Jen Glantz, a 28-year-old Florida-native living in New York City, says that it was after she was asked to be a bridesmaid twice in one day that her then-roommate suggested she should perform the duty professionally. Glantz took the advice seriously — that same night, she posted an ad on Craigslist advertising her services to prospective brides. After waking up to more than 250 job offers in her inbox, Glantz, then a copywriter, discovered there was more than enough interest to justify a career change.
“I say that I do four things — I’m the on-call therapist, personal assistant, social director, and peace keeper,” explained Glantz. “A usual bridesmaid, she may not have the time to spend four hours on the phone for you or have the time to plan your bachelorette party.”
Since launching her career as a Bridesmaid for Hire, Glantz says she’s helped out some 65 brides. Her most expensive service is a $1,500 Behind-the-Scenes package which offers pre-wedding consultation, vendor coordination, and full-on assistance for the day of the wedding. For an additional $500, Glantz can be hired as an actual bridesmaid at the wedding as well. Glantz also offers counseling and planning services for prospective brides, bridesmaids, maids-of-honor, and mothers of brides.
Anne Griffin, a 30-year-old product manager from Harlem, said she purchased Glantz’s Behind-the-Scenes package for her October wedding in Philadelphia so that her own bridesmaids could escape being “auto-enrolled into being a servant for the day.”
“All of my bridesmaids said it was the best wedding they’d ever been in, because they weren’t stressed out,” Griffin recalled.
Imagining her own dream wedding, Glantz confessed she’d actually rather not have bridesmaids — with one possible exception.
“I’ve always thought it would be fun to ask the people who hired me to come back as my bridesmaids,” said Glantz.
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