Judging from the plethora of American reality shows, it would appear that thousands of American citizens would do almost anything to be a reality TV star. From living in a house with people whose behavior is so erratic they call themselves the "bad girls club," to "swapping" wives with a guy they've never met before, to letting a cameraman document every breakup, birth, and bowel movement -- the things people will do for their 15 minutes (or episodes) of fame spans from laughably bizarre to just incredibly embarrassing.
And if letting the entire country participate in your life by watching it on television is apparently acceptable, why not let a bunch of people -- you've never met -- participate in your life by, say, dictating when you get married and where you have your honeymoon, and and then having an entire city watch your marriage ceremony?
That is exactly what the winners of Celebrity Cruise's Valentine's Day contest will be doing. Unlike most contests, the prize of this contest is not concert tickets or a signed DVD, but a wedding -- on Valentine's Day. According to their website, the only criteria a couple must meet to be considered eligible is to a) be a couple, b) be residents of San Francisco, c) be over the age of 21, and d) agree to have their wedding on Valentine's Day at "approximately 1 p.m." The website also details that the wedding will be "San Francisco themed," and take place on a cable car, which will make a stop so that the couple can be married by "an ordained minister and drag queen witnesses." Celebrity Cruises has also decided where the couple will have their wedding dinner, how many people are allowed to attend, and who the wedding will be catered by. After the ceremony, the couple will be sent on a week-long honeymoon cruise.
The whole thing seems incredibly cavalier for an event marking two peoples' decision to spend the rest of their lives together, but Celebrity Cruises seems to embrace this, boldly branding the front page of their website with the slogan "123 go, get hitched!"
If you want to be one of the hundreds of people witnessing the winning couple's pivotal life event, be on the lookout for a cable car dressed in wedding decorations in the Financial, Embarcadero, and Union Square districts between 11 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Valentine's Day.
Ah, true love.