- Taco Bell, Denny’s, Dunkin ‘and other chains sell wedding items.
- Taco Bell even has a chapel in Las Vegas where couples can get married with the Taco Bell badges.
- I’m recently engaged and can’t help but think about these weird marriages.
I got engaged in May and since then I can’t help but notice how eerily rich the world of fast food weddings is.
For the more devoted, there are ways to make your wedding fully decorated with your favorite brand. Taco Bell has been hosting weddings at its Las Vegas cantina since 2018, and nearly 500 couples have married there since the chain told Insider. For $ 600, couples will receive personalized Taco Bell merchandise, party wrap, half-hour ceremony and officiant, reception space for 15 guests, Cinnabon Delights cake, and a bunch of hot sauce.
A Taco Bell wedding could make more sense than ever now that the United States is exiting COVID restrictions, with things uncertain thanks to the Delta variant. The ceremony is capped at 25 guests, and temperature checks are mandatory upon entry. The chapel is closed to the public and open only by reservation, and the tables are six feet apart.
“The gravy bouquet is cleaned and sanitized before and after each wedding,” says Taco Bell if you’re worried about the shared decor.
Denny’s offers a similar package in its own chapel in Las Vegas, where more than 600 weddings have taken place so far, the restaurant chain told Insider. For $ 199, a couple can use the chapel, a bouquet, a boutonniere, a pancake wedding cake, a champagne toast, two t-shirts, and a coupon for two Grand Slam tournaments.
Denny’s says the chapel has returned to normal following pandemic restrictions and just hosted a wedding with 50 guests earlier in July.
White Castle organized a “Royal Wedding” giveaway, also in Las Vegas, for a couple. The package was the most elaborate of the fast food wedding package, featuring a rehearsal dinner, ceremony, decor, food, and a castle honeymoon in Belgium.
After I started planning my own wedding, the branded fast food options are weirdly appealing. We are in the midst of a historic marriage boom after nearly half of the couples whose marriages are slated for 2020 have been postponed or called off. Venues, caterers, and photographers book 2022 and in some cases 2023, making every booking more competitive and expensive.
It makes sense that fast food chains are trying to capture some of the wedding segment, which is an industry worth over $ 50 billion a year in the United States according to IBIS World estimates,
The average wedding, among those that took place in 2020, cost $ 19,000, with estimates of an average cost of $ 22,500 for 2021. There is something very appealing about spending all that money and more. ‘a year of planning to spend a few hundred dollars and eat Taco Bell with 15 of our closest family members.
Running away to a special Las Vegas version of your favorite fast food chain probably isn’t realistic for most people, but the world of fast food is still getting closer to more traditional weddings. Wedding planning websites are full of people asking if it’s okay for Chipotle, Moe’s, or Chick-fil-A to take care of their weddings.
Olive Garden hosts weddings, and at least one couple had a breadsticks bar with dips, a nod to the chain’s famous Unlimited Breadsticks. Breadsticks are clearly a hit with couples as Olive Garden also sells breadsticks bouquets on Valentine’s Day.
For a dessert route, Krispy Kreme will create eight-level rounds of 216 donuts in any flavor you want.
Even Domino’s is jumping into the wedding craze, with an online wedding list. Couples can sign up for gift cards of varying amounts labeled with cute wedding-related themes, like “Thank you Card-a-thon” and “One more slice before ‘I want it’”.
If nothing else, I’m deeply tempted to spend $ 35 on this little pink and orange Dunkin Ring Cushion for my own wedding, knowing that it won’t work with my earth tone decor at all.