In the tradition of Sloane Crosley, Mindy Kaling, and Katie Heaney, a hilarious and insightful memoir about one New York City Millennial’s journey to find herself, her dream career, and true love, all while juggling a truly unique job as the world's only professional bridesmaid.
*Previously published as Always a Bridesmaid (for Hire)
After moving to New York City in her mid-twenties to pursue her dream of writing—and not living on the “Upper East Side” of her parents’ house anymore—Jen Glantz looked forward to a future of happy hours and Sunday brunches with her besties.
What she got instead were a string of phone calls that began with, "Jen, I have something exciting to tell you!" and ended with, "I'd be honored if you would be my bridesmaid." At first she was delighted, but it wasn’t long before she realized two things: all of her assets were tied up in bridesmaid dresses, and she herself was no closer to finding The One. She couldn't do much about the second thing (though her mother would beg to differ), but she could about the first.
One (slightly tipsy) night, Jen posted an ad on Craigslist advertising her services as a professional bridesmaid. When she woke up the next morning, it had gone viral. What began as a half-joke suddenly turned into a lifetime of adventure for Jen–and more insight into the meaning of love than she was getting from OKCupid—as she walked down the aisle at stranger after stranger's wedding.
Fresh, funny, and surprisingly sweet, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire) is an entertaining reminder that even if you don't have everything together, you can still be a total boss—or, at the very least, a BFF to another girl in need.
How does a woman who doesn t love weddings wind up with nine bridesmaid dresses and her own business, Bridesmaid for Hire? With wit and honesty, Glantz breezily shares tales of her awful online first dates and her transformation from beleaguered bridesmaid into a highly skilled and prized bridesmaid machine who is happily single. Glantz was a recent college graduate with a low-paying PR job in New York and a loving yenta for a mother who tried (long-distance from Florida) to find her daughter a husband. Meanwhile, she was deluged with calls from girlfriends asking her to be a bridesmaid. She realized after a few jaunts down the aisle that she had become her circle s wedding expert, armed with tips for the stressed-out members of the wedding parties, and that her troubles and time could be turned into a money-making enterprise. Following two bridesmaid requests on the same Friday from former friends she hadn t talked to in years, Glantz boozily created a Craigslist ad offering her expertise, which was quickly picked up by Buzzfeed and the Knot. Within a week, she was on television and her new business was legitimate, though not without a steep learning curve. Though Glantz sometimes overshares and tries too hard to get laughs, she writes in a charming and funny fashion that makes her easy to root for.