Are you getting married? Are you looking for a venue that will do justice to your love of your spouse-to-be, along with your other, equally great love of Chicken McNuggets? Well, it's your lucky day, because McDonald's has recently upped (yes, upped) the number of stores offering wedding services from three to fifteen. Interested? All you have to do is fly to Hong Kong.
Since 2011, when McDonald's launched the program to meet regional demand, the company has hosted around two dozen weddings, and also offers engagement, anniversary, and bridal shower parties.
"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," McDonald's spokeswoman Jessica Lee told CNBC.com. "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."
So what do you get when you decide to have your wedding at McDonald's? Well, that all depends: the company offers four levels of celebratory packages, from the budget-effective Happiness Party (HK$2,888, or just US$373) up through the super-sized Love Forever Party (HK$9,999, or US $1,290), which includes gifts for 50 guests, a pair of balloon wedding rings, and something known as a "crystal McDonald's house," which is exactly what it sounds like.
It would be easy to ridicule McDonald's for offering a service that, admittedly, sounds like some kind of surrealistic prank. And Lee's assertion that the wedding program is "unique to McDonald's Hong Kong at the moment" comes off like a hedged "yes, we can't believe people wanted this either."
But click through some of the photo albums on the McDonald's HK site, and see how happy the couples look. This is their day, and if they want to spend it posing behind a giant pile of cardboard-sleeved apple pies, who are we to judge? And when couples are getting conned out of thousands of dollars at venues like New York's Rebar, maybe there's something to be said for being a little budget-conscious.
On that note: would you like marriage with that?