By Martha Cliff for MailOnline. Mail-order brides certainly come with their stereotypes with the subject popping up in sketch shows including Little Britain. However, despite some of the prejudices that come with the concept many men still look to the web to find their perfect bride. In a new thread on Reddit users have shared their experiences of the online wedding service with stories ranging from the bizarre to the heart warming.
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V italina Wilson had never planned to marry a foreign man whose language she did not speak. Nor did she plan to move 6, miles away from her family to a country she knew nothing about. She had a really good job in the accounting department of a large importer in her native Ukraine. After her divorce, Wilson tried dating in Ukraine but never clicked with anyone. A few of her friends told her about attending mixers organized by an international dating agency specializing in pairing pretty young Ukrainian women with visiting American men who would come to Ukraine for 10 days and visit three cities, attending parties with hundreds of women at each stop. Wilson had never considered signing up with the service, but with none of her dates working out she figured she had nothing to lose and tagged along with her friends to a couple of parties. She left unimpressed and could not imagine dating any of the older foreign men who saw there.
The global industry of mail-order brides is booming. While a small number of agencies offer introductions to women from countries like Denmark and England, the majority of sites focus on women from third world countries like the Philippines. On one site, almost 4, Filipino names appear.
Each month, working from her airy four-bedroom house in Santa Maria, Calif. In a home office complete with a photocopier and typesetter, she compiles a catalogue of those women and sends it, for a fee, to thousands of men in the United States and Europe who are seeking Asian brides. It is a system that Mrs. Florence can personally endorse: she came to America as a mail-order bride. Like a majority of the women who permit their photographs to appear in marriage-agency catalogues, she grew up in the Philippines, surrounded by the poverty that helped fuel the recent popular uprising that overthrew President Ferdinand E.