SUNRISE jilted as TODAY launches Marry in the Morning competition

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A nationwide search has begun to find one lucky couple who will have an all-expense-paid dream wedding and honeymoon in the Northern Territory.

Nine’s beleaguered breakfast program TODAY has teaming up with Tourism NT to give away a full wedding package, the catch is the winning couple will have to willing to have their special day broadcast on live television.

The competition has already copped a backlash from 7, with producers of Sunrise pointing out they broadcast a ‘Marry in the Morning’ competition last year. Chris and Julia’s Sunday Night Takeaway on 10 is also planning to broadcast surprise wedding segments.

Responding to 7's complaints, Nine has reminded us that TODAY has a long tradition of hosting “Marry in the Morning” competitions that stretch back to 2003 when Tracy Grimshaw and Steve Liebmann were hosting the program. Locations for previous TODAY weddings include Hayman Island and Sydney’s Botanical Gardens. 

The TODAY prize will include a wedding planner, celebrant, photographer, cars, florist, hair and make-up artists, the dress and the ring. And then there’s the entire reception including the cake and catering – and for those who can’t make the wedding, it’ll all be broadcast live on TODAY later this year

With the Top End being one of the diverse regions in Australia, a bride and groom could find themselves tying the knot in Kakadu; walking down an aisle of gum trees in Katherine Gorge or overlooking the turquoise waters of Darwin.

Nine’s Director of Morning Television, Steven Burling, said:

“This is such an exciting competition and one that every newly engaged couple should get involved with! It’s an opportunity for a happy couple to say “I DO” in front of family and friends, at one of the most spectacularly beautiful locations on earth.

 “We want to thank Tourism NT for supporting this competition, I think we’ll be absolutely inundated with entries.”

To enter, viewers are encouraged to go to from today (Monday, February 11) and tell us in 50 words or fewer why they deserve a Top End wedding, and upload a short video.