If you’re all about the sharing economy and have ever dreamt of getting hitched in Central Park, here's a contest for you.
Done., a marketplace for hiring talented people to help you get things done, is giving away the first wedding powered by collaborative consumption. The prize includes $4,000 of Done. credit, which can be used to hire everyone needed for the big day – photographers, caterers, musicians, bakers, bartenders, a seamstress. The site even boasts an ordained minister, just in case!
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The winning couple will also receive a $1,000 Airbnb credit to cover accommodations during the big event or an exciting New York City honeymoon afterward – or both, if they shop wisely, of course.
Set in the South Garden in Central Park, which is also romantically called “The Secret Garden,” the ceremony location can accommodate up to 75 guests. The ceremony will last for one hour, and the couple will have 30 minutes of access to the private lawn afterward for photography. The big day can be planned for any time before September 15 of this year.
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To enter, hopeful couples must submit their love stories along with a picture on the contest website. The Done. team encourages entrants to be themselves and be creative – and it doesn’t hurt to link off to a video that captures that cute couple chemistry.
The contest winners will be decided by popular vote – so, a social media strategy or campaign of sorts could be a nice way to get the word out. The winning couple will be announced on June 1, with just enough time to pull everything together.
The contest is open to all U.S. citizens over the age of 18, and the typical terms apply. Though, Done. Director of Community Rachel Amondson told us with a hearty laugh that the team would like to avoid “bridezillas” if at all possible.
Amondson, previously a set costumer for TV shows Modern Family and The Office, came up with the idea for the wedding contest in an effort to showcase the talents and abilities of the Done. community, a group that she believes in so much that she’d “let them help plan her wedding.” And so the idea was born.
Amondson says that the winning couple should be able to find unique doers on the site to take care of all of those little details that make a wedding personal. “Not only do we have bartenders, but we have bartenders experienced with designing specialty cocktails according to your personality,” she says. “And we have a graphic designer who makes wedding invitations, but can also paint Converse shoes with all the details of your wedding,” she says. The site even showcases a yoga instructor that also designs cakes based on personalities on the side. “Not only are [the doers] talented; they have such unique skills and are kind people that you just want to be around,” says Amondson. “It’s a great opportunity for a couple to get to feel like they have a community helping them.”
“I’m just sad that I can’t win the contest and don’t have a groom yet,” jokes Amondson. But for everyone else, there’s always How About We, she says.
Image courtesy of Done.
This story originally published on Mashable here.
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