Cupid will be a starter at this year’s baseball All-Star game as two lucky lovers, who also love baseball, will win an all-expense paid wedding package worth up to $60,000 from MLB.
In the tradition of exchanging vows at home plate, MLB will host their All-Star FanFest Wedding marriage ceremony for the fortunate fans at next month’s summer classic, which takes place on Tuesday, July 12 at Chase Field in Arizona and will be broadcast on FOX-TV.
The winning couple will give their “I do’s,” and get married on the mini baseball diamond in the Phoenix Convention Center hours before the first pitch of the game. The altar will be decorated with a pair of giant baseball bats and baseball themed floral arrangements.
The wedding winners also receive: airfare and accommodations to Phoenix for the All-Star game weekend, a wedding ceremony for the nuptials and 50 guests, complete catered reception including alcoholic beverages, a wedding ring package worth $15,000, tuxedos and gowns for the wedding party, photography/video services and tickets to All-Star game festivities.
The bachelor party and honeymoon are strictly in the hands of the newlyweds.
Eloping entrants have until June 1 to apply online at the official FanFest Wedding site with a creative video submission to seduce the judges with your personal love story and to convince them of your passion for baseball.
Baseball has an all-star lineup of celebrity judges to select the winners, Tom Papa from NBC’s “Marriage Ref,” WE TV’s marriage planner David Tutera, Jenni Croft Badolato from “The Bachelor,” and former major leaguer and MLB All-Star ambassador Luis Gonzalez.
Baseball has a history of players getting married at home plate with teammates creating an archway of bats leading to the altar. Minor league teams have kept the custom alive as a publicity stunt and major league teams have used the baseball wedding as a revenue generator, renting out their sky boxes and facilities for full wedding ceremonies or reception halls.