Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway 2012!!!!


  We are so happy to announce the return of our Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway!!!! We are doing things a little differently this year but we are looking forward to an even bigger and better contest.

This year our brides will have the option to choose between two wedding themes.  A super fun and cute Alice In Wonderland Theme, and an elegant and beautiful Parisian Theme. Check out our inspiration boards below to get a feel for the themes!

So how do you enter?  Very easy! Tell us your love story in 400 words or less.  You can include anything you would like to about how you met, how you were proposed to (or how you proposed) , and anything else relevant as to why you should win the Ultimate Wedding Giveaway.  Only one entry per couple, and the entry must be written by one of the contestants only.  You must also include both contestants names, phone number, mailing address and email addresses in the entry email.   Email your stories to  Stories must be submitted by March 26th 2012.  No entries will be accepted aftter 12a on 3-26-12.  The top 10 finalists will be notified via email by April 1, 2012.  All top 10 stories will be posted on the Wedding Giveaway Page on the Crystal Occasions website to be voted on by the public to determine our top 3 finalists.  The finalists will be notified on May 1st 2012.  Here’s the fun part:  Our top 3 finalists will compete in a Bridal Bowl on May 20th 2012 to determine the winner of the Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway.   The winner will be announced at the end of the day on 5-20-12. 

For more info including participating vendors and services provided, visit our wedding give away page  on our website.

Other Rules:

Wedding date: 9-30-12 6pm to 10pm

The winning couple will have to sign a contract and agree to all the terms and conditions laid out before them. If for any reason they choose not to agree to the contract, they will forfeit their win and our second place couple will have the option to claim the wedding.

Guest count is limited to 75 guests. The couple will be billed for each additional guest over 75 and count may not exceed 125.

The winners can only use vendors participating in the giveaway. No additional vendors may be used.

The winning couple will be responsible for paying for certain items not covered by the giveaway. The couple will be notified of the items they will be responsible for and have until May 25th to forfeit their win.

A $500 security deposit will be collected by McMurtrie Farms. It is refundable after the wedding date.

No changes or substitutions can be made with out the approval of Crystal Occasions.

If you have any questions, please contact us at

Another Award For Crystal Occasions!

Crystal Occasions is now WeddingWire Rated for 2011

Cedar Park, Tx – July 8, 2011 – WeddingWire, the nation’s leading wedding technology company, is pleased to announce that Crystal Occasions is WeddingWire Rated 2011 for Wedding and Event Planning. WeddingWire Rated is an annual award program that distinguishes wedding vendors across the country for their excellence. Based on hundreds of thousands of recent wedding reviews, WeddingWire Rated is the most recognized and trusted brand among engaged couples looking to find the best local businesses for their wedding. 

Crystal Occasions has twenty reviews on WeddingWire. Reviews by our newlywed clients include detailed ratings and insightful descriptions about their experiences working with our business and staff. Our reviews provide transparency for potential clients, assisting them in making the most informed decisions for their big day.

“We are delighted to unveil the 5th annual WeddingWire Rated program,” said Timothy Chi, CEO, WeddingWire, Inc. “Crystal Occasions has made a commitment to capturing their clients experiences on the nation’s leading wedding review site.”

As the largest site for wedding reviews, WeddingWire empowers engaged couples with the most comprehensive and trusted review system available. The WeddingWire Rated program provides Crystal Occasions with a simple platform to capture customer feedback from their wedding planning experience. Newly engaged couples can easily access all of the reviews for Crystal Occasions on We would like to thank our newlyweds for our WeddingWire Rated 2011 recognition.


To story number 2 that is! Trey and Alyssa are the winners of our first annual Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway.   Ofcourse we couldn’t let our other two finalists walk away empty-handed.  With such great stories and videos, it was so hard for our judges to choose, making it a close call.  So we surprised them with a little package of discounts and specials for them to use on their big day.  Trey and Alyssa were so happy to win and I look forward to working with them to plan their ultimate wedding.


We just can’t wait until tomorrow! We get to reveal who the winner is of our first annual Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway!  Take a look at what they get!!!

