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Could Being A Bridesmaid Strain A Friendship?

By R. Del Rosario
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Kristen Wiig & Rose Byrne in "Bridesmaids" (credit: Universal Pictures)

Kristen Wiig & Rose Byrne in “Bridesmaids” (credit: Universal Pictures)

(CBS SF) – The comedy “Bridesmaids” starring Kristen Wiig, Melissa McCarthy and Maya Rudolph became such a huge hit. Quite possibly due to how close the movie hits close to home to many brides-to-be. The stress and strain leading up to or during the big day can cause a rift between the bride and her entourage.

A British study by the Daily Mail revealed that a third of brides have some type of conflict with one or more of their bridesmaids resulting in a loss of friendship. 32% of newlywed women in the United Kingdom found that they no longer think of themselves as friends with at least one of the women they chose as a bridesmaid during their wedding.

Close to 2,000 brides were sampled and asked various questions ranging from the length of their friendship, how many family members were bridesmaids, to whether or not the dispute has quickly been resolved. The burning question to be answered was “What caused the disagreement?”

The prevailing reasons were due to a disagreement with the choice of dress design, hair styles and bachelorette arrangements. 32% admitted that the cause behind the disagreement resulted in a complete and total friendship cut-off after the wedding day.

Surprisingly, a small portion of those studied revealed that inappropriate behavior, such as public drunkenness or flirting with various members of the wedding party played the crucial part to the demise of their friendship. However, in the case of Alice@97.3 Morning Show Producer, Uzette Salazar, being asked to be a bridesmaid did not bode well for the relationship between her and the bride-to-be. During a recent on-air conversation, Vinnie, the second half of the “Sarah & Vinnie” Morning Show, reported on the study and Uzette revealed what lead to her self-ousting as a bridesmaid.

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The findings also show that 72% of the brides wishes to reconcile with their former bridesmaids, only if to making amends would lead to reconciliation.

The results of the Daily Mail study do show that even the strongest relationships can be damaged due to stressful organization of a wedding. Careful consideration of who can be part of the big day is all critical to preserving friendships after marriage.

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