It's no secret that weddings require a good amount of money, and sometimes, sticking to your budget means leaving a few key items off of your wishlist. One couple, Courtney McKenzie and Jamil, won't accept that fate. They are so determined to have the wedding of their dreams that they've decided to throw a corporately-sponsored bash.
The pair dreams of eloping this December and plan on "going scuba diving, elephant trekking, and bamboo river rafting across Thailand for 11-days," the couple writes on their website, SponsorOurWedding.com. "Instead of wedding gifts, we decided to raise money for an exotic wedding and our favorite charities." Except, unlike a kickstarter wedding, or honeymoon registries, these two are looking for corporations to sponsor their big day.
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So, why corporate sponsorships? "When we first got engaged we knew we didn't want to have a big wedding," McKenzie tells Buzzfeed. "After we put it down on paper we knew we couldn't afford, either."
Turns out to get what they want, the marketing, social media, and digital media consultant thought she could garner her social followings for the wedding of her dreams. Aside from a slew of hashtags and mentions throughout their 11-day journey, Courtney and Jamil are offering up sewn-on logos on her dress and his tux, along with logos sewn onto honeymoon wear.
The plan is starting to work, too. When Courtney announced their decision on Facebook, the post got more than 40,000 likes. They also have some sponsors locked in already, too: "We have a few Fortune 500 companies who have reached out to us which is exactly what we wanted, as well as smaller companies like GlamHotlist, who are sponsoring my entire wedding and honeymoon wardrobe," McKenzie says. They also already nailed down a ring sponser, which means free wedding bands to seal the deal.
When all is said and done, it is a pretty creative idea. Plus, they're donating a portion of the proceeds to charity, which is wonderful!