No one should be this wedded to bridesmaid duties

January 25, 2008|By Michelle Deal-Zimmerman | Michelle Deal-Zimmerman,Sun reporter

The film 27 Dresses makes maids of honor seem more like, well, maids.

In the movie, Katherine Heigl's character, Jane, who breathes all things bridal, helps her friends and family plan their dream weddings.

She picks out the cake. She tastes the wedding menu. She goes to dress fittings. She makes toasts. She dances the electric slide - which should really be enough. But it doesn't stop there.

She holds their dresses while they go to the bathroom. She makes slide shows for their parties. And she also registers for gifts for the too-busy bride-to-be.

For a minute, I thought I was watching The Wedding Planner. However, planners know what they're getting into, and they get paid. Bridesmaids do it out of love and friendship.

So there ought to be a limit - especially if you want to stay friends. Bridesmaids can plan the bachelorette party, help with the dresses, contact friends or write invitations. They should assist, not cease to exist.

Jane seems to bear it all with tremendous grace and an inability to say "no." She is the perfect maid, but there's not much honor in letting bridezilla walk all over you - even if it is your sister.

In the film, when Jane finally does decide to stand up for herself, it is the equivalent of the maid dumping all your dirty laundry out the window. It's messy.

michelle.deal@baltsun.com

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