Jane MacNeil will have her dream wedding — it will come with commercials.
The bride is planning a fall wedding and wants to get sponsors to help with the cost. She hopes to get discounts from everything from her wedding dress to the flowers and, in return, these companies will advertise to the 125-150 guests.
“It just seems like such a good idea because everyone already wants to know where the flowers came from and who did that or this,” she said. “So why not have all the information at the event for them, right?”
MacNeil, a recent graphic design graduate, was recently laid off from her part-time job. She said she’s hoping to save 25 per cent on her $10,000 wedding by getting sponsors.
“We’ve been engaged for a couple years now and we’ve been trying to figure out how we can afford it, and anything to save money – especially with not having a steady job,” MacNeil said.
She hasn’t talked to any companies yet about providing goods, services, or a discount, but she’s hopeful they’ll go for it.
“Even if I could have one person sponsor me, I’m saving right there. There’s no hurt in trying and going for whatever I can get,” she said. “It’s a whole new idea of getting your name out there, especially with (business) being slow right now.”
Wanting to advertise tastefully, MacNeil said she’d like to have a table set up at her wedding with sales materials from all the companies who contributed. She’s also thinking of adding the names of her sponsors to invitations, thank-you cards and on her Facebook group.
MacNeil said she might get some negative comments about having advertisements at her wedding, but she’s OK with that.
“It’s not like I’m having giant logos and banners all over the place. I have an idea of how I can do it in a smart, classy manner.”