I’m Jen Glantz

The founder of Bridesmaid for Hire, a 3x author, podcast host, and creator of The Newlywed Card Game & The First Years of Marriage Newsletter.

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I’VE BEEN FEATURED IN
250+ MEDIA OUTLETS

It started with a pile of bridesmaid dresses and a crazy idea: What if strangers needed to hire a bridesmaid?

On a late-June evening, two distant friends asked me to be their bridesmaid... 

I came home and vented to my roommate about being “always a bridesmaid” and my roommate said to me, “Jen, you’re good at this and everyone knows that. You’ve become a professional bridesmaid.”

That’s when I had this “lightbulb” moment. In the $300 billion wedding industry, why is there no one whose job it is to be there, really be there, for the bride?

Since I was good at being a bridesmaid, and had done it more times than I could count on my hands (and toes), I wondered if I could do this for strangers?

I gulped down courage and turned to Craigslist, where I posted an ad offering my services as a bridesmaid for hire. Two days later, I received 250 responses from people all over the world who wanted to hire me for their weddings.

Many people called me crazy for doing this. People called this social experiment a joke. But I decided not to prove those people wrong. Instead, I decided to go off and prove myself and my idea right.

In June 2014, I officially started Bridesmaid for Hire.

The head-turning company provides professional bridesmaid services to those getting married and to maids of honor. In the past 8-years, we’ve worked with hundreds of clients, had over 100,000 people apply to work for us, hired a team of professional bridesmaids, and even started a training program to help people start their own unique wedding business and make money.

I've also found myself telling my story on a lot of TV shows, like the TODAY Show, where Hoda Kotb gave me the warmest hug; Good Morning America, which came with me to video my very first wedding as a professional bridesmaid in Minnesota; and Fox News, where an anchor called my job the "weirdest ever." I share my wedding and bridesmaid expertise and unique perspective as a recurring guest on TV shows, podcasts, and in news articles on a weekly basis.

In 2017, Simon and Schuster published my second memoir, Always a Bridesmaid for Hire, about life as a professional bridesmaid and the crazy stories I’ve been a main character in along the way. I'm working really hard to turn my story into a reality show or a TV show—maybe even a movie. Can you help do that? Let’s chat!

I’m also proud of my two other books, Finally the Bride and All My Friends are Engaged. Together, this series of books dives into the head-turning true life stories of dating in New York City, working as a hired bridesmaid for strangers and finding love, after a psychic told me I was forever doomed. All of these stories are told chronologically inside these three books.

A few years ago, my husband, Adam, and I decided to sell 90% of our belongings, ditch our leases, and live in a brand new city, or home, every 30 days. We've lived in Portland, Austin, LA, Brooklyn, and many more spots. It's been the kind of journey that reminds me of what matters most about life, myself, and even my relationship with Adam. Today, we live in Brooklyn near what matters the most—a handful of pizza places within a 3-block radius. It's my life's mission to eat as much pizza, write as many books, and help as many strangers feel okay about the pushes and pulls of their lives as I can.

In case we ever meet, and I really hope that we do, you should know that I'll hug you hello, ask you the kind of questions that matter, and cross my fingers that we stay friends forever.

– Jen Glantz

To know me is to know this...

I eat pizza every day

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My birthday is on April Fool's Day

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I have a dog named Goofy

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I spent 2 years living in a new city every month

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I’m the most proud of

Words from dear friends

"Jen is the living version of a color-coded calendar. The supremely organized woman wears vibrant colors, flicks straight blonde hair, and smiles through peachy lipstick."

- New York Magazine

"She's becoming a success by acting like one. Everyone has a gift and I encourage everybody to do exactly what Jen did, explore your gift".

– Steve Harvey

"I got to tell you, we were fascinated with your story."

- Hoda Kotb, The TODAY Show

2014 - 2022

Let's go back!

2014

Started the headline-making business, Bridesmaid for Hire & appeared on over 250 media outlets, including Good Morning America

2015

Expanded Bridesmaid for Hire to offer services for maids of honor and launched the professional bridesmaid blog

2016

Got laid-off from my full-time job & Bridesmaid for Hire became my full-time job. That’s when I scaled the company to make 6-figures

2017

Published my second book through Simon & Schuster. Sold 90% of my belongings to live in a new city every month

2018

Launched the You’re Not Getting Any Younger Podcast & Facebook group

2019

Created Finally the Bride, an online platform where over 100,000 strangers voted on all my wedding decisions

2020

Adjusted services to fit the needs during the pandemic. Launched virtual services and did our share of Zoom weddings

2021

Created Odd Jobs & The First Years of Marriage newsletter, and The Newlywed Card Game

2022

Hiring new employees to work for Bridesmaid for Hire and entering the wedding boom with bookings that go through 2024

It started with a pile of bridesmaid dresses and a crazy idea. What if strangers needed to hire a bridesmaid?

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