Would you hire a bridesmaid for your wedding?

@shywolf (4523)
United States
February 6, 2007 9:59am CST
A Chinese girl is about to launch her own company to hire out bridesmaids for weddings. She's apparently already hired herself out three times for weddings, after seeing that there was a demand for such a service. She is trying to enlist the help of University students for her company, because she thinks that they would be the best help and also need the money. Would you ever consider being a bridesmaid for hire? Would you hire a bridesmaid for your wedding? I would hope to have enough friends as bridesmaids at my own wedding, but I don't see a problem with people offering this service for those who might need it! ^_^
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@lifeiseasy (2292)
• United States
6 Feb 07
For some reason this doesn't shock me ...people have turned weddings into a business , really look at the cost of everything ,no kids allowed they want their wedding perfect, the right church or country club, the exact flowers the cater the photgrapher every thing has to be perfect ...so I think this will be a very big thing ... next they will have a hired groom and bride too ...lol, just so everything is "perfect" ...
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
I agree. Even if the amount of best men and bridesmaids are not the same, doesn't make it a bad wedding and doesn't mean they have to hire someone just so it's even. Rather than hiring bridesmaid, might as well hire a wedding planner, a professional who knows what to do to make the dream wedding come true. If it's just to make it even, close relative can be picked too, or even friends of friends for that regard.
• Canada
6 Feb 07
Wow! Kudos to that girl for creating a job for herself (literally! LOL). That took a bit of ingenuity but, if she found a market, more power to her. As for me, no. I would never hire a bridesmaid. I'd prefer to have no attendants than to pay someone to stand there. Imagine, if you have photographs, looking back on them with other people and having to answer the question, "and who is that?" "Oh, just someone I hired to be in my wedding party." Good grief. As far as would I be one... sure! LOL If someone wants to pay me to dress up and have fun, I guess I'd give it a whirl... but, at the age of 42, I won't expect the phone to be ringing off the hook ;)
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@ukchriss (2106)
6 Feb 07
Not sure if i would want to do this as i could see my family and friends not being too happy that i didn't ask them! But on the other hand if they come with the dress and all bits like their hair being done all nice etc. it would save a lot of time and headaches, going round the shops and also any arguments over the colour of the dresses.
@babystar1 (4236)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I would never hire a bridesmaid for my wedding I have to many friends that would like to be bridemaids for me. But I could see if there is a need for one, I guess you can hire one.Does she have to pay for all the different bridemaids dresses she wears herself?
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I've never heard of such a thing. I cold never do that. My girlfriends will be my bridesmaids because they actually mean something to me.
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@gotcho0O (1258)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Same here. Never heard of it and would never do that. Bridesmaids should be special people unless you don't have one.
• United States
6 Feb 07
and if u dont have a close freind then u really nood some
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@tetsero (24)
• United States
6 Feb 07
Do you really need a bridesmaid? I mean what about those weddings in vegas?
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
if you have none, doesn't make it bad wedding at all. better than hiring a stranger for a very special position out of the blue.
6 Feb 07
I think I would rather have no bridesmaid than hire somebody to do it. I wonder what sort of people would want to do this.
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@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
I agree Michelle. No bridesmaid doesn't make it bad wedding at all rather than getting a stranger out of the blue in a very special position for the bride, unless she happens to know the person she hires well then she doesn't have to hire her anyway LOL
@villageanne (8555)
• United States
6 Feb 07
LOL that is just too funny. why would someone do that?
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I think that is just gonna be a big waist of money
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@Asylum (48282)
• Manchester, England
7 Feb 07
The whole idea seems wrong to me. Traditionally the bridesmaids are relatives of the bride, or at least family members of a close friend. I know that tradition is not as firmly upheld as it used to be, although I feel that this is one area in which it will continue to reign. What value would the wedding photographs have if they consisted of hired assistants instead of family and friends. After all, not many people have a photograph of the photographer or the caterer from their wedding. The next step would be to hire a best man, or maybe a professional to give the bride away.
