Arena Stage giving away dream wedding as part of contest

WASHINGTON (WJLA/AP) - Arena Stage is searching for the perfect match this month in a contest to give away a free wedding at the Washington theater.

The contest is inspired by the upcoming production of "Fiddler on the Roof" where Trevye's daughters try to convince him they should be able to choose their own husbands to marry. The production celebrates its 50th anniversary this year.

The theater says couples in the Washington area can enter by submitting essays or videos through Aug. 31 about why they are the perfect match.

"We are asking D.C. couples why they should be married here," explained Khady Kamara with the theater.

The winning couple will receive a free wedding ceremony, cocktail hour and reception for up to 175 guests at Arena Stage. The package includes catering, decor, music, lighting, flowers and a wedding cake. The package is valued at $80,000.

The state company says it already has 20 entries - some heart-wrenching stories, and some romantic tales. But one thing's for sure - all have a lot of love.

For example, D.C. bus driver Paul Story missed his own wedding three years ago when he fell extremely ill the night before, a complication of his diabetes.

"She never wore her dress," he says of his bride. "She bought this beautiful gown I never got to see her wear - I was sick."

Three years later, Story said he is hoping for a "do-over," and hopes the folks at the Arena Stage might be the ones to give it to him.

The winners will be announced in September.