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Bride seeks groom for fake wedding

It's hard enough to find a groom for a real wedding.

By Kristin Wong Feb 28, 2013 6:00PM

Who says you need a marriage to get married?

Sam Young is single, but that's not stopping her from throwing a beautiful wedding ceremony—for herself. She's got the bridesmaids locked down. The cake, dress—even the engagement ring—have all been picked out and purchased. Now she's on the hunt for a faux groom:

"Groom needed for fake wedding reception," Young posted to Facebook. "Intrigued? Read on... Your duties will be the first dance and then to have a good time. You can bring your (best man!)... You must be single and preferably over 5ft 9in and must be between the age of 40 and 50. Literate and sense of humour a must.”

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The 47-year-old English woman was shopping with her sister when she came up with the idea to walk down the aisle, relationship status be damned.

"My sister and I went shopping and she was looking at jewelry for her partner," Young told the Daily Mail. "I was looking at all these glamorous wedding and engagement rings and my sister said ‘you need the bloke first’ and I thought ‘no, I don’t.’"

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Young explained that she's been single for a long time, and she's perfectly happy being single, but she thought, "Why can't I do this?"

"So I bought the ring. If I find a man, he can reimburse me!”

Young married when she was 21, but it didn't last. She divorced in 1995. In the past year, she's lost a significant amount of weight. She's now ready to flaunt her new figure in a fake wedding gown.

“I was quite a large lady and I have lost lots of weight. I thought ‘I would love to wear a beautiful wedding dress’ because I’m now a size 10 and I was an 18.”

There are more sentimental reasons for Young's plans, however. Her 87-year-old grandmother has pancreatic cancer, and Young wants to do something to cheer up her family.

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The wedding is booked at the Brighton Hill Community Centre in Basingstoke, England. Young has already received some applications from potential grooms. What's in it for them? Free cake and the possibility of an open bar, we presume.

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Photo: Woman plans fake wedding / Getty Images

Mar 3, 2013 5:57AM
Mar 3, 2013 5:48AM
Amazing what people will do with too much time and money on their hands.

Good luck to her.
Mar 3, 2013 5:01AM
And that is why the world is in the shape we are in. No respect for the devotion to your partner. Is it really this big of a joke to everyone? Really? How sad.......
Mar 3, 2013 4:54AM
GO FOR IT!!!! I even considered doing it myself. I have a friend who has a friend who actually did this and she had a great time. Only she married herself. She committed to herself to love, honor and cherish herself no matter what came along. If I'm not married by 55 I'm doing it too. Why not? I want a beautiful wedding and nowdays the men just do not want to commit. Have fun single sister!!
Mar 3, 2013 4:00AM
If it's what she wants, why the hell not?
Mar 3, 2013 3:48AM
I turned 50 in the last year, am well read with a good sense of (self-depricating) humor, 6'2 tall, and my weight looks good on me. I manage my own schedule for work, and have a current passport. BUUUUUUUUUUUT  I cant take the task- my wife wont let me.
Mar 3, 2013 3:36AM
Can't Understand Normal Thinking. Typical bitch.
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