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.
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
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 ❤️ ?
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
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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