The surreal life of a professional bridesmaid
The linked article is about Jen Glantz, who turned being a bridesmaid multiple times into a business. She began as a professional bridesmaid on Craigslist and has since expanded to a six-figure business. Her services begin at $2.5k and she takes on tasks such as holding hair back while a bridesmaid pukes, and running interference between divorced parents reuniting for the first time, among others. She does play a person she isn't and uses cover stories to explain her presence to wedding guests. She thinks the demand for hired bridesmaids indicates the high pressure put on brides to have perfect weddings and the lack of support networks.