Always the Bridesmaid: Do You Struggle to Feel Like the Bride? – Compared to Who?

With the arrival of the summer wedding season comes two conflicting thoughts for most single women:1) I’m really happy that my friend is getting married. And,2) Why am I still single?Or, as put another way: “Why am I always the bridesmaid?”I walked through my twenties checking “single” on my tax return. Every. Single. Year.Of course, paying taxes was nothing compared to what I spent to help others’ change their status. I paid for gowns I’d only wear once. I paid for airplane tickets, hotel rooms, bridal showers, and uncomfortable shoes. I knew what a bridesmaid had to do. She had to spend her time and money to watch someone else’s dream come true.I gushed over gowns and nodded with discernment when shown hand-beading versus manufactured. Being a bridesmaid required patience, a decent bank account, a flexible schedule and the ability to refrain from dizziness while watching another woman make multiple 360-degree turns in rooms full of mirrors.

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