What do you do when you’re strapped for cash but you want to put on the wedding of your dreams? Some people might put it off or opt for a tiny ceremony, but Jason Mielke and Rebecca Hansen chose a slightly less conventional route. The couple has put it out to the community and offered their wedding up for sponsorship.
Yup, like ‘give me a dress and I’ll advertise for you’ sponsorship. Jason and Rebecca already have ten companies and individuals signed on to provide items and services they’ll need for the big day. The dress, bridesmaids’ dresses, flowers, wedding cake and photographers are all taken care of. There are a few big items like wedding invitations and rings still on the list, but it’s a fantastic start. Although we have to admit some of the items on their ‘Dream Wish List‘ are kind of big asks like the entire honeymoon and a ‘red carpet for outside of church.’
So what would compel someone to sponsor a random couple’s nuptials? The pair, who are life coaches and motivational speakers by trade, provide an entire website dedicated to why. They cite reasons like, ‘making the impossible possible,’ ‘community involvement and excitement’ and ‘take your brand to the next level’ for why you might consider investing in their wedding. They also give a detailed retelling of their love story to pull at the good ol’ heartstrings.
The story is a pretty sweet one actually. Rebecca was a victim of domestic abuse, and hesitant to let a man into her life again. Jason had lost his job and direction and was also running from an abusive past. The two met in a Regina library in 2015 and it was love at first sight.
‘Rebecca is my sweetheart, my fairytale princess, a small town girl with a big heart,’ Jason writes, ‘I want her to experience the treasures of the universe, and the first chapter of our married life together.’
Their website also says that they will donate a portion of the proceeds from their wedding to ‘families with MS and ALS.’ It’s nice to know they’re going to spread the wealth. Jason and Rebecca are hoping to have all their sponsors lined up by October 1 (although they’ll accept donations after that, of course), and the big day is November 25.
So what do you think? Is this a viable way to finance your wedding? It’s certainly getting the attention a sponsor would want it to. Best of luck to Jason and Rebecca on getting those last few items (and maybe even a honeymoon).