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Bride's advert for wedding guests

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The 30 "guests" also get an invitation to the reception

A bride from Eastern Europe who is marrying in London is advertising for "decent" guests to fill her side of the church.

The Ukrainian woman's family are all at home, and only her parents can be at the ceremony.

So the woman, whose identity has not been disclosed, has posted a free ad on classifieds website Gumtree looking for 30 people to sit with her.

She also wants volunteers to be bridesmaids, groomsmen and ushers.

The woman says in the advertisement: "I'm having a large mixed wedding of about 150 people.

"My partner has loads of family around to invite to the wedding. Unfortunately for me, my family are all in Ukraine so they all can't make it. Only my mum and dad will be there."

Volunteers have to send a photograph and write about themselves, but in return they get invited to the reception.

Gumtree trends analyst Trisha Routledge said: "For brides and grooms whose family live abroad, it must be tough not to have them there on the most special day of your life.

"It's great to see that they're finding other ways of filling the seats, whilst offering some lucky people the chance to go to a wedding for free - and you never know who you might meet."

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