Wedding planning isn’t the sort of thing that can turn a reasonable, warm-hearted, generous person into a greedy, selfish monster. If you were a selfish monster to start with, though, wedding planning is a great excuse to really indulge all your power fantasies. Terrible brides in history have demanded all their bridesmaids lose weight so the wedding pictures look better on Instagram. They’ve even made their bridesmaids pool their money to buy the bride a $10,000 wedding dress. But now one bride has lowered the bar even further by actually hosting a bridesmaid auction and making her friends bid actual money for the honor of being her bridesmaids.
A woman on Reddit posted that she had just been invited to participate in her younger sister’s bridesmaid auction. Seriously, the 22-year-old bride had decided to have six bridesmaids, and she wanted to choose them based on who would pay the most money.
“Anyway 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,” she wrote.
Pay me money to be my servant
Who would ever sign up for this? A bride who hosts a bridesmaid auction is not going to let the crazy stop there. If you place the winning bid and get to be her bridesmaid, she’s just going to make you jump through all kinds of hoops and wear a hideous dress and buy her expensive presents until the wedding is over. And people are supposed to pay for that privilege?
On top of all that, the bride and her husband–who are well-off to start with–are using the money to pay for the wedding and honeymoon.
The Redditor going by SistersBridesmaid says she didn’t RSVP to the tacky auction, and now her sister is mad at her. Even more bizarre, their mother is siding with the bride.
This is the most cringeworthy wedding event of the year (though the woman who tried to make all her bridesmaids sign up for her $400-a-week meal delivery service to lose weight for her wedding is pretty close).