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Within 48 hours, two of my dearest friends both asked me the very same question. It was the kind of question that made little pellets of sweat dance down their foreheads and splash onto the collar of their shirts. It was the kind of question that made me run home and check the contents of my bank account, praying that the zeroes I kept seeing would magically turn into 8’s.

“Jen,” they both kicked it off with, fiddling the tips of their freshly manicured fingers, “Will you be my bridesmaid?”

And without even swallowing the nervous saliva that was building up in my mouth, I said yes. The first time and the second time.

Being a bridesmaid and having the chance to stand beside someone who means something so significant to you in your life, on their special day, is one of the greatest honors. It’s something I’m willing to dip into my savings account to do or earn a couple of blisters on the edge of my pinky toes from dancing the night away in my Guess silver pumps (my go-to wedding shoes).

It’s also something I’ve become quite familiar with these, days.

Which is why, this past Friday I posted an ad on craigslist about being a professional bridesmaid. Pick me – I want to tell these brides. I know the in’s and the out’s of how to make your wedding day – and the months leading up to it, flawless. I know how to rally up the guests to dance the Hora or how to give a speech at the rehearsal dinner that won’t sound like it’s being read straight off a Hallmark card.

So, if a bride is in need of a new best friend or an extra bridesmaid so her numbers match up with the groomsmen, why wouldn’t I offer up my expertise?

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The story has spread across the internet & around the world.

(In less than 48 hours)

Buzzfeed.com | Craigslist Ad Written By A “Professional Bridesmaid” Is Ripe For A Rom-Com
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HuffPost | Craigslist Ad For A ‘Professional Bridesmaid’ Is A Must-See
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E! Online | This Self-Proclaimed “Professional Bridesmaid” Has Had Enough
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ABC News | ‘Experienced Bridesmaid’ Advertises Services on Craigslist
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NY Daily News | ‘Professional bridesmaid’ offers her services on Craigslist for those seeking extra attendants
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Marie Claire UK | Woman Advertising Her Skills As A Professional Bridesmaid Might Be Onto Something
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NY Mag | Woman Realizes Her Life’s Passion Is Bridesmaiding, Takes Out Craigslist Ad
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Cosmo Mag | “Professional Bridesmaid” Advertises on Craigslist
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TheKnot.com | We Spoke to the Craigslist Bridesmaid (and She’s Just as Awesome as You Hoped She’d Be!)
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Elle Mag | This Craigslist Ad for a “Professional Bridesmaid” Is the Best Thing to Happen to Wedding Season
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YourTango.com | I’m A Professional Bridesmaid And I Have A Craigslist Ad As Proof
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TheDailyBeast.com | New York City’s Professional Bridesmaid
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Salon.com | Here’s why we should actually have professional bridesmaids
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ThoughtCatalog.com | I’m The Professional Bridesmaid From That Craigslist Ad
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IMDB | This Self-Proclaimed “Professional Bridesmaid” Has Had Enough
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Hi! I’m Jen Glantz.

I wish we could high-five, even hug hello in person – and maybe someday soon we’ll have that chance. But until then, welcome to my website. It’s my most favorite place in the world (beside home, Forever21, and the library – of course). I hope you’ll click around a bit – and read something you like. And if you do, come back again! Or better yet, click the subscribe button – on the top right – and i’ll send you an email on Monday Mornings with tips and fun articles to help kick your butt out of bed.

 

Photo by: Wanqing Luo (wanqingluo@gmail.com)

 

I’m Jen Glantz. I’ve been a published writer for over 13 years, spilling my words into magazines (ranging from style to scuba diving), newspapers, websites and even this one time, a speech, for someone who didn’t speak a word of English. What drives my words, my site, my writing, is the power of relating to people. I find that many people, especially young girls, feel so alone and quite often they feel embarrassed. I want to shatter those feelings! I want them to read what I write and understand that it’s okay to be a little outside of the box, but most importantly, that it is okay to just be who they are.

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