When I first heard of Jen Glantz and her role as a “professional bridesmaid” I was instantly intrigued. But with several appearances on television shows like Rachael Ray and an upcoming memoir about her experiences I figured who better to offer up some tips to ladies who will be performing the bridesmaid role themselves this year!
1. Take the Lead With Planning
If you’ve been a bridesmaid quite a few times, chances are you have a long list of do’s and don’ts when it comes to planning some of the pre-wedding events. Even if you’re not the maid-of-honor you should still share some of that advice to optimize the wedding experience. If you’ve been to Vegas thee times already for a bachelorette party, perhaps you can recommend some other fun and cool spots to make the bachelorette party an unique experience for everyone.
2. Convince the Bride to Pick Unique Bridesmaid Dresses
When the bride is starting to go through the dress picking process, perhaps shed some insight on cool bridesmaid dress trends you’ve seen before or worn before as a bridesmaid. Slowly, yet surely, the trend is moving away from matching bridesmaid dresses to having the bridesmaids find a dress that makes them feel awesome instead.
3. Find New Ways to Save Money
For now on, whenever you are a bridesmaid, make it a goal to find different ways to save money. Whether it’s finding the bridesmaid dress for a discounted price or hunting for great travel deals online, make it a bridal party challenge to see who can find the best deals when it comes to buying whatever the bride or the maid-of-honor wants you to buy.
Jen Glantz is the world’s first professional bridesmaid and founder of Bridesmaid for Hire and the author of the new book, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire). She’s the heartbeat behind the website The Things I Learned From, and the author of the Amazon-bestselling ebook, All My Friends are Engaged. She can be found in New York City wearing old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store, on first dates, or double-fisting slices of one-dollar pizza.