A former New York resident is selling her entire wedding for $ 15,000 on TikTok after the Covid-19 pandemic changed her original wedding plans.
Mackenzie Newcomb, 28, told NBC News she planned a trendy secret garden-themed wedding with around 80 guests at a modern Italian restaurant in a Brooklyn neighborhood for September 18.
But she has no interest in attending the wedding as she already married her husband Ben last summer in an intimate ceremony at a port near where Newcomb grew up in Massachusetts.
“We really, really wanted to get married. We didn’t want to wait a year just for this party,” Newcomb said.
After the pandemic forced them to leave New York, the couple faced a series of difficult events that forced them to reassess their priorities. Newcomb’s grandparents barely survived Covid-19, and her husband’s father died last summer after being in a hospice for about a year.
“We had been one of those couples who had never really faced the slightest bit of adversity. And then in 2020, everything continued to fall apart,” Newcomb said. “But we found that we were more validated than ever in ourselves as a couple because we were able not only to overcome the adversity that had affected us, but also to be stronger as a result.”
It was then that they decided to drop their marriage in New York, which had already been postponed from its September 19, 2020 date due to the pandemic, and to marry last summer closer. of their new home.
“We are truly a married couple now. We now live in a house by a lake. We no longer have our old life and our new life is completely different as a married couple,” Newcomb said. “I just didn’t feel the need to have another marriage.”
After months of ignoring her father’s idea of selling her wedding in New York City, Newcomb finally took her father’s advice on Tuesday when she posted a now-viral TikTok video offering her marriage to an engaged couple for just $ 15,000. .
“That’s a third of the price of an average wedding in New York City,” said Newcomb, who estimates they spent nearly $ 25,000 on the wedding.
Everything from the venue to the floral arrangements is included, as well as an LGBTQ wedding photographer and an all-female DJ company who “agreed not to play any problematic men,” according to Newcomb.
“We’re really confident at this point that we’ll be able to sell the wedding just because we’ve been able to be very picky about who we interview for it, because there are people out there who answer all of our questions. requirements… very interesting, ”she says.
The owner of the Milk & Roses restaurant, where the wedding is to take place, told NBC New York that he generally wouldn’t allow this sort of thing, but he’ll let it slip this time around after all the buzz the video has created. viral. .
Newcomb said she received 10 serious requests which had been reduced to three, NBC New York reported.
“At the end of the day, I just need a couple, right? I just need a couple who’s the right person to take over,” Newcomb said.