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If you were to get married right this second and had to choose at least two bridesmaids to stand by your side (opens in new tab) as you marry the man/woman of your dreams, you'd probably have a pretty good idea of which friend/relative/colleague/former roommate you'd choose.
After all, what better way of showing a loved one just how much they mean to you than asking them to support you on one of the most memorable days of your life?
Well, that was our thinking, until we read that there's a bride out there who held an auction for potential bridesmaids (opens in new tab) so that they could "bid" for a spot in her bridal party.
Her sister, who we'd like to give a hug to right now, shared the nightmarish story (opens in new tab) on Reddit under the username SistersBridesmaid, revealing her sister had been "very spoiled" growing up and, although she can be sweet and caring (try your best to remember this when reading on), is a "very immature, high-maintenance person."
With the wedding scheduled next month, the bride's sister wrote: "She still hasn't chosen her bridesmaids. Instead, she has sent out dozens of…invitations, to various girls. It's an invite to attend and participate in a 'bidding auction on the six spots in her bridal party.'"
"Whichever six of all these chicks bid the most will be the bridesmaids. There's also an auction for being her maid of honor," the sister added.
Oh, and when the sister writes the word "auction," she literally means the bride is auctioning off bridesmaids places for money.
"My sister and her fiancé are using the money to fund the wedding and honeymoon," she added.
Describing the auction as "tacky" and revealing she has refused to RSVP to the wedding (good on you, girl), the sister also added her mother has taken the bride's side because, well, she's spoiled, remember?
"My sister is kind of shallow (bet you'd never have guessed, right?) and mainly only associates with rich people, or more accurately people with rich families since none of these young 20s girls have ever held a job in their life unless it's at their parents' investment firm. So most of the people she sent these to have the money for this kind of thing (opens in new tab). But I know she also sent a few to older friends of hers, like from high school or earlier, who she's not only lost touch with as they got older but also were from lower income backgrounds. She has no awareness about how inappropriate it is in many ways," she added.
Er, you can say that again.
When the sister asked the Reddit community whether they thought she was being unreasonable for taking offense to the bride's behavior, they replied a unified "no!"
Katie O’Malley is the Deputy Digital Editor, at ELLE UK. On a daily basis you’ll find her managing all digital workflow, editing site, video and social media content, liaising with commercial and sales teams on new partnerships and deals, implementing new digital strategies and compiling endless data traffic, SEO and ecomm reports. Since joining in 2016, Katie has written features on everything from sex addiction, and the use of tear gas during protests to virtual cuddling, ‘friendship fade’ and access to contraception post Brexit. Her list of interviewees over the years include those with Oprah Winfrey, Benedict Cumberbatch, Reese Witherspoon, Emma Stone, Zoe Kravitz etc.
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