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30 Dec 2015

I’ve been a bridesmaid twice in my life, and both times, it was a very involved experience in terms of preparation. If you’ve been one you already know the money that has to be doled out to pay for a dress, to pay for hair and makeup, to buy the shoes in the particular color the bride wants, to pay for flights, jewelry, hotel rooms, parties, party buses and more. And don’t forget the time spent doing all that, while also going back and forth in email threads.

I dealt with all that and still didn’t really understand what my purpose was in the whole shabang. I walked down the aisle with a guy I didn’t know, stood with a flower, took a few pictures, sat at a long table–and then it was over. Fun, but I...