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Rent-a-crowd: Ukrainian bride seeks ‘decent’ British guests 烏克蘭新娘「租」體面賓客出席婚禮

Count Rodolphe of Limburg Stirum, left, and Archduchess Marie Christine of Austria stand during their wedding at St. Rumbolds Cathedral, in Mechelen, Belgium, on Dec. 6, 2008.


A Ukrainian bride whose family and friends cannot make it to her wedding in Britain advertised for “decent” people to attend the ceremony in their place. She even needs a bridesmaid.

She has posted an advert online saying that only her parents can be at her wedding in London and she needs 30 people to fill her side of the church.

“I’m having a large mixed wedding of about 150 people. My partner has loads of family around to invite to the wedding,” said the ad on

“Unfortunately for me, my family are all in Ukraine so they all can’t make it. Only my mum and dad will be there. I need 30 decent people to represent me for the church wedding and you will get free reception tickets.

“This includes free meals and dance — it could be just a time for you to let your hair down.”

The woman asks for would-be guests to send a picture of themselves and “tell me a bit about you”, adding, “PS. I also need volunteers to be bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers.”










Quentin: I had a great time at Natalie and Hank’s wedding.

Ursula: So did I. It was the best wedding I’ve been to for a long time.

Quentin: Did you stay for the party?

Ursula: I can’t believe you’re asking me that. We danced together for almost an hour!

Quentin: Did we really? Well, I must admit I was very well-oiled so perhaps that explains it.






well-oiled 酩酊大醉的

When somebody is drunk we can say they are well-oiled. For example: “Mike was well-oiled at the party, and ended up embarrassing himself.”


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