Now the dating app’s success stories have a chance to celebrate their love with a lavish wedding entirely paid for by Tinder – winning a ridiculous $100,000 (approximately £78,500) to spend on their nuptials.
In celebration of Pride Month, LGBTQ+ couples who met on the app can enter the competition by letting Tinder know about their love story via Instagram. Lovebirds need merely upload a picture of themselves, write about their relationship in the caption using the hashtag #TinderSuccessStory and tag @tinder.
And a quick scroll through the hashtag reveals there have been plenty of misty-eyed entries already, from those who realised their true love who had been under their noses in the very same town, to those who say they used the app after years of suppressing their true identity, to those who discovered the “Mr Right” they’d been searching for wasn’t actually a Mr at all.
Laura and I have never been shy with our #TinderSuccessStory. What some people may not know is Laura joined Tinder to find a girlfriend after years of suppressing her queer identity. Have you ever come across someone on Tinder that you are really really interested in, so you just kinda stare at their profile for a bit before you swipe right? That's what happened when I saw Laura. So I held my breath and swiped right. "It's A Match!" We matched on December 28th, 2015. Our first date was on January 4th, 2016. On January 4th, 2017 I proposed. Since we're both book nerds I made a tiny book to hold her ring. And inside I wrote a poem of our story. It's something I never want to forget. "Once upon a time… In two separate towns Not too far apart. Lived two women, Both with broken hearts. Done with love And all of the so called "splendor", These two ladies Decided to try Tinder. "I'm just looking for fun" Each lady did declare. "I'm perfect on my own! I don't need to be one of a pair." Left after left, Each woman would swipe. "All these ladies are boring! I don't understand the hype." Until one day, Each other's picture came into sight. It only took a second, For each to swipe right. "It's A Match!" Both their phones did alert. The women both paused, "Wait, I don't know how to flirt." Tired of the pickup lines, And stupid wise cracks. One lady said simply to the other, "I love random facts." From this simple statement, They talked night and day. Until finally, in the same town, One said "Would you like to go to Chipotle?" Now I'm not one to believe, In love at first site. But from that first meeting, They both knew they found Mrs. Right. They say a year goes by fast, When you're having fun. And for our two lovers, It's even faster when you've found The One. So on their first anniversary, One lady got down on a knee. Confessed her love and asked, "Will you marry me?" "Yes! Of course!" said the other, Through the tears and the laughter. And our two protagonists Lived happily ever after."
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The competition runs until the end of June and Tinder will announce the winners on July 5. However the competition is .
American participants can read the terms and conditions can be found at tinderpride.com – no more than $15,000 of the prize fund can be used on the honeymoon (we’re sure you’ll cope) and the cash can’t be used on stag or hen parties, or on any guest travel. The other caveat is that it must be utilised within a year of winning, so it’s a prize for serious lovers only.
Tinder last year rolled out an update adding 40 gender options, such as non-binary, transgender woman, transgender man and agender.