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@suedarr (2382)
• Canada
7 Feb 07
This is the first I've heard of bride's maids for hire. I wonder if it's lucrative???? Just kidding! And no, if I were getting married and did not have a female friend to fill the role, I would ask a male friend or relative to step in. I know that is a little unconventional itself, but hey so is hiring someone to fill a role traditionally to go to someone close to you. To each their own I guess. Cheers!
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• China
7 Feb 07
i think ome people dont need because they maybe having friends but you dont have they should definetly have to keep bridesmaid when it is necassary.i myself if it required then i wwould definetly keep a bridesmain,for good help,so that all the works will bbe happend perfectly
@Debs_place (10528)
• United States
6 Feb 07
That is really tacky. I can't see that. That is thepoint of friends and family. Give me a break.
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@ILANEDRI (1923)
• Israel
6 Feb 07
I can't understand this company. Why should a person will order a bridesmaid? Doesn't she has any friends that can be bridesmaid? It's so wierd. Anyway, I will never order this kind of service, but I will deffinatly will be one if I could. When I will be a student, I will need every money that I can get, and that's seem to be an easy and a fun way to get it.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I personaly would not do it but if that is what yopu feel you would like to do you should go for it. I think bridemaids should be close friends and or family
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@brimia (6584)
• United States
6 Feb 07
I wouldn't hire a bridesmaid but would definitely hire myself out to be one. What a great way to make money...eating, drinking, dancing...I could handle that.
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@clod0327 (817)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
This is the first time I ever heard of such a service and didn't realize that somebody is actually hiring somebody to be their bridesmaids. I think bridesmaids have a role to play in a wedding. They choose you to be thier bridesmaids because you play a special role in their life. Like during my wedding, I have a number of best friends (High school friends, college friends, friends from home, friends from work) and I selected them all, Including my sister and cousin to be my bridesmaids because they are all special to me. And selecting them to be my bridesmaids would make them feel thay they are an important part of my life. So I would never really hire somebody to be my bridesmaids, because I may be sentimental, but I want my bridsmaids to be someone who is really close to me. And I would never consider myslef being hired to be the bridesmaids of somebody else because I don't want to be just a puppet or an ornament for somebody else wedding.
@gianena (256)
• Philippines
7 Feb 07
Yeah!!! You're definitely right. Weddings are very special so couples should and must celebrate that important day with their loved ones and close friends and definitely no hired bridesmaids.
@LittleMel (14055)
• Canada
10 Feb 07
I couldn't agree more. If it's only for even numbers of best men and bridesmaids, close relatives or friends of friends can fill out the gap. People just have to have friends thats all.
• Philippines
6 Feb 07
Nope I wouldn't hire a bridesmaid for my wedding..I have so many friends and relatives I can invite to be my bridesmaid and to me it is a very special position for a special friend to be at your side during your wedding. I don't see a problem with people hiring bridesmaid..It is their personal choice.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
I would never want to be hired nor would I ever do such a thing. The people I hold near and dear to my heart will be my bridesmaids because they have seen me in good times and bad and have stuck by me along the way. There's a special bond there that I wouldn't want to share with a stranger on such a special day.
@Eskimo (2317)
6 Feb 07
do you know anyone that would like to hire a bridesdog for a wedding, my terms are very reasonable, winalot, and some doggybix is all I really need.
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• United States
6 Feb 07
Ha! That'd be awesome. But is the dog a female or male? I'd hate to have unequal numbers!
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@GardenGerty (96668)
• Marion, Kansas
7 Feb 07
I find this kind of strange. Nothing immoral or unthinkable, just strange. I would think that someone would have enough friends to stand up with them. Now it may be that they are regarding bridesmaids as being catering and organizing apprentices, people who will help manage the ceremony and reception in order to help things go smoothly. I guess it is different in different parts of the country.
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@imadriscoll (2230)
• United States
7 Feb 07
I've always wanted to be a wedding coordinator ... I guess I could add this to my list of services offered!! LOL! I think it's kind of sad that anyone might need to hire a bridesmaid and in my experience it seems as though the groom has more problems finding groomsmen! I think that if people are using the service, there must be some kind of perceived need. But, the bridesmaid for hire would have to lie in order to pull it off and I just don't think that I would agree with that!