Always A Bridesmaid

Here’s to my fellow single ladies asked to stand beside our bestie brides! Here’s to shopping for bridal lingerie gifts for the bachelorette party and helping the bride button her gown over a lacey, dreamy corset. Secretly, I’ve always wanted to register for a random reason, like “I Quit My Job Party” or “I’m 36 and Want Kitchen Stuff.” I’m as single as single can be and get a bit of envy over the wedding hullabaloo around me—there, I admitted it!

bridal lingerie

Scrolling through Pinterest, I see all the delightful and delicate lingerie dreams of brides-to-be. Now, I admit envy over the hullabaloo but I’m content to be a single, 36-year-old professional woman. I’m not saying that I wouldn’t like a companion because I would. However, singledom offers some fabulous freedoms, especially when it comes to lingerie choices. I get to wear what I like and what makes me feel sexy without worrying about anyone else actually seeing and reacting to my choice.

On my friends’ big days, I can choose to wear a bustier and lace panties and boost my own confidence. Without trying to outshine the bride, I can feel good about what I’m wearing and stand strong by her side. And, hey, if a single gentleman notices, all the better. I guess what I’m getting at is that I have no need to be envious of the bride. I’m self-sustaining woman who can purchase and wear any lingerie I want, when I want.

It’s fun to shower my friends with sexy bridal lingerie and to see them blush. Seeing the joy of my classy girls on their wedding days brings joy to me. Not a single one of my friends has been a bridezilla and for the most part each has selected a bridesmaid dress that’s beautiful—or they’ve let us select our own. And I’ve treated myself to sexy bras and panties for the big day, too. Rarely do I get the chance to wear a party dress, so I choose to take advantage of the opportunity to dress up from head to toe.

Do you pick special lingerie when you’re always the bridesmaid and never the bride?

Meghan Barich is a writer, the storyteller at and a proud Hoosier. When she’s not crafting the next story, you can find her nose-in-a-book or walking her dog, Moose.

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