Read a few of the stories below, and if you fancy a free wedding (or simply want to shout about your love), it might be time to get the selfie stick out…
My dreams came true when I met Sam. I had always wished for a knight in shining armor, a beautiful love story. But I didn't know that my knight would have glossy dark hair and play rugby. Tinder gave me a chance to explore all possibilities, and I wound up finding "the one" (if there is such a thing). I met Sam for the first time for Sunday coffee in Boston, and six months later we moved to Phoenix to be together while I attended graduate school. We took a big leap almost three years ago, and I'm so thankful that I decided to swipe right on her picture. She's turned me into a cat-lover, a fearless enthusiast for life, and once again, a hopeless romantic. #TinderSuccessStory #pride @tinder @yo_sammm
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Alright, @tinder, you asked for it, you got it! For many, many years, I wondered if I would ever find my "Mr. Right." Society told me that's what was expected and I didn't want to disappoint them. On the outside, everything looked fine, but internally I struggled to find the courage to own and live my truth. Tired of letting others tell me what was "right" for me, I followed my heart, my truth. On August 26, 2015 I did the right-est thing I've ever done - I swiped right to the most incredible, loving woman in the world. It hasn't been easy to live my truth in a world so filled with hate and quick judgement, but for the past (almost) two years, I've been lucky enough to have the most wonderful light beside me through it all - my person, my Mrs. Right. Tinder, it would be so wonderful to win our dream wedding, but no matter what I have the best gift I could ever ask for right here. Thank you for that. [This was our first photo together. I am just as happy as I look. Plus more.] #tindersuccessstory #happypride #myperson #dreamwedding ❤️ 💕
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So we are a week away from moving into our new apartment and it seems crazy how much our lives have changed since we met each other. It's amazing how a simple tinder match blossomed into such a healthy, stable loving relationship. I promised you I was a real person, so after months of promising to meet up sometime, we got sushi in Ybor. A week or so later, I was wine tipsy and asked if I could call you my girlfriend. We both left toxic jobs and toxic homes in Tampa, moved to tallahassee together, and created a beautiful life together full of warmth and happiness. You support my dreams and passions and I can't wait to create a home with you and support you in all your/our endeavors. I love you so much and I am so thankful for you. ❤️ @diejaseydie #tindersuccessstory @tinder
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In honor of #Pride month and today’s #ResistMarch, I wanted to share my story. For over 20 years, I felt like I was living a lie. Every day, I would look into the mirror and have no idea who was staring back at me. In college, I was in a terrific relationship with a truly amazing girl. My biggest fear, however, was that I would get married, have kids, live a fake life, then finally collapse and ruin everything. I couldn’t do that. So I broke it off. For the next two years, I went on a journey of self-discovery. I had to really take the time to figure out who I was and why I was hiding. I meditated, read self-help books, journaled, went on retreats, anything I could think of to start building a relationship with myself. Then, I began to come to terms with the truth that I was gay. In 2013 I developed the courage to come out (fun fact- I "came out of the closet" IN an actual closet). Within a week, I told everyone I cared about. It was both terrifying and liberating. My heart felt lighter. And the best part was that no one made it a big deal. Later that year I went on @tinder and finally switched my settings from “women” to “men”. To my surprise, I began matching with guys instantly. On November 8, 2013, my world changed once again. I was laying in bed, swiping through Tinder when I came across this VERY cute boy. His name was Mark and from his pictures, I could tell that he liked adventure, had a good sense of humor, and had a smile that was contagious. I swiped right and we matched. I'll never forget the moment I first saw his face. He was even cuter in person. We hung out and talked the entire night. I felt something that I had never felt before. It was seamless. It felt right. The chemistry was palpable. I knew I had to see him again. Three and a half years later, Mark and I are now engaged and starting to plan our dream wedding at @eventsatpaduahills on June 3, 2018. #tindersuccessstory #tinder #couplespic #gay #lgbtq #marriage #gaywedding #dreamwedding #MnMWedding #MnMforever #love #happiness #joy #commitment #hestheone #swiperight #resistmarchla
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Happy 2 year anniversary to the love of my life. The mom to our fur babies, my best friend and other half @caaasssiy. Te amo con todo mi corazon. After our first date inccident (which you never let me forget and will probably tell our kids someday) I am so beyond happy we had an actual first date. And now more then two years later and we've been to the Bahamas, drove to Arizona, and live in Florida. We have been through so much. Through deployments and underways, through my crazy schedules and different jobs, we will always support eachother. You are my rock, my best friend, my biggest fan, my fiancee, and my soon to be wife. No matter where the navy takes, us as long as I'm with you I am happy. Thank you for all that you do for our little family. I love you and I miss you every day we are apart. Shadow and hazel miss their favorite mommy too. Thank you for the past two amazing years baby. I cant wait to see what our future holds. I love you with all that I am. #iloveyou #bestfriend #anniversary #soontobewife #brassi2017 #kellytokovac #futuremrs #changingmylastname #october2017 @tinder #tindersuccessstory
