A professional bridesmaid has lifted the lid on the bridezilla requests she has received since starting her business two years ago.
From being told to spy on a stag do on the Spanish island of Ibiza to dying her hair so she matches the other bridesmaids, Tiffany Wright, 36, has heard it all.
After starting her job as a professional bridesmaid back in 2016 – she has since encountered some bizarre requests after attending around 50 weddings of both clients and friends.
Ms Wright – who now boasts a huge collection of bridesmaid dresses – has earned a small fortune after charging up to AUD$9000 per bride.
She is now sharing her experiences of bridezillas for the first time after claiming it’s not the easy job that most assume.
“I flew out to Ibiza to keep an eye on all the stags, I kept my distance the whole trip, kept a close eye on them,” Ms Wright, from Oxfordshire in the UK, revealed.
“I had their whole itinerary as the bride managed to get it off of the stags, so I always knew their plans.
“There was obviously distrust in the relationship, the groom didn’t set a foot wrong, which I reported back.”
Ms Wright has even been hired as a bridesmaid to ensure the other bridesmaids didn’t put on any weight for the wedding.
“One bride had her mind set on which bridesmaids dresses she wanted and was concerned some of her curvier friends wouldn’t fit or suit them so as a discreet way of helping them lose weight, I organised a ‘wellness weekend’ for them all which was basically a weight loss bootcamp.
“We spent the weekend doing yoga, eating salads and working out so it definitely wasn’t your typical pre-wedding party.
“We were all in bed by 8pm most nights – it’s safe to say there weren’t any penis straws or Jägerbombs during our trip.”
Ms Wright has even been asked to keep a wedding photographer away from a particularly attractive pair of wedding guests as the bride was worried they would “outshine” her.
She’s also had to deal with a bride who had a ‘hen-do gift list’ where the cheapest gift was $180.
“All these women are self proclaimed bridezillas – they seem to wear the title like a badge of honour,” Ms Wright said.
“I’ve had someone ask for my advice on if to have a friend of hers as a bridesmaid because she was trying to get pregnant, and the bride didn’t want a pregnant bridesmaid.
“It’s crazy what people can be concerned about.”
Ms Wright came up with the idea of becoming a ‘professional bridesmaid’ after she attended 17 weddings in two years and noticed a common theme at them all – an extremely stressed bride.
“Whilst sometimes I am undercover, by the end of the wedding, and after the bride has had a few drinks, they often end up telling people who I am and that they actually only met me a couple of weeks ago,” she said.
Ms Wright has helped over 150 brides now, and been an actual bridesmaid at peoples’ weddings seven times – on other occasions, she’s acted more as a bridal personal assistant.
“Sometimes not having a personal or family connection to someone can be a bonus with some tasks,” she said.
“For example, one bride’s parents had divorced and her dad wanted to bring his new girlfriend – who was a similar age to her – with him to the wedding and it was my job to break the news to her mum.
“It can be a difficult job at times but it’s unique and I couldn’t wish for a better career despite the bridezillas.”