While most engaged couples probably don't turn to Craigslist for help with wedding planning, some of them do -- and their requests can be pretty outrageous.
We took a look through the virtual marketplace's "Best of Craigslist" section and found all sorts of strange posts, like a bride who is searching for stand-in bridesmaids and a single woman who wants to try out married life for a month. Click through the slideshow below to see excerpts from these and other hilarious ads.
Exchange cockatiel for wedding ring?
"I would like to trade this wonderful pet (cage and all his paraphernalia included) for a wedding ring. The ideal candidate would be a deaf woman who recently broke off her engagement and is looking for a hands-off companion. If you know someone, please pass along <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/ksc/1147985197.html" target="_hplink">this posting</a>."
Searching for bridesmaids
"So, my fiancee [sic] and I are getting married in June. He has 8 groomsmen lined up and I only have one bridesmaid. So, I need some girls who are attractive and around my age to stand up in my wedding. You can be single or taken. It doesn't matter...you just have to be hot. But, not hotter then me. Email me for more information. The wedding will be in Madison and you won't have to pay for a thing. <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/mad/1053693787.html" target="_hplink">Hope to hear from you! </a>"
Seeking arranged marriage
"TO ALL AVAILABLE MEN, SO, I'm single, tired of mingling, and <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/sea/1007286964.html" target="_hplink">looking to get hitched</a>. Thing is, I'm pretty frustrated with the legwork and my solution is to pass the buck on to my parents and let them go ahead and choose for me, the way it was (is) done in the good old days (South Asia). So if you're a single guy, hoping for marriage and kids (not more than two) in the future, and willing to roll with the punches, let's get your folks in on this too."
URGENT: Best man needed!
"Wedding Date: Sun 11th June 2006 Ok, so I'm backing out on my cousin last minute, and I before I do it, <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/bos/169648769.html" target="_hplink">I need someone lined up to take my place</a>, because I'm not sure that he'll be able to find someone at such short notice. Pay is $200+ (negotiable), plus a night in the hotel in question (I'll sacrafice my room there for the right candidate). You MUST have comprehensive experience in this position, have a TUX (because the one I have might not fit you), and have transport to and from the locations (to be divulged to selected candidate, but it's in Holyoke)."
I don't want to be a bridesmaid!
"I don't want to be melodramatic, but yesterday a piece of me died just a little. In one fell swoop, <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/sfo/26690730.html" target="_hplink">my self-respect was mortally wounded.</a> I was subjected to the shame that only women can truly understand. It is the humiliation, the horror, the complete ignominy that is ....dum dum daaaaa...THE BRIDESMAID DRESS."
Boyfriend's ex-wife's fake ring for sale!
"When my boyfriend made a huge mistake and asked his creepy ex-wife to marry him, he gave her <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/dal/70405005.html" target="_hplink">a lovely ring with a synthetic stone</a> (they were broke). He told her they'd replace the diamond on their fifth anniversary, but that wasn't good enough for the creepy ex-wife. She told everyone who admired it that it was fake, and that she couldn't believe her fiance got her a fake rock. "
"I am a 29-year-old female who is looking to try married life for a month. Around ten years ago I swore to myself that I would never get married (reasons being: parents, books, 'Sex in the City'). As my thirtieth birthday approaches I have begun having doubts in this decision. Perhaps I would like being married, having children, taking care of a husband. I want to find out if the choice I made is right in a practical and tangible way, and <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/van/1230203861.html" target="_hplink">what better way then trying married life for a month</a>. So I am hoping to trade places with another woman who is interested in the life of a single girl, and would not mind me trying out her life for 30 days."
"I decided tomorrow I want to get married, <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/tus/958028184.html" target="_hplink">So any takers.</a> I'm attractive, not a psycho...well not completly:)- have a job, car, my own place, im very independent...i love sex and my husband will have to be able to keep up with me...I've never wanted to get married...ever. But life is pretty boring right now and i feel like if i get married at least its [sic] something exciting."
Wanna Be My Starter Wife?
"I just realized something... I'm about to miss the chance to have a 'Starter Marriage' with my 'Starter Wife' A starter marriage is one that lasts for 5 years or less, and ends before children begin (I'm thing one year to three years will be enough). Being that I would like to eventually get married (for real) and have children <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/nyc/101212269.html" target="_hplink">I really need to get the ball rolling on this</a>. So maybe we haven't exactly met yet but that's no reason we shouldn't get married."
"Are you looking for the convenience of having a WIFE without the commitment? Are you considering marriage but wish you could test it out first? Do you wish to be an experienced husband before actually finding the right woman? <a href="http://www.craigslist.org/about/best/sfo/13028015.html" target="_hplink">Then I'm the wife for you!</a>"