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- The wedding industry is filled with niche jobs that you probably never heard of.
- You can hire a professional wedding guest or a professional bridesmaid to attend your wedding.
- If you want your pet to join your big day, you can hire a pet chauffeur.
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For many weddings, a planner, a stylist, a florist, and an entertainer are hired. But there are a ton of other services in the wedding industry that aren’t so often used or that you may not have even heard of.
From a pet sitter on your big day to professional bridesmaids for hire, these are the jobs in the wedding industry you probably didn’t know existed.
1. If you need more guests at your wedding, you can hire a professional guest.
In Japan, the number of people who attend a wedding is important. Typically, the larger the guest list, the better. But there are some who don’t have many to invite or who find that a guest drops out last minute. In those situations, they hire a professional wedding guest who can pretend to be a family member, a friend, or even a boss.
A typical guest through Office Agents in Tokyo can cost as little as $200, but it will cost more if you want this guest to dance or even make a speech.
“What’s important is that these are normal people … normal as in they are cheery and clean and look like they have regular jobs,” Hiroshi Mizutani, the head of Office Agents, told Reuters.
2. If you need a larger wedding party, you can hire a bridesmaid.
Asking a friend or family member to be a bridesmaid in your wedding can get complicated. That’s where Bridesmaids for Hire comes in. For $2,000, you can hire a professional bridesmaid that will devote themselves to your wedding full time. They can act as your personal assistant to help you plan the big day and go over the finer details. They can even stand at the altar with you.
“Jen is a cute, stylish, girly, cool, funny chick,” one customer said about her hired bridesmaid. “She is the kind of lady you want on your side for your wedding, or just on your side in general.”
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3. If you want your pets to be included in your wedding, you will need a pet chauffeur.
Many couples have been incorporating their furry loved ones into their weddings more and more. Pawfect For You will send you a personal chauffeur who can make sure your pet is involved without wreaking any havoc. The chauffeur can dress your animal, groom them, coach them, and even bring them to and from the ceremony. The service costs $499 to $899.
“I am so glad I was able to have my puppy at my wedding,” one customer said about the service. “I could not imagine my special day without him being there. They were so professional and huge dog lovers. My dog happily went with them and was sad when they dropped him back home.”
4. If you’d rather elope, you can hire an elopement expert and planner.
Big weddings aren’t for everyone, and that’s why many people are opting to elope instead. Simply Eloped pairs you with an elopement planner who handles the planning of your small ceremony. The service costs between $350 and $2,800.
“You can choose a location that’s really important to you,” Janessa White of Simply Eloped told INSIDER. “We had this one girl, we married her on a trail in Colorado where she dumped her father’s ashes because that’s where they went hiking a lot. The great thing about elopement is that we can do it at a very significant place that has a meaning to your life.”
5. If you’re struggling to plan the perfect proposal, you can hire a proposal planner.
Planning a proposal can be extremely stressful, especially with the pressure to be spontaneous and romantic. That’s when you can hire a professional proposal planner. Brilliant Event Planning charges $500 to create a big-gesture concept, but it can cost up to $12,000 to plan the full execution.
6. If you want to save money on the wedding cake, you’ll need to hire a special baker who makes fake cakes.
As works of art, wedding cakes are the center of any wedding reception, but they often come at a high price. To help couples save more money, one company devised a plan and created an entirely new job. FunCakes’ bakers build just the exteriors of cakes using real icing and fondant but the inside of the cake is just foam, cutting the cost significantly. When the cake is ready to be cut and served at the reception, servers take the “cake” into the kitchen and bring out slices of actual sheet cake. No guests learn the truth and you just saved a large sum of money.
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