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I’m a bridesmaid for hire – even the groom has no idea I’m not a true friend

Getting asked to be a bridesmaid can be a blessing and a curse.

While rom-coms tend to exaggerate most aspects of life, any woman who’s watched 27 Dresses can relate to the overwhelming pressure of being a bridesmaid.

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Jen Glantz works as a professional bridesmaid and has attended over 150 weddingsCredit: Daphne Youree
Jenn started her business Bridesmaid For Hire eight years ago

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Jenn started her business Bridesmaid For Hire eight years agoCredit: Daphne Youree

Jen Glantz worked as a professional bridesmaid for eight years, and this unique job taught her invaluable life lessons and how to spot a wedding crash a mile away.

The entrepreneur started her business after several friends and acquaintances included her in their wedding party.

“I was talking to my roommate, and I was like, ‘What’s going on? Why is everyone asking me?’ And she was like, ‘Jen, it’s because you’re a professional now. Everyone thinks you’re good at it,’” she told the US Sun.

And the idea of ​​Bridesmaid For Hire was born.

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Jen advertised her services as a professional bridesmaid on Craigslist and received over 300 responses.

“So let me be there for you if you don’t have any other girlfriends besides your twice estranged third cousin, who is often found sticking her tongue in an empty red wine bottle,” he said. she writes.

Since then, Jen has attended over 150 weddings, witnessing everything from runaway brides to venue fires.

“Everyone thinks the job is super glamorous but it’s mentally, physically and emotionally draining. We leave with cuts, bruises and headaches,” she explained.

For prizes starting at $2,500, Jen does everything from attending bachelorette parties to answering 4 a.m. calls from cold-footed brides.

“I always say, ‘I’m the on-call therapist, personal assistant, social director, and peacekeeper who takes care of all the drama,'” the bridesmaid explained.

She continued, “The only catch is when people hire me, they hire me to be undercover. So I use a fake name, a fake story of how I know them from their real life.

“Most of the time, the person they marry has no idea,” Jen revealed.

Jen does everything a regular bridesmaid would do, including giving speeches and posing for pictures

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Jen does everything a regular bridesmaid would do, including giving speeches and posing for photos1 credit
Jen published her own book Finally the Bride documenting her journey

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Jen published her own book Finally the Bride documenting her journeyCredit: Daphne Youree

Going undercover means Jen and her employees have to be on their feet all day.

“I have a zero alcohol policy. Because in most jobs you wouldn’t drink either, so at this job I wouldn’t go drinking. And also at this job you have to be 110% ready for everything,” she said.

Attending weddings in her life, Jen likes to say “I’ve seen it all and survived it all.

“I’ve had wedding accidents, I’ve had fights where the police had to come, I’ve had fires that almost burned down the entire wedding venue,” the business owner explained.

Jen expanded her business and hired employees to work as bridesmaids across the country

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Jen expanded her business and hired employees to work as bridesmaids across the country1 credit
Jen joked that wedding planners are always shocked by her knowledge of event planning

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Jen joked that wedding planners are always shocked by her knowledge of event planning1 credit

She continued: “I’ve had fights where the mother of the bride tried to hit me or hit the groom. I’ve had missing grooms. I’ve had runaway brides, everything you see in a romantic comedy.

Through her work, Jen said, “Yes, I’ve seen bad things but I’ve also seen good things.”

Working as a bridesmaid for hire, Jen knew exactly what she wanted from a relationship, and eventually her wedding.

“I’ll never forget this woman telling me that right before her first wedding, as she was about to walk down the aisle, she was like, ‘Wow, this is going to suck having to do it again,'” Jen said.

The professional bridesmaid has seen it all, from runaway brides to marriage breakers

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The professional bridesmaid has seen it all, from runaway brides to marriage breakers1 credit
Jen shared that she puts her bridesmaid dresses in trash bags given her limited closet space

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Jen shared that she puts her bridesmaid dresses in trash bags given her limited closet space1 credit

She explained, “And I always remembered that because I was like, ‘I don’t want it to be me. “”

When Jen transitioned from bridesmaid to bride, she used her platform to plan her wedding, allowing strangers to vote online on different aspects of the day.

However, the pandemic hit and Jen reassessed her wedding plans.

“In the end, we got married in the most perfect way. We got married on the sidewalk outside the cafe where we had our first date. On the anniversary of our first date, five years later late,” she said.

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And although Jen tends not to attend her friends’ weddings, she is actively growing her business.

“I think this job is going to eventually become so normal that everyone is going to hire their bridesmaid. And that’s my goal, that’s my hope. And I think it’s going to happen, even if it still takes 10 years,” she explained.

Jen joked in her Craigslist ad that she gave an Oscar-worthy speech every time she grabbed the bouquet

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Jen joked in her Craigslist ad that she gave an Oscar-worthy speech every time she grabbed the bouquet1 credit
Jen plans to expand her business and thinks every bride will hire a bridesmaid in the future

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Jen plans to expand her business and thinks every bride will hire a bridesmaid in the future1 credit



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