The Ultimate Proposal Sweepstakes Rules

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NO PURCHASE IS NECESSARY TO ENTER OR WIN THIS SWEEPSTAKES. MAKING A PURCHASE WILL NOT INCREASE YOUR CHANCES OF WINNING. VOID WHERE PROHIBITED BY LAW.

TERM:

The Ultimate Proposal Sweepstakes is comprised of seven (7) separate sweepstakes (each, a “Sweepstakes”), with entry periods are as follows:

  • November 11, 2013 – November 17, 2013;
  • November 18, 2013 – November 24, 2013;
  • November 25, 2013 – December 1, 2013;
  • December 2, 2013 – December 8, 2013;
  • December 9, 2013 – December 15, 2013;
  • December 16, 2013 – December 22, 2013; and
  • December 23, 2013 – December 31, 2013.

Each Sweepstakes Entry Period commences at 12:01 a.m. Eastern Standard Time on the first day of the applicable Sweepstakes Entry Period and ends at 11:59 p.m. Eastern Standard Time on the last day of the applicable Sweepstakes Entry Period. The Sweepstakes is sponsored by XO Group Inc., 195 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10007 (the “Sponsor”).

ELIGIBILITY:

This Sweepstakes is open to any legal resident of the 50 United States, and the District of Columbia, 18 years or older as of date of entry.  Entrants must be registered members of www.instagram.com. Employees of the Sponsor; Prize provider(s); any promotional companies or advertising agencies participating in the Sweepstakes and employees of their respective affiliates and subsidiaries; any persons involved in the creation, development, or implementation of this Sweepstakes; and any other persons or entities directly associated with this Sweepstakes and any members of their immediate families or households are ineligible to participate. Entries for the Sweepstakes drawing must be received prior to the expiration of the Sweepstakes Entry Period. This Sweepstakes is void in Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands and wherever prohibited or restricted by law, and is subject to all federal, state, and local laws and regulations. By submitting an entry form, entrants agree to abide by these Official Rules and all applicable federal, state, and local laws and regulations that govern sweepstakes.

PRIZES/VALUE:

 

One (1) Prize winner per Sweepstakes (selected in separate random drawings following each Sweepstakes Entry Period) will each receive the following, in each case, selected in Sponsor’s sole discretion:

  • One (1) Dogeared Love Collection Lock and Key Necklace (Approximate Retail Value (“ARV”): $70);
  • One (1) dozen Georgetown Cupcakes (ARV: $29)
  • One (1) canvas tote bag (ARV: $24);
  • Three (3) 0.5 oz OPI Nail Laquers (ARV: $24);
  • One (1) Tweezerman Mini Nail Rescue Kit (ARV: $20);
  • One (1) pack of Bling Wipes (ARV: $14);
  • One (1) colorblock cosmetic bag (small) (ARV: $10);
  • One (1) Tattly Diamonds temporary tattoo (ARV: $5);
  • One (1) Ring Pop (ARV: $2.50); and
  • One (1) diamond bottle opener favor (ARV: $2.30).

Total ARV of each Prize is $200.80. Actual retail value may vary.  The Prizes are not transferable or assignable, or redeemable for cash or any other consideration, and no substitutions will be allowed except by Sponsor, which reserves the right to substitute prizes of equal or greater value or nature if advertised prize (or component thereof) is not available. Each Prize winner is responsible for compliance with all applicable federal, state, and/or local laws and regulations, including, without limitation, the payment of all applicable taxes.

HOW TO ENTER:

You may enter a Sweepstakes by taking a picture of your engagement ring using Instagram and posting the photograph via Instagram and including “@TheKnot” and hashtag “theknotrings” in the “caption” field, in each case, during the applicable Sweepstakes Period.  Limit one entry per Instagram handle, per Sweepstakes. Normal Internet access and usage charges imposed by your online carrier apply.  Sponsor is not responsible for any charges related to Instagram posts made by or messages received via mobile phone.  Incomplete or late entries will be disqualified.  An entry will be deemed to have been made by the “authorized account holder” of the Instagram account utilized at the time the entry is made. For purposes herein, the “authorized account holder” refers to the person assigned by Instagram to an account.  If an entrant is determined to have sent more than one entry, that entrant will be disqualified.   Any attempt by a person to use multiple accounts, or “Reply” more than once, in order to enter more than once will result in disqualification.  Sponsor is not responsible for transmission and/or computer error. For the avoidance of doubt, acceptance of entries or submissions will not be deemed to waive any provisions of these Official Rules, and the entrant may subsequently be disqualified.

Entries must comply with any applicable character limitations and, to the extent the entry includes any writing, must be in English. Entries must be entrant’s own original work and owned solely and exclusively by entrant, have not won a previous prize or award and have not been previously published, must not infringe on, misappropriate or otherwise violate any third-party rights (including but not limited to copyright, trademark, rights of publicity or privacy or any other proprietary right), and must be deemed suitable by Sponsor.  Entrant has obtained the proper rights/consent to include any other person shown in the submitted photograph materials.  Entrant agrees to indemnify, defend and hold harmless Sponsor, its affiliates and subsidiaries, and their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees and agents from any losses, damages, or expenses arising from or in connection with infringement, misappropriation or violation of any third party rights. Entries deemed lewd or offensive by Sponsor in its sole discretion will be disqualified.  Entries that comply with format and suitability specifications may, in Sponsor’s sole discretion, be acknowledged, but nevertheless remain subject to full eligibility determinations at the sole discretion of Sponsor.  An entry that does not comply with entry guidelines will be deemed void and of no effect.