McMurtrie Farms-
Pecan Pavillion and gazebo for reception, The Meadows for ceremony, The Lodge for overnight accomodations, tables and chairs
Crystal Occasions-
Design and decor, coordination, 75 printable invitations, centerpieces, set up and take down

Ed Kelley Photography-
Coverage of ceremony and reception, engagement session, and a cd of all images.

Texas Party Rental-
Tablecloths, overlays, runners

Erin’s Custom Cakes-
Brides cake , certain flavors to choose from, buttercream icing

Crazy Cakes-
Grooms cake

Cedar Park Florist-
Bridal bouquet and grooms boutannier

Austin Wedding Chaplains, Larry Todd-
Chaplain Larry Todd to Officiate wedding

IES Lighting-
Uplighting package (8 lights)

Kennys Coffee and Catering-
Catering package

Beauty On the Go-
Hair and Makeup for bride

Angelic Strings-
Ceremony music

1st Class Entertainment-
DJ for reception

Seeking Sitters-
babysitting hours and membership

Visual Lyrics- centerpieces for the reception

Hudsons Jewelery- Jewelery for the bride to borrow on the big day

Fun Fun Foto-  Photo booth for the guests to enjoy with a cd of images for the couple

Wow! This lucky couples wedding is valued at more than 30k!

Play Nice- (votes / comments)

First of all, I just want to thank everyone for taking the time to read all of these amazing stories and voting for your favorite! With that said, We have received several votes that have been “mean spirited” .  We will not count or post any comments / votes that are in any way derogatory, or negative towards any contestant, and there have been some directed towards each one of our finalists.  We will not let this contest become a place for anyone to air their childish grievances.  If you would like to vote, then do so with out negativity.  This contest is is about love, and we will not allow anyone to turn it into something ugly.  So as I am sure you heard growing up- if you can’t say anything nice, then don’t say anything at all.

Crystal Occasions Ultimate Wedding Giveaway- Top 3 Finalist announced!

   Thank you so much to all of our brides, grooms, and family members who participated in our giveaway.  A special thanks to all of our vendors and judges as well. With out all of your generous contributions none of this would be possible.  It was so hard to choose the top three! There were so many great entries submitted, but of course, there can only be one winner : )

   Below are the top 3 finalist stories, in no particular order.  Congratulations to all of our finalists! You will be contacted individually to be given the news and instructions for the next step- because winning a free wedding isn’t easy : )

Story 1-

I am entering this as a groom for my bride to be. She is an amazing woman and absolutely deserves the wedding of her dreams. Rachel and I have been together now for 4 years and she has stayed with me through thick and thin. There is no person who is as caring, funny, giving and beautiful both inside and out as her. I finally got the nerve to pop the question this past Christmas morning and was ridiculously nervous. It’s funny she can still do that to me. Christmas is my favorite holiday so even though it was my day to get up with the dog, I knew she would jump up so I wouldn’t have to as a little gift to me. Although it didn’t go exactly as planned, I had waiting on the dog kennel a ring which once belonged to her late grandmother ready to slide on her finger.  When the puppy started whining for us to get up, she jumped up and got into the shower. Stunned, I had to just wait and be patient for her to come out of the bathroom. I grabbed my santa hat and layed in bed and acted like I was asleep. When she came out and grabbed the kennel she saw a note and the ring box sitting and thought at first it was a gift to the dog until I popped up and dropped on one knee as she was opening the box. She was flabbergasted and began crying before the words even came out of my mouth. I told her that I had been waiting for the perfect moment and there was no better gift she could give me than to be my wife. She yelled of course and immediately started calling all her family and friends!It was truly a magical Christmas morning!

Rachel and I met at work in Bee Cave and have moved together across country to Montana and Idaho. We ended up back here in Austin and have opened a business. Starting a food business can put a strain on finances and bring your spirits down when planning a wedding so this would really be the ultimate wedding for us both. Thank you for your consideration!

Story 2-

The Best Damn Love Story Ever

Alyssa and I met one day in an english class while attending Round Rock High School.I looked at her and remember thinking she was the most beautiful girl I had ever seen. It was by complete luck that she would happen

 to be one of my good friends cousins, Score! Needless to say we became an item just a few weeks later. About a year went by when we were hit with the shocking news that we were going to be parents. So there we were, young and

 scared not knowing what the future held for us. We knew no matter what everyone else said that if we loved each other, we had a shot.

