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Should you hire a professional bridesmaid or a maid of honor for your wedding?

January 23, 2023

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Today on Ask the Planner Podcast, we’re talking to a Professional Bridesmaid. This goes beyond the movie 27 dresses with Katherine Heigle, so don't go anywhere. In today’s episode we’re discussing a topic that may not be known to you – hiring a professional bridesmaid for your wedding.

In today’s very special episode, we are talking with a pioneer of this niche industry and the pros and cons that come with hiring a professional bridesmaid to be in your wedding party. 

Choosing your bridesmaids, for many, is not as simple as choosing your close girl friends and sisters. In fact, for many people, deciding who will be in your wedding can be a major source of stress. Will we hurt someone’s feelings? Will my partner and I have the same # of people so it looks even?  And then there’s all the responsibilities of the wedding party . . . and the cost! But we’ll save that for another episode. 

Should you hire a professional bridesmaid or a maid of honor for your wedding? : Episode 83

Jen is the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire, the world’s first service where strangers can hire a professional bridesmaid. She’s the author of three best-selling books, All My Friends are Engaged, Finally the Bride, and Always a Bridesmaid for Hire, published by Simon and Schuster. Jen also shares raw, relatable, and refreshing guidance on her weekly podcast, You’re Not Getting Any Younger, and inside her weekly email series, The Monday Pick-Me-Up. She’s also the creator of the newsletters: Odd Jobs newsletter and The First Years of Marriage newsletter. 

Recently, Jen released a top-selling game for newlyweds called The Newlywed Card Game.

She is truly an entrepreneur who has been a bridesmaid in almost 125 weddings, so she knows the ropes through and through. 

If today is your first time visiting Verve Event Co., welcome! My name is Desiree Adams and I'm a wedding planner based in upstate NY.  Through my blog and podcast, Ask the Planner, I share all the tips and tricks I've gathered over the years to help YOU plan an unforgettable wedding. 

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Should you hire a professional bridesmaid or a maid of honor for your wedding? : Episode 83

This episode was packed with so many amazing tips from our guest. 

  • Meet Jen Glantz [02:49]
  • What was it like starting the company [3:49]
  • What are the different services you offer as a professional bridesmaid? [4:30]
  • What’s the process like when someone hires you to be their professional bridesmaid? [5:38]
  • Has anyone to blow your cover? [6:40]
  • Do they hire you confidentially [7:15]
  • And now you have multiple women on your team that can work with brides, right? Do they choose someone based on their needs or personality? What’s that like? [7:55]
  • How do you price your services? Is it a flat fee, or is it based on the scope, how many events you’re planning, how many hours you’re helping? [9:30]
  • What would you say to them on why it’s a good reason to hire you or someone like you to be their professional bridesmaid? [10:35]
  • What recommendations or tips do you have for planning a bachelorette party? [12:00]
  • Are there any trends that you’re over when it comes to planning the bachelorette? [13:30]
  • Where do you think a lot of brides go wrong in terms of how they plan the day with their wedding party? [15:47]
  • What’s the craziest and oddest story (2 different stories) do you have as a bridesmaid for hire? [18:55]
  • Now we’re going to transition to answering some of our listener and viewer questions. I polled our listeners and they sent in some really great questions.

 

  1. Can we have 3 maid of honors? I just can’t choose 1! [23:36]
  2. What’s your advice for a bride who wants to ask her bestie to be her MOH but she’s very unorganized + not a planner? [24:48]
  3. Best “bridesmaid proposal box”  or proposal ideas (something over the top) you’ve seen? [26:00]
  4. Advice for Groom who’s deciding between Tux or wearing a traditional kilt? We’re getting married in the U.S. He likes the look of the tux. [28:14]
  5. We’re 10 months out and haven’t picked out dresses or made Bachelorette plans yet. Is it too late to ask another bridesmaid? [28:14]
  6. Is it okay for the bride to pay for the bachelorette party? [30:40]
  7. Should the bride pay for hair and makeup? [31:02]
  8. Advice for a kid-free destination wedding when some of bridal party has kids? [32:11]
  • Any other additional advice? [33:19]

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