Post # 1
Have you ever heard of having sponsors for a wedding? I hadn’t until I stumbled upon a post on my local Craig’s List (if you’re curious, I can send you a link). Basically, the writers says that they fell on hard times which caused the couple to use up the money they’d set aside for the wedding. Straight from the ad: “Services that we are looking for include venues for reception, photographer/videographer, bakery for wedding cake, bridal shops for gown, tuxedo rental, limousine company, wedding decor, and wedding stationery. Please only reply if you are a credible, serious business. This is my wedding day and unfortunately I don’t have the means to pay for it. Your business can be displayed on the invitations, wedding program, etc.”
What are your thoughts? Would you get sponsors for your wedding? How would you feel if you got an invite in the mail and it had sponors on it? (How would that even look – as in, visually? I can’t imagine it).
Post # 3
I wouldn’t do it,but to each it’s own…..I am just having a wedding that we can afford.
Post # 4
Tacky beyond belief. Not suprising though with todays mentality of I want it NOWWWWWW
Post # 5
I am not part of a business, but my mother is a cake decorator and anyone asking for free services in the exchange for some advertising to maybe about 100-200 guests most of whom will not use their service is pretty expectant IMO. Someone’s personal wedding is not a good enough cause to ask for charity. I think that the wedding should be put on by the bride and groom and their families. No one should be asking for handouts for their wedding that they cannot afford when there are so many other worthy causes. I think if you owned an advertising company or paper and their ads were covered by you and reached thousands of people than that would be a more fair barter.
Post # 6
@JustMarried51912: definitely good points. If I had (for example) a boutique “sponsor” me by giving me my dress, very few of my friends would have need for a wedding dress. I just don’t see that reaching that many people. As for the charity thing, yeeeah sorry but not feeling it. Have the wedding you (or your family) can afford. I didn’t call up my baker and say “Listen, I have some chronic health issues, how about you gimme my cake for free?”
Post # 7
@MsLobizon: I am guessing that business’ that would partake int hat would be looking at the younger market. As in well all their friends are around the same age and are probably considering marriage. But I don’t think that works in this day and age because everyone chooses different periods in their lives to get married- its not a stampeed anymore on the occassions- HS graduation, college graduation etc.
Post # 8
I think it is awful. It is beyond rude to think/act like a big wedding party is a right. If they want to get married pay 100 bucks and go to city hall and get hitched. You are no less married It sounds like they are confusing marriage with wedding.
I would be appaled to get an invitation in the mail with sponsors listed on it. I would probably save them the cost of my dinner plate, and distance myself from them.
Post # 9
Why would anyone sponsor someone else’s wedding? Everyone has their own sob story. I just can’t imagine being a vendor and giving free or discounted services to everyone who claimed they had fallen on hard times.
Post # 10
Weird. I think people are way to focused on how necessary big weddings are. If you’re married in the end who cares?! Ridiculous to beg and borrow.
To me that’s like saying, “We really want to have a baby but we can’t afford it, if you sponser us we’ll name our child after your company” “Hey, everyone welcome Pepsi Smith to the world!”
Post # 13
I think it’s gross. If you can’t afford a wedding then don’t have one or wait until you can. Having a lavish affair doesn’t make you any more married than a couple who went to the courthouse (pretty sure that costs like under $100). The end result is the same. People who think they’re entitled to these things and expect others to just donate their services need a reality check (and an etiquette book).
Post # 15
Wow, that is crazy! I wonder if anyone actually gets an entire wedding sponsored. I would like to see what it looks like.
Post # 16
Exceedingly tacky. I’ll say it as many times as I have to on this board – fundraising is for charities, not weddings. Plan the wedding you can afford.