SOURCE: SanDiego.com

May 09, 2011 15:56 ET

Final Round of 'Real Weddings in San Diego' Contest Has Begun

Public to Determine Who Will Win Dream Wedding in San Diego

SAN DIEGO, CA--(Marketwire - May 9, 2011) - The preliminary round of voting is complete for the 'Real Weddings in San Diego' contest and the final round has begun. The eight couples initially selected to compete in Real Weddings have been narrowed down to three finalist couples.

'Real Weddings in San Diego' is one of the first reality contests of its kind where people can follow couples online on SanDiego.com as they plan their weddings. By watching videos, reading daily blogs and browsing through photos, viewers are participating in a highly interactive, online reality competition.

After the preliminary round of voting, the three couples who proved to be the fan favorites were Mitsuko and Blair, tallying 13,100 votes; Nicole and Scott, with 9,922 votes; and Deanna and Justin, with 8,555 votes. The next round of voting will result in one lucky couple winning the grand prize in which SanDiego.com will sponsor different aspects of the winning wedding.

"We are so excited that the final round has arrived," said Hannah Martine, associate editor at SanDiego.com. "Judging by the overwhelming number of votes we received in the first round, it's safe to say the public wants these couples to have the best wedding possible, which can be done with the help of SanDiego.com."

For the next three weeks, audiences from all over the world can go online on SanDiego.com and vote for the winning couple.

"The contest is set up in such a way that the audience can feel as if they are actually a part of the wedding-planning process and, with the social media voting component, viewers become even more invested and attached to these lovebirds," added Martine.

From now until May 25, Real Wedding followers can determine who will win by clicking on the Facebook "like" button for their favorite duo on SanDiego.com. The couple that receives the most votes will have many critical components of their wedding donated by SanDiego.com, including hotel accommodations, DJ services and decadent desserts. The winner will be announced on May 27.

To vote for the grand prize winner, visit www.SanDiego.com/RealWeddings. SanDiego.com is the sponsor of the Real Weddings contest and is a growing online community by, for and about San Diegans.

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