Good Morning America's Epic Wedding Showdown - OFFICIAL RULES

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Bride and groom topper on a wedding cake.

You've decided to say "I do" … so how would you and your beloved like the chance to say it in front of millions of people on live TV?! Good Morning America's Epic Wedding Showdown will give one lucky couple an unforgettable Valentine's Day wedding ceremony, complete with a live performance by John Legend for the first dance. But it won't be easy! READ THE OFFICIAL RULES BELOW AND CLICK HERE TO ENTER .

NO PURCHASE NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN.

WHAT TO KNOW
  • Read the official rules and then enter for your chance to win a Valentine's Day wedding on "GMA"!

Contest sponsored by Good Morning America ("GMA") and American Broadcasting Companies, Inc. ("ABC"), (collectively, the "Sponsors").

Entrants, Finalists and Winners of "GMA'S EPIC WEDDING SHOWDOWN" Contest ("Contest") must be currently legal residents of the 48 contiguous United States or the District of Columbia, and 18 (eighteen) years old or older. If any person appearing in the Entry is under the age of majority in his/her state of residence, the parent or legal guardian is required to provide permission. Entrants must also currently be engaged to be married. Entrants and Finalists must be available to travel to New York City to compete in physical, skill-based and knowledge-based competitions on "Good Morning America" on or about February 4 – 8, 2014. Winner must be available to be legally married on "Good Morning America" on or about February 11 – 15, 2014. Familiarity with social media is helpful, but not required for entry.

The winning couple is responsible for procuring its own valid New York State marriage license prior to the wedding ceremony to be performed on "Good Morning America" on or about February 14, 2014. The fiance and fiancee must both appear in person to apply for the marriage license, and it must be procured at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the ceremony. For further information, please refer to this website:

http://www.cityclerk.nyc.gov/html/marriage/license.shtml#procedure

Any individuals (including but not limited to employees, consultants, independent contractors, and interns) who have, within the past six months, performed services for the Sponsors, any organizations responsible for sponsoring, fulfilling, administering, advertising or promoting the Contest or supplying the prizes, and their respective parent, subsidiary, affiliated and successor companies, and immediate family and household members of such individuals, are not eligible to enter or win. "Immediate family members" shall mean parents, step-parents, children, step-children, siblings, step-siblings, or spouses. "Household members" shall mean people who share the same residence at least three months a year.

Contest Entry:

"GMA'S EPIC WEDDING SHOWDOWN" Contest ("Contest") entry period begins 7:00 a.m. Eastern Time ("ET") on January 21, 2014 and ends at 3:00 p.m. ET on January 28, 2014 (the "Contest Period"). Sponsors' computer is the official clock for this Contest.

To enter, navigate the Internet to www.goodmorningamerica.com and click on the link for "GMA'S EPIC WEDDING SHOWDOWN" Contest which will take you to the Contest home page. There you will find instructions on the appropriate and acceptable file formats and sizes for submitting your entry electronically.

You must be a registered member of ABCNews.com or one of the WDIG Family of Sites to enter or you may become a member. Registration is free and only required once. Enter as follows:

a) If you are an existing ABCNews.com member, simply sign in on the Sweepstakes home page with your current member name and password.

b) If you are not an ABCNews.com member, you can register by clicking on the link located on the Sweepstakes home page. You will be asked to provide your first and last name, mailing address with zip code/postal code, phone number, e-mail address, gender, birthday, country, and to select a username and password.

You must submit an essay, no more than 300 words, on why you and your fiancé/fiancée want to compete on "Good Morning America" and if you win, why you and your fiancé/fiancée deserve the chance to be married on the show. You must also submit one (1) photo of yourself and your fiancé/fiancée. Limit one (1) Entry per person, per email address. Entries submitted from any person or email address in excess of the stated limitation will be void.

You warrant and represent that all of the Materials submitted by you are original to you (and not based on or derived from any other materials), that you own all necessary rights in and to the Materials which are fully transferable, and that you are not subject to any agreement which would interfere with your ability to enter into this Contest or grant all of the rights to be provided hereunder. Accordingly, you further warrant and represent that you have the right to enter into this agreement and grant the rights hereunder without the need for permission from or payment to any other party. In addition, you warrant and represent that the exercise of the rights set forth herein and in the Contest Rules by the Sponsors will not violate any third party rights and will not violate any contractual obligations or confidential relationships which you may have to or with any third party.

Any entries submitted with inappropriate or offensive content will be immediately disqualified. No entry may be submitted in any other contest or promotion.

