As a professional bridesmaid, I get paid to go to weddings and bachelorette parties. Here are the 10 biggest, most unusual perks of my job.

  • Jen Glantz is an entrepreneur and founder of the company Bridesmaid for Hire, and she works as a professional bridesmaid in the weddings of complete strangers.
  • While each wedding presents its own unique challenges, Glantz says the process often also comes with exciting, luxurious perks.
  • She gets comped travel to destination weddings and bachelorette parties, joins in on cake taste-testing appointments, and tries on beautiful wedding dresses to free up time for the bride.
  • Glantz also receives a free bridesmaid dress as part of the wedding party, and since making her business a success, frequently gets free gifts from PR companies and brands that she regifts to clients or friends.

I’ve spent the last six years working as a professional bridesmaid and running the company, Bridesmaid for Hire. Working with hundreds of clients over the years has made me describe this job as anything but glamorous. There’s a lot of tears (from everyone), pop-up problems (yes, I have to locate missing grooms) and uncertainty that I’m forced to weather, along with supporting the person getting married (more people have cold feet than you think).

However, I recently started to think about the positives associated with being the world’s first professional bridesmaid and felt overwhelmingly grateful for how many perks come with the job. There’s a lot of big ticket items included in the price people pay to hire me, and there’s also a lot of freebies along the way that make the gig rare and exciting.

Here’s my list of the top 10 most common and adored perks that I look forward to when working a wedding as a bridesmaid for hire.

1. A free bridesmaid dress

One of the first perks of my job is getting a free bridesmaid dress. Since I’m usually asked to wear the same dress as the bride’s other bridal squad members, it’s something they’ll cover the cost of and send over the dress before the wedding day.

At this point, I have more bridesmaid dresses than Katherine Heigl in the movie “27 Dresses.” I do wear some of them again, and have donated a handful of them to nonprofits and organizations that benefit women.

2. Wedding dress previews

One of the services I provide to busy brides is that I’ll do their wedding dress shopping dirty work for them. This means I’ll go to bridal stores, with the dress styles they’ve told me they like in mind, and try on dresses for them. I’ll share photos and my own personal opinions. Often, I try on 15-20 dresses and narrow it down to the top five they should go try on in person. Why is this a perk? It’s really fun to try on thousand-dollar dresses that I never would have tried on otherwise.

3. Glam time with the bride

When the bride gets her hair and makeup done on the wedding day, I do too, right there beside her. Getting pampered by her glam squad is a big perk of the job and something

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Rebecca Vallance Launches Wedding and Bridesmaid Dresses

Yes, you read that correctly: Rebecca Vallance is launching a bridal collection.

A true extension of her core collections, Rebecca’s debut bridal offering is designed for women who love modern fashion and structured silhouettes. The first capsule features her iconic cuts and the bonded crepe fabric that’s now synonymous with the label, as well as new details like Spanish taffeta bows and frills. The range is available in a classic colour palette made up of white, black and pink, meaning brides-to-be will not only find something for themselves, but their bridesmaids too.

“A bridal capsule is something I have wanted do to within the brand for years, it almost seemed overdue that I focus on the bride and bridesmaids!” said creative director Rebecca Vallance of the launch.

The pieces are thoughtfully priced between $649 and $2,000, and are available to pre-order now ahead of the offical launch on November 13.

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Wedding Photo Featuring A Bridesmaid Pumping Breast Milk Goes Viral

One best-friend duo is coming together to normalize breastfeeding in an unlikely scenario. At Alabama nurse Rachael Downs’s wedding, her matron-of-honor Allison Hepler took a moment to pump breast milk, but they never anticipated that the moment would garner so much attention.

Hepler grabbed her pump during some downtime between wedding photos, but when it was the bridesmaids’ turn, she wasn’t quite finished. Florida-based photographer Amber Fletcher and Down decided it would be epic to shoot some pictures while Hepler finished pumping.

“I always do a photo like the Bridesmaids movie cover, so this seemed like the perfect time to utilize not only that photo in a humorous way but to show the realness of the specific day,” Fletcher told Parents Magazine. “In turn, it brought light to what a day looks like for a bridesmaid who is currently breastfeeding/pumping.”

The photo from the October 2019 wedding features Down in her white wedding gown surrounded by her five bridesmaids all holding bouquets — except for Hepler, who’s holding her pumping machine. 

While the photo was taken last year, Fletcher recently shared the empowering picture on Facebook writing, “‘It’s time for the bridesmaid photos!’ ‘I’m still pumping’ ‘Even better’”

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And the response to the photo was overwhelmingly positive. The post has since gone viral, with almost 6,000 likes and over 2,000 comments on Facebook in support of the mom and the understanding bride.

“I love this. Support for the bride by being present and support for the bridesmaid by not making a fuss over her having to pump,” one user wrote. Another one commented, “This bride is absolutely fantastic. What a treasure of a friend! I see way too many stories in my breastfeeding groups about bridezillas throwing fits over the party leaving for any reason or “inconveniencing” the wedding in any way.”

