Wedding planning is stressful stuff, especially when it comes to the guest list. Which sweet aunts do you invite and which perverted uncles do you not? How many seats do you leave to the discretion of your nosey parents and how many do you reserve for the shenanigans of your alcoholic college pals? With the average guest list hovering around the 140 mark, it’s no cake-walk picking the exclusive audience for your special day.
That being said, there are ways to simplify the process.
For instance, you could just invite 4,000 starving refugees that are currently suffering through a horrific civil war and then spend the majority of your reception feeding them.
Because a week ago today, that’s exactly what Fethullah Üzümcüoğlu and Esra Polat did at their wedding in Turkey. Their reception was a giant breadline for thousands of hungry, displaced Syrians with part of the food being paid for by Üzümcüoğlu’s father and all of it being handed out by the bride and groom in their beautiful white wedding gown and tux, respectively.
The gesture was executed with the help of Kimse Yok Mu (KYM), a humanitarian aid organization based in Turkey for which the groom’s father regularly volunteers.
“I was shocked when Fethullah first told me about the idea,” the bride told i100. “But afterwards I was won over by it. It was such a wonderful experience. I’m happy that we had the opportunity to share our wedding meal with the people who are in real need.”
“We started our journey to happiness with making others happy and that’s a great feeling,” said the groom.
According to their chat with i100, Fethullah also said friends of his were so inspired by the charitable reception that they are planning on a similar format for their own weddings.
We can only hope they’re being serious and that the trend picks up on this side of the ocean.