Do you love weddings? Do you love them enough to attend ceremonies for couples you don’t actually know?
Sound appealing? Here’s how to make money as a pro bridesmaid.
Why Would Someone Hire a Bridesmaid?
Being in the wedding party is an honor, but as any bridesmaid can attest, it’s also a lot of work. And that’s where the professional comes in.
“The Professional Bridesmaid does all the heavy lifting — so you and your girls can focus on the fun!” says Glantz’s website.
Different clients need help with different aspects of their weddings, from logistics to moral support. Some brides simply need someone to fill in after counting on friends who bailed. Glantz’s first client hired her after the original maid of honor stopped returning the bride’s phone calls.
And the pro bridesmaid business is booming. Glantz has worked with 30 brides over the past year, which means there’s a market for this type of service.
What Does a Professional Bridesmaid Do?
While wedding planners focus on vendors and venues, a professional bridesmaid does whatever the bride needs her to do.
Glantz told CNN she’ll do anything from helping manage RSVPs to planning bridal showers and bachelorette parties, organizing gift registries, and even helping brides answer nature’s call in their dresses.
She’s a one-woman MacGyver, ready to jump in and remedy just about any situation with her fanny pack full of super glue, Band Aids and other essentials.
To follow her lead, you’ll need great interpersonal and organizational skills, and you’ll need to be ready to help with everything from dress shopping to wedding budget planning.
You’ll need top-notch diplomacy skills as well. Glantz sometimes helps smooth out tricky family situations, but she’s discreet enough not to provide specifics.
How Much Can You Earn?
While you’ll want to tailor your pricing to the specific services you offer (as well as your location), you can get an idea of what to charge from Glantz’s prices.
The $199 “Virtual Bridesmaid” package offers brides assistance with itineraries, budgeting and getting organized for the big day.
The highest-priced package she offers is the “Bridesmaid By My Side,” which promises Glantz will attend the wedding to help out, and it starts at $1,000. If coming to the wedding requires travel outside of New York City, clients foot the bill for her trip.
Become a Professional Bridesmaid
If you’d like to try your hand at being a professional bridesmaid, you can strike out on your own, or you can apply to be join Glantz’s “Bridesmaids for Hire” network. She’s recruiting women all over the country to work with her, though there’s no word on potential earnings.
For more on what it’s like to be a professional bridesmaid, check out the full interview on CNN.
Your Turn: Would you consider becoming a pro bridesmaid?
Kristen Pope is a freelance writer and editor in Jackson Hole, Wyoming.