The lead-up to your wedding day will likely be a string of "OMG. Is this real-life?" moments, and now NYC jeweler Lauren B wants to throw another unbelievable experience into one bride's timeline—designing a dream engagement ring during a fuh-ree! trip to New York Freakin' City.
If you are the lucky person, you and your plus one will receive two free plane tickets to NYC, or if you're local, you'll be toted into the city via limousine. (We're secretly hoping Chris Harrison just shows up unannounced.) Your accommodations will include two complimentary nights in the luxurious Refinery Hotel, situated in the heart of the Fashion District just two blocks from Bryant Park. Throughout your stay, you'll receive meal vouchers for a dinner and a brunch, and don't worry if you're a first-timer in the city—the Lauren B family will help you find a local spot to best fit your culinary and atmospheric tastes. At some point, you'll head for a VIP visit to the Top of the Rock, the Rockefeller Center's observation deck that boasts some of the best views of Central Park and the city skyline. Of course, you'll have your Lauren B engagement ring design consultation with Lauren B's diamond/outreach advisor and expert in all things sparkly, Taylor Lanore. And finally, the grand finale of your fairy-tale episode will come to a close with an actual private helicopter ride around the island of Manhattan. (Yes, we swear this is real life.)
"This project is kind of my baby, and I'm so excited about meeting the winners," Lanore told Brides. "The idea came from the fact that while we do work with clients remotely, there are many who love our designs but feel like they can't decide on anything unless they try on rings in person." Since Lauren B's only location currently is in midtown NYC, the company decided to the give someone the best holiday present ever. "We started with this simple trip and consultation giveaway in mind, and then decided, while we're at it, let's also try to make this the single most memorable trip to NYC for them," Lanore says, explaining how this concept that feels so reality-TV became just reality. "We're hoping to help someone get one step closer to working with us in the most fun way possible. And it's the holidays! I'm such a cheeseball, that the idea of taking care of someone's trip to New York City for Christmas just excites me to no end."
Check out the Instagram post here, all the official fine print here, and our summary of the highlights below. Once you're read the rules, if you decide you're here "for the right reasons," ENTER! We're throwing all the figurative good luck roses your way!
Who can enter?
Literally anyone with an Instagram. There's one entry per person, and there is no purchase necessary.
So you don't have to guarantee to buy a Lauren B ring?
You don't have to buy a thing. Lanore says the contest was created to be geared towards fans of the brand who've always wanted to design in-person, but haven't been able to make it to their NYC showroom. Still, there's absolutely no twisting of the arm to move forward with a purchase; it's just about giving someone the opportunity to have the full-out, Lauren B consultation experience.
Can the winner bring anyone as his/her plus-one, or does it have to be a significant other?
You can bring anyone with you—boyfriend, girlfriend, mom, dad, sister, brother, best friend, third grade English teacher— as long as they're flying out of the same city on the same flight as you.
When is the actual trip?
The Lauren B team is willing to work around your schedule, so long as the trip can happen sometime in the month of January or February.
How do I enter?
How will Lauren B choose a winner?
A winner will be selected completely at random out of all the entries that satisfied the above requirements.
When is all of this happening?
You can enter anytime between 12:00 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 7 and 11:59 p.m. EST on Thursday, December 21 EST. The drawing will be done on Friday, December 22 at noon EST. The winner will be contacted directly and then announced on Instagram.