A 26-year-old single British mother of two married a rug named Mat.
In December 2019, Bekki Cocks held an hour-long marriage ceremony with her inanimate beau at the Independent Fitters carpet store in Manchester. Family and friends attended the service, which was sponsored by carpet cleaning brand Dr. Beckmann.
“So, a few months ago when one of my friends said I should marry him, I said ‘I will then’,” Cocks told the Sun at the time. “It started as a bit of fun, but I soon started looking into a service and, eventually, it became something I was determined to go through with.”
During the ceremony, the bride wore a traditional white wedding dress, while Mat — a navy-blue-and-cream rug — was rolled and propped up vertically during the event.
“The love these two have for one another is rare and unique, and they clearly have been swept off their feet since they first met,” a wedding officiator says in a recorded video.
The couple then faced each other, and Cocks recited her vows, telling Mat, “I rug you.”
Though attendees of the ceremony appeared to have straight faces, Cocks’ mother said the wedding idea started as a joke. Friends had relentlessly teased Cocks about her relationship with the rug, suggesting that if she loved Mat so much she should marry him.
According to the Sun, Cocks meticulously cleans and vacuums Mat every day. She had the rug for about a year before marrying it.
“I couldn’t be happier,” she told the paper. “I’ve also promised that while I might step on Mat from time to time, I won’t ever walk all over him.”
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