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An addition to the "A question to all married people" post asked not long ago.

An addition to the "A question to all married people" post asked not long ago.

Old Mar 27th, 2006, 07:01 AM
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An addition to the "A question to all married people" post asked not long ago.

In our Sunday paper, an article told of some people now calling businesses and asking for sponser's for their wedding. This particular couple have a 25,000 dollar wedding planned and they will only pay $2,500. These businesses will be listed in their wedding programs, they will have advertisements on the tables, The disk jockey will mention them thru-out the night. She received her grown free in exchange for her bridesmaids buying their growns there. The list went on and on... All in all she made 500 calls and got 12 sponsers. Good business or just plain tacky?
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 07:10 AM
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To each their own on this one. I am planning a wedding now and have come across this practice on versios message boards and in some magazines. I personally don't like advertizing in general and have even asked that my DJ not put up their banner at my reception. I will geive fair credit to all of my vendors that do well by me by posting vendor reviews where I can and recommending them to friends that get married in the future but I wouldn't want my wedding to be "commercialized". That said, if I went to a wedding and they had this type of stuff going on, I wouldn't think any less of them...it's just not my style...

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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 07:11 AM
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Will the wedding dress have sponsor names on it like a Nascar car?
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 07:18 AM
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LOL ncgirl. I like that idea! Then you could color match flowers and bridesmaid dresses to that sponsor's logo. Oh, very cool. And the invitations...you could have the wording in the middle surrounded by all the ads like in the Sunday paper. Engraved ads...I like that. And the wedding march...it could be sponsor theme songs, and the solo during the ceremony the same thing. And wedding gifts only come from the sponsors' product line, right? Oh yes, wonderful idea!
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 07:36 AM
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This is good business. It would be tacky to hit the bride's dad up for the $25,000.
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 07:46 AM
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What's tacky is that I spelled sponsor, sponser! Twice! I hate when that happens!
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 07:50 AM
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What do you think the movie stars do.....have a million dollar wedding, and then sell the "exclusive" wedding pictures to some magazine, and they get the lavish wedding for free....
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 07:52 AM
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This creates a gift dilemma. Do you cover your plate based on the MSRP of donated services or the actual cost to the bride & groom of $2500?
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 07:57 AM
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The only thing I would object to is a cash bar.

 
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Mmmm. Let's think this through. If the wedding has commercial sponsors, does this mean the guests no longer have to give gifts? After all, when I watch TV, I pay for the noncommercial channels, but get to watch the commercial-laden channels for free because of the advertising.

And before someone gets all upset and points out that gift giving is meant to reflect your caring about the couple, and not meant as payment for the wedding itself, let me clearly state that this post is tongue-in-cheek.

Although . . . . maybe the guests could get their own sponsors?

Think of the possibilities!
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 08:08 AM
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A gift is not supposed to "cover the plate." I kind of like the idea of the bride's dress covered in ads, though...
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 08:55 AM
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Why stop at the wedding? Why not seek corporate sponsors for one's children as well?

Heck, I think every child in America could use the added stress--er, I mean incentive to completely wipe out the last vestiges of unproductive childhood.
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 09:33 AM
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<<A gift is not supposed to "cover the plate." >>

Sylvia, you took my response way too seriously.
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naw, I was just kidding, too--forgot to add a smileyface, or whatever. I actually had a line in mind about that's why I always gift with big useless round silver trays (well, silver plate), but didn't think everyone would get it...
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 10:56 AM
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Glad to hear that Sylvia. Thanks.
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Actually this goes on more then we think. What message are we sending when kids walk into a school and the first thing that they see in the lobby are several Coke machines? Schools get money to sponsor soda companies.
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 11:16 AM
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This is not a joke?

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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 11:36 AM
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Not a joke. Published in the Akron Beacon Journal (Ohio) this past Sunday.
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 11:53 AM
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Frankly, I can't imagine why any company would pay several thousand dollars to sponsor any private wedding unless the family, or families were very high profile people where there would be enough interest and press coverage to justify that type of advertising expense. Even if it were true, it is hard to imagine the minister stopping periodically during the ceremony for a commercial message ("the groom's vows are brought to you by "Levitra") or, instead of petals having the flower girl toss perfume and cologne samples into the crowd.
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Old Mar 27th, 2006, 01:36 PM
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Does this mean that we'll soon see logos on wedding gowns and tuxedos similar to the RL polo pony, Nike swoosh, etc.?!?!

Can't you just imagine a flashing neon sign on top of the wedding cake (just above the little bride & groom's head) adverising the bakery?!?! ;-)
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