Single Mom Marries Rug Named Mat And Promises To Love ‘Him’ Forever

A British woman has married a rug named Mat after falling head over heels with the piece of the home decor. Bekki Cocks, a 26-year-old casino worker, bought the rug just over a year ago and loved it so much that she was constantly talking to her friends and family about how much she loved it. They joked that if she was so into her new rug, she should marry it, so that’s exactly what she did.

  1. She had an intimate ceremony with Mat the Rug at her home in Manchester. Surrounded by some of her closest friends, Bekki exchanged vows with her beloved rug in an hour-long ceremony and promised to love and cherish it ’til death do them part.
  2. Yes, she’s sorta in on the joke. “I bought Mat about a year ago and I’ve been banging on about how much I love him to anyone who will listen ever since,” Bekki explained. “It became a bit of a thing with my friends who used to joke ‘if you love Mat so much why don’t you marry him?'” Why wouldn’t she stage an elaborate wedding ceremony with an inanimate object? Thankfully, photographer Darren Robinson was on hand to capture the special day.
  3. Bekki spends a lot of time ensuring Mat is well looked after. Bekki, a single mom of two young children, is constantly cleaning and making sure Mat stays looking his best. “I spend so much time looking after him – cleaning him and vacuuming him a couple of times every day and making sure he always looks his very best – I couldn’t imagine being without him now,” she said.
  4. Mat is Bekki’s closest confidant. “I am a little obsessed with Mat. When the kids are in bed, I’ll often just lie down with him and tell him my most private thoughts,” she admitted. “I’m a single mum, so he’s become a confidant and I always seem to be able to think things through properly when we’ve been together.”
  5. She’s looking forward to spending a long and happy life with Mat. While marrying a rug started as “a bit of fun,” Bekki said she became “determined” after a while to go through with an actual ceremony. Now that they’re happily betrothed, she plans to do whatever she can to ensure his happiness. “I couldn’t be happier – I’m really looking forward to spending Christmas with Mat,” she gushed. “I’ve also promised that while I might step on Mat from time to time, I won’t ever walk all over him.”
Piper Ryan is a NYC-based writer and matchmaker who works to bring millennials who are sick of dating apps and the bar scene together in an organic and efficient way. To date, she's paired up more than 120 couples, many of whom have gone on to get married. Her work has been highlighted in The New York Times, Time Out New York, The Cut, and many more.

In addition to runnnig her own business, Piper is passionate about charity work, advocating for vulnerable women and children in her local area and across the country. She is currently working on her first book, a non-fiction collection of stories focusing on female empowerment.
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