Wedding Wednesday: Your Bridal Party

Picking which of your close friends and relatives you want to have in your bridal party isn’t easy.  But with these guidelines, your choice will be a little easier (I hope!):

Photography by Amanda Kraft / Bridesmaid dresses by LightintheBox

How many Bridesmaids?

A good guideline to follow is one bridesmaid and groomsman per 50 guests.  A big wedding party usually indicates a formal wedding, while a small wedding party is more suitable for a small, intimate wedding.  Don’t worry if you have a different number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, as long as the difference is only 1 or 2 people.

Also keep in mind that with more bridesmaids, the bigger the chance that there will be disagreements on the bridal shower date, colour of the dresses, etc.  And with more bridesmaids, the cost of the wedding goes up (think of all those bouquets!).

Blood is Thicker Than Water

It’s worth including family members (and soon to be in-laws) in the wedding party.  It avoids unnecessary conflict and will give you more bargaining power later on.

Time Commitment

"Propose" to your bridesmaids

Before asking out-of-town friends to be bridesmaids, think of the time commitment that you expect from them.  Do you want them to help with the décor, planning, and everything else?  Or do you just want their moral support?  You don’t want to be frustrated with a friend who has a busy schedule and can’t give you all the help you expected.

Spread the News

Once you’ve made your decision on who will be in the wedding party, spread the news!  There’s nothing worse than a friend who assumes she’ll be a bridesmaid, only to find out a month before the wedding that she isn’t.

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How many bridesmaids will you have in the wedding party?  How did you decide who to include?  Let me know in the comments!

As always, check out LightintheBox for bridesmaids dresses, invitations, and gorgeous wedding gowns!

 

3 Comments

  1. Erika September 6, 2012 at 1:17 pm #

    My fiance has a large family and everyone is very close. I have 10 bridesmaids and he has 10 groomsmen. He has four sisters and three brothers that are all in the wedding. I have two brothers and the rest are our closest friends. It is a very large wedding party but we just didn’t feel right leaving anyone out.

    • Chelsea September 6, 2012 at 4:02 pm #

      Wow, that is a big wedding party! Have you picked out the bridesmaids dresses yet? Will they all be wearing the same design?

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