Life

By Mollie Mansfield


A father who promised his nine-year-old daughter that he’d take her to McDonald’s on her wedding day has kept his promise 27 years later.

At just nine-years-old Karen Tucker-Banfield made a handwritten agreement stating that her father would buy her McDonalds on her wedding day.

Pic by Caters News

After years of having McDonald’s as her favourite childhood meal her father, Steve Tucker, 60, he immediately agreed that on her wedding day the pair would take a trip.

So 27-years-later, on her wedding day, September 1, Karen and her father took a trip to their local McDonalds in Newfoundland, Canada, to ensure their promise was kept.

The pair ate a burger, fries and a drink each, totalling at £14, before returning to have a formal sit-down dinner with the rest of the wedding party.

Karen, who is now 36, said: “I’d told my dad at nine years old that I wanted to visit McDonald’s on my wedding day.

“He found it hilarious and asked me to write it down, so I did. He carried that letter in his briefcase throughout his career from the time it was written in 1991 until he retired in 2012.

“The letter read: ‘My dad said on my wedding day for the reception he will take everyone to McDonald’s. Jan 23, 1991, age nine,’ and was signed by myself.

“It was surreal to be sat in McDonald’s after spending $12 [CAD] on burgers and fries before my wedding reception but it was something we needed to do.”

When Karen was eight-years-old her family had to move to Newfoundland and Labrador due to her father being in the military.

As the town did not have a McDonald’s, Karen made her father promise that he would take her to the fast-food chain on her wedding day.

Pic by Caters News: The handwritten promise Steve made to his daugher, Karen Tucker-Banfield, as a child.

Karen added: “Throughout the years we joked about my wedding and my dad would always remind me about the letter.

“When I was growing up McDonald’s was my favourite, and somewhere that my dad and I always visited for a quick dinner. I had most of my birthday parties there too – so it was always very special to me.

“As we were planning the wedding and continuing to joke about the letter, it was only obvious that he and I would make a stop to our favourite fast-food chain.

“After our formal pictures were taken at the wedding ceremony, we went with our close friends and family to McDonald’s to have the ‘reception’ there.

“Only my dad and I ate, but everyone else thought it was wonderful and such a beautiful memory to make.

Pic by Caters News: A childhood photo of Karen Tucker-Banfield with her father, Steve Tucker.

“Once we had finished our meals, we returned to our wedding reception to have a formal sit-down meal, but I couldn’t eat anything because I was too full!

“Going to McDonald’s on my wedding day was a dream of mine since I was little and I’m so happy that it was one I got to live out.

“It made my wedding day really special and made the day even more perfect for me.

“I’m sure my nine-year-old self would be really happy to see that my dad kept his promise and that I ate McDonald’s on my wedding day!”