When Mariko Fritz-Krockow was looking into sending invitations for her wedding in San Francisco last September, she was shocked by the prices.
“It was going to cost us more than $500 to send 100 invites,” Mariko said. “That’s money I would rather spend somewhere else.”
That’s when Mariko thought of Eventbrite. She had used it before for dinner parties with friends – why not her wedding?
“I could send all the invites, collect all the guest info I needed, and I wouldn’t have to pay for anything, since it was a free event,” Mariko said. “After that, I never considered anything else.”
Mariko not only used invites creatively, but attendee data, as well. She knew that many people would be travelling from out of the country for the wedding, and would need entertainment options during their free time.
When planning for the wedding reception, she asked food questions, such as if guests liked crab, or if they enjoyed chocolate cake. People who didn’t like crab didn’t get the crab chowder (nor were they directed to Fisherman’s Wharf for their free time), and people who didn’t like chocolate were not served chocolate cake (nor sent to Ghirardelli Square).
Of course, sending people on their way also freed up Mariko’s time, so that she could concentrate on the wedding. On Sep. 16, 2011, in downtown San Francisco, Mariko Fritz-Krockow danced down the aisle in a gold dress. Her bridesmaids wore simple, black cocktail dresses. Her sister, a bridesmaid, spent the ceremony barefooted.
“It was an untraditional wedding,” Mariko said. “And so much fun!”
Happy Valentine’s Day, from all of us at Eventbrite! Check out some more photos of Mariko’s Eventbrite wedding below.
Editor’s Note: We originally reported that Mariko’s sister was barefooted for the ceremony; as you’ll see from the comments below, she actually donned crocheted sandals for the ceremony!
The ceremony took place in downtown San Francisco on a spectacular September day.
Having the wedding on Eventbrite, whose headquarters is in San Francisco, wasn’t the only California touch; cable cars, crab chowder, and Ghirardelli chocolates provided a SF experience for all involved.
The bridal party danced to the altar in black cocktail dresses.
“I could use Eventbrite to send all the invites, collect all the guest info I needed, and I wouldn’t have to pay for anything, since it was a free event,” Mariko said. “After that, I never considered anything else.”
Photography credit: Julie Michelle