- YouTuber Clancy Burke said in a video that she won’t have bridesmaids at her wedding next year.
- Burke told Insider she has faced criticism from people who called her selfish.
- She said she didn’t want bridesmaids due to the financial aspect, among other reasons.
A YouTuber told Insider she faced backlash from her followers after announcing she won’t have bridesmaids at her wedding next year.
Clancy Burke, a former TV news reporter who lives in Cincinnati, Ohio, got engaged to her partner Zac Rogal in December. She shared details about the proposal and wedding plans in various YouTube videos, including one where she said she won’t have bridesmaids. Burke has 450,000 subscribers at the time of writing.
“This might be a little bit controversial, but we are not doing a wedding party,” Burke said in the video posted to YouTube on April 23.
“It just complicates everything, it makes everyone else have to spend so much money, and it was like stressing me out thinking about who I would pick, leaving out this person,” she said.
Burke added that another reason she made the decision is that she doesn’t have one friend group, but rather various individual friends who don’t know one another. The video has more than 51,000 views as of June.
Speaking to Insider, Burke said the video received a negative reaction from some people, who accused her of trying to take the spotlight.
“There certainly were so many people who were supporting me, but there were people who were saying that this was weird, that it was selfish of me,” Burke said.
“There were some people saying that I just wanted to be in the spotlight alone and just have it be me and Zac,” she added.
Burke said that she didn’t want to put pressure on her friends to wear certain dresses or to have their hair and makeup done a certain way.
“My best friends are still gonna get ready with me, but you can wear whatever dress you want… and we’re still gonna have a great time,” Burke said. “It’s really cool going through the wedding process realizing you don’t just have to stick to traditions anymore.”
Burke and Rogal were set up on a blind date by his mom 4 years ago
Burke told Insider that she and Rogal were set up by his mom four years ago, who she worked with at the time. She gave Burke her son’s number, but the pair didn’t go on their first date until 7 months later because Rogal initially “kept blowing me off,” Burke said.
They finally went out to a soccer game for their first date, and Burke said they knew right away that it would become a relationship.
“We were just in it since then. And for me, that was my first serious relationship, so my first boyfriend and my last boyfriend,” Burke said.
The couple got engaged on Christmas Eve 2021 at their local park in front of both of their families, and they shared the news in a YouTube video posted on January 1. Burke told Insider that the wedding will take place in the summer of 2023 in Cincinnati.
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