With the passing of the same-sex marriage bill late last year, thousands of Australians were able to think about marriage in their own country for the first time. To mark the occasion Carlton North’s Park Street is giving away an entire wedding package valued close to $27,000.
“We wanted to show how stoked we are that our friends can get married – we’ve finally caught up to the rest of the world,” co-owner Jesse Gerner tells Broadsheet.
The PS We Love Weddings giveaway includes a five-hour event for 70 people on Saturday August 25 at Park Street. After a ceremony with celebrant Megan Thompson, there will be cocktails and canapés, followed by a sit-down dinner with share plates and an open bar of wine, beer and of course, bubbles.
Like all good weddings, there will also be a cake. A two-tier, two-flavour one to be precise, courtesy of Cherry Cakes.
Photographer Georgia Verrells will capture the special day on camera, providing a digital gallery of the wedding to the winning couple, who can then pick six images for printing by Thirds Studio.
C2 Films are also getting involved, gifting the newlyweds with a wedding film that will ensure long-lasting memories.
Pomp & Splendour will be responsible for floral arrangements, and SAS Events is contributing $1500 to the couple for décor rentals on the day.
Finally, a VIP styling experience by Jack London and/or Alannah Hill will have the loved-up couple looking sharp.
“We’ve had quite a few weddings now at Park Street, especially over this summer – it’s a really good spot for it,” Gerner says.
Now same-sex marriage is finally a reality, Australian businesses are unsurprisingly eager to capitalise on the new market, and it’s easy to view this competition as a marketing move. To sign up for this prize couples must follow all the participating vendors on Instagram and like the PS We Love Weddings event on Park Street’s Facebook page before registering interest on the giveaway website) by March 11. But, as anyone who’s had to pay for a wedding can attest, it’s also one hell of a prize.
“I know there’s a lot of people jumping on the band wagon, but we haven’t gone for rainbow balloons,” Gerner says. “We’re trying to just keep it about people getting married but also supporting the fact that now anyone can get married. Which, in our opinion, is perfect.
“It was just our way to celebrate getting married for everyone.”
In the spirit of equality the competition is open to all Victorian residents aged 18 or older. The winning couple will be selected at random and announced on March 15, 2018.