Not exactly crossdressing, but gender role reversal nonetheless…
Patrick Dempsey plays a bridesman in the upcoming romantic comedy ‘Made of Honor.’
image via New York Daily News
Always a bridesmaid? Not anymore. These days, more and more men are being asked by close female friends to represent them as bridesmaids, while more women are crossing the aisle to support their male pals.
When Katherine Heigl marries her long-term boyfriend, Josh Kelley, on Dec. 23, her best buddy and “Grey’s Anatomy” co-star, T.R. Knight, will be in her bridal party.
Maybe Heigl whispered something about her real-life plan in the ear of “Grey’s” Patrick Dempsey, because the trend hits the big screen in May in Dempsey’s romantic comedy “Made of Honor,” where McDreamy himself plays a male maid of honor who, naturally, ends up in love with the bride.
In reality, though, the gender bending of wedding parties has been growing over the past couple of years.
“It’s definitely a rising trend. We’ve seen more and more weddings come through that have these mixed gender parties and I think it has to do with couples marrying older,” says Kathleen Murray, deputy editor of The Knot magazine. “People are now more established in life and have a varied network of friends when they finally get married.”
In fact, 60% of Knot readers said they weren’t opposed to a having a member of the opposite sex in their wedding party. “Nowadays, people have co-workers of the opposite sex who have become their best friends and they’re not afraid to break the rules and not afraid to break the tradition to include the people who are most important to them in their wedding.”