Secret Weapon #3: Be a bridesmaid—and live to tell about it.
It’s the inevitable duty of “the best friend.” You knew this day was coming ever since she designed her own engagement ring on a high from her third date. You are conscripted as a bridesmaid—and there’s nothing you can do about it.
This “honor” is the rite of passage every SPS must suffer through, and it’s the war story no soldier wants to rehash. But in truth, her wedding is only one day, and you hope your friendship is forever—so try to curb any unwieldy bitterness, at least until the cameras stop rolling. Sure, you might be at the mercy of your friend’s ridiculous wedding demands now, but just think that one day it’s going to be your turn—clearly this bitchy bride-to-be needs some payback, and boy, will you be able to turn the tables on her!
Secret Weapon #4: Why wedding day sabotage is still not the answer.
It sounds so tempting, doesn’t it? A sloppy toast here, making out with the groom’s uncle there. For some SPSs in the throes of The Panic Years, wedding day sabotage can more than cross your mind, it can impel you to pull the catering hall’s fire alarm during the reception slide show. Sure, you may want to wring the undeserving bride’s neck now, but it’s a real testament to your growth to take the high road and celebrate with her, not sabotage her big day.
Secret Weapon #5: Never let ’em see you scowl.
Don’t let the bridesmaid blues grip you—or taint your friendship with the bride. So the next time you’re at a friend’s wedding, try to adjust your attitude even a little and the day—and your entire outlook—will be that much more positive. After all, seeing someone you care about find her beloved should feel like a sweet wine going down, not a concept you’re choking on. If a friend just announced her engagement, send her a congratulatory card, not an anonymous death threat. Remember, that self-obsessed slut will do the same for you one day.
Doree Lewak is the author of The Panic Years: A Guide to Surviving Smug Married Friends, Bad Taffeta and Life on the Wrong Side of 25 Without A Ring.