Monday, June 30, 2008

cutting the cost of a wedding with EBay and MacDonald's

Two unrelated news stories this week offer some great ideas for cutting the cost of a wedding.

Kelly Gray and Karl Gau are planning to get married in April, 2009. Unfortunately, they didn't have enough money to make it a big event. Together, they have a combined income of $32,000 per year.

So, they decided to keep their budget below $7,000. To help pay for the wedding, Kelly came up with a novel idea: she would auction-off a place in her bridal party on EBay. The winning bid would have their dress or tuxedo provided, shoes, and an invitation to the wedding and reception.

And the winner was-- the Dr. Pepper / Snapple Company placed a bid for $7,500. They then upped their bid to $10,000. They will also provide beverages for the wedding and will choose who will represent the company in the wedding party. Now, Kelly and Karl will be able to have a much bigger reception than they originally planned.

Said Kelly in an interview with MSNBC, "I put it up for a penny, and I thought, it wouldn't sell at a penny, I thought that was it. When I started seeing some bids, I couldn't believe it."

Dr. Pepper has yet to select the bridesmaid for the wedding. One suggestion that Kelly likes is Ellen DeGeneres.

In an unrelated story, in England, Terry and Alice Speller saved a lot of money for their reception by having their wedding meal at a local MacDonald s. Their meal cost around $14. (click on the story link for a picture of the happy couple at their favorite restaurant.)

Kelly and Karl's wedding--
Terry and Alice's wedding--

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