Here's the weirdest money story of the week, from yesterday's New York Times:
Bride-to-Be Takes a Chance on eBay for a Bidding Bridesmaid
Being a bridesmaid can be expensive, as any woman who has been fitted for a dress she did not pick out, or spent hundreds of dollars for a plane ticket, can attest. But, then again, most bridesmaids know the bride.
Then, there is Kelly Gray and her fifth bridesmaid.
Ms. Gray, a Virginia Beach hairdresser, auctioned off the chance to be a bridesmaid in her April 2009 wedding on eBay. The winning bid on Wednesday was $5,700.
Today, the story got even weirder:
On eBay, Bride Finds Sponsor for a Wedding
The eBay auction to be a bridesmaid in Kelly Gray’s wedding is officially over, but the surprises keep coming.
The winning bid of $5,700 was by the Dr Pepper Snapple Group.
“We heard about the contest and thought it was an amazing thing she came up with,” said Nick Rangone, a spokesman for the beverage company who introduced himself to Ms. Gray on the phone as “Nick from New Jersey.”
Initially shocked that a beverage company had won the right to march down the aisle with her, Ms. Gray, 23, a Virginia Beach hairdresser, received another surprise when the company decided to give her $10,000, rather than the $5,700 it had bid.
How will the blushing bride be spending the money?
Ms. Gray said her wedding to Karl Gau would still be a simple affair.
“I don’t want it to be extravagant, but now I can get that wonderful D.J. who has the lights; I can do that,” she said. “Now I’m thinking of a honeymoon.”
Maybe she'll get to serve free Dr. Pepper at the reception too.
It's funny-- I enjoyed being a bridesmaid at my sister's wedding, but like many other women, I would be more likely to pay someone NOT to have to be a bridesmaid at her wedding! (Unless, of course, the happy couple meets through my Money Match personal ads!)