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Professional bridesmaid who has been hired for 125 WEDDINGS finally ties the knot herself


A New York City woman whose career as a professional bridesmaid has had her serving in 125 wedding parties since 2014 has finally tied the knot herself, overcoming two pandemic-related cancellations and the gloomy warning of a psychic who told her she’d never find love.

Jen Glantz, 33, is the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire, where she’s offered her services as a professional bridesmaid to dozens of women over the past seven years.

But Jen was still looking for The One herself when, in 2016, a psychic at a Valentine’s Day singles mixer told her it was never going to happen.

Feeling defeated but not deterred, Jen redoubled her efforts on dating apps, and within weeks met Adam Kossoff, 33, whom she married in Manhattan on March 19 at the very coffee house where they had their first date.

The pro: Jen Glantz, 33, is the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire, where she's offered her services as a professional bridesmaid to dozens of women since 2014

The pro: Jen Glantz, 33, is the founder of Bridesmaid for Hire, where she’s offered her services as a professional bridesmaid to dozens of women since 2014

They do! On March 19, she and Adam Kossoff, 33, married in a private ceremony outside the coffee shop where they had their first date

They do! On March 19, she and Adam Kossoff, 33, married in a private ceremony outside the coffee shop where they had their first date

Rude! At a singles mixer on Valentine's Day in 2016, a psychic told Jen: 'You, honey may never find love. Looks like you'll grow old and be miserable like me'

Rude! At a singles mixer on Valentine’s Day in 2016, a psychic told Jen: ‘You, honey may never find love. Looks like you’ll grow old and be miserable like me’

Jen has been a professional bridesmaid since 2014, when she first offered her services on Craigslist and was shocked to receive hundreds of replies.

Soon, she was attending upwards of 30 weddings in a single year, flying all over the country to help brides on their special days. 

Jen’s job is part bridesmaid, part wedding planner: In addition to offering emotional support, she can help plan the wedding, give advice, run interference with problematic relatives, and take care of problems that arise on the big day. 

‘I have a closet full of bridesmaid dresses that would put the character from the movie 27 Dresses to shame,’ she writes in her book, Finally the Bride, a sequel to 2018’s Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire).

Naturally, this left Jen’s weekends pretty packed. Once, in October 2015, she even worked two weddings in a single weekend, starting in Michigan one day and flying over 600 miles away in southern New Jersey the second day.

But Jen was still looking for love herself, and on Valentine’s Day in 2016, she attended a singles mixer hosted by a dating app.

She showed her! Jen quickly packed her calendar with dates, and just weeks later met Adam at Irving Farm, a nearby coffee shop

She showed her! Jen quickly packed her calendar with dates, and just weeks later met Adam at Irving Farm, a nearby coffee shop

Meant to be! The two instantly clicked, with Adam saying 'I love you' just a month later

Meant to be! The two instantly clicked, with Adam saying ‘I love you’ just a month later

Mini nuptials: Adam's brother officiated, two friends served as witnesses, and friends and family watched on Zoom

Mini nuptials: Adam’s brother officiated, two friends served as witnesses, and friends and family watched on Zoom

'I have a closet full of bridesmaid dresses that would put the character from the movie 27 Dresses to shame,' she writes in her book, Finally the Bride, a sequel to 2018's Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire)

‘I have a closet full of bridesmaid dresses that would put the character from the movie 27 Dresses to shame,’ she writes in her book, Finally the Bride, a sequel to 2018’s Always a Bridesmaid (For Hire)

There, Jen met with a psychic named Diane who read her cards — and indicated that she was wasting her time even being there. 

‘I have bad news for you,’ the psychic said. ‘You, honey, may never find love. Looks like you’ll grow old and be miserable like me.

‘I wish I had better news for you,’ she added, before indicating her time was up. ‘But I don’t! Next!’

Jen left the mixer feeling ‘defeated,’ she told DailyMail.com, but ultimately decided not to let the psychic’s prediction to come true, even if that meant throwing her full weight into online dating.

‘I left feeling upset and then when that wore off  — I went into action mode. That’s what led me to go on 14 first dates in one month, and the 15th was where I met Adam. 

The two instantly clicked, with Adam saying ‘I love you’ just a month later. 

Fast-forward to July 19, 2019, when Adam proposed while the pair took a walk on the beach in Boca Raton, Florida. 

Unique career: Jen has been a professional bridesmaid since 2014, when she first offered her services on Craigslist and was shocked to receive hundreds of replies

Unique career: Jen has been a professional bridesmaid since 2014, when she first offered her services on Craigslist and was shocked to receive hundreds of replies

In charge: In addition to offering emotional support, she can help plan the wedding, give advice, run interference with problematic relatives, and take care of problems that arise

In charge: In addition to offering emotional support, she can help plan the wedding, give advice, run interference with problematic relatives, and take care of problems that arise

‘After I got engaged, I had a panic attack and created 10 excel spreadsheets and that’s when I realized deep in my gut, planning my own wedding didn’t feel right,’ Jen previously told DailyMail.com. 

‘I never had any idea of what I wanted as my “dream celebration.” I just knew I wanted to walk down the aisle and kiss hello the right person on my wedding day,’ she said.  

