That's why the Canadian groom and bride-to-be are looking for sponsors to fund their Nov. 25 wedding.
According to the Moose Jaw Times Herald, Mielke lost his job in January, shortly after he asked Hansen to marry him.
Eloping or getting married at the courthouse isn't an option for the Moose Jaw, Saskatchewan, couple, Mielke said. He also didn't want to ask family members for money, so he decided to seek sponsors for their special day.
"I've always been good at marketing, forming relationships in the community, sponsorship, stuff like that," he told the Times Herald. "I thought maybe I could do something here."
According to the CBC, Mielke and Hansen are "asking individual community members to donate money in return for a seat at their winter wedding reception." They're also hoping companies will pay for a red carpet, spa services, a gluten-free wedding cake and other items.
But Mielke and Hansen have some lines they won't cross.