unlike most wedding showswhich feature a dream wedding in Hawaii, mainland residents are not excluded from the contest. According to the press release:
Mark Burnett Productions and Dream Works Television have extended the casting deadline in the hope of finding an inspiring local couple or two whose nuptials will be covered on the show ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” and covered by the show, financially speaking. Local people have long been spurned by national companies whose contests offer grand-prize trips to Hawaii ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” which are great for everyone else ÃƒÂ¢Ã¢Â¬” or whose contests exclude residents of Hawaii, Alaska and Puerto Rico.
In this case, Hawaii residents are not only eligible, the production companies are urging kamaaina to take a shot and maybe get a free wedding. Hoards of mainland couples have told producers Hawaii is their dream wedding destination, said Charisse Simonian, casting director, but “we want to do more than one (wedding) there. We’d like to do one for a local couple, if not two.”
Hawaii was chosen because “you can’t beat it for location, it’s so beautiful and picturesque … and the Hawaii tourism (officials) and everybody there has just been so cooperative and so welcoming,” she said.The ideal couple or couples “really deserve an amazing wedding but cannot afford it in these tough economic times,” the casting announcement reads.
Casting officials want to hear from or about couples who had to downgrade or delay weddings due to job loss, injury, illness or deployment. They want to hear about couples who are so busy helping others they deserve to have someone help them out, the notice says. “We’d love to find just really good, inspirational stories from local couples … we’re hoping we can find some great people and do an amazing wedding,” Simonian said.
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