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being a bridesmaid in a wedding

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It’s hard enough when a good friend dates someone you can’t stand—what about when she marries him? Or even better (or worse) when she asks you to be a bridesmaid? You and the other single ladies tried to advise her—you dropped subtle hints that this guy is just not right—but she’s still moving forward with this relationship. She’s moving right towards the aisle, legal contracts, and the whole thing. And now, here she is, giving you some cute trinket she’s put in a lovely box, as a gesture to go along with the note asking, “Be my bridesmaid?” And she’s grinning ear to ear. You’ve reached a point where you realize you either get to have this friend with the questionable husband and all, or you don’t get to have her at all. So, you accept because, well, you’ve considered all there is to consider and you know it’s the best option. Here’s what it will be like being a bridesmaid in a wedding of which you don’t approve.


You fake joy when you’re asked

When she asks, you have to do the greatest impromptu acting job of your life. You could win an Oscar for it. You have to pretend to be so honored and so thrilled. In reality, you’d like to pretend you didn’t hear her and then fake a heart attack to get out of it.

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