Bad Bridesmaid: Bachelorette Brawls and Taffeta Tantrums. What We Go Through For Her Big Day

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Harper Collins, Jul 17, 2012 - Biography & Autobiography - 192 pages
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Bad Bridesmaid: an underachieving, inadequate, sinful, vulgar, naughty or disobedient bridal attendant. Usually characterized by eye-rolling, drunkenness, lack of pantyhose and an overdrawn bank account.

Siri Agrell didn’t mean to become a bad bridesmaid. It just kind of happened when this National Post columnist innocently asked—via a newspaper piece—if it was really necessary for the bride’s best and most loyal friends to endure 12 months of themed showers, endless fittings and the inevitable “taffeta terror” of coming face to face with the chosen dress. Agrell got her answer when she was promptly fired as a bridesmaid. But her friend’s loss is a win for the millions of women-in-waiting who, despite the fact that they love their brides, can’t quite believe what they’re being asked to swallow along with their champagne.

Part memoir (including both Agrell’s story and countless other confessions of bridesmaids-gone-bad) and part cultural analysis, Bad Bridesmaid is wholly and smartly funny, a stiletto-heel print on an ivory silk train. Bad Bridesmaid devilishly dissects the hilarious, expensive and unbelievable experiences of leading a treasured friend down the aisle, and asks why it all has to be so damn difficult. From the history of bridesmaids—who in ancient times were used as decoys—to their contemporary role of strapless dress–wearing servitude—Agrell covers it all.

Why are we powerless against the shower’s reign? Why do we not demand more than a one-night stand with our bridesmaid dress? Does anyone really want to watch a male stripper?


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User Review  - bamalibrarylady - LibraryThing

Usually when a woman gets engaged, after figuring out things like cake choices and flower selection comes assigning the role of bridesmaids. What "Bad Bridesmaid" seeks to do is provide readers with a ... Read full review

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User Review  - juglicerr - LibraryThing

This is a laugh-out loud funny book, except perhaps to brides. Despite the title, and cover picture, the book is less about bridesmaids behaving badly, and more about how they are imposed upon by ... Read full review


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About the author (2012)

Siri Agrell is a reporter and columnist for the National Post. Her weekly column, "Launched,” explores the latest and loopiest in products and trends. She has covered a wide array of subjects and pop culture phenomena, and is known for turning the exploits of her twenty-something generation into thought provoking and irreverent cultural analysis. She has degrees in history and journalism and, before joining the National Post, worked at Saturday Night magazine, the Toronto Star and the Ottawa Citizen. Siri Agrell lives in Toronto.

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