Constant dollars

Wanted wedding date for $ 1,000

The rom-com movie world converged with reality via Craigslist’s Hudson Valley site this week, with an ad under the “Gigs” section looking for a weekend wedding date.

“Hello! I’m looking for a wedding date for my mother-in-law from Friday night to Saturday night for a wedding in the Hudson Valley in August, the ad read.

Payroll? $ 1,000 for the weekend, plus food, travel expenses, and a hotel room – “yours, of course”. Also provided: conversation topics to get things done.

The hitch? “She needs constant attention and monitoring. She’ll likely wear white and try to escalate the little dramas – your job is just to distract and defuse. Pet her for 2 days and easily win $ 1,000.

The ad is looking for candidates who are good talkers and dancers. And: “Experience with narcissists is a plus. “

The person who placed the ad has not responded to requests for comment at press time.

“Experience with narcissists is a plus.”

Craigslist ad screenshot

Investing in a date to keep potential drama at bay isn’t a technique wedding planner Bethany Pickard, owner of Modern Kicks, a Kingston-based wedding planning and event design company, has seen. Pickard, who has been in the wedding business for 10 years, handles around 14-16 weddings per year.

“Perhaps [the ad] It was just a little relax, a stress relieving joke. But who knows? ”Said Pickard.

“I think weddings are very emotional for many reasons. If you are a parent, this is a big step for your child and a big step for you. You see people that you haven’t seen in a long time, and there is a lot of pressure to make people feel taken care of. For the couple, you want to make a good impression on your guests and your new family, it arouses a lot of emotions.

If this IRL rental date scenario sounds familiar to you, you might be thinking of the 2005 film “A Wedding Date” starring Debra Messing and Dermot Mulroney, in which the character of Kat (played by Messing) pays $ 6,000. – over $ 8,300 in today’s dollars, by the way – for a date to escort her to her sister’s wedding in London.

“To face her sister’s wedding, Kat needed more than a date. She needed a professional, ”the voiceover exclaims in the booms of the trailer.

Is hiring “a professional” a professional gesture? Pickard said it was not uncommon for her, as an organizer, to intervene delicately at weddings to defuse emotional situations or to offer advice if guests come to see her because Aunt Sally or an ex is stirring up the emotions. Hiring a foreigner, however, might not be an approach she would take.

“Personally, I think if you need a neutral person to help you deal with the emotions of a difficult family member, then maybe it should be a family friend who is invited rather than a foreign.”

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