Friday, July 2, 2010

Cans for Wedding

Couple recycles 400,000 cans to pay for wedding

When Peter Geyer caught the garter at a wedding last fall, his girlfriend Andrea Parrish immediately dropped to her knee, pulled out an opal earring, and proposed to him. Parrish admits they had been discussing getting married, so she was kind of prepared for such a moment just in case it happened. "What better way to announce it to the family than with a big dramatic moment?" asks the 25-year-old marketing writer.

It seems Parish and her fiancé have a flair for creating buzz. Known as the "wedding can couple," Geyer and Parrish have been in the news because they are paying for their July 31 wedding solely with the $3,800 in proceeds they earned from recycling 400,000 cans.

The Spokane couple reached their goal last week when over a ton of aluminum cans was hauled off their porch by a local recycler. They continue to collect cans to raise money for their honeymoon and to donate to Doctors Without Borders and Rim Country Land Institute.

How did they come up with the offbeat idea? Parrish said they quickly realized they'd have to save around $500 a month to pay for their wedding if they wanted to get married in a reasonable amount of time and avoid getting into debt. They didn't have much extra cash because Parrish was laid off from her job right after they purchased a house.

The rest of the article here.

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