Remember the terrible Anne Hathaway and Kate Hudson movie Bride Wars?
Yes? No? Maybe? It doesn't really matter.
Because now it's time for a bride versus her bridesmaid war!
Actually, to be more accurate, it's time for a bride versus her bridemaid versus the entire Internet war, as an email shared online by a woman getting married as sparked quite a debate among complete strangers.
What role has JetBlue played in this back-and-forth?
And what responsibilities does a bridesmaid have to the person who asked her to fill this role?
Scroll down for the answers to both of these questions and many more!
Okay, So How Did This Start?
A woman named Courtney Duffy shared the email above. It was written by a bride-to-be who had asked Courtney to be in her wedding party.
Let's Break It Down, Shall We?
Solid opening here. Perfectly fair and reasonable and it sets the scene: Courtney is busy (as an MBA student at Dartmouth, according to her Twitter bio), yet making a real effort to attend her friend's wedding.
Yikes, huh? Courtney is being asked to "relinquish [her] duties as a bridesmaid." We do not know, of course, whether the bridesmaids were truly given specific tasks that each had to complete in order for the wedding to go off and is Courtney had agreed to hers ahead of time.
This Arrangement Just Won't Work
Again, we do not know if Courtney actually had to bail on any specific, pressing task... or if the bride was referring here to broad and mysterious "duties" that her party was responsible for.
It's Not You... It's Not Really Me, Either
This is where the bride (Alex) loses some people, as she tries to comfort Courtney and to make sure she understands that she isn't letting her down. We somehow don't think Courtney thought that she was.
You've Been Replaced!
Wait, wait, wait... a jumpsuit?!? This is suddenly the only part of this entire email we care about now.
Help Me, JetBlue!
Courtney posted this request from Alex on her Twitter and then begged JetBlue to refund her flight. She had to "avoid the wedding at all costs," despite being invited to attend (just not as a bridesmaid).
And JetBlue Responded!
The airline actually offered to gift Courtney some free tickets to an all-girls weekend, a gesture some have seen as nice and others have seen as absurd.
On One Hand...
.. Alex is an entitled cow, some might say, making her friend feel awkward and guilty for working hard at school and then actively replacing her in the bridal party simply because her every whim is not being attended to.
... if you can't even attend the entire wedding, how can you call yourself a close friend who can aptly serve as a bridesmaid?
Just Be a Guest!
This Internet user is on Team Bride, especially considering Courtney was still very much invited to be a regular guest, with fewer responsibilities, at the wedding.
Others, however, basically just dropped the B-Word when it came to Alex and called it a day.
Again, a Jumpsuit?!?
Thankfully, others on the Internet realized the real trouble issue at stake in all of this.
Yikes! But... Thank You?
Duffy has since made her Twitter page private, but not before releasing this statement on it: "Wow, did not expect this response - clearly the situation resonated. Thanks @jetblue for providing the refund I was hoping for, and thanks to everyone for chiming in with well wishes, humor, and even devil's advocacy."
This Nails It!
Concluded Courtney, citing the far bigger problem in this entire debate, which is the ridiculous and expensive and stressful nature of wedding in general: "Weddings have gotten totally out of control - this is about more than just an email. I'm hoping this thread reminds future lovebirds and bridal parties to keep their feet on the ground."
As for JetBlue?
"We can all understand the customer's desire to get some distance from the situation. Earlier today our team reached out to offer to waive any cancellation fees and allow her to save that fare for a future flight,” a spokesperson said in response to the viral nature of this story. "JetBlue is also about bringing people together, though, and while feelings may be raw now, we hope one day these friends might be able to patch things up, so we’ve also offered her a vacation to use with her old friend at a future date."
Get the Heck Outta There, Courtney!
Many folks out there thanked JetBlue for its response to the situation and suggested Courtney should be flown as far away from Alex as possible.
Maybe to a Tropical Resort?
Just one thought, this person said.
What Would YOU Do?
Would attend this wedding as a regular guest... or tell the bride to go eff herself?