Sure, the bride and groom don't want a big wedding, all they want is a simple but tasteful ceremony with the people they love... in Rome. Now that you're a bridesmaid, it doesn't matter if you have that kinda money lying around, you have to go. Don't forget, you also gotta pay for the bridesmaid's dress, splurge on the impromptu meets, and throw one big hen party. It's either go broke or go home.
You know all the jokes referring to the hideousness of a bridesmaid's dress, they're for a reason, a very good reason indeed. "I want my bridesmaids to look better than me!", said no bride ever, and if there's a wedding theme involved, then God help you! What's worse is that, these moments of utter embarrassment are forever frozen in the wedding album.
Being the peace-loving person that you are, you wouldn't want to be caught in all the drama between the bridesmaid who takes charge to get things done her way and the other bridesmaids who choose to cut corners. It doesn't matter if you quietly go about doing what you should be doing, because you're definitely caught in the crossfire.
If life wasn't hard enough on you, and you didn't have enough pressure to make something for yourself, the pressure of planning the perfect hen party is all that you need to tip you over the edge. You need to get every little detail perfect or you'll never hear the end of it. Until the party is over, it's just panic, panic, and panic.
This, like many other days, is not about you. But for a few moments during the course of the day, all eyes will be on you (scary ain't it). You need to walk just perfectly, not too timid and not too bold, not too fast and not too slow, perfectly in sync with the music. Your walk has been timed down to the very second; God forbid if you get it wrong.
Unfortunately, everyone attending a wedding is so caught up in the wedding fever, that they somehow start believing that a life without matrimony is incomplete. All the single bridesmaids have to grow thicker skin to digest comments like, "always the bridesmaid", or "you will get married someday". If you happen to have a date for the wedding, you will definitely be bombarded with questions like, "when are the two of you getting married?"; so what if you've just met.
If you've joined the bride brigade, then you've got your work cut out for you, right from the uninvited zit on the bride's face to the mystery of the missing figs in the salad. It's your job to hold the brides dress when she pees, taking care that all drunk relatives reach home fine, making sure that everyone's wedding speech is appropriate, while dodging the bride's creepy uncle. And you thought weddings are fun!