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@Tinder Jen and I met on Tinder in July 2015. Despite the fact that I'm a paramedic and she was a nursing student at the time doing her clinical placement in an ER I frequented, we had never run into each other. Our first date was the big end of Pride party in Halifax, called The Wet Spot. Fast forward almost two years, and she has not only become the love of my life, she has become a stepmother to my son (definitely not the wicked kind), and now we are in the beginning stages of opening a consulting business that focuses on equitable healthcare practices from an LGBTQ+ lens. She is truly my best friend: our strong similarities bring us closer, and our striking differences complement each other. It's funny that people always assume we met at the hospital, but we're very quick to correct them and tell them it was Tinder. Gotta give credit where credit is due. Thanks to Tinder for helping us find more than just a relationship: we have a true partnership and the kind of love that people write songs and make movies about- sounds cliche, but it's the real deal, and it's all because we both swiped right. #TinderSuccessStory #tinder #lesbians #pride #pridemonth2017 #lesbiansofinstagram #gaymomsrock #lgbtq+ #love #partners
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Today is the 4 year anniversary of me coming out! After coming out I had a hard time meeting women, so thankfully, I decided to give tinder a try. My partner had recently moved to California from Pennsylvania and was also having a difficult time meeting someone. We both swiped right and met two and a half years ago and there was an instant connection, from the first conversation we had over the app to our first date. I knew just from talking to her through the app that she was intelligent and kind and someone I could be interested in. Our first date was at a little local coffee shop that we still love to go to so we can reminisce about when we first met. I fall more in love with her everyday, she is my forever, and that is all thanks to @tinder #TinderSuccessStory #Tinder #gendernonconforming #pridemonth
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In September 2014, we both swiped right. We met at the oldest German bar in LA to casually grab a beer and meet, which turned into grabbing a lot of beers and many more dates to come. He had to move back to NY for work only a few months in and neither of us wanted to do long distance, so we decided to part ways after an incredible #crosscountryroadtrip to help him move... the flight back alone was rough. We started writing #postcards to each other and it wasn't long before he knew he wanted to move back and find another job out here in LA to start our lives together. I proposed in April with a #givingkey I was given by a friend in high school, who had said I needed to pass it on to person who has had a great impact on my life as I had on his. It took a lot of thought, as I wanted to give it to the right person, and eventually decided to one day propose with it. I couldn't be happier to give my key to Devin as he's definitely had the biggest impact on my life. We still send postcards to each other to this day everywhere we go, or even when we find some to send around the city. I love you and can't wait to marry you @devinkm and thanks @tinder #tindersuccessstory #loveislove #pride #lgbtq #heputakeyonit
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Share your Tinder success story on Instagram with #TinderSuccessStory for a chance to win your dream wedding, paid for by Tinder. And check out this Tinder success story... Meet Julianne and Missy. They were both out of long-term relationships and hadn’t been dating for a while when they joined Tinder. In fact, Missy only joined when her straight friends at the office convinced her to. In March 2015, after five months of swiping sporadically, Missy and Julianne matched. Two weeks later, they met each other at Julianne’s friend's comedy show in Long Beach. Missy told Julianne that she was already going to the event; but that wasn’t true so she had to beg some friends to come with her last minute. She played it cool and it all worked out. They spent the next year together, traveling and spending as much time together as possible, until July 2016 when Missy proposed before the Purple Rain show at the Hollywood Cemetery and a visit back East to see Julianne's family. Julianne said yes. They’re getting married in October 2017 at the same place they had their first date.
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The competition seems to have been received well, though other brands have recently come under fire for Pride stunts.
Skittles reversed its usual rainbow packaging, using an all-white packet “in order for Pride’s rainbow to take centre stage”.
Some online criticism claimed the company was making a link between whiteness and equality. A spokesperson for the brand told huffingtonpost.co.uk “Happiness, fun and inclusion are at the heart of who we are. We’re inspired by the positive response from our associates and our consumers. Any suggestion that this support for Pride is in any way racist is clearly wrong.”
Meanwhile, clothing brand Abercrombie & Fitch was heavily criticised for a social media post in which one of its employees declared: “The Pride community is everybody, not just LGBTQ people.”
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