More Americans Getting Hitched in Home Depot


Last month, two employees exchanged vows in the garden section of the Home Depot (Stock Quote: HD) in California where they worked as more than 100 guests watched. The bride later said that she chose the spot partly because the Home Depot felt like her second home.

When you think about where you’d like to have your dream wedding, chances are that retail stores like Home Depot rank below tropical beaches and rustic Italian villas. However, a tiny but growing group of Americans are walking down the aisles of their favorite stores.

According to USA Today, more stores have played host to weddings this year than in the past. T.J Maxx (Stock Quote: TJX) is about to host its first wedding later this month, two employees wed at Cold Stone Creamery and even Taco Bell has held a wedding. But for some reason, Home Depot seems to be the most popular choice.

A spokesperson told USA Today that Home Depot has hosted about six weddings so far this year, and part of the allure may be the fact that it’s very cost efficient. “[The spokesperson] says Home Depot doesn't charge to hold weddings in their stores, adding that most of the materials used — like orange buckets and plywood for pews — can be put back on the shelves after the ceremony.”

More often than not, these weddings involve employees who work at the stores. However, there is no rule barring regular customers from doing the same if they get permission from the store manager. Last year, one couple got married in Wal-Mart (Stock Quote: WMT), not because they work there but because that was where they met. Another couple got married in the flagship Apple store in Manhattan because they love the company’s products, although in this case the couple did not alert the store in advance. Luckily for them, the staff did not mind.

Beyond the symbolic value of choosing these locations, there's no doubt that it also saves a significant amount of money. The average couple spends more than $23,000 on their wedding, of which thousands go towards the flowers, decor and ceremony. By comparison, most of the above stores charge nothing.

In general, if you do end up having a store wedding, we suggest that you try not to block the aisles too much and watch out for sharp objects so your fancy clothes don’t get caught (particularly in Home Depot).

If this kind of wedding isn’t for you, don’t worry, there are still plenty of other ways that you can save money on your special day.

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