Upon submission, you will see a thank you message on your screen indicating that you have successfully entered. You will not receive a further acknowledgement. Free internet access is available at most public libraries.

Incomplete entries will be disqualified. Proof of entering information at the Contest website or registration form is not considered proof of delivery to or receipt by Sponsors of such entry. Personal information collected in connection with this Contest will be used in accordance with ABC.com's privacy policy, available at http://corporate.disney.go.com/corporate/pp.html.

You may be asked to consent to receive promotional e-mails and reminders for upcoming ABC or other partners' promotions. Consenting to receive promotional or reminder e-mails is optional, does not have to be agreed to in order to be eligible to enter the Contest and does not improve your chances of winning. In the event you do consent to receive these e-mails, the use of such e-mails shall be subject to the privacy policy of ABC.com or the designated promotional partner, depending upon which promotions you consent to receive, and you may opt out of receiving these e-mails at any time. (For ABC.com's complete privacy policy, direct your Internet browser to http://corporate.disney.go.com/corporate/pp.html.)

Judging Procedure, Notification and Finalists Judging:

Eligible entries will be judged on the basis of why the Entrant and fiance/fiancée deserve to win a wedding on "Good Morning America", creativity, on-air appeal and originality. As part of the judging process, additional pre- interviews, photos and/or videos may be asked to be submitted and may be used during the judging process. Decisions of the judges are final as to all contest-related matters.

Upon satisfaction of all rules and conditions, Entrants and their fiancés/fiancées must respond to emails and phone calls from the Sponsors within twenty-four (24) hours of being contacted as of January 21, 2014. Entrants and their fiancés/fiancées must be willing to be subjected to background checks.

Based on the essays and the background checks, the judges will choose four (4) Finalists ("Finalists"). Finalists are considered to be the Entrant and fiance/fiancée. In the event of a tie, Entrants with the highest score in the judging category of why the Entrant and fiance/fiancée deserve to win a wedding on "Good Morning America" will be declared the Finalists. In the event that any of the Finalists is deemed ineligible, fails to comply with Contest procedures, or is not available to participate as specified, then the first runner-up and fiance/fiancée will be selected to participate as Finalist, time permitting. Sponsors reserve the right to terminate the contest at their discretion. Finalists will be notified on or about January 31, 2014.

The Finalists must be available to travel to New York City to compete on "Good Morning America" sometime between February 4 – 8, 2014. Finalists must also be available for one or more videotaped segments the broadcast may produce related to the Contest.

From on or about February 5 – 7, 2014, on three (3) broadcasts of "Good Morning America", the Finalists will compete against each other in physical, skill-based and/or knowledge-based competitions to attempt to score the highest number of points. ("Competition Score")

In addition, viewers will be asked to vote ("Viewer Vote") at goodmorningamerica.com for their favorite Finalist from 12 noon ET the day before each broadcast through 8:45 am ET the day of each of these three (3) broadcasts. Each day of the competition, the combination of the Competition Score, along with the Viewer Vote, will result in one Finalist with the lowest daily score being eliminated from the contest.

On the first day's competition, all four (4) Finalists will compete in a physical challenge that incorporates obstacle course events while wearing wedding attire that "Good Morning America" will provide. Finalists will score points based on their successful completion of the competition. Those Competition Scores combined with the Viewer Vote will determine which Finalist with the lowest score will be eliminated at the end of that broadcast.

Finalists must sign waivers prior to the broadcast signifying that they are able to compete in a physical challenge.

On the second day's challenge, the remaining three (3) Finalists will compete in a decorating competition. Sponsors will designate judges who will award points to the Finalists. The combination of the Competition Score and the Viewer Vote will determine which Finalist with the lowest score will be eliminated by the end of the broadcast.

On the third day's challenge, the remaining two (2) Finalists will compete in a knowledge-based game. The Competition Scores and the Viewer Vote will determine the higher scoring Finalist, who will be announced as the Grand Prize Winner on that broadcast.

In the event of a tie, the two (2) Finalists will participate in a tie breaker round where a question will be asked and the Finalist to buzz in first and give the correct answer to the question will be deemed to have the highest score that day and will be announced as the Grand Prize Winner ("Winner"). The Winner is considered both the Entrant and the fiance/fiancée. Final determination of the Winner is always conditional on verification of eligibility and compliance with all rules and procedures.

In the event the Winner is deemed ineligible, fails to comply with contest procedures, is not available to participate as specified, is or becomes unable to completely fulfill all aspects of the Contest including but not limited to full execution of awarding the prize as specified by the Sponsor, or for any other reason, then the first runner-up will be selected to be married on "Good Morning America" and receive the associated prizes.

