Well, you’re not alone!
We all know that weddings are expensive, but it hurts more when you’re the one writing the checks.
The average cost of a wedding in the US is close to $30,000! Crazy, right?
In order to pay for this, many couples either take on debt, save like crazy to pay for a dream wedding, or cut costs by restricting the number of guests and going DIY on the whole thing.
However, wouldn’t it be more fun to get some of those things for free without having to make 40 flower arrangements by yourself?
Well, luckily, you can.
Get Your Wedding Paid For
“Wait,” you must be thinking, “Can I even get my wedding sponsored?”
The answer is certainly a resounding “YES!”
There are a huge number of companies out there who think outside of the box and are looking for interesting, appealing new ways to promote their brand.
The days of plugging a brand name on a poster in a dark alley are long over. Larger and small businesses alike are commonly expressing an interest in finding clever means of marketing. Wedding sponsorship is one such way.
Rather than pay for their wedding, some couples are opting to get some or the whole thing sponsored by businesses and brands. This may seem like a crazy idea, but the trend for sponsored weddings is growing.
How to Get Your Wedding Sponsored
I explain in a ton of detail how to get your wedding sponsored in my 24 page guide, but I can tell you in a nutshell, the first thing you need to do is create an image/brand for yourself. After all, this is serious business!
So how do you do that?
Well first you’ll need to create a blog. A blog is going to show potential sponsors your story and help them learn more about you as a couple. This is how they can decide if they want to help pay for a part of your wedding.
As you collect sponsors for your wedding, you can publish new blog posts thanking them and telling your friends and family about their company. If you’re worried about starting a blog, it’s actually really easy. Here is my tutorial, which is the easiest way to set up a blog without hiring anyone, and it will only take you about 30 minutes to complete.
Why Would Someone Want To Sponsor Your Wedding?
You might be wondering why a business would even be interested in sponsoring a wedding. However, as someone who works in digital media every day, I can tell you that companies are looking for unique ways to market their products and services.
People are bored with traditional marketing like TV commercials and radio ads. Companies love working with young people, especially those that have a heartwarming story to tell like a new couple.
You can make a list of potential companies on your own and start pursuing relationships with companies, but if you’re a little unsure, I included a step by step process on how to get sponsors in my e-book.
I even included a sample phone conversation you can have with a potential sponsor to help seal the deal. There is also a list full of custom packages you can offer sponsors and some ideas on what parts of your wedding you can sponsor. I’ll also explain why targeting a new business might be a good idea.
How to Ensure You’re a Great Couple to Sponsor
Just like any other sponsorship arrangement, businesses that sponsor a wedding want to know that they will get a good return on their dollar.
Remember that the sponsorship arrangement needs to benefit both you and the sponsor for it to work. It really helps if you already have a strong social media following on Facebook or Twitter because you can show a sponsor that you can reach thousands of people.
However, if you don’t have a big following you will be surprised how quickly you can gain followers if you put your effort into it.
Again, having a blog also shows sponsors that you are very serious when it comes to having sponsors for your wedding. You should also find a way to make your wedding unique in some way. Do you have an interesting story about how you got together? What about any difficulties that you have had to overcome in your lives or relationship? Can you get married in a unique location or incorporate an interesting theme?
Local newspapers and local television stations LOVE covering this sort of thing, and you can use this potential media exposure get sponsors, contact producers, and more.
Don’t Let it Get Over the Top
Overall, getting sponsors for a wedding is a lot of work and it takes confidence, persistence, and a lot of effort. It is not something that happens overnight, but it is very possible. So, if you are motivated to get your wedding paid for by companies, you CAN make this work. Just make sure that your desire for a free wedding doesn’t overshadow the point of the whole day.
Be genuine, sweet, honest, and just you, and you may just surprise yourself at how enterprising you can be when planning your special day.
To learn more about my e-book and the topics covered, I have included information on every chapter and what you will learn below. Good luck and congratulations on your engagement!