“It has been amazing to read through the comments and see how many other women relate to going through the same thing or are able to joke about possibly going through that in an upcoming wedding,” says Fletcher.

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Nursing bridesmaid is pictured PUMPING during wedding photoshoot

Milking it for viral fame! Nursing bridesmaid is pictured PUMPING during wedding photoshoot as the photographer captures ‘what the day truly looked like’

  • Matron of honor Allison Helper was pumping breastmilk while waiting to take group photos at her friend Rachael Downs’ wedding in Florida
  • When photographer Amber Fletcher finished shooting the men, Allison was still pumping — but they started taking pictures anyway
  • Rachael, Allison, and the other four bridesmaids posed for a Bridesmaids movie-inspired shot
  • Allison was pictured with her dress down and the pump still attached
  • The photo has gone viral, with moms commending both Allison and Rachael 

One of the most memorable photos to come out of one Florida wedding wasn’t perfectly poised and polished — but it was real.

Photographer Amber Fletcher was shooting a wedding in the Sunshine State last October when she finished up shooting the groomsmen and turned to the bridesmaids.

The matron of honor, Allison Helper, was still in the middle of pumping breastmilk — but instead of waiting, Amber snapped a fun posed shot of the women in the woods, with Allison still pumping away.

Real life: At her friend Rachael Downs' wedding, matron of honor Allison Helper posed for a picture in the middle of pumping

Real life: At her friend Rachael Downs’ wedding, matron of honor Allison Helper posed for a picture in the middle of pumping 

‘What happened moments coming up on the photo was that I finished the groomsmen a little early and Allison was still pumping,’ the photographer told People.

‘I always do a photo like the Bridesmaids movie cover, so this seemed like the perfect time to utilize not only that photo in a humorous way, but to show the realness of the specific day.’

So she had Allison, bride Rachael Downs, and the other four bridesmaids all pose together in a relaxed stance.

Each wore matching blush dresses, but Allison’s was pulled down to her waist, with the pump attached and a towel covering her on top.  

‘It brought light to what a day looks like for a bridesmaid who is currently breastfeeding/pumping,’ said the photographer. ‘Rachael (the bride) and Allison (the one pumping) were down with it as it’s what the day truly looked like in a way and they are all for normalizing breastfeeding and pumping.’

The bride told Today that she also nursed her daughter — for 18 months — and even pumped at Allison’s wedding.

Inspo: Photographer Amber Fletcher said she always likes to do a Bridesmaids-inspired shot, but this one was particularly special

Inspo: Photographer Amber Fletcher said she always likes to do a Bridesmaids-inspired shot, but this one was particularly special

She said she ‘never thought it would blow up the way it did’ but ‘I’m glad it did.’ 

The photo has earned a fair bit of attention on Facebook, where commenters are pouring on the praise. 

‘I love this. Support for the bride by being present and support for the bridesmaid by not making a fuss over her having to pump. I wish I had friends like these. Women building women up and not being selfish. LOVE IT!’ wrote

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Breastfeeding bridesmaid posed while pumping milk during wedding photoshoot, picture goes viral

A wedding portrait has gone viral for its realistic depiction of what the big day could potentially look like for breastfeeding mothers.

Rachael Downs was married in fall of 2019, but the wedding portrait she took alongside her bridal squad has recently captured the attention of social media users after her photographer, Amber Fletcher, shared the snapshot to Facebook.

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In the photo, Downs’ bridesmaid and friend of 15 years, Allison Hepler, is posing with the rest of the group while she is connected to a pump.

“What happened moments coming up on the photo was that I finished the groomsmen a little early and Allison was still pumping. I always do a photo like the [2011] ‘Bridesmaids’ movie cover, so this seemed like the perfect time to utilize not only that photo in a humorous way, but to show the realness of the specific day,” Fletcher told Fox News regarding how the image came to be.

“In turn, it brought light to what a day looks like for a bridesmaid who is currently breastfeeding/pumping,” Fletcher added. “Rachael and Allison were down with it as it’s what the day truly looked like in a way.”

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Although none of the women expected the photo to generate thousands of reactions, comments and shares, they believe it is a relatable moment that resonates with many.

“It was supposed to be a funny picture between friends, so it didn’t feel like anything [special]. We were just goofing off and trying to imitate the ‘Bridesmaids’ movie poster,” Hepler explained when asked how it feels to know she has made such a strong impact. “None of us could have ever imagined this going viral. At the time, we weren’t trying to make a statement or to go viral, so it’s just surreal that it has.”

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As for Downs, she was more than happy to share the spotlight with one of her closest friends.

“It was so great to have her and there’s nothing either one of us wouldn’t do for the other,” Downs said. “Having the pump in the photos was supposed to be a fun and light hearted photo, and normalizing pumping was just icing on the cake.”

