Always the Bridesmaid, Never the Bride
Playing Second Fiddle
The term "always the bridesmaid, never the bride" is an idiom. It refers to someone who never quite attains the most important slot or to being second fiddle.
In other words, it describes someone who basically coming in in second place. This phrase doesn't just pertain to just women who have never been a bride themselves.
The bride in this vintage photograph has five bridesmaids playing second fiddle. Doesn't she feel special?
Photo Credit: The Graphics Fairy
Always the bridesmaid, never the bride...
used to talk about someone who is never
the most important person in a situation.
"Huw worked with a host of great actors, but somehow was always the bridesmaid, never the bride."
~The Free Dictionary
"If someone is always a bridesmaid, never a bride, they never manage to fulfill their ambition -- they get close, but never manage the recognition, etc., they crave"
~ Using English
Always the Bridesmaid - A Documentary
The movie Always the Bridesmaid is a documentary by Nina Davenport. She is a wedding videographer whose boyfriend won't ask for her hand in marriage. She sets out to interview woman who never married and find out how to make sense of her own feelings about love and marriage.
According to Amazon reviewer cutiepie24: "I saw this documentary in a theatre when it showed in NY and remember being so impressed with what the filmmaker had been able to do. She wove her own personal story into the broader story of other womens' lives, and marriage in general, and it made for a really interesting movie. Some of the moments she captured (like a birthday party for her boyfriend where his ex-girlfriend was also there) were just fascinating. Totally worthwhile to see this movie."
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