10 Fast Food-Themed "I Do"s
No matter how much you love Big Macs or Java Chip Frappuccinos, there’s someone out there who loves them more—a lot more. Check out these 10 quick-eating establishments that have played a big part in fan weddings.
1. WHITE CASTLE
Not one, but three couples deemed a White Castle their wedding venue of choice on Valentine’s Day in 2008. A flower girl threw salt and pepper packets instead of rose petals, and the grooms all wore employee name tags. The joint ceremony, which was broadcast on a local radio station, was held at a Columbus, Ohio, White Castle (also the home of the restaurant’s headquarters). The Ohio wedding was just one of the many White Castle-based ceremonies across the country that have occurred over the years: In 2013, Carla Parris and Bob Watson of Illinois also tied the knot at their local White Castle, paying homage to the fact that Parris’ parents met there. Others have walked down the aisle at the fast-food chain in Kentucky and New Jersey.
2. BURGER KING
With the last names “Burger” and “King,” this Illinois couple pretty much had to incorporate the burger joint into their nuptials—especially since the chain was footing the bill. When Joel Burger and Ashley King got married in July 2015, they fully embraced the coincidental juxtaposition of their surnames: The wedding party donned Burger King crowns for pictures, the groomsmen wore burger-themed socks and cufflinks, and koozies and mason jars adorned with logos decorated the tables at the reception.
Every good fair has a giant slide, and the Big E in West Springfield, Massachusetts, is no exception. The Big E’s slide is sponsored by McDonald’s, so when Mary Anne Purdy and John Romani decided to tie the knot at the top of the slide in September, it only made sense that Ronald himself would make an appearance. And more McD’s weddings may be on the horizon—the company now offers wedding packages in Hong Kong.
Dr. Joanne Choo of Sydney, Australia, met her future husband at their church’s youth group. The crew would regularly watch cricket and go out for KFC. As a result, Choo began collecting the brand’s chicken buckets—so when they eventually got engaged, she thought they would make a perfect addition to the photos commemorating the occasion. The couple also ate KFC between the wedding and the reception, and later served the Colonel’s chicken at the baby shower for their first child.
5. TACO BELL
Paul and Caragh Brooks exchanged their vows at a Taco Bell in 2010. The couple from Normal, Illinois, frequented their local establishment so much that they decided it would be the perfect venue to get married. They decorated the restaurant with streamers, balloons, and hot sauce packets that said “Will you marry me?” and sat in a booth while a friend performed the ceremony.
6. PIZZA HUT
Julie Hansford and Paul Young went to Pizza Hut for their first date, so when they got married 14 years later, they opted to hold their reception at the exact same restaurant in Salisbury in the UK. The happy couple served their 80 guests deep dish pizza and a pizza-shaped cake topped with a pepperoni heart.
DeAnna Dodson and Jordan Senz of Beloit, Wisconsin, were determined to say "I do" on New Year's Eve, which made locking down a venue for the holiday a challenge—until they decided on a location bound to be open: their local Starbucks. But they're not the only pair to pursue happily ever after at the coffee chain. Holding weddings at the popular cafe is something of a trend, even spawning the hashtag “#StarbucksWedding. Still, Dodson and Senz win the award for punniest vows, with Senz promising his wife “to love you a latte” and “macchiato an honest woman out of you.” They bought the Reverend a caramel Frappuccino after the ceremony and toasted the nuptials with their own morning standards: a Caramel Macciato for the bride and a Grande Caffé Misto for the groom.
8. DUNKIN’ DONUTS
If you prefer the coffee at Dunkin’ Donuts to Pike Place Roast, don’t worry—there’s a wedding for you, too. In 2012, Cliff Ranson and Elizabeth Fischer exchanged vows at a Dunkin’ in Sicklerville, New Jersey. They had a bigger ceremony at a later date, where they sprinkled a little Dunkin’ love by having a doughnut tower instead of a traditional cake.
9. TIM HORTONS
And for the Canadians scoffing at the very idea of Dunkin’ Donuts, of course there’s a Tim Hortons wedding. The bride and groom wore rival hockey jerseys, served Timbits to their guests, and handed out hockey pucks emblazoned with their wedding date and the phrase, “The puck dropped.”
10. WAFFLE HOUSE
To complete our breakfast-themed nuptials, we have a Waffle House wedding. Floridians Summer Buckles and Ken Foote exchanged vows at a Gainesville eatery in 2014 for no particular reason—Waffle House holds no significance for either one of them. “We wanted to do something fun and just a little different,” Buckles explained. Confused? So were the couple’s friends and family, who wondered what to wear to the ceremony. “I was like, ‘Ya’ll, it’s Waffle House,’” Buckles said.