Rent a Guest

Culture and Media

No Indian wedding is complete without a small army of extended family and friends showing up. Its a testament to the prestige of the families involved. But what if you don’t know that many people. You don’t have to worry, you can rent your guests. The BBC reports:

The Best Guests Agency has around 70 people on its books. They can turn up either traditionally dressed or in smart Western clothes, and are briefed on family history and pretend to be friends from the past.

Who are these pretend friends?

Some of the guests for hire are students, but others are doctors, chartered accountants, and other professionals.

You might wonder why doctors want to come,” Mr Syed said.

But I suppose they don’t mind having a nice evening out, and I pay them well.”

The amount charged per guest is varied according to what Mr Syed described as the level” required, and how smartly it is wished that they dress.

Three categories are offered, with the highest - at around 600 rupees - being be-suited guests who are tall, well-built, light-skinned and who can converse well. Mr. Syed says none of his guests” have ever been outed. If you can hire mourners for a funeral why not guests for a wedding?