Selecting those few people who will stand up beside you as you walk down the aisle into your new life may seem like an impossible task, who should you pick and who should you leave out? Your bridesmaids should consist of your most important friends and family, those who have had a part in your story and supported you along the way. With careful thought and planning, the decision doesn’t have to be as daunting as it may seem. Here are our top tips for choosing your bridal party.
Do you want your bridesmaids to be heavily involved in planning your wedding? Will they have certain duties you’ll need them to carry out on the run up to and on the big day? Or will you take a more casual approach to the role of your bridal party? Think about what you want, need and expect from your bridesmaids and consider whether your candidates are up for the job. If you’re expecting your bridesmaids to take care of organising your hen do and come up with other surprises along the way, your most efficient friend will definitely need to be a part of your bridal party!
Are you have a small, intimate affair or a huge blowout bash? The average number of bridesmaids and groomsmen tends to be about four each and we think this number (or less) works best for wedding with up of 60 guests. If your event has a large number of attendees, say around 150, you can easily get away with having more people up there with you. At the end of the day, it’s your wedding and you can have as many or a little bridesmaids as you wish!
We’re all for tradition, but if you have a guy best friend or your husband-to-be has a close female mate, then we say include them in your respective parties! The most important thing is that you are all comfortable and have your favourite and most special people right by your side when your say your vows.
This one is pretty essential. You guys will probably be spending lots of time together, so the last thing you want is for any cat-fights to start breaking out. This won’t be fun for them, your other bridesmaids and most importantly, you! If you have two friends you love but they simply can’t stand each other, take a look at our next tip for other ways to include them.
If the number of important people just seems to keep growing, don’t worry, you don’t have to end up lumbered with seventeen bridesmaids! Do some research into other crucial roles that you can include such as flower girls, page boys and ushers to make people feel special but keep your bridal party exclusive and as concise as possible.
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