Welcome to the newest edition of The Why. “Why get married at McDonald’s?” you ask? Good question. In fact, this column will probably focus more on the concept than the actual answer.
Seriously, how many of you ladies grew up dreaming of a wedding venue that would do your holy, ‘til-death-do-you part union justice and yet still satisfy your near constant craving for Chicken McNuggets? Well, your dreams are about to come true because McDonald’s has increased—(yeah, increased not just started) — the number of restaurants offering wedding services from three to an unbelievable 15. Of course, interested couples may as well plan an Asian honeymoon because they’ll have to fly to Hong Kong.
Obviously, people have been getting married at McDonald’s for a few years now because they can. While some online sources say people have gotten married there at least as far back as 2002 McDonald’s officially started the whole program in 2011 in order to satisfy “regional demand.” To date the company has actually played host to approximately two dozen weddings. They also offer engagement parties, bridal showers and anniversary parties.
McDonald’s spokeswoman Jessica Lee shed a little e more light on why folks get hitched at McDonald’s when she recently told the press: “We started the program because many customers tell us that McDonald’s is where they first started dating. . . McDonald’s is where their love stories grew. This connection is exactly why they want to hold their wedding parties and even anniversary parties at McDonald’s-to relive sweet beginnings and bring their romantic story full circle.”
People might also get married at McDonald’s because of the price. Ronald and company offer four different “celebratory packages” from a budget-effective “Happiness Party” at $373.00 up to the super-sized “Love Forever Party” which costs $1,290 dollars. The super-sized marriage features a pair of balloon wedding rings, gifts for 50 guests and a “crystal McDonald’s house,” which is reportedly just what it sounds like.
Yes. It sounds a bit unusual to say the least. In fact, when Lee claims that their wedding program is “unique to McDonald’s Hong Kong at the moment” some cynical souls might translate that as “yeah, we honestly can’t believe people wanted this either.” On the other hand, if as another online author indicated, you go to the “the McDonald’s HK site” you will discover newly married couples with super-sized smiles.
People get married at McDonald’s because they want a Happy Meal honeymoon in Hong Kong. Considering the kind of money other venues charge couples starting a new life together maybe McDonald’s isn’t totally out of the question. The folks who already got married there obviously “love it”. Who knew?
Why get married at McDonald’s? Now you know.
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