So you even rented the BRIDE?

June 8, 2009

We have this story today that says if you don’t know enough people to invite to your wedding, it turns out you can HIRE total strangers from this Japanese agency who will come and pretend to be your family and friends.

Surely this is another sign of that approaching Apocalypse. In addition to all the other runaway expenses of having a wedding, you can now add $200 a person so you don’t look quite as much like the total loser you really are?

The story says sometimes the marriage partner isn’t even aware of the deception. If you have to hire shills to fool your fiancée, doesn’t that border on fraud?

And doesn’t it lead to recurring expenses when you have to bring these people back for Christmas and birthdays and stuff?

What happens if your bride’s REAL friends find out that yours are only temps? They’ll feel like chumps for attending for free, that’s what!

I see so much potential for disaster here…

“Honey, I want you to meet my folks. Well, yes, now that you mention it, I guess they DO look Japanese, don’t they? Gee, I could ask them, but I don’t really understand what they’re saying…..

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A poodle models a wedding dress for pets in Tokyo in a 2003 file photo. REUTERS/Issei Kato

A model displays lingerie maker Triumph International’s new “Konkatsu Bra”, literally meaning “marriage hunting” bra, during an unveiling in Tokyo, May 13, 2009. The bra features a marriage countdown clock showing the marriage deadline set by the wearer and when an engagement ring is inserted between the cups the melody of “The Wedding March” is played to celebrate the engagement. REUTERS/Yuriko Nakao

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You just wanted to run that picture of the Japanese woman in the bra again, didn’t you? And look how embarrassed that little dog appears. Poor thing.

Posted by Tim | Report as abusive

Actually, I wanted very much to avoid using that shot for the 74th time, but it was the best thing I could find. Apart from the wedding dress dog, I mean.

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

hi peps

Posted by Samantha smith | Report as abusive

Tim, wouldn’t you be embarrassed in a dress like such? What I wonder is why doesn’t the japanese model look embarrassed herself! Not only is the 75th time we’ve seen her in this blog, but the idea of the countdown bra was idiotic the first time around, and time has only increased its idiocy.

Posted by M | Report as abusive

Wow! But what about conversation? Are they at all required to be convincing? It also begs the question of whether it looks worse to pay your friends to come to your wedding or to pay perfect strangers. At least perfect strangers won’t be able to tell your friends who couldn’t make it.

Probably best to go either totally one way or totally another. Mixing the paid strangers with the invited guests has to be the worst of all possible worlds.

You know, they should take that countdown bra to the next level. To encourage people to get married faster, when it hits zero it should spontaneously combust. It might actually serve a purpose that way.

Posted by Mary K | Report as abusive

Yeah Tim, the more I think about this paid-guest thing, the more questions I have. Do I have to buy them wedding gifts to bring to me, so my bride doesn’t wonder why nobody gave us anything?

Posted by Robert Basler | Report as abusive

M, She’s a model hired by a company to display their bra on, why would she be embarrassed? Its just a job.

Posted by HL | Report as abusive

@HL, sorry, I read your post quickly and mistakenly thought you’d written “its just a boob”

Posted by M | Report as abusive