If the movie Bridesmaids taught us anything, it’s that weddings can be extremely stressful. There’s so much that goes into planning the perfect wedding, and often so many people work around that. More often than not, it’s common to expect a small handful of nervous breakdowns during the planning process. It only gets worse when a bad bridesmaid bursts in and makes things all about her or, worse yet, simply makes it impossible for the bride to focus on her own special day.
Enter self-described Professional Bridesmaid, Jen Glantz who founded her service, Bridesmaid For Hire, a few years back after initially offering her services on Craigslist, of all places. Since then, Jen has worked with over 40 brides to help them have the best wedding experience possible. She offers services as an “on-call therapist,” friend, behind-the-scenes bridesmaid, and even a Maid of Honor, doing everything she can to allow the bride and her wedding party to focus on what’s really important: enjoying everything about the wedding. Basically, she’s your Bridal Yoda, if Yoda walked around in taffeta and heels.
Just in time for National Wedding Month, I sat down to talk to Jen about getting her start as a professional bridesmaid, how she handles party crashers, and even got a little bit of advice about my own impending role as Maid of Honor.
Jen Glantz is a professional bridesmaid and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She’s the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates. Her forthcoming book, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire), will be released in 2017 by Simon and Schuster. Say hello here, and be sure to follow Jen on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram!
(Photos: Courtesy of Jen Glantz)