Southern Living Runs Contest for Wedding at The Willcox

December 11, 2013|

The Willcox, the historic hotel in Aiken, will be the site of a wedding sponsored by Southern Living magazine – and it could be yours.

Southern Living is sponsoring a contest to win a dream wedding, and chose The Willcox as the site for it. At least 10 of the Aiken area’s finest local vendors will donate their services, from the horse-drawn carriage to the venue to the golden wedding bands, with a diamond added for the bride. The total package is estimated beforehand at of a total value of more than $35,000.

The sweepstakes runs from today through Feb. 28, 2014. Anyone can win by entering on – and you can enter once a day. The contest on the Southern Living web site can also be reached by going through The contest is to be conducted by US Sweeps, an independent third party company that runs all manner of professional sweepstakes across the country. All the necessary rules are displayed on the Southern Living web site.

The Willcox was built by Englishman Frederick Willcox and his Swedish chef wife Elise in 1898 for the entertainment of Aiken’s famous Winter Colony, Northeastern high society who abandoned the snows for Aiken’s mild winter climate where they could play their games such as polo, fox hunting, race horse training, court tennis before returning to Park Avenue and Newport in the spring. Not many Vanderbilts or Whitneys arrive for the season these days, but The Willcox thrives today with the patronage of the people of Aiken and friends and guests from around the country and the world.

In the four years of ownership by Geoff and Shannon Ellis, The Willcox has been the recipient of over two dozen awards that range from the simply astounding to the playfully entertaining. Nationally and internationally: 2012 Top 50 Best Hotel (No. 32) Hotel in the World – Travel + Leisure magazine, Top 20 Best Business Hotel (14) in the World – 2013 Conde Nast Traveler magazine, 2013 No. 12 Best Hotel in the USA – Conde Nast Traveler magazine, 2013 #5 in The World Best Hotels of all sizes with a room rate of $250 or less a night.

Local Aiken vendors who have joined The Willcox and Southern Living to provide this extraordinary wedding are: All Star Tents and Events, Dianna Tornow Cakes, LLC, Floyd and Green jewelry, Cote Designs, Giving Weddings, 4 Cats in the Doghouse, John Vaughn Piano, and Lionel Smith Ltd, Clothiers.


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