Prizes:

Winner must be available to travel to New York City from on or about February 11 – 15, 2014 to be married on the set of "Good Morning America" on or about February 14, 2014 and have procured a valid New York State marriage license at least twenty-four (24) hours prior to the ceremony, along with any other legal documentation necessary to be legally married at the time of the ceremony.

Grand Prize: "Good Morning America's Epic Wedding Showdown" Contest package for a wedding on or about February 14, 2014 on the New York City set of "Good Morning America" for one Winner and up to six (6) guests, consisting of:

Round-trip coach airfare to New York City for the Winner from an airport close to the Winner's residence.

Round-trip coach airfare for up to six (6) guests to New York City from airports in the 48 contiguous United States and D.C.

Round-trip ground transportation for the Winner and up to six (6) guests between the New York City area airport and the New York City hotel.

Round-trip ground transportation for bride, groom and up to six (6) guests between New York City hotel and "Good Morning America" studios on the wedding day.

Up to four nights double occupancy accommodations for the Winner in a New York City hotel.

Two nights accommodations for up to six (6) guests (three double occupancy rooms per night) at a New York City Hotel.

Bridal gown and veil from Kleinfeld

Tuxedo for groom

Wedding attire for up to six (6) guests

Lady's Diamond Wedding Band and Men's Wedding Band from Robbins Brothers

Hair and Makeup for Bride, Groom and up to six (6) guests

Flowers for Bride, Groom and up to six (6) guests

Wedding ceremony to be performed by an officiant of Sponsor's choosing.

Wedding photography

Fee for valid New York State Marriage License. Winner is responsible for procuring the license. Sponsor will reimburse the Winner for the license fee.

Wedding Cake from Buddy Valastro of Carlo's Bakery

Wedding reception dinner at Del Frisco's of NYC on Friday, February 14, 2014 for up to eight (8) people.

Approximate Retail Value of "GMA's EPIC WEDDING SHOWDOWN" Contest Prize Package is $22,149. Final actual retail value may be considerably higher or lower depending on the final elements that will comprise "GMA's EPIC WEDDING SHOWDOWN" Contest Prize Package.

An additional cash prize will be awarded to Winner at Sponsor's discretion. This additional cash prize will not exceed twenty-five (25) percent of the Approximate Retail Value of the Contest Prize Package. It is intended that the Winner use any additional cash prize toward payment of Federal, State or local taxes; neither the Sponsor, their respective parent, subsidiary and affiliated companies, advertising and promotional agencies nor the prize suppliers, and their respective officers, directors, employees, agents and representatives make any guarantees, representations or warranties that the cash portion of the Grand Prize will be sufficient to pay the Winner's income tax liability. Winner is responsible for paying all taxes. The Winner must provide a validly completed IRS Form W-9 to the Sponsors prior to receiving the prizes. An IRS Form 1099 reflecting the final actual value of any prize valued at $600 or more, if required by law, will be issued to the Winner. The award of the Grand Prize is subject to applicable withholding requirements.

All elements used to fulfill the Winner's prize package will be determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsor and prize providers. Winners are not entitled to exchange or transfer prizes or to obtain cash or other substitutes (other than the funds being provided towards taxes), but Sponsor, in its sole discretion, may substitute prizes of equal or greater value.

All expenses not specifically provided for herein are the winner's sole responsibility. Some restrictions may apply. The Winner may be featured in videotaped and/or live broadcast segments on Good Morning America, as determined by the Sponsors. All videotape and live production will be determined at the sole discretion of the Sponsors.

Any appearance on Good Morning America is subject to availability. Sponsors are not responsible for cancellation or preemption of show or for other circumstances that make it impractical or impossible to fulfill this element of the prize. The appearance portion of the prize has no approximate retail value and if it becomes impractical or impossible to fulfill this or any element, Sponsors' only obligation will be to provide the remainder of prize, if any.

The Winner must submit a guest list of up to six (6) people to the Sponsors by Saturday, February 8, 2014.

Releases:

By participating, Entrants, Finalists and Winner agree to be bound by these official rules and the decisions of the Sponsors/Judges, which shall be final in all respects. By entering the Contest, Entrants, Finalists and Winner agree to execute in a timely manner and by any deadline set by Sponsors any and all paperwork requested by the Sponsors which may include, but is not limited to, background checks and any release forms, prior to any on-line or on air appearance of Entrants, Finalists and Winner participating in the videotaped or live broadcast, or use of Entrants' or Finalists' submissions or related materials.

