Fareham couple win England screening room at big day

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A couple from Fareham saved their wedding guests from missing a key England football match by creating a special screening room on their big day.

​Nicoleta and Thomas Barr were crowned the lucky victors of the Snickers Own Goal Wedding Competition.

The competition was launched to help those who inadvertently scheduled their wedding on the day England played Denmark at Euro 2024 – scoring the ultimate own goal.

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The competition came off the back of research from Snickers that found 7,311 weddings in England this summer are set to be on the same date as England football matches, with 29% of football fans saying they are planning excuses to miss a wedding rather than miss a game.  

Fareham couple Nicoletta and Thomas Barr, winners of the Snickers Own Goal WeddingFareham couple Nicoletta and Thomas Barr, winners of the Snickers Own Goal Wedding
Fareham couple Nicoletta and Thomas Barr, winners of the Snickers Own Goal Wedding

Mr and Mrs Barr and their 30 guests were treated to a unique wedding experience.

The couple entered the competition after booking their wedding months ago, only to find it had landed on the same day as the big game.

The prize included an exclusive Snickers Own Goals screening room featuring a 60-inch TV where the wedding party could watch England’s 1-1 draw on Thursday evening.

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Extra winning touches also included personalised Mr and Mrs Snickers branded football T-shirts, and a venue which was decked out with football-themed decorations.

Fareham couple Nicoletta and Thomas Barr, winners of the Snickers Own Goal WeddingFareham couple Nicoletta and Thomas Barr, winners of the Snickers Own Goal Wedding
Fareham couple Nicoletta and Thomas Barr, winners of the Snickers Own Goal Wedding

Adding to the excitement, the bride and groom were thrilled by a surprise video message from England star Bukayo Saka.

“We couldn’t believe it when we saw the England dates announced and saw the clash. We really started to worry, we knew we had to enter,” Thomas explained.

“Not only did we get to share our special day with our loved ones, but we also got to celebrate England’s match together!”

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Nicoleta, who applied on behalf of her husband, added: “When I saw the competition live, I just knew I had to apply for my husband. He’s a massive football fan and I knew he’d hate to miss a match.

“When we got the call to say we’d won, we couldn’t believe it! The video message from Bukayo Saka was the icing on the cake.”

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