29 times as a bridesmaid, finally a bride

Julie Caldwell, 39, holds her former bridesmaid dresses as her wedding dress is shown in the foreground at her home Thursday, June 17, 2010 in Ennis, Texas. Caldwell, had been a bridesmaid 29 times before she got married in December of 2009. (AP Photo/Cody Duty)

June 30, 2010 8:44:04 AM PDT
A Dallas pharmacist walked down the aisle 29 times as a bridesmaid. It wasn't until 39-year-old Julie Caldwell, who lives in Ennis, was moments away from the church for her own wedding that it sank in that she was finally the one tying the knot.

A delayed reaction at her December wedding could be forgiven for the woman much more versed in playing the supportive role in the wedding party.

Caldwell did "27 Dresses" a couple better, and her story ended up on the WE television reality show "Girl Meets Gown."

She calls being a bridemaid "my other career."

Rebecca Dolgin with TheKnot.com says most women end up being a bridesmaid about five times.

Caldwell said her vast experience led her to be sure to not be too demanding as a bride with her three bridesmaids -- such as no requests for matching shoes and jewelry.