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Date: Mar 12 2010

Themes: Romance

Grammar: Present Perfect Tense


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Being a bridesmaid can be fun, but it can also be a nightmare. It’s great to stand up with a friend or relative you care about and support her at her wedding. But bridesmaids also have a lot of responsibilities, from helping to plan the wedding to keeping the bride calm and relaxed on the big day.

And then there’s the dress. Bridesmaid dresses are known for being unflattering and expensive. Some dresses are prettier than others, but if there are several bridesmaids who all have to wear the same dress, it’s sure to look bad on at least one of them.

Marni and Beren have both been bridesmaids in the past. But they’ve also been to weddings where they didn’t have to be bridesmaids. Find which they prefer.


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Beren:  This summer, there were a bunch of weddings. My brother got married, my cousin got married, friends got married. Have you ever been in a wedding party?

Marni:  I have, yes. I have indeed, and it’s…it’s OK. You know, I actually, it’s funny you say that, because I was actually at quite a few weddings this summer as well, and I wasn’t a bridesmaid in any of them. And you know, part of me was like, OK, well, these are good friends, and should I get my feelings hurt because they didn’t pick me? No, because honestly, it’s kind of…I don’t know. It’s kind of a hassle, you know?

Beren:  Totally. I went to my…my really really good friend got married, and she didn’t ask me to be a bridesmaid and then later she’s like, “I was gonna ask you, but I didn’t want you to have to deal with everything that the wedding party was going to have to do.” And I was, like, grateful. I went to her bachelorette party, it was awesome.

Marni:  Right, right.

Beren:  And she was also a total bridezilla, just went crazy with stress, so I’m glad I didn’t have to deal with that aspect of it.

Marni:  So the bachelor/bachelorette party. I was actually just at a bachelorette party two nights ago. Super fun. We went to, you know, we actually had a hotel room downtown and then we went to a few bars and went dancing.

Beren:  Awesome. Did it get out of control?

Marni:  It didn’t get too out of control. The bachelor party got out of control.

Beren:  Oh.

Marni:  But uh, that seems to be expected.

Beren:  Par for the course.

Marni:  Yeah, exactly.


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Both Marni and Beren have been to a lot of weddings recently. But they weren’t in the wedding party at all of them. They agree that in some ways, it’s more fun to not be a bridesmaid at a wedding. Being a bridesmaid can be a hassle, especially if the bride turns out to be a bridezilla.

Sometimes people’s feelings get hurt if they don’t get asked by the bride to be in the wedding. It can be difficult for the bride to choose who her bridesmaids will be if she has a lot of close female friends and relatives. Usually the bridesmaids walk down the aisle in front of the bride in the wedding and wear matching dresses. They also help the bride plan the wedding and throw her a bachelorette party.

Have you ever been in a wedding party? Is it common to have bridesmaids at weddings in your country? Have you ever known a bride who acted like a bridezilla?



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I used to be braidmaid twice. One was for my college teacher,kkkkk^Another time was on my best friend's wedding who is the best one in senior high school.
Both made me tired but enjoyable at all! Anyway, I'm honored & lucky to be their braidmaids. Meanwhile, I can learn something from their wedding to perfect mine in the future. lolll :) Ahhh~~It's said that one gal can't be braidmaid more than three time. Is it right??? If yes, I should value my last chance,lol

06:40 AM Mar 12 2010 |




i've been bridemaids before and its the wedding of my cousin it was fun and cool!!

04:55 AM Mar 12 2010 |


Dominican Republic

very beautiful all

04:33 AM Mar 12 2010 |

Rebeca Louise


In fact be a bridesmaid is a challenge, but to be a bridesmaid of a friend is awesome even though expensive, and the end may have great result! :)

02:04 AM Mar 12 2010 |

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