Are you planning a wedding but money is tight, have a love for burgers and French fries so great that you can't imagine having a reception without them? Well a popular fast food chain has the perfect package for you! CNBC revealed this week that McDonald’s wedding parties are so popular in Hong Kong that the fast food empire has a dedicated wedding service there, available in 15 venues.
Customers can choose from four different wedding packages, ranging from around HK$2,888 (£218) to HK$9,999 (£753). The most expensive offering include a pair of “McDonald's balloon wedding rings", “character gifts” for up to 50 guests and a McDonald's apple pie display (well, I suppose it saves choosing a wedding cake). McDonald's spokeswoman Jessica Lee said that the program, which started in 2011, had been launched "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." A spokesman for McDonald's said that it had no plans to roll out the service in other countries, but Hong Kong is not the only place that has witnessed nuptials among the chicken nuggets. Last year, a couple from Bristol made headlines when they held their wedding reception at a McDonald’s they ate in twice a week. It was certainly a brave decision: due to the firm’s alcohol ban, they had to make do with soft drinks instead of fizz.
You would probably raise a few eyebrows among friends and family if you announced you were holding your wedding reception at McDonald’s – but in these straitened times, you would certainly save a few pennies. And at least there would be no worries about running out of napkins.