Professional bridesmaid. I know, right? So many questions.
Who knew there was such a thing. But turns out not only does the service exist, it’s a popular (and lucrative) one, too.
Sydney woman Kerstyn Walsh, 29, attends about 30 to 40 weddings in a year, thanks to the business she created ‘Hire a Bridesmaid‘, which now employs another four full-time staffers. As a professional bridesmaid, her booking record, she tells Mamamia, is four weddings in two days.
Here’s our chat with Kerstyn…
How did you become a professional bridesmaid?
Totally by accident. I was a real estate agent for a really long time and then I wasn’t happy in that job anymore and I thought, “There’s got to be something else.”
A friend of mine who I went to school with asked me to be the MC at her wedding. She invited me down the night before the wedding, and she had left her lingerie at home so I said, ‘Don’t worry, I’ll go get it for you!’ So I drove back to Sydney and then I came back the next day.
Then, on the day, I was serving drinks for all the bridesmaids and I was hanging out with everyone and I just thought, ‘Oh My God, this is what I am meant to do.’
What made you think that the job of a professional bridesmaid was necessary?
What made me think this is so important is not just evening out numbers for the bridal party, but also having that person that just gets you and has your back on your day 100 per cent. Or, also, some of my clients are from overseas and they don't have anyone here for them.