Last weekend was my first time as an adult bridesmaid and I had a ball! Hair and make-up professionally done (with lashes – oh, how I loved the lashes), the opportunity to prance around in pretty shoes and a floaty dress all day (stain free – not a speck of toddler snot or dribble in sight) and several glasses of bubbles consumed in the company of one my best friends, celebrating the best day of her life! It was fantastic. Just fabulous. Incredible fun. Now, here I am one week later, wishing we could do it all over again and it wasn’t even my wedding. Do bridesmaids get the post wedding blues too? Can I encourage my friend to renew her vows after only a week? Could I make a career out of being a professional bridesmaid? Well, that’s exactly what one lady did…
Bridesmaid for Hire
Meet Jen Glantz, professional bridesmaid and founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. After suddenly realising her life was becoming the definition of ‘Always the bridesmaid, never the bride,’ she popped an advert up on Craigslist, offering her services as a professional bridesmaid to complete strangers. Much like Katherine Heigl in ’27 Dresses’, Miss Glantz admits to spending too many Friday nights alone on the couch, digging a spoon into a half-eaten, freezer-burned gallon of chocolate ice-cream. Tired of unsuccessful dates with Max the Macho-Man Bodybuilder and Ryan the Ex-Reality TV Star, she swapped her spoon for her laptop and wrote the post that would trigger hundreds of emails form brides in need within days.
Life as a Professional Bridesmaid
So, what is it like being a professional bridesmaid? And would you really want to be one? You would be forgiven for assuming it was a glamorous life: being paid to have your hair and make-up professionally styled, frequent 3-course meals with silver-service and a constant supply of hot groomsmen to strut your stuff in front of on the dance floor. Only, as it turns out, that is largely make-believe. As Miss Glantz explains to Cosmopolitan, the reality is far from glitzy. Her experiences to date include lending her bra to a mother of the bride who had forgotten hers whilst in Queens, serving as a bodyguard to a bride who had sacked her original maid-of-honour and even scooping up animal droppings with her bare hands to avoid one bride from staining her off-white, silk dress as she walked down the aisle! So, do you still fancy the job of pro. bridesmaid?
If you’re still reading this, then perhaps you do. After-all, perks of the job would include mouthfuls of wedding cake as well as an open bar. In her advert, Miss Glantz outlines the essential skills that you would need, including being exceptionally good at:
- Holding up the 18 layers of dress, so that the bride can pee with ease on her wedding day,
- Catching the bouquet and then following this moment up with your best Miss America, ‘OMG, I can’t believe it!’ speech,
- Doing the Electric and the Cha Cha Slide,
- Responding in a timely manner to pre-wedding email chains, created by the other bridesmaids and the maid-of-honour.
A Stranger as Your Best Friend
Why might a bride hire a bridesmaid? The truth is that we all live busy lives in a busy world. Often the bride’s own friends can’t make it to the wedding because they live too far away, can’t afford it, or have issues with childcare. Sometimes, brides need a person who can step in to be the official liaison between the bride and the rest of the bridal party. And sometimes, a couple just wants somebody by their sides who knows exactly what they’re doing. Either way, Miss Glantz recognises that the reasoning is irrelevant. At the end of the day, she is there to ensure that every bride enjoys their own wedding experience. Because that’s what bridesmaids do; put the bride’s happiness before their own. The scratchy dresses, achy feet and bridezilla bashings are invisible once the photographer gets snapping.
Do You Have What it Takes?
Last week, we learnt that my talents for floristry are a little hit or miss (there’s a reason florists charge you £6 per buttonhole), but despite this, I hope my gorgeous newly-married friend was happy with my bridesmaid efforts last weekend. It was thrilling being able to share so much of her day with her… being an adult bridesmaid rocked! If you think you’ve got the passion to be a bridesmaid professionally, then you may actually be in luck. Check out the ‘Become a Pro‘ section of Miss Glantz’s website for further details. 27 Dresses, here I come!
Images Courtesy of: Victoria Angela, Starfish Studios, Jen Glantz, 20th Century Fox, Universal Studios