Ok, so this post is tongue-in-cheek, but it's too hard not to share the article I'll refer to in a minute.
How? By selling the right to be your maid-of-honor, best man, and other slots in your wedding.
I got the idea from this article. The highlights:
A 23-year-old unnamed bride to be claims she was offered a $10,000 payment in return for the coveted maid-of-honor spot at her wedding. In a post on Reddit, the woman said her older sister offered her the bribe if she was chosen as top bridesmaid over the woman's younger sister.
Think with me for a moment. Even if $10k was too much, let's look at the math of charging for slots in this scenario:
- Maid-of-honor: $5k
- Best man: $5k
- Bridesmaids (the closer you stand to the bride the more it would be worth, but we'll list them all the same): 4 slots at $2,500 each = $10k
- Groomsmen (the closer you stand to the groom the more it would be worth, but we'll list them all the same): 4 slots at $2,500 each = $10k
So $30k total. You've now paid for the wedding completely even if you spend a boatload on it -- and the gifts are all extra bounty!
And you haven't even sold spots for walking the bride down the aisle, the flower girl, the ring bearer, and so forth. This thing could be a cash cow!!!!
Yes, I'm joking. Who in their right mind would offer $10k to be a maid-of-honor? That girl must have really hated her younger sister. Yikes!
Anyway, having a wedding is probably not a great way to make money...so just pretend I never brought it up. ;)