"You do want your friends to be there for your marriage, not just your wedding."
~ Aminatou Sow
One of my new favorite podcasts, Call Your Girlfriend (CYG), recently interviewed Michelle Markowitz and Caroline Moss about trials and tribulations of being a bridesmaid. Michelle and Caroline's new book, aptly titled Hey Ladies!, documents the planning of various wedding events through the fictitious emails of eight women.
The underlying theme of the book is the cringe-worthy requests that brides and bridesmaids make of each other. As a bride, planning a wedding is exciting but rife with stress as various expectations are either met or dismissed. Being a bridesmaid is an honor but can be a major burden on time and finances. Understanding both perspectives would likely save many friendships.
In the CYG episode also titled Hey Ladies!, Michelle, Caroline, and CYG creators Animatou Sow and Ann Friedman discuss some of the absurdity of the bridesmaid role. Listen to the podcast here and prepare to laugh, cringe, and get useful tips on how to navigate the tricky road of wedding planning and friendships.
And if you are planning a wedding, do your ladies a favor and buy Hey Ladies! for all of your bridesmaids instead of the monogrammed "bridesmaid" tank top.
Photo Credit: Call Your Girlfriend.