'Til McNuggets Do You Part: McDonald's Gives Couples an 'Extraordinary' Wedding Experience

In Hong Kong you can celebrate your love under the Golden Arches.

(Photo courtesy of McDonalds)

Jul 15, 2014· 1 MIN READ
Culture and education editor Liz Dwyer has written about race, parenting, and social justice for several national publications. She was previously education editor at Good.

It’s summer wedding season, which means plenty of receptions with overpriced, rubbery chicken breasts for dinner. But don’t complain too much—you could be living in Hong Kong and munching on a McNugget after your BFF’s nuptials.

Fifteen McDonald’s restaurants in the region are giving fast-food aficionados a chance to celebrate their love under the Golden Arches. They're offering a variety of "Warm & Sweet" matrimony packages, which promise a “truly extraordinary wedding experience.”

"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 spokesperson Jessica Lee told CNBC. "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."

The priciest of the four packages, the “Love Forever,” will set bride and groom back about $1,290. That includes the cost of renting out the McDonald’s for two hours, food, invitations for 50 guests, a tiny pair of yellow-and-white balloon rings, and a display of apple pie boxes stacked up to resemble a wedding cake. Seriously. Meanwhile, the least-expensive package, the “Happiness Party,” runs a mere $373.

That seems like a pittance compared with the whopping $29,858 that the average American wedding cost in 2013. But Hong Kongers might want to take into account that much of the global obesity crisis is due to the adoption of American eating habits, and the tab in the U.S. for obesity-related diseases in 2013 was a staggering $190 billion. So while the couple that munches Big Macs might stay together, the health care costs sure could break the bank.