Wednesday, September 15, 2010

A Free Wedding?

So I was online last night checking my email, and the subject line read, "Who wants a free wedding?" Weird. I click to see who has sent this mysterious email. Wait for it. My school newspaper, the Daily Gamecock. Very intrigued, I click to see what this madness is about. Could my college be offering a free wedding? Really?

Yes, really. A class here at USC (HRTM 362 for any of my USC readers) is actually going to plan a wedding for the engaged couple who wins this contest. The wedding will take place (in what I'm assuming is next) November on the historic USC Horseshoe, seen here:
 A very small portion of me wanted to apply for this contest (too bad I'm only a sophomore...oh yeah and aren't engaged...or even in a relationship. That could be a problem!), but then I read on and one of the requirements was to be engaged already. The couples had to be current USC students, alumni, or children of alumni.

Unfortunately the wedding can only be limited to 75 guests. That could have proved to be a problem with me (well, realistically, not really. I have to remember I'm not on Say Yes to the Dress...) but the cool part about it all is that the reception is held on an 80 foot yacht. I've seen photos from some sorority functions on this yacht and it seems very nice. 
Photo from the Daily Gamecock, and she's the winner of the 2007-2008 contest! How adorable is she?

As far as all the "stuff" goes, it all has to be donated. (Does that mean the dress?) The catering will be done by a delish restaurant close to campus, very upscale, the type of place you would bring your parents. The class is broken down into committees that plan each of the portions of the wedding: catering, etc. 

As interesting as this concept is, I don't know if I could just give over my wedding to a class of college students. I think it's a great idea (I wish they could be on TV so we could watch their progress!) especially for someone who's a current student on a super limited budget. I'll keep you updated on anything I hear about this wedding!

Could you do it? I don't think I could just give all the reins to a class!! I wish the bride, groom, and 70 students in HRTM362 the best of luck!!


Preppy Girl Meets World said...

I think that the class is a wonderful idea to give students some real life experience. It would look amazing on a resume. However, I could never in a million years just hand over my wedding like that completely. My wedding planner told me that she did have one out of town couple where the bride hired her based on recommendations and had never met her. The bride was too busy to plan a wedding so she gave her a budget and told her do what you want. My planner said she was happy with the result so I guess it works for some. All I can say is that when I was in college, I would have LOVED to take a class like that!

katmcd said...

That sounds fun but I would definitely want to plan my own wedding. I hope the paper has updates for this year.

L.A.S. said...

I actually know two girls that took this class at USC last year! After hearing about it through them, it sounds really neat. They learned the whole planning process and everyone was in charge of different aspects. Glad to see this post today!

Charleston Girl said...

Hmm.. not even a free wedding and an 80 ft. yaht reception could convince me to get married on USC's campus. Yuck!

Now if Clemson was offering this... I might consider. :)

As a newly engaged lady, when I saw the title of your post, I clicked on it pretty quickly. It is an interesting concept - I would have totally taken a class like that while I was in school.

But I'm with you - even if it was a free wedding on Clemson's campus, I would probably pass - it would be hard to give over all of your decisions for your big day to a group of college students.

But I guess if you're budget constrained, etc., then it would be a blessing.

Pink, Green, and Southern said...

Not only am I an alumni, I'm a HRSM alumni! Man, I wish my boyfriend would get on the ball, this would be FABULOUS! I always wanted to get married on the horseshoe.