South Korean couples hire people to fill up their weddings
Everyone dreams of a wedding surrounded by friends, family, and loved ones, but what if you simply just don't have enough of these people to fill a wedding hall? An emerging trend in South Korea is for the bride and groom to hire people to attend their wedding as guests.
There are even dedicated agencies in Korea that pepper your wedding with "guests" so it looks like the ceremony is packed. In fact, one agency said that during peak season, it hires as many as 500 guests to attend weddings on the weekends.
The hired guests receive money for attending the ceremony and are often given a meal voucher as well as an envelope to give to the couple as a wedding gift ahead of time. Occasionally the hired guests are asked to appear as a couple together to again give the ceremony a more communal feel.
Many netizens have protested this practice, with some saying the following:
"Korean wedding culture is totally wrong, What is bad about small number of wedding guests? Must people get married in an expensive wedding hall?"
"If you don’t have many friends, you can just skip the photo session after the wedding."
"To hold a wedding ceremony it’s enough with the bride and groom and their parents. It is fake to buy wedding guests. A fake wedding ends with a fake life."