Being asked to be a bridesmaid can be an honor, but depending on who's asking, it can also be an invitation to serfdom.

When one of my close friends asked me to be a bridesmaid in her wedding, I had no reason to say no. She lived across the country, and I knew there’d be some work involved, but a wedding is a big deal, and I was excited to be part of it. And anyway, my friend was a reasonable person, right? Right? 

That was over ten years ago, and I haven’t spoken to her since.