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If I had a quarter for every single time someone has said the phrase "Always a bridesmaid, never a bride" to me, well, maybe then I'd be able to afford a wedding. The phrase has stuck around from generation to generation and every young woman who has found herself walking down the aisle, again and again, without a plus one of her own, seems to hear this obnoxious tagline. So, next time that someone says it to you, here are 7 responses to send back to them!
1. I have a lot of friends.
If you've been a bridesmaid more times than you can count on your hands, the reason is that you have a lot of very close people in your life. That's something to be wildly proud of.
2. All of my friends got engaged.
Perhaps the reason you're known as "always a bridesmaid" is because all of your friends got engaged at a much younger age than you expected them too.
3. Being a bridesmaid has its perks.
The parties, the cute dresses, the overall experience. While it can be a lot of work, it's not always that bad.
4. Being a bridesmaid is cheaper than being a bride.
Even if you've been a bridesmaid ten times, that's still less expensive than throwing a wedding.
5. Which way is the bar?
Change the subject as quick as you can and go grab yourself a glass of bubbly. You deserve it!
6. So what? My closet is filled with a lot of chiffon.
Your closet may look like the fabric section at Michael's Craft store just threw up on it, but nobody needs to know that. Hide those dresses behind your winter coats or drop them off as a donation to a thrift store.
7. My time will come... eventually.
Even if you don't know when, that's okay. Don't let anyone make you feel bad about being single or being a bridesmaid.
Jen Glantz is a "Professional Bridesmaid" and the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire. She's the author of All My Friends Are Engaged and frequently wears old bridesmaid dresses to the grocery store and on first dates