Bridesmaids and Girlfriends

Bridesmaids and Best Friends

Bridesmaids and Best Friends circa 1994

A few weeks ago, I wrote a post about hosting a party to celebrate the DVD release of the movie Bridesmaids. While my post was carefully worded, my post was not entirely true. Let me explain:

When the Bridesmaids PR team asked me if I wanted to host a pre-screening party, I jumped at the chance. (Friends? Laughs? Wine? Kristin Wiig? Count me in!) But the timing of the DVD release coincided with my best friend’s *surprise* 40th birthday weekend get-away. I wanted to write about the movie-watching party, but I couldn’t give away the surprise on my blog. I had to choose my words carefully.

Turns out, the timing was perfect.

You see, if I am going to host a party like the one I described in my post — a party where we look at old wedding photos and use my actual wedding napkins - I want that party to be with my best friends. You know, the friends who were in my wedding, and I was in theirs. I wanted the chance to laugh at wearing bridesmaids dresses with giant shoulder pads, using way too much hairspray and dancing to Push It by Salt-N-Peppa… with the ladies who witnessed it first-hand.

The four of us traveled from our hometowns of Austin, Orange County and Des Moines to the delightful town of Kansas City. We spent the weekend laughing, dancing, drinking, shopping, and oh yes, remembering our weddings. No husbands, no kids, no laundry, no cooking. Just uninterrupted time together. Adding Bridesmaids, a hilarious movie about best friends sharing live-changing moments, was the perfect topper for the weekend. Just like the friends in the movie:

  • The four of us have evolved and grown as people and as friends.
  • We met as kids, and are still best friends 25+ years later.
  • I know exactly what I would put into a personalized “memory box” to present to each of my friends.
  • I know which friend would take us to the exotic restaurant, which friend would create uber-creative and personalized bridal shower invitations, which friend would do something embarrassing on an airplane to make us all laugh, and which friend would grab a microphone and break into song.
  • We were inseparable, and we took time when we needed to focus on building our own lives.
  • And we always came back to each other.

When we were in high school, our go-to movie was Shag because it was about four best friends who went on a high school Spring Break trip together. I think we now can add Bridesmaids to our list of must-watch-and-repeat movies because we are all grown up now and we still love to laugh together. And we will always be there for each other… no matter what.

- LTV Mom

Photo credit: Really? Some things are better left unsaid. But yes, I am the Bridesmaid on the far left. The other three gorgeous ladies are my best friends. Hairspray and curling irons sold separately.

I was provided with a free copy of Bridesmaids on DVD and a party pack of goodies by the PR team representing Universal Studios. I was not compensated for this post, and the words and opinions are my own.

2 Responses to “Bridesmaids and Girlfriends”

  1. 1 Vicki

    I am speechless, humbled, bemused, nostalgic, mortified, and honored … all simultaneously! I could respond with multiple paragraphs of sappy remembrances, gratitude, and compliments; but with this foursome, I could just as easily respond with multiple paragraphs of sarcastic humor, inside jokes, movie parallels, and vague references to cringe-worthy blackmail moments. I won’t even try. You’ve said it all perfectly. The movie ROCKED! As do my best friends!

    P.S. I just beg that we don’t assign alter-egos from this movie to the four of us, as we did 20-some years ago with Shag. I’m still trying to live down (slash) forget (slash) embrace my first assignment.

  2. 2 Heather

    Oh my Stac. That is just the best. I am sorry it took me so long to get to this. Now I know I should’ve done it right away. I will come back to this post time and time again as you have (again) summed up into words, what I could ever even imagine. I am so fortunate that I have the three of you…forever.

    For the record, I have a very disturbing memory of songs at our weddings and dancing that just shouldn’t have taken place, or maybe shouldn’t have included certain people of the cloth. :-)

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