Weddings at McDonald’s in Hong Kong Include Balloon Rings, Tower of Apple Pies

07/15/2014 at 01:53 PM ET

McDonald's Weddings
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Do you want fries with that wedding band?

Call it an Extra Value wedding: Some McDonald’s locations in Hong Kong are now renting themselves out for marriage ceremonies and receptions, complete with a “cake” made out of a stack of the chain’s iconic apple pies.

The idea of a McDonald’s wedding has become so popular in the country that 15 locations are now doubling as venues, up from just three when McDonald’s launched the idea in 2011.

“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,” a McDonald’s spokeswoman 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.”

So what exactly does a 2-hour McDonald’s wedding include, besides the apple-pie cake? (Which would be reason enough alone to do this, really.) The premium package comes with McDonaldland character gifts for 50 guests, 50 invites, wedding gifts, a pair of McDonald’s balloon wedding rings, a bridal bouquet, the apple pie cake display, a crystal McDonald’s house, decorations, an emcee and more. Prices range from HK $9,999, or about US $1,290 to HK $2,888, about US $373.

But, for those looking for a sub-$400 wedding under the Golden Arches in the States, you’re out of luck. The McDonald’s spokeswoman told CNBC “this is something unique to McDonald’s Hong Kong at the moment.”

—Michelle Ward

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Caroline on

I don’t know why anyone would ever get married at McDonald’s- let alone eat there! Complete garbage that makes you fat and unhealthy. A first date at McDonald’s !?! Glad I don’t live in Hong Kong!

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Reblogged this on C.D. Gill and commented:
Just in case you were worried about society today… Here is more fuel.

NightGuest on

Chinese obsession with American pop culture taken to the extreme

It's Me on

@NightGuest – Actually, no, Chinese people are not obsessed with American culture. You must be thinking about the Japanese. In Hong Kong people are much more into their own movies and actors than American ones.

KellyGreen on

Ha! Cute. I think I’d rather go to a wedding at McDonald’s then some of the Pinterest-obsessed, $20,000+ weddings I’ve been to lately! Seems down to earth and fun😀

Pam on

Wow! Gross!

Pam on

Pink slime is the devil!

Annie on

In Hong Kong people are much more into their own movies and actors than American ones → I’m a Hongkonger and I don’t think so…Hong Kong people are not as obsessed with American culture as Japanese but we obviously love American movies and TV shows more than local ones. However Hong Kong is very crowded city and don’t have much space for holding weddings. That’s the true reason why Hongkongers having weddings at fast food shops.

Guest on

I’m sure their food and service is way better than here. Cute idea.

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