Always a Bridesmaid

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A friend of mine has been a bridesmaid about 12 times (even more if you count junior bridesmaids)! I'm convinced that the movie 27 Dresses was based on her life. This summer will be unlucky number 13, as her brother is getting married next month. She is a great friend and looks lovely in silk satin organza, which is why I suppose so many brides have wanted her by their side. But really, she's had enough. (As she says, "Your bridesmaids have lives, too!") When choosing your wedding party, would you be terribly offended if someone turned you down? What do you think is the best way to politely decline?—Brooke Showell, senior associate features editor, Elegant Bride

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