Most couples spend their time batting unwanted +1s and unsavoury relatives from their ceremonies.
But not Sarah Marantelli and Jez Menzel.
They actually advertised for randomers to join them for their nuptials after discovering that they had a few spare seats left.
Two months before they were due to marry, a few people dropped out and instead of letting the extra seats go to waste, they decided to make sure that their guest list was filled up by seeking ‘wedding crashers’.
Taking to Gumtree (as in the site where you sell crap bikes and broken mattresses), they placed an ad for guests who were ‘outgoing fun and have to be drinkers’.
Jez posted the ad one evening and received more than 600 responses – some of which were from people who didn’t actually want to come to the wedding but wanted to let the pair know what a nice idea it was.
They even had offers of swaps – with potential guests offering the couple places at their own wedding, or offering to strip naked in return for a seat at the wedding reception.
In the end, they invited five guests because they couldn’t whittle the shortlist down to just two.
‘What caught our attention were the two guys from Geelong,’ Sarah tells Mail Online Australia.
‘They said they were broke uni students so they were only coming for the free booze and conga line.’
All the Gumtree guests were split up and put on different tables.
‘They were awesome, they introduced themselves to family, made small talk with everyone, they were dancing and taking advantage of the alcohol.
‘Paul from Canada said in his application he would sing Eye of the Tiger – he followed through with his promise. He got up on stage and did numbers with the band.
‘We’re still in contact with four out of five of them.’
And Sarah insists that advertising for her guests was one of the best things she’s done.
‘I would recommend it because the worst thing that can happen is that they don’t show up, or come and don’t mingle.
‘The best thing could be a lifelong friend, or a possible romance between a crasher and another guest.’