All submissions will become the sole property of the Sponsors, which may reprint or otherwise exploit the entries in any manner, in any media, worldwide, in perpetuity. Entrants, Finalists and Winner may be required to sign and return an affidavit of eligibility, release and indemnification within seven days of notification of winning. By participating in this contest, Entrants, Finalists and Winner agree to release, defend, indemnify, and hold harmless the Sponsors, their parent, subsidiaries, and affiliated companies, sponsoring, advertising and promotion agencies and prize suppliers, licensees, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, representatives and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assigns (collectively, the "Released Parties") from including, but not limited to, any and all actions, complaints, claims, injuries, liabilities, fees (including reasonable attorney's fees), royalties, costs, losses or damages arising in any manner, directly or indirectly, by whomever or wherever asserted, from a.) Entrants', Finalists' and Winner's participation in the contest, b.) Sponsors' exercise of the rights granted herein and/or c.) the acceptance, use or misuse of any prize or portion of any prize. Sponsors are not obligated to use any of the above mentioned information or materials, but may do so and may edit such information or materials, at Sponsors' sole discretion, without further obligation or compensation to the Entrants, Finalists, Winner, or any other affiliated party.

By submitting materials hereunder and accepting the prize if chosen as the Winner, you hereby grant to the Sponsors, their parents, subsidiaries, licensees and affiliated companies, and each of their respective officers, directors, agents, servants, representatives, shareholders and employees, as well as each of their respective successors, representatives and assignees the exclusive right to use and distribute your submission, as well as your likeness, picture, voice, name and biographical material (all such materials are sometimes collectively referred to as the "Materials") in any and all manner, methods, formats and media now known or hereafter created, including without limitation, all forms of television, radio, internet, cable, satellite, wireless applications, home video products and devices, etc., in connection with the Contest, the Production, and/or ABC's programming, and in all advertising and promotion for the foregoing, throughout the universe, in perpetuity.

Entrants, Finalists and Winners acknowledge that any entry materials may be included and/or discussed in a broadcast, that such discussion may include statements or opinions by the broadcast talent or others about the Entrants, Finalists and the Winners, the Entrants', Finalists and Winners' appearances and/or the materials, and that those statements and opinions may be considered surprising, humiliating, embarrassing, derogatory, defamatory or otherwise offensive or injurious to them, Sponsors' employees, their studio or at-home audience and/or other third parties. Entrants, Finalists and Winners release the Released Parties from any actions, claims, injury, loss or damage allegedly caused, directly or indirectly, by any such statements or opinions made during a broadcast.

Sponsors are not responsible for failed, partial or garbled computer transmissions, or for technical failures of any kind, including but not limited to electronic malfunction or damage of any network, hardware or software. If for any reason the Contest is not capable of running as planned, including infection by computer virus, bugs, tampering, unauthorized intervention, fraud, technical failures, or other causes that corrupt or affect the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper conduct of the contest, Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process, and to cancel, terminate, modify or suspend the contest. No responsibility is assumed for any error, omission, interruption, deletion, defect, delay in operation or transmission, communications line failure, theft or destruction or unauthorized access to, or alteration of, entries; or any problems or technical malfunctions of any telephone network or lines, computer online systems, servers, or providers, computer equipment, software, failure of any e-mail or electronic entry to be received on account of technical problems or traffic congestion on the Internet or at any Web-site, or any combination thereof, including any injury or damage to entrant's or any other person's computer related to or resulting from participation in or downloading any materials from this contest. In the event of a dispute over an electronic entry, prize will be awarded to the owner of the e-mail account, not the name on the entry form.

To claim prize: (a) Winner must provide proof of age, identity, residency, and valid New York State marriage license; (b) Entrants, Finalists and Winners must sign and return affidavit of eligibility/compliance with rules, publicity/liability release and indemnification, and (c) Entrants, Finalists and Winners must also agree to complete and submit any additional releases, indemnifications and other requisite paperwork as specified at the discretion of the Sponsors, all within the time period specified by Sponsors.

Miscellaneous: Winner Posting:

Void where prohibited. All federal, state and local laws and regulations apply.

Sponsors reserve the right, in their sole discretion, to disqualify any individual who tampers with the entry process and to cancel, terminate, modify and/or suspend the contest in the event of tampering or other circumstances, including but not limited to acts of God or civil disturbance that render it impractical or impossible to complete or fulfill the contest as originally planned.

Official rules will be posted on goodmorningamerica.com; For a winner's list, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to: "GMA'S EPIC WEDDING SHOWDOWN" Contest, c/o ABC News, Room 616, 7 West 66th Street, New York, New York, 10023, by February 28, 2014.