Holy cow, I wrote a book!
My wanderings through the online world of bridesmaid craziness began with
Brides taking their bridesmaids for Botox treatments or maybe
a boob job.
I blame the
wedding-industrial complex, which constantly pushes weddings
as the bride's "perfect day",
"the best day of your life",
a "fairy tale come true"
where you can be
"a princess for a day."
(Folk tales which end in big lavish weddings are told from the female
point of view;
there aren't many folk tales about the young boy who grows up to marry
a beautiful princess.)
And I love Elizabeth A.'s comment called out in the sidebar
to the New York Times article.
Back to that article:
Is the Botox girl's night out a real trend or a
Pre-nups for bridesmaids. Gain weight and you're out,
the author claims that
"one in five women actually ask their bridesmaids to sign a pre-nup."
On that, I call fake trend.
First of all, I could find only one actual documented case of
a bride who made her bridesmaids sign contracts agreeing
not to gain weight before the wedding.
it was a prank.
so if it happened only once,
where did this "one in five" come from?
I followed the citation to
the source article in The Daily Mail,
which merely says that one in five would ask their bridesmaids
to sign such an agreement, not that one in five actually did it.
But wait, there's more.
I followed the citation from that Daily Mail article to the
the original survey from You & Your Wedding magazine,
and found that it was even weaker than The Daily Mail described it:
The actual result was that one in five
would consider a bridesmaid contract in general.
So we're double-counterfactual now.
And the survey was not scientific;
it was just an online survey.
Okay, so let's tally up the numbers.
The claim that one in five brides ask their bridesmaids to sign a
pre-nuptial agreement which includes a clause regarding weight
would be true if...
I call fake trend.
Extreme wedding planning.
Warning: Contains bad dancing.