Crowdsourcing is defined as acquiring resources, content, or services from the collective contribution of a large group of people, generally on the Internet. Today, crowdsourcing is often used to fund startups and artistic ventures like books and movies. However, some creative brides and grooms-to-be are beginning to use crowdsourcing for a very unique purpose: to pay for their wedding.
One of the most positive aspects of crowdsourcing for your wedding is that you can share your special day with many more people than you could if you were only paying for your wedding through traditional methods. You can also offer rewards to those that donate a set amount of money to your wedding fund. The Huffington Post ran a story recently about Miguel Munoz and Cesar Hernandez-Topete, two men in California that used the website GoFundMe.com to start a campaign to raise money for their wedding.
Munoz and Hernandez-Topete’s goal is $2,500, and the couple is offering cake pop rewards for those that donate $25 or more. It should be, of course, a priority to keep crowdfunded money within the parameters of actual wedding expenses. It would be in bad taste, if say, Miguel and Cesar used their funds to pick out matching mens tungsten wedding bands. Or if they perhaps decided to get a bit more fancy and go for something like this. Dom Hodgson, an entrepreneur from the United Kingdom, plans on turning his unique surprise wedding into a surprise documentary in return for the support of donors. People that donate to Hodgson’s wedding fund will also get access to a members-only area of his crowdfunding site, Don’t Tweet The Bride.
While money may seem like the most important element of paying for a wedding, those that are getting married are not limited to only receiving financial contributions from crowdsourcing.
You can crowdsource your wedding’s photography needs by using online photography applications such as Instagram and Flickr. With a certain tag or access to a particular album, guests can upload their own pictures from your wedding and see pictures that others have taken.
You could use niche crowdsourcing sites that sell design services to reduce the cost of your decorations and invitations. Others have chosen to take advantage of the ease of music sharing today to use crowdsourcing to pick a playlist for their wedding reception. While these crowdsourcing ideas may not be contributing actual funds to offset the cost of a wedding, they still add value and can reduce the amount of money that the bride and groom need to spend on hiring professional services for their wedding.
Another way that some married couples are using crowdsourcing is to combine their ceremonies into one event to save money on the costs of a venue, food, and entertainment. This type of crowdsourcing allows the married couple to exponentially increase the amount of funding that they have for their wedding, because they can tap into a network of friends and family members much larger than their own circle. A bigger crowdsourcing wedding activity like this also helps more people who are connected to the people getting married participate in such a joyous occasion.
Marriage is a very old tradition that has seen tremendous change throughout the years. Advancing technology means that those getting married today have a much larger amount of resources available at their disposal to help fund their big day. While it is a relatively uncommon application of the technique, crowdsourcing a wedding is still viable for those that want to cut down on the expense of paying for their matrimony.