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Atlanta Duo Gets Paid to Help Engaged Couples Elope

Feeling disappointed with the wedding industrial complex, where the average ceremony costs $35,000, this unconventional couple creates an alternative option.
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What It's About

An unconventional couple becomes champions of the unconventional marriage!

Business Model
Service
Skills Required
Creativity & Trendspotting
Complexity
Medium
Profit Potential
Medium

Words of Wisdom

One of the biggest considerations for revamping the wedding market for new generations is cost. Since the average salary for an adult between the ages of 25-34 runs just shy of forty-thousand [cite], the thirty-five-thousand dollar price tag [cite] for your average, traditional American wedding (not including the honeymoon!) has left many millennials looking for something less... well, traditional.

And if there's one thing we've learned so far it's that there are plenty of business opportunities available when new needs pop up!

Fun Fact

Lindsey says that she got her first start coordinating in high school as a stage manager for her theater group. And if you think the two sound unrelated, she assures us that high schoolers and tipsy wedding guests have a lot more in common than you would think.

Notes from Chris

Episode 357

When she’s not on the hunt for the best vegan restaurant in Atlanta, chasing after her three fur-babies, or watching endless amounts of videos on YouTube, Starbucks barista Lindsey Delgado-Harris and her wife, Shaun, are working to revolutionize the way millennials are getting hitched.

  When it came time for them to plan their own wedding, Lindsey and Shaun found themselves completely overwhelmed with all of the fluff of conventional ceremonies. Being an unconventional couple themselves, they thought it would only be fitting that they chose to have an unconventional wedding. They cast aside the wedding planning magazines that didn’t really represent them or their ideals in the pursuit of something a bit different (not to mention, more affordable).

  What they eventually landed on was a small, intimate brunch with family and friends. It was a delicious success, and in the afternoon haze of bubbly and good company, it occurred to Lindsey and Shaun that there really should be more options available to this generation of the newly engaged.

Weddings are simply too expensive, and while the classic courthouse elopement may have a certain appeal to some, it certainly wouldn’t do for many of the selfie generation who like to visually document every aspect of their lives on Instagram.

  Lindsey and Shaun put their heads together to find a way to combine the desire for good visuals with the emptiness of their pocketbooks—and they created the Fancy Elopement!

For around $1,200, Lindsey and Shaun can provide you with a licensed officiant and a tailor-made ceremony with your choice of backdrop (twinkle lights, neutral colored bunting flags, muted colored dip dyed fabric, macrame, or paper cones), small handcrafted bouquets and/or boutonnieres made with seasonal flowers, some sparkling wine (which no ceremony can be without), a 30-minute portrait session with a photographer, and online gallery and digital rights for sharing your photos. The best part is that they do all of this for you...all you have to do is show up and get married!

Since planning and orchestrating fancy elopements are a pretty involved and customized process, Lindsey and Shaun have also found success in offering “day of” wedding coordination services for $1,800. This involves them flawlessly handling all aspects of the wedding you’ve planned so that when the day comes, you can hand off the reins to them and focus on walking down the aisle and not tripping on your train.

With these two services combined, they’ve been able to plan and help out fifteen couples, and have made more than $8,000!


MENTIONED IN THIS EPISODE:

  • LIFE & ART events: Learn more about the services this powerhouse couple offers over on their website!
  • Squarespace: The website building platform that Shaun used to create LIFE & ART events
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Quote of the Day
"The term fancy elopement came organically from my wife Shaun, who wanted to elope for our wedding, but didn’t want to sacrifice style. This got her thinking, ‘how can I provide something more than just the standard run-down-to-the-courthouse elopement? I wanted something a little fancier, so there has to be other folks who want that, too.’"
—Lindsey Delgado-Harris #SideHustleSchool

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