Bridesmaid begs JetBlue, will refund after bride asks her to ‘abandon’ title ‘tasks’

A bride in the e-mail asks her friend to her job as a bridesmaid, has led to a backlash on Twitter.


A bridesmaid has prompted JetBlue to refund her ticket after being fired from her role as bridesmaid in her friend’s upcoming wedding.

Courtney Duffy, an MBA student at the Ivy League Dartmouth College, took to Twitter to vent her frustrations after her friend and bride-to-be Alex sent her an e-mail with the question Duffy “waive” her “job as a bridesmaid.”

“SOS @JetBlue! Booked my X-C [cross-country] flights for a wedding, then was asked ‘to relinquish’ my ‘job as a bridesmaid’ & e-mail-my bridesmaid outfit X-C, so that another girl could fill in and carry the (Lucky day for me!) I am laughing & crying and must prevent this wedding at all costs. Pls help?” Duffy wrote on Twitter, which has since been made private, Daily Mail reported.


The e-mail that Duffy, shared by Marie Claire, starts praising Duffy for her efforts to be there on Alex’s special day for asking her to step down to a bridesmaid.

“I’m so glad to hear that you booked flights! I’m sorry classes take a long time to sort out. I know how hard you work to be here for the wedding and it means a lot to us!” Alex writes in the e-mail, Marie Claire reported. “I have a huge favor to ask, but – and this is one of the hardest things I’ve ever had to ask anyone – but I must ask you to relinquish your job as a bridesmaid.”

“You can mail the jumpsuit for me? I will Venmo you the shipping costs and the cost of the jumpsuit – let me know the total.”

– Alex, bride

“Come to the wedding, have a great time, and the journey in the time that you need to without stressing about something else!”, the letter remained. “When I asked you, I was really hoping that you would be able to be a part of this whole thing – the bachelorette’s journey, at least the weekend, preparation and the entire night of the event (a Sunday night flight, you do not even able to be there for the whole wedding)… the whirlwind nature of your trip become that just don’t work with the obligations of a party. I am so, so sorry!!”


Alex assures Duffy, “please don’ t feel that you are to take me down, I ask you to do this. I love you and appreciate your friendship so much and I understand the need for you to set the priority of the school. I want you to be able to focus on that without worrying about any additional wedding worries.”

However, then she goes on to ask that the student send her wedding outfit.

“And I know, this is incredibly difficult, but there is a possibility that I might be able to have someone else step into the role and responsibility of the tasks. Could you mail the jumpsuit for me? I will Venmo you the shipping costs and the cost of the jumpsuit – let me know the total,” Alex wrote, before signing off, “and if you want to chat on the phone, let me know! I promise we’re totally cool!”

The e-mail is distributed Twitter – many have branded the bride is a ‘bridezilla’, while others agree that bridesmaids should be expected to donate a lot of time to a wedding.

unpopular opinion: if you can’t attend someone the whole wedding you prrrrrrrrrrrrobably should not be a bridesmaid????????

I mean, if you paid for the jumpsuit love the jumpsuit, but ice

wikipedia brown is not my real name. OR IS IT (@eveewing) July 28, 2018

Your bridesmaid outfit was a JUMPSUIT? Girl, that is a bullet dodged.

— andi zeisler (@andizeisler) July 27, 2018

I can’t believe people are defending a woman who is supposed to be a bridesmaid, but would also not be able to attend the entire wedding. The reception is an important part of the wedding. Be a guest and call it a day.

— Kimberly Nicole Foster (@KimberlyNFoster) July 28, 2018

I know many bridesmaids who live far away of the bride/wedding venue. She was all the effort she could to meet its obligations. Bride is definitely a bridezilla. If bridesmaid was her sister or family, they would do the same for them? Probably.

— ⚓️Mermaid at Heart⚓ (@xoKaylaNicole) July 29, 2018

JetBlue took a more diplomatic approach, after agreeing to the refund of the ticket, by tweeting that they would be happy to help the two friends to “patch things” with a free girls the weekend, when the couple is ready.

Hey Courtney, we think. The jumpsuit can be borrowed, but we bring the (Jet)Blue. When you are ready to patch things, we would like to help your old friendship feels like new. A future for girls weekend is upon us!

— JetBlue Airways (@JetBlue) July 28, 2018

Although a number of anti-Alex Twitter-users who were unhappy with the carrier’s response.

If they could use that ticket for the treatment of a other friend, and not that narcissistic, empty head fool, then it is a good idea!

— Catalina (@Catseriously) July 28, 2018

I don’t think you should make her see that the right of the cow ever again. If Alex decided to fly to Courtney at his own expense AND in own time, to crawl to Courtney for forgiveness, that can be “patch up” time. Otherwise, give Courtney her money back!

— The Kath in the Hat (@kath_67) July 28, 2018


After Duffy’s tweet went viral, she went back to Twitter to issue a statement to thank JetBlue.

“Wow, didn’t expect this reaction – it is clear that the situation resonated. Thanks @jetblue for providing the refund I was hoping for, and thank you to everyone for chiming in with good wishes, humor, and even devil’s advocacy,” she wrote, the Daily Mail reported. “Weddings have gotten totally out of control – this is about more than just an e-mail. I hope that this thread remember the future lovebirds and bridal parties to keep their feet on the ground :)”

Alexandra Deabler is a Lifestyle writer and editor for Fox News.

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