Move over, Kristen Wiig. It is time for the professionals to take over the bridesmaid game.
That's right: If you are planning a wedding this year, you can hire the services of a professional bridesmaid for only $2,000.
Weddings are notoriously known as a stressful day, with one mishap that can easily turn a bride from beautiful to bridezilla. That is precisely the reason why Jen Glantz, a 26-year-old copywriter and author of All My Friends Are Engaged, created BridesmaidforHire.com. In short, her service acts as a "gal pal" for the bride.
Bridesmaid for Hire features four packages for brides to choose from, with prices ranging from a few hundred dollars to $2,000. The cheapest package is a virtual consultation where they will assist with planning, problem solving and to-do lists through the use of an online video collaboration tool.
The most expensive package is the hands-on "bridesmaid by your side" option for $2,000, which will provide on-ground support for all pre-wedding events and actual participation as a bridesmaid or maid of honor in the wedding party. According to Glantz, the average package sold is between $1,000 to $1,200.
The concept of hiring a wedding professional may be approaching a cultural watershed. Witness the recently released movie "Wedding Ringer" that chronicles the story of a socially awkward guy who hires a professional who provides best men for needy grooms. Separately, the 2011 hit "Bridesmaids" showed the disaster that can ensue when you opt to go the traditional route with friends.
The growing popularity of hiring professional wedding party participants begs the question of the price tag that we are willing to allocate to look good in front of other people. So how much is your ego really worth?