A WOMAN who set up a side hustle as a bridesmaid for hire jokingly says her business is now worth a staggering six figures.
Jen Glantz began her wedding services in 2014 after serving as bridesmaid a dozen times for friends.
Speaking to Grow, Jen explained, “Being a bridesmaid can feel like a job. Not everyone has a close group of friends to take on this role.
“And there was no salesperson in the wedding industry whose job it was to support the bride and the bridal party in an emotional and personal way.”
The New York-based professional launched her business by posting an ad on Craigslist and was inundated with hundreds of emails from people wanting to hire her.
Jen added: “I took $250 (£190), created a website, created some initial services and started booking clients.”
Her business will be seven years old in July and Jen said she has helped hundreds of brides and brings in six figures each year.
She’s also branched out to offer new services, like helping bridesmaids write their speeches.
Her company is so successful that she has received thousands of applications from people wanting to work for her.
The savvy businesswoman has now created another source of income by teaching people how to start their own professional bridesmaid business.
Jen once made a video explaining how she always uses a fake name and foolproof backstory to keep wedding guests unsuspecting.
She said people hire her for three main reasons; if they don’t have close friends, if their friends are “dramatic” and they want a professional, or if their reason for getting married is complicated and they don’t want friends.
She added that she often does the “dirty work” when it comes to helping out at a wedding, but insists she is not a wedding planner.
Jen charges up to £744 a day but admits she ‘hates weddings’.
Jen, who is not yet married, told The Times: “This job has made me realize that there is no such thing as a soul mate.
“It’s about finding a person who will support you and you will support them. Maybe that’s true love.”
The businesswoman, who never drinks at work, said she has worked with all types of brides.
“I’ve had extreme type A wives where everything is on spreadsheets and if they notice a single candle is out of place they blow themselves out and that’s the worst thing ever” , she recalls.
“I’ve dealt with brides who don’t care who have had a big smile on their face all day and I’ve had those in the middle who don’t know how to handle problems and want to leave it to me .”