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Job diary: As a professional bridesmaid, I deal with everything from missing grooms to wedding crashers. Here's what a day in my life is really like.
Jen Glantz is an entrepreneur and founder of the company Bridesmaid for Hire, for which she works as a professional bridesmaid in the weddings of complete strangers.
On the big day, she says her duties involve everything from being the bride's personal assistant, social director, peacekeeper, and unofficial on-call therapist.
While no wedding is ever the same, Glantz says there's always family drama, a variety of last-minute problems, and loads of tears.
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When I often tell people that I work as a bridesmaid for hire they almost immediately think that's just a fancy word for wedding planner.
But wedding planners are very different: They work on setting up the wedding and coordinating details of the look and feel of the whole celebration.
What do I do? It can seem complicated, but my job is more than just wearing the bridesmaid dress, pretending to know the bride from a specific time in her life, dancing on the dance floor, and giving a maid-of-honor speech.
A lot of what I do requires putting out fights (between the bride and the cast of characters in her life), finding missing things (from bridesmaid dresses to grooms), and running around solving problems (like Diet Coke spilled on the wedding dress before the ceremony, handling a bride with cold feet, or trying to keep the mother of the bride busy so she and the bride don't have another argument). That's the simple version of my job.
The heart of my job is being there for the person who hired me, which often means that every wedding looks and feels different from my perspective. Here's what a day in my life looks like.
My day often starts before sunrise