Saturday, November 20th, 2010
One man, one PC, one week to organise a wedding – Microsoft Australia launches social experiment in Sydney, Marry Me Microsoft.

Warning Prince William, you could land the job of organising a Royal Wedding by yourself if Microsoft Australia has its way. The company’s Australian subsidiary today said it was embarking on a social experiment to give away a $25,000 wedding and honeymoon package in early December but there is just one rather large catch. The groom – who will be selected from an application process launched yesterday - will have just five days (Dec 6-10) to organise the entire wedding using only an internet-connected PC loaded Windows 7, Office 2010 and Windows Live Essentials while living in a ‘bachelor bubble’ in Sydney’s CBD.

Meanwhile, his bride, who will not be allowed to participate in the planning process or aid her fiancé, will be pampered like a true princess during a five day luxury holiday on the Gold Coast.

Over the course of the five day challenge, the groom will complete a series of tasks to ensure he gets every detail of the wedding planned. He will have to rely on his own resourcefulness and Microsoft’s technology tools to source necessities like a wedding dress, a venue and the flowers. The groom will eat, sleep and dream the wedding while the general public will be able to follow his progress and interact with him in person at the ‘bachelor bubble’ as well as online through the Facebook page ( Microsoft said it would reveal the location of the ‘bachelor bubble’ in the lead-up to December 6.

It is expected the couple will then be married between the 10-27 December.

Microsoft is inviting engaged couples to apply through its Facebook page ( by explaining in 100 words or less why they think this would be the perfect way to plan their wedding. Applicants need to “Like” the page and click on the “Register” tab to enter.

Interested applicants need to act fast as the application process closes at 5pm AEDST on Saturday November 20th, 2010.

*The company confirmed it had not yet received an application from Prince William or Kate Middleton but it was sure Australians were ready and willing to host a Royal Wedding.

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