Our big fat sponsored wedding…!

Khrystal Barton’s quirky real life story appeared in THE SUN newspaper yesterday.

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Khrystal explains her sponsored wedding in The Sun

When Khrystal Barton emailed me about her sponsored wedding, I knew it would be a story that would interest a newspaper.
Khrystal was delighted when fiance Ian proposed on the day of the Royal wedding this year. But when she counted up the cost of her dream white wedding, it came to around £20,000. And although the couple could afford to fund it, they felt it was a lot of money to splash out on one day. At the same time, Khrystal didn’t want to give up on the wedding she’d always imagined she’d have.
But then she googled ‘how to fund a wedding’ and saw that in the States, many people have their weddings sponsored. This means businesses might give a discounted service in return for advertising plug on the wedding day.
So guests are told who supplied the food and businesses who provided the dresses, photos, flowers – and all the other many services that go to make a day special.
Brides to be will often enclose business leaflets in the invites, they will be mentioned in the order of service and business cards will be provided for guests to pick up. Sponsors are often mentioned in the speeches as well.
Critics claim sponsored weddings can be tacky but the bonus is the couple can end up with a heavily discounted wedding day – and Khrystal and Ian are set for their wedding next year to be virtually free!

Khrystal said: “We were delighted The Sun took up our story. Ian and I – and particularly my parents – also adored the photo The Sun took of us!”

For those interested, the full list of sponsors from East Sussex, are as follows! Rings: Smooch;Teeth Whitening: Godstone Dental Care; Manicure and tans:Body Sense Beauty Treatments; Harp: Harp Music By Margret; Hair: Simply Beautiful Wedding Hair; Caterers: Summer House Foods; Photos: ESP Photographic; Video: Lane Productions (Videographers); Flowers: The Flowershop (Uckfield) ltd; Venue: Broyle Place; Suit hire: Dickie’s Suit Hire; Bride’s dress: Patricia Diamond Bridal Suite;Fireworks: Dynamic Fireworks;Toastmaster: Paul Mitchell, banners: Sign Tek.

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Alison Smith-Squire

Alison Smith-Squire is a writer, journalist and media agent selling exclusive real life stories to newspapers, magazines and TV. She owns the sell my story website Featureworld.co.uk, which was set up to help ordinary people sell their stories to the press.

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