Each entrant acknowledges and agrees that his/her entry submission and all related materials created in or arising out of such submission, and all rights, title and interest in and to them shall be and hereby are, effective upon creation, assigned to and become the property of Sponsor.  Without limiting the foregoing, Sponsor will have the irrevocable, royalty-free, fully paid-up worldwide, perpetual right (and if necessary, license) to edit, re-edit, adapt, modify, reproduce, promote, distribute create derivative works and otherwise use the entry and related materials in any way it sees fit and in any form or media whether now or hereafter known or developed.  Entrant hereby gives Sponsor and its agents and assignees, full permission and authority to use, publish and display the submission, as well as entrant’s (and any other person included in the submission) name, voice and photograph or other likeness for advertising or other related purposes in any media whether now or hereafter known or developed without additional compensation.

RANDOM DRAWINGS/ODDS OF WINNING/WINNERS:

The potential winners of the Sweepstakes will be selected in separate random drawings, on or about two (2) business days following the end of the applicable Sweepstakes Entry Period, from all eligible entries received during the applicable Sweepstakes Entry Period. Each winner will be notified on Instagram via a comment to his/her submission.  The Prize drawings will be conducted by Sponsor. The Prize drawings shall be final and conclusive. The odds of winning a Prize will be determined by the actual number of eligible entries received for the applicable Sweepstakes. Potential Prize winners will be required to sign and return an Affidavit of Eligibility, Liability Release, and where legal, a Publicity Release within ten (10) days of notification attempt. Noncompliance within this time period will result in disqualification and forfeiture of the Prize, and Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, award the applicable Prize to an alternate winner selected at random from all eligible entries received for the applicable Sweepstakes during the applicable Sweepstakes Entry Period. If a Prize notification is returned as non-deliverable, the potential winner will be disqualified and the applicable Prize forfeited, and Sponsor may, in its sole discretion, award the Prize to an alternate winner selected at random from all eligible entries.  The names of the winners of the Sweepstakes will be available after January 25, 2014. To obtain this information, send a self-addressed stamped envelope to The Ultimate Proposal Sweepstakes, c/o XO Group Inc., 195 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10007.

CAUTION:

Any attempt by any person to deliberately damage any website or undermine legitimate operation of a sweepstakes may constitute a violation of criminal and civil laws, and should such an attempt be made, Sponsor reserves the right to seek damages from and/or to prosecute any such person to the fullest extent permitted by law. Any such tampering will also result in ineligibility to win a Prize in the Sweepstakes.

CONDITIONS:

By participating in this Sweepstakes, entrants agree to be bound by these Official Rules and the decisions of Sponsor, which are final in all matters relating to this Sweepstakes and acknowledge compliance with these Official Rules. Each entrant acknowledges that the Privacy Policy and Terms of Use found on the www.theknot.com website are hereby incorporated by reference and apply to the submission of entries pursuant to these Official Rules.  By participating in this Sweepstakes, each entrant hereby agrees to Sponsor’s collection and usage of the entrant’s personal information and acknowledges that entrant has read and accepted the above-referenced Privacy Policy and Terms of Use.

Sponsor is in no way liable for any damage, loss, or injury resulting from computer malfunctions, misdirected or incomplete entries, or acceptance and use of any Prize. Each winner assumes liability for injuries caused or claimed to be caused by participation in the Sweepstakes or the use or misuse of any Prize. Sponsor reserves the right, in its sole discretion, to cancel, modify or suspend the Sweepstakes should virus, bugs, or other causes beyond the control of Sponsor corrupt the administration, security, fairness, integrity or proper play of the Sweepstakes and award any Prize from all eligible entries for the applicable Sweepstakes received prior to cancellation or suspension.

By entering this Sweepstakes, each entrant hereby voluntarily and irrevocably releases, holds harmless and agrees not to institute any claim against Sponsor, Coty-OPI Inc., Tweezerman International, LLC, Georgetown Cupcake LLC, Dogeared Jewels and Gifts LLC, Swiss Miss Shop, LLC, The Topps Company, Inc., or any of their respective affiliates, and their respective officers, directors, shareholders, employees and agents from any losses, damages, or expenses from any and all injuries, losses or damages of any kind arising from or in connection with, either directly or indirectly, (1) the awarding, acceptance, receipt, possession, use and/or misuse of the Prizes awarded herein; and/or (2) participation in the Sweepstakes or any prize-related activities.

Under no circumstances will any entrant be permitted to obtain awards for, and each entrant hereby waives all rights to claim, punitive, incidental or consequential damages, or any other damages, including attorneys’ fees, and entrant further waives all rights to have damages multiplied or increased.

By accepting a Prize, each winner grants Sponsor permission to use his or her name and likeness for advertising and promotional purposes without any additional compensation (except where prohibited by law). By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants shall be deemed to have agreed to have their entry information made available to the Sponsor. The Sweepstakes is subject to these Official Rules. By entering the Sweepstakes, entrants and winners agree to waive any right to claim any ambiguity, inequity or error in the Official Rules of the Sweepstakes, and/or of the Sweepstakes itself, and agree to be bound by these Official Rules and by all decisions of, and interpretations of these Official Rules by, the Sponsor, which in all respects shall be final and binding.

THE NEW YORK COURTS (STATE AND FEDERAL) SHALL HAVE SOLE JURISDICTION OF ANY CONTROVERSIES REGARDING THE SWEEPSTAKES AND THE LAWS OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, WITHOUT REGARD TO CONFLICTS OF LAWS PRINCIPLES, SHALL GOVERN THE SWEEPSTAKES. ENTRANTS WAIVE ANY AND ALL OBJECTIONS TO JURISDICTION AND VENUE IN THESE COURTS AND HEREBY SUBMIT TO THE JURISDICTION OF THOSE COURTS.

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SPONSOR:

XO Group Inc., 195 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10007

ADMINISTRATOR:

XO Group Inc., 195 Broadway, 25th Floor, New York, NY 10007