It's pretty easy to get overwhelmed and stressed when choosing your bridal party. After all, this group will play a special role in your magical day. Once you factor in family and friends for you and your fiancé, the list can get pretty long. When it comes to choosing your bride tribe, how many bridesmaids is too many? Don't worry, we have the answer for you!
The Magic Number
Here at Modern Wedding, we have the privilege of witnessing dozens of incredible weddings every week. After hearing feedback from our brides around the world and taking logistics into consideration, we would recommend a limit of six bridesmaids. This means that you still have plenty of room in your bridal party to make sure you involve as many of your loved ones as you can, but still allows the day to be manageable. More commonly, bridal parties range from having two to four bridesmaids.
If you have created a short list for your bridal party and it's over six or so, then it might be time to consider simplifying things. Choose to have one bridesmaid and create other roles for the remainder of the short list. Invite them to give a speech, recite a meaningful reading, or join you for your wedding dress shopping. If you are still finding the process overwhelming, then don't be afraid to have no bridal party at all! More and more, we are seeing couples opt for the simple option of no bridal party at all.
Money Money Money
To put it simply, the more bridesmaids you have, the more the wedding will cost. Although you may not be paying for everything your bride tribe requires, there will be certain costs involved. Dresses, hair, make up, events and gifts are all things to take into consideration. This is where it's time to think about your budget and the budget of your potential bridesmaids, and factor this into the decision. If you are unsure about what bridesmaids should and shouldn't pay for, check out our breakdown here.
Make It Work
When choosing your bridal party, it can be very easy to forget to factor in the logistics of the day. If you are getting married in a small chapel, then six bridesmaids may be difficult. Are you having an intimate wedding of thirty people? Then a smaller bridal party may suit the style of the day more. If your fiancé only wants one groomsmen, would you still want six bridesmaids? Before you make your selection, think about the