- 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