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“Pumping is hard,” she added while commending Hepler’s dedication. “I lived it for 18 months with my daughter, so I can tell you that she’s a superhero for the simple fact that she was still willing to be a part of our day with a 4-month-old and a busy pumping schedule.”

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Bridesmaid Pumps During Wedding Photo Shoot: ‘All for Normalizing Breastfeeding’

A Florida bride’s wedding photo has gone viral because it features one of her bridesmaids pumping her breastmilk.

The photo, which was taken in October of last year but just went viral this month, featured bride Rachael Downs and her five bridesmaids holding their bouquets — while matron of honor Allison Helper holds her breast pump machine instead.

Photographer Amber Fletcher explained to Parents magazine that the photo was meant to be a silly recreation of the poster for the 2011 movie Bridesmaids. 

“What happened moments coming up on the photo was that I finished the groomsmen a little early and Allison was still pumping,” Fletcher said.

“I always do a photo like the Bridesmaids movie cover, so this seemed like the perfect time to utilize not only that photo in a humorous way, but to show the realness of the specific day,” she continued.

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“In turn, it brought light to what a day looks like for a bridesmaid who is currently breastfeeding/pumping,” Fletcher added. “Rachael (the bride) and Allison (the one pumping) were down with it as it’s what the day truly looked like in a way and they are all for normalizing breastfeeding and pumping.”

Downs told Today that she could empathize with her friend’s need to pump and had no problem including it in her wedding photos.

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“I nursed my daughter for 18 months. I know what it’s like,” she said. “I actually pumped at Allison’s wedding. We just didn’t get any photos!”

“The groomsmen finished their pictures early so I went to get Allison and she was like, ‘I just need to finish pumping,’ ” the bride explained, adding that the bridal party “never thought it would blow up the way it did.”

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“But I’m glad it did,” Downs added.

Fletcher added to Parents that it’s been “amazing” to read the comments of so many women who relate to the photo.

The photo has certainly garnered plenty of attention online, with many expressing their appreciation for the group’s embrace of pumping in public.

“This bride is absolutely fantastic. What a treasure of a friend!” one commenter wrote on Fletcher’s Facebook post. “I see way too many stories in my breastfeeding groups about bridezillas throwing fits over the party leaving for any reason or ‘inconveniencing’ the wedding in any way.”

“I love this. Support for the bride by being present and support for the bridesmaid by not making a fuss over her having to pump,” another commenter added. “I wish I had friends like these. Women building women up and not being selfish. LOVE IT!”

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Bridesmaid Dresses to Pair With Red Wedding Gown

Red wedding gowns have become increasingly popular with brides who choose the color either to honor their cultural heritage or who just want to wear something other than the traditional white bridal gown. A red wedding gown can be absolutely gorgeous, but it can make it tricky to pick out bridesmaid dresses to coordinate. While any color goes with white, the same is not true of red, after all. These are some terrific ideas for bridesmaid dresses to pair with a red wedding gown.

A red wedding gown can actually take on a lot of different styles, from elegant to retro to dramatic, and that is a great place to begin when shopping for bridesmaid dresses to match your gown. Let’s say that you are having a formal evening wedding, and really want your attendants to look sophisticated and elegant. Black satin column dresses would be very striking for the bridesmaids. You can bring in the red wedding theme with custom red crystal bridesmaid jewelry sets and bouquets of deep red roses. If you want to bring a touch of the bridesmaids’ black to your bridal attire, add some black feathers to your bouquet, and maybe even wear them in your hair.

Black and red are a fairly dark color combination, so it will not suit every wedding. Metallic neutrals are a fantastic option for a chic bridesmaid dress color to pair with a red wedding gown. Silver or pewter chiffon dresses would be elegant for a summer evening wedding. In the autumn, a rich tone like bronze silk dupioni would be magnificent with a bride in red. Match the metallic to the undertone of the red of your wedding gown. If you are wearing a cool cherry red, silver would be a good complement. Brides in rich burgundy would look best surrounded by bridesmaids in warm metallic colors like gold. Glittering Swarovski crystals in a coordinating metallic shade would be great for the bridesmaid jewelry sets.

Red can also be retro, especially if the bride has chosen a tea length red wedding gown. It would be really cute to put your bridesmaids in dresses with a similar silhouette to yours in a color like yellow or pink. The yellow and red can be used together to create a retro picnic feeling. The pink bridesmaid dresses with the red are reminiscent of the popular color combination seen in vintage inspired letter press wedding invitations. This could make for a really unique wedding color palette if you choose to carry it into the decorations.

For brides who like the royal associations of a red wedding gown, the perfect bridesmaid dress color is another one with regal undertones: purple. Rich aubergine bridesmaid dresses will look like the epitome of elegance and style next to a bride in a deep red wedding gown. Tie the colors together with bouquets which combine the red and purple. The bride’s bouquet could be mostly purple flowers with a few red blossoms, and the bridesmaids could carry …

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