After standing beside so many brides throughout their wedding planning process over the past couple of years, Jen Glantz witnessed firsthand the stress that brides, and bridesmaids, experience and decided that there was a need in the wedding industry that wasn’t being fulfilled yet. That’s why she decided to write the Craigslist ad offering her services as a professional bridesmaid. After receiving an overwhelming response, she decided to turn it into an actual business in 2014, Bridesmaid for Hire, and wrote about the real-life adventures she found herself front and center at in the new book, Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire), available now.
MEET THE TEAM
Behind the Bridesmaid for Hire Co.
Founder & The Pro Bridesmaid
All my friends started getting engaged back in 2012. That’s when I was asked to be a bridesmaid for the very first time. Soon after, came the second time, and the third time, and before I knew it – my tiny NYC closest hugged more bridesmaid dresses than I had hangers for!
But my Professional Bridesmaid training started a few years earlier, back in 2010, when I started traveling the country as a consultant for a national sorority. Every week I found myself hoping off a plane in a new city and working with a group of women I had never met before. I would help them organize and delegate their to-do lists, problem solve overwhelming situations, and cleanse their lives of any chaos or drama that was swimming circles around them. I learned how to make strangers into friends and turn difficult challenges into stress-free adventures.
I’m the heart behind The Things I Learned From + the main character of All My Friends are Engaged + a recurring motivational speaker and mentor + in a serious relationship with NYC pizza + and I’ve been spotted around town wearing old bridesmaid dresses to the library, grocery store, and (once) on a first date.
Wondering What It’s Like To Be A Bridesmaid For Hire?
For all those who are wondering what it is like to walk down the aisle for complete strangers, search for love in a city that is infamous for people who don’t want to settle down, and start a business, by accident, from your couch cushions this is the book for you.
Co-Founder & Advisor
I remember when my sister Jen and I were growing up, we used to dress up in costumes and perform musical (comedy) numbers at our family gatherings. There was something magical about seeing the joy it brought to the room, the smiles and laughter it drew out of people and how much fun we had working on them together.
With over 12 years of experience helping major brands from a creative and strategic perspective, I’ve acquired the skills and know-how to help people navigate challenges, simplify complex situations, add a bit of color to dry experiences while build successful relationships between strangers.
When I received that first call from Jen saying “Hey Jay, need your help. That craigslist ad I posted…it just went viral.” I knew it was a chance to once again collaborate just as we did as kids, bringing a sense of professionalism, fun and passion to the wedding industry by way of an entirely new service offering in the space. Like Jen, I’ve been in over a dozen wedding parties and have served as best man to many of my close buddies. From those experiences I’ve recognized the need and importance of finally having a professional close by to help make that special day just that much more special for the wedding party.
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