Do you love parties, weddings, fancy food, fashion, and mingling with people? Did you ever want a job doing just that? Have you ever thought that you could have a job helping people enjoy their special day but never found the opportunity to do so? Well, guess what! You are in for one lucky surprise.
Here comes the bride and her paid (seriously) wedding party?
You can earn over $2,000 by being a professional wedding attendant.
“Always the bridesmaid, never the bride” was a statement that people used to take as an insult, but now people look at being a bridesmaid or best man differently.
When Jen Glantz first posted an advertisement as a professional bridesmaid on Craigslist in 2014, she didn’t expect the kind of response she received. Over the next couple of weeks, hundreds of people emailed her requesting her service. Today, she runs a successful company called Bridesmaid for Hire which offers different bridesmaid services.
Opportunities for freelance wedding attendants
Around 6,200 weddings happen every day in the United States alone. That number adds up to roughly 2.3 million couples getting married every year. But when it comes to inviting people to support them on their wedding day, people are often unsure of who to invite to be in the wedding party.
The University of Oxford discovered that people only have a limited number of individuals that they would call true friends. Even if these people have tons of friends or followers on their social media accounts, they feel that many of these relationships are fake. This is why the demand for professional wedding assistants is so high today. Since people don’t have enough close friends, or they don’t want to impose on their friends, they would prefer to hire a professional wedding assistant to stand in for their attendants.
So, What Are You Expected to do as a Professional Wedding Attendant?
There are many different tasks that a bridesmaid or groomsman does to make sure that the wedding goes smoothly. No, you are not just a friend for hire. You do so much more than that.
Your job as a bridesmaid or best man means that you will be there to help the bride or groom get through their wedding to-do list on the big day. You are expected to support the bride or groom, be a social butterfly, and basically help them enjoy the day.
Things you can’t do:
- Faint during the ceremony
- Get drunk at the reception
- Sleep with anyone from the wedding
- Do the “Elaine” dance from Seinfeld
- Mess up your story to someone and be discovered as a fake
You will need to be on top of your game for the whole day, from start to finish.
How Can You Start as a Professional Wedding Attendant?
- Get some photos done in wedding attire. People want to know that you are going to look great in their photos so show them some sample poses.
- Make a video of yourself giving a wedding toast. This could be something you might be asked to do on the wedding day, so show potential clients you have a knack for some public speaking.
- Start marketing to wedding professionals in your area. Flower shops, bridal shops, wedding venues, black car services, hotels, and travel agents are going to have their fingers on the pulse of weddings in your area. Leave your materials with them and offer them something for referrals who buy your services.
- Advertise, advertise, advertise. You want to keep it a little low-key as your future employers don’t want you to be well-known as “that fake wedding attendant guy.” So, you have to go where the brides and grooms are and market directly to them. Do some discreet online advertising. Once you get a few weddings under your belt, word of mouth should help take care of the rest.
So, if you love parties, weddings, food, and fashion, try being a professional
wedding attendant. It may seem silly but there is definitely freelance money to be made!