a woman walking down a city street: Six years ago, Jen Glantz took the idea of being a bridesmaid for strangers and made it a reality. Jen Glantz


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Six years ago, Jen Glantz took the idea of being a bridesmaid for strangers and made it a reality. Jen Glantz

  • After being a bridesmaid for many friends, Jen Glantz wondered if she could turn the role into a paying job. 
  • She posted an ad on Craigslist to see if anyone would want to hire a professional bridesmaid, and after receiving hundreds of interested emails, Glantz decided to make her idea a reality.
  • First, she identified the main requests from her clients and strategized what services she could offer that would be beneficial to brides in need.
  • She built a website, and worked her first handful of weddings as case studies. 
  • Since starting the business over six years ago, Glantz has worked with hundreds of clients and continually finds ways to optimize and improve her services.
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I first

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  • After being a bridesmaid for many friends, Jen Glantz wondered if she could turn the role into a paying job. 
  • She posted an ad on Craigslist to see if anyone would want to hire a professional bridesmaid, and after receiving hundreds of interested emails, Glantz decided to make her idea a reality.
  • First, she identified the main requests from her clients and strategized what services she could offer that would be beneficial to brides in need.
  • She built a website, and worked her first handful of weddings as case studies. 
  • Since starting the business over six years ago, Glantz has worked with hundreds of clients and continually finds ways to optimize and improve her services.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

I first got the idea to start a company called Bridesmaid for Hire after I’d been a bridesmaid at over a dozen of my friend’s weddings. One night,

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  • Jen Glantz has worked as a hired bridesmaid at strangers’ weddings for more than six years and has seen every wedding fiasco imaginable.
  • She says she’s dealt with dozens of weird requests, from helping a bride run away at last minute to reviving a hungover groom and preventing an ex-girlfriend from crashing the reception.
  • Glantz explains that working as a professional bridesmaid means having to expect the unexpected, since every wedding is unique and challenging in its own way.
  • Visit Business Insider’s homepage for more stories.

When I started my company, Bridesmaid for Hire, I knew there would be some unusual clients and out of the box situations that I’d find myself in. People usually hire me because they fell out of touch with their close friends and need a support system, or they need a professional who can step in and crisis-manage a group of rowdy bridesmaids. 

But in

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