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I do, Choo Choo: Win a wedding onboard the Avanti West Coast Marriage Carriage

Avanti West Coast celebrates friends and family getting back together with the launch of a once in a lifetime opportunity.

  • One lucky married couple-to-be can win the chance to be wed onboard the Avanti West Coast Marriage Carriage 
  • Some  have found unable to book their dream day and remain on the hunt for a venue to tie the knot
  • Competition aims to help bride and groom get hitched with the celebration they missed out on 

Avanti West Coast is giving one lucky married-couple-to-be a helping hand, with the launch of a competition to win a once in a lifetime wedding ceremony onboard its ‘Marriage Carriage’ this August.

Bringing friends and family safely together, couples can enter the competition online to be in with the chance of winning their dream day, complete with a bouquet and buttonholes, a wedding cake to cut and outfits to wow, free of charge.

With marriage plans derailed for hundreds of thousands of couples over the last 18 months, the news that weddings could start to go ahead from 21 June, if adhering to Government guidelines, was a huge relief for many.

So, on 10 August 2021, Avanti West Coast will bring people together to celebrate in style. Hosting a wedding party of up to 20 people, including the lucky couple and Wedding Celebrant, the Marriage Carriage will be stylishly decorated, with beautiful bridal flowers, a delicious cake, and outfits provided for the lucky couple.  Suppliers that fall on the Avanti West Coast route, including London based Morgan Davies Bridal and Flint based The Pudding Compartment, are supporting the Marriage Carriage with dress for the bride to be and wedding cake respectively. Measures will be in place to ensure the experience is both safe and enjoyable for all.

The Marriage Carriage will be departing from London Euston at 10:59am on 10 August 2021. The lucky couple will be married en-route to Birmingham New Street, where they’ll enjoy a photo stop before arriving back to London as newlyweds at 3:18pm. A celebratory wedding reception including first class wedding breakfast will be provided onboard the train, and the ceremony and celebrations will be captured on video, so the lucky couple can re-live their special day again and again.

Avanti West Coast’s Executive Director of Customer Experience, Natasha Grice, said: “With the wedding industry and married couples-to-be having a tough time over the past year and a half, we couldn’t think of a better way to mark everyone coming together again than helping one lucky couple celebrate with their loved ones, onboard the Avanti West Coast Marriage Carriage. Encourage your friends and family to enter online; we want to hear their stories, and ensure the winning couple have the wedding celebration they’ve missed out on.”

To enter to win a wedding celebration onboard the Marriage Carriage, customers need to visit https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/marriage-carriage and answer these five simple questions:

  • Has your planned wedding been cancelled or postponed over the last 18 months?
  • Tell us more about you and your partner (how did you meet, how long have you been in a relationship?)
  • And tell us more about your experience of the last 18 months (when and where was your wedding planned for, how many times have you had to change the plan, do you have a confirmed date now?)
  • In one sentence, why do you think you deserve to get married onboard the Avanti Marriage Carriage?
  • What excites you most about getting married on board an Avanti West Coast Train?

The competition runs from Friday 16th July 2021 to Monday 26th July 2021, when a panel of judges, inclusive of an Avanti West Coast frontline worker, will review the entries and pick the lucky married couple-to-be, based on their responses.

Head to https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/marriage-carriage to win the chance to be wed aboard the Avanti West Coast Marriage Carriage. Full Terms and Conditions can be found on https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/marriage-carriage

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About Avanti West Coast

Avanti West Coast, operator of intercity rail services on the West Coast Main Line, is a joint venture between FirstGroup and Trenitalia, delivering a cleaner, greener railway that drives the West Coast forward.

We’re on a mission to revolutionise train travel, linking together the towns and major cities of the UK to create an iconic railway the country can be proud of. We’ve got big plans including a fleet of new intercity trains, as well as the complete refurbishment of the existing Pendolino train fleet. We will introduce more train services every week with new routes added, and a much-improved onboard service with enhanced free Wi-Fi, plug sockets, 25,000 brand new seats and improved catering. Since December 2019, passengers have benefitted from improved passenger compensation, available for journeys delayed by just 15 minutes.

For the latest news, visit the Avanti West Coast Media Room: https://newsdesk.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/

Press Office: 0845 000 3333

About the Avanti Marriage Carriage

The safety of our passengers is always our utmost priority. Avanti West Coast is abiding to the latest coronavirus guidance from the UK government.

The winning couple, their accompanying guests and all members of staff will each take a COVID test 3 days prior to the ceremony and again on the morning of the ceremony itself.

Numbers within the carriage have been controlled to ensure a safe and enjoyable experience.

See full Terms and Conditions here – https://www.avantiwestcoast.co.uk/marriage-carriage