Here's the latest by our Mpls.St.Paul Weddings guest blogger and contributor, Kolina Cicero:
Since joining the Mpls.St.Paul Weddings crew, I’ve noticed the emergent creativity of brides- and grooms-to-be. Making trades, entering contests, and donating wedding funds elsewhere are just a few of the trends I’ve seen.
Take the Big Trade Up, which turned a student’s No. 2 pencil into an exclusive wedding package worth $53,789. The Big Trade Up supports the local non-profit organization Mind The Future, which awards scholarships to motivate and help Minnesota students prepare and pay for college. Starting with a the pencil from Mind The Future’s first scholarship recipient, Frank Rypa, representatives from the Big Trade Up aim to make several trades of increasing value until they reach their goal of a $250,000 home. Then, Mind The Future organizers Tony DelDotto and Chad Commers plan to sell the house to fund 10 new scholarships and hire an executive director for the Big Trade Up.
How, might you wonder, does this have anything to do with weddings? Here’s the story: On January 25, Rypa traded his No. 2 pencil for a reusable grocery bag, which turned into Minnesota Wild tickets by trade eight—and a 1972 Gran Torino by trade 17. In exchange for the Gran Torino, Jerry Kane of Kane’s Catering offered up “The Big” wedding package, valued at $53,759. It also includes services donated by the likes of wedding planners eventcouture, and a $4,000 dress from The Loft Bridal & Design.
The wedding package is waiting for a bid by a bride-to-be or another interested party. Think you might have something major to trade or need some ideas? Contact the Big Trade Up guys for more information.
Doing something unique with the money you could have spent on your wedding, such as donating it to charity, is another way to spice up your nuptial plans. When it comes to weddings, creativity has no limits.