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Free Photoshop PSD Files for Christmas Cards and More

Dec 12th 2008
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Anglea Andreoli (ShareCG)
1024×1024. 5 transparent layers.

5×5 trifold card template.

biswajittuka (DeviantART)
Only 72 dpi. Has a lot of layers that can be turned on and off.

Still, it’s a love-hate undertaking. Wedding website The Knot notes that 95% of bridesmaids genuinely enjoy the duty. Standing by a close friend or family member during a milestone most spend their lives dreaming about is a personal, poignant pinnacle in any friendship. But over half, they also say, find the whole thing stressful. If you’re from the Northeast, that rises to two-thirds. Why? For starters, the cost. The average bridesmaid spends $1,200 per wedding. If you count dress alterations, bachelorette parties, or gifts, then it escalates to over $1,820.

According to when you consider most bridesmaids are twenty-somethings with early-career salaries. “I remember that feeling of being asked to be a bridesmaid—that excitement, but also, that panic,” Michelle Markowitz, co-author of Hey Ladies, a book that gently satirizes bridal culture. “I’d think, this is going to be another thousand dollars that I don’t necessarily have right now, or I’m going to have to save.” Adding salt to the financial wound is that often, you’re spending it on random but ridiculous stuff: “bride tribe” tanks, tchotchkes inscribed with wedding hashtags in farmhouse-calligraphy font, matching, mass-produced gowns made of miscellaneous polyester-blend. (“The best thing is you can shorten it and wear it again!” a montage of brides tell a horrified Katherine Heigl in 27 Dresses.)

Then there’s the fact that, more often than not, women are sold the idea that their wedding is the most important day of their life. With that mindset, the lead-up—and making it all perfect for the bride in question—is often fraught with emotions as well as fear of disappointment. Markowitz recalls serving in a wedding where bridesmaids were instructed to wear purple dresses.

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