Good news—maybe?—for Kelly Gray, the 23-year-old Virginia Beach hairdresser who auctioned off a bridesmaid slot in her wedding on eBay. The winning bidder (at $5,700) is a doctor. In fact, it’s the Dr Pepper Snapple Group, which decided to up the sponsorship to $10,000 according to The New York Times‘ Katie Zezima.
"I’m very grateful. It’s way more than I could have asked for or imagined," Ms. Gray told the paper. Nick Rangone, a spokesman for the beverage concern (who reportedly bid under the nom de eBay "Nick from New Jersey"), says the company is considering opening the bridesmaid role to a contest or possibly a celebrity. (One person Ms. Gray can expect not to see is Wendy Kaufman, a.k.a. Wendy the Snapple Lady: She left the company in May after a contract dispute.) The Associated Press has a video, above.
Becoming a Pepper won’t change Ms. Gray’s modest wedding. As she told The Times, "I don’t want it to be extravagant, but now I can get that wonderful D.J. who has the lights; I can do that. … Now I’m thinking of a honeymoon."
Are you listening, Bumble Bee Chunk Light Tuna?