How far would you go to save money: Would you have a “sponsored wedding”?

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Original photo by Andrew Malone, remixed by Creative Commons License.
Original photo by Andrew Malone, remixed by Creative Commons License.
So, in my crawls across the internet I came across the idea of “sponsored weddings” e.g. services that you either get discounted or free in exchange for promotions/advertisements at the wedding.

On one hand, I think it's tacky… on the other, I think it's fabulous.

What are your thoughts on all of this?

-emiko

Ok, so first thing's first: watch out with the word “tacky.” We're of the opinion here that when it comes to weddings, it's ALL kind of tacky. The bigger question is what factors would make this particular budget-saving measure feel comfortable — or if it just doesn't feel comfortable no matter what you do.

We'd like to open this question up to readers: is there any way you'd feel comfortable having portions of your wedding sponsored? Or is the idea just not for you? Remember, the question is NOT “is this idea tacky?” It's ALL tacky.

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  1. During the planning stage of my wedding I had decided I wanted the groomsmen in shorts and a short sleeved button up. Something that the boys could wear again. A company rep from a popular brand of work wear got wind of my idea and offered to clothe all my groomsmen in exchange for pictures of them wearing the outfits on the day of. It was a win win situation. I got free groomsmen outfits and they were able to promote their brand.

    • Amelia I think this is the best way to do something like this. It is a win-win, and your wedding doesn’t end up looking like a billboard.

  2. I definitely would do this. I’d have a designated area at the entrance of the reception with a table to display their business cards and pamphlets. Maybe by the guestbook area OR seat assignment table?
    Also, being a graphic designer, I could print up all their logos on a single, simple display board to show on the table saying “Thanks to our vendors!” and all their logos below, too. One area, all the necessities so you don’t see it the rest of the wedding, but it’s still visible!!

  3. Hells yes!
    My love and I met on OKCupid and I wouldn’t mind a bit if they wanted to help with wedding expenses in exchange for some promotion.
    We’re also fans of sport bikes and chocolate, so being ridden down the aisle by a Cupid on a motorcycle with “flower” girls tossing Hershey kisses instead of rose petals sounds fun! lol

  4. Are you offering? Because if so, then YES.

    But if it’s anyone other than you guys, then I’d hesitate & have to consider how obtrusive it would be. Like will I have to wear a banner that shouts “SPONSORED BY _______” across the train of my dress? Then no. But if it’s just a blip on the favors, etc. then maybe.

  5. I was sent a blanket indirect email from this couple at http://www.123daywedding.co.uk/. Asking for vendors to offer their services for free in exchange for ‘advertising’ on their wedding website and in many top blogs. I replied asking which blogs had accepted their story already and did not receive a response. Their selling point – if you can call it that – was that rather than spending money on their wedding they would use any money they managed to save between now and the wedding day to go towards a charity. I also asked them what their target was for this to which I also received no response -which considering they were asking me for a £xxxx product was quite rude I thought.

    If they had decided to save/fundraise the average price for a wedding which is anywhere between £12,000 – £20,000 and had already had affirmations from all the top wedding blogs then I might actually have been willing. However it seemed to me that they were only interested in doing as little as possible and had no interest in actually advertising the companies properly. I feel a little sorry for them as I have no idea if they will get anything back from this, and I have no idea if the money they raise will be equal to all of the services donated to them. The fact they do not address this is quite sad.

    I think that the idea could work if the money raised by the couple for charity is equal to all of the services donated and that their ‘advertising’ is properly thought out and guaranteed. Otherwise it seems like it’s just a blag.

    There is a lot to be said for doing a wedding on a budget and being thrifty it is far more commended and far more likely to reflect you as a couple then being a random selection of people.

  6. I have about a hundred pounds to put on my wedding. I have made my cake and got the bridesmaid dress. We have paid for the ceremony, but I can’t find a venue. The family home is off limits. I have nothing to offer anyone to sponsor me.

  7. If I could get Captain Morgan’s or Guinness to sponsor my wedding they cold put their logo anywhere they wanted (except directly on my groom and myself)

  8. I am looking for vendors who would like to talk about sponsorship. I doubt any sponsors are going to read this but I am a student and trying to save as much as possible. The student debt crisis is real, I don’t need one more experience in my life that’s suppose to be positive tarnished by debt. So please contact me, Thank You. Serious Inquiries only, please.

  9. I know this is an old post, but I’ve just come across it. My mother worked at a celebrity wedding some years ago, which was one of a spate of cadbury’s flake sponsored weddings. OK! magazine paid the couple a lot of money for exclusive photography rights to the wedding, and then asking cadbury’s to provide a large amount of free chocolate as product placement. If you google flakegate you’ll get a sense of what was going on, but it was someone else’s wedding mum worked at, which suggests this was pretty common practice for a little while. And it was a shame for the bemused guests and for the couple, because most of the photos revolved around the chocolate bars rather than the celebrations.

    There’s definitely a line between putting out some business cards or letting them have their logo over their stuff, and going full product placement. As someone above pointed out, there’s a point where you stop being able to make choices about your own wedding. Did the couple want chocolate at every place setting, potentially including their diabetic family members (and all the very elderly nuns they’d had shipped over from Italy)? Did they want people eating it in almost every photo? Doubtful, but they didn’t have a choice. Sponsorship comes with strings attached, and you need to decide how you feel about that first.

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