Our bride blogger, Alicia, is back for installment 6 on the Modern Wedding blog. The countdown to her wedding is on with just 3 months to go and in this post she writes about choosing a bridal party.
Choosing a bridal party can be a difficult decision. There are siblings, siblings-to-be, cousins and best friends to consider! Fiancé and I want one or two friends to help celebrate our day, however it suddenly became very easy to understand how bridal party numbers could end up at 8, 10 or even 20 people (big shout out to Kate Moss!)
Big bridal parties look fun and fabulous, but we want an intimate wedding feel. And besides, our bridal car only seats six passengers, so we're bound to be having no more than two attendants each anyway.
So how do you choose just two people from all of your vast and wonderful friends? The only way I could make this decision was to think about what would best fulfill our wedding day and my bride needs (I know, that sounds very selfish, doesn't it!)
I chose my two close girlfriends, Anthea and Kylie (pictured above). I did not choose my sister, my long term girl friends, or friends I have been bridesmaid for in the past. That was tough, because it does not mean that I love or value any friends more than others.
I chose Anthea and Kylie because they know me so well, they listen to my sad times and celebrate my happy times without competition or judgment. We met through individual and momentous circumstances, and the bond was instant. These girls have shared the journey of my relationship with my fiancé and have been here with me through the whole 'marriage thing'.
It was magical to watch my fiancé "pop the question" to his groomsmen. His best friend Andrew stared at fiancé for what seemed like minutes. He was astonished, then there was shaking of hands and a few man hugs, then a group hug. It was wonderful! His second groomsman, Brad, is a lifelong friend from fiancé's wonder years growing up in Canberra. Brad is a gentle, laid back guy, and he got up to quite a bit of mischief on his own buck's day (even making the news. Uh oh!)
This week my bridesmaids and I found a place to have dresses made to their specifications and for a reasonable price. I must say, I was at first shocked at the cost of BM dresses ($500+). Back in my day, when I was a BM in 2002, our dresses cost $260! But it was impossible to find the right colour and style that we wanted off the shelf, and we live in Sydney, and we don't know any seamstresses - so, the price was going to be high. Rhenola at Skarr Sydney is our new fairy godmother.
With that now sorted, we can move onto more fun stuff. The first question the girls asked on the way home from shopping was "So, what's OFF the list for a hens day?" To which I replied: "A pink hummer and George Street." I have a feeling I'm getting a fire truck! 😉
How did you go with your bridal party decisions? Are you going with a big or small bridal party? A loud or quiet hens day?
About Alicia: Alicia is a water scientist by day and a blogger/jogger/home cooker by night. She is madly in love with her fiancé Shane, Pinterest and her fitness program. Check out her Pinterest board and lifestyle blog.
Alicia is guest blogging for the Modern Wedding blog leading up to her wedding day. She resides in Manly, Sydney, and is a Victorian country girl at heart. Swing by Modern Wedding Facebook or Modern Wedding Twitter and ask Alicia a question.