Dominic was born on Dec. 8, 2004. Alot changed for the two of us. I was a greenhorn at a paint and body shop, and she was a new and blossoming mother.We were again hit with some unexpected news, her dad michael had

cancer and  Passed in Oct. She was going through alot and i knew that she needed me and Dominic to be strong for her. To make things even more unbelievable her older brother and best friend Ryan passed away unexpectedly about three

weeks later. We were devastated by their losses.

That next christmas,I hid a ring in an ornament on the tree, and told her i would be there forever. She willingly accepted and there we were, living on faith again.Its been about five years sence. In that five

years my job would turn into a career and our one child turned to two, Alyssa is an awesome mom and fiance. Even with the loss of her mom in dec 2010 she remains a strong woman for our family and deserves the best in the world.

I would have married her long ago, but i have been holding out for the day when i can give her the white wedding she has always dreamed of. Life has been crazy for us but were 7 years strong now, and think its time to seal the deal



Story 3-

Our Story:

Distance. Funny how it always tends to keep people apart. But that wasn’t always our case. This 8 year journey started right down the street…  when she moved into my neighborhood as a young teenager.

Come to think of it, that one block proved to be too distant. She said her parents disapproved of my age (I’m 3 years older), but we both knew my ethnicity played a major role in why I couldn’t visit her residence…much less date her. We agreed to meet halfway on a corner lot to talk. And that’s where our friendship really blossomed.

It became our regular meeting place. Even when we moved away for college; and further, still, to start our careers. Throughout the years, we’d return to our lot. Our haven.

Tears. Laughter. Advice. Stories. A few quick kisses when heart strings tugged harder than self-control. We turned that place into our own hiding spot. In plain sight. Many times the words were left unspoken. The comfortable silence and sideways glances would say it all.

Now young adults free from parental scorn, it was the negative pairing of “distance” and “relationship” which handcuffed us with doubt. Amor de lejos es amor de pendejos. That’s what I was told. Long distance relationships just don’t work.

And, yet, we continued to toe the line. Always aware of the “why”; always short of the “how”. We’d spend the following years in failed relationships, find solace in each other’s phone call, and continue on.

Then one day, she’d had enough. Enough mistreatment. Enough mistakes. Enough pretending friendship was where our buck stopped. She made the 450 mile leap of faith and with one kiss, sealed the deal.

A few years later, we returned to our spot for old times’ sake.

I dropped to one knee.

She cried and nodded her head.

And as I stood up, the distance forever faded away.

Although the final decision is up to our judges, feel free to comment and tell us which story number you would vote for. You never know, the judges may need a tie breaker!

Our winner will be announced on March 16th! Please follow their story as they begin their lives together with the Ultimate Wedding!

New Vendor For The Ultimate Wedding Give Away!

We are so happy to announce that Kenny’s Coffee and Catering will be participating in our Ultimate Wedding Give Away!  Don’t forget to sign up, nominations have already begun! Nominate yourself or a friend or family member to receive a free wedding at a fabulous venue with the best vendors!

Details at

Big News For One Very Lucky Bride!!!

We love to give back to our community and have some fun while doing it.  So we have partnered with some of our favorite vendors to make one brides dreams come true by creating “The Ultimate Wedding Give Away!”.  We want brides, their families and friends to submit their stories to us. We want your love stories, how you met, how you were proposed to, and friends and family can tell us why they think you deserve to win the ultimate wedding. Stories are being accepted via email starting January 15th- February 20, 2011.  Check our webpage for details!

Participating vendors include:

Crystal Occasions

McMurtrie Farms

Ed Kelley Photography

Texas Party Rental

Erin’s Custom Cakes

Cedar Park Florist

Chaplain Larry Todd

IES Lighting

Peace, Love, Nails Austin

More vendors are added every day!

We look forward to making this day spectacular for someone special!

The Exciting News Is Here!

We are proud to announce that we have partnered with McMurtrie Farms in offering our All Inclusive Packages to brides!  It’s a beautiful venue with so much space! It’s the perfect outdoor setting for your wedding. It’s one stop shopping for your wedding , and you can have months of stress lifted off your shoulders in a matter of hours.  Check it out at www.