I love being a bridesmaid. Want a photo of your veil gracefully floating through the breeze? I'm there launching that tulle in the air behind you like I've earned a part in Cirque du Soleil. Need hand-stitched initials on the menus at the eleventh hour - I got you, girl.
Being a bridesmaid combines so many of my favourite things. Friends. Fashion. A dance floor. And of course, honour, responsibility and organisation. After all, I do love a colour-coded spreadsheet.
I've had the privilege of being a bridesmaid several times in my life BC (before children). Each time the bride paid for my dress. I still have my bridesmaid dresses hanging in a garment bag in my wardrobe. Admittedly, I've never worn any of them again, but now that each of my friends has daughters, I figure I can pass on the bridesmaid dresses to them when they're older, to share a small part of their mum's special day.
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But while, for me, being a bridesmaid has been an honour, for others it can be an expensive exercise. A very expensive exercise.