Within 48 hours, two of my dearest friends both asked me the very same question. It was the kind of question that made little pellets of sweat dance down their foreheads and splash onto the collar of their shirts. It was the kind of question that made me run home and check the contents of my bank account, praying that the zeroes I kept seeing would magically turn into 8’s.
“Jen,” they both kicked it off with, fiddling the tips of their freshly manicured fingers, “Will you be my bridesmaid?”
And without even swallowing the nervous saliva that was building up in my mouth, I said yes. The first time and the second time.
Being a bridesmaid and having the chance to stand beside someone who means something so significant to you in your life, on their special day, is one of the greatest honors. It’s something I’m willing to dip into my savings account to do or earn a couple of blisters on the edge of my pinky toes from dancing the night away in my Guess silver pumps (my go-to wedding shoes).
It’s also something I’ve become quite familiar with these, days.
Which is why, this past Friday I posted an ad on craigslist about being a professional bridesmaid. Pick me – I want to tell these brides. I know the in’s and the out’s of how to make your wedding day – and the months leading up to it, flawless. I know how to rally up the guests to dance the Hora or how to give a speech at the rehearsal dinner that won’t sound like it’s being read straight off a Hallmark card.
So, if a bride is in need of a new best friend or an extra bridesmaid so her numbers match up with the groomsmen, why wouldn’t I offer up my expertise?
(In less than 48 hours)
HuffPost | Craigslist Ad For A ‘Professional Bridesmaid’ Is A Must-See
E! Online | This Self-Proclaimed “Professional Bridesmaid” Has Had Enough
ABC News | ‘Experienced Bridesmaid’ Advertises Services on Craigslist
NY Daily News | ‘Professional bridesmaid’ offers her services on Craigslist for those seeking extra attendants
Marie Claire UK | Woman Advertising Her Skills As A Professional Bridesmaid Might Be Onto Something
NY Mag | Woman Realizes Her Life’s Passion Is Bridesmaiding, Takes Out Craigslist Ad
Cosmo Mag | “Professional Bridesmaid” Advertises on Craigslist
Elle Mag | This Craigslist Ad for a “Professional Bridesmaid” Is the Best Thing to Happen to Wedding Season
IMDB | This Self-Proclaimed “Professional Bridesmaid” Has Had Enough
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