So Jen decided to outsource the decision making, launching Finally the Bride, a website where she allowed strangers to vote on every aspect of her wedding, from her budget to her dress style to her bachelorette party destination.  

Visitors to Jen’s website voted on which traditions the couple should keep, what type of ‘expert’ they should see (like a counselor, therapist, or psychic), and if they should have a photo booth, assigned seats, and a cocktail hour.

They determined her dress budget and whether her own bridesmaids would wear matching dresses. 

‘Putting it out there in the hands of strangers has made me calm because it’s right for me,’ she told DailyMail.com. 

Fast-forward: On July 19, 2019, Adam proposed

The pair had gone on a walk on the beach in Boca Raton, Florida

Fast-forward: On July 19, 2019, Adam proposed while the pair took a walk on the beach in Boca Raton, Florida

'After I got engaged, I had a panic attack and created 10 excel spreadsheets and that's when I realized deep in my gut, planning my own wedding didn't feel right,' Jen told DailyMail.com

‘After I got engaged, I had a panic attack and created 10 excel spreadsheets and that’s when I realized deep in my gut, planning my own wedding didn’t feel right,’ Jen told DailyMail.com

Meanwhile, Jen and Adam settled on two weddings: The first, an elopement in Los Angeles on March 19, 2020, would mark the fourth anniversary of their first date.

The second would be a larger celebration in her hometown of Boca Raton on October 17, 2020, with 170 people in attendance.

Then the pandemic hit, wiping both of their wedding dates off the calendar. 

When 2021 rolled around, the couple decided to stick to a version of their original plan to elope on their anniversary.

So, on March 19, 2021, the pair officially tied the knot outside Irving Farm, where they had their first date.

Adam’s brother officiated, two friends served as witnesses, and friends and family watched on Zoom. Susan Shek Photography was also on hand to capture the big day.

‘This pandemic showed people: You can’t plan. If you’re waiting and waiting and waiting for the world to give you the okay, you’re going to be wasting a lot of your life,’ Jen told the Washington Post.

Surprise! So Jen decided to outsource the decision making, launching Finally the Bride , a website where she allowed strangers to vote on every aspect of her wedding

Surprise! So Jen decided to outsource the decision making, launching Finally the Bride , a website where she allowed strangers to vote on every aspect of her wedding

Visitors to Jen's website voted on which traditions the couple should keep and if they should have a photo booth, assigned seats, and a cocktail hour.

'Putting it out there in the hands of strangers has made me calm because it's right for me,' she told DailyMail.com

Visitors to Jen’s website voted on which traditions the couple should keep and if they should have a photo booth, assigned seats, and a cocktail hour

Details: They determined her dress budget and whether her own bridesmaids would wear matching dresses

Details: They determined her dress budget and whether her own bridesmaids would wear matching dresses

When their 2020 wedding was canceled due to the pandemic, Jen incorporated what she could into their small wedding last month

When their 2020 wedding was canceled due to the pandemic, Jen incorporated what she could into their small wedding last month

Still, she tried to incorporate several fan-picked choices from Finally the Bride in her wedding, including her gold sequined suit.

‘They helped me pick sequins as part of the wedding outfit, they helped me pick orchids for flowers, and so much more,’ she told the New York Times.

She and Adam still intend to have a larger party in 2022, where she will implement more of the elements that fans voted for.  

‘The voting is still going on for the bigger party next year,’ she told DailyMail.com. ‘Plus, I’m opening it up so other people can submit their wedding decisions to be voted on too!’

Previously, Jen opened up about her unique business to DailyMail.com, explaining that her brides all have different reasons for hiring a bridesmaid (or two, or three): They may need to compensate for extra groomsmen, or they’ve fallen out of touch with friends. 

But only some of them are up front to their other guests about hiring the help. 

Clients: Jen said her brides all have different reasons for hiring a bridesmaid. They may need to compensate for extra groomsmen, or they've fallen out of touch with friends

Clients: Jen said her brides all have different reasons for hiring a bridesmaid. They may need to compensate for extra groomsmen, or they’ve fallen out of touch with friends

BFF: In one-on-one coaching sessions, she can act as emotional support, allowing brides to vent about wedding stresses

BFF: In one-on-one coaching sessions, she can act as emotional support, allowing brides to vent about wedding stresses

She can also serve as a wedding coordinator for $1,750 to $2,957, which includes pre-wedding photo sessions, virtual tools, vendor coordination, and wedding day support

She can also serve as a wedding coordinator for $1,750 to $2,957, which includes pre-wedding photo sessions, virtual tools, vendor coordination, and wedding day support

‘When other people at the wedding ask how we know each other, I stay very vague!’ she said.  

She offers several packages to her clients, which each include different services. 

In one-on-one coaching sessions, she can act as emotional support, allowing brides to vent about wedding stresses. She also offers advice, helps brides tackle their to-do lists, has ideas for saving money, and more.

As a bridesmaid for hire, she can attend pre-wedding events like showers and bachelorette parties, handle day-of problems like rowdy guests or cold feet, and tackle wedding-related drama.

She can also serve as a wedding coordinator for $1,750 to $2,957, which includes pre-wedding photo sessions, virtual tools, vendor coordination, and wedding day support.





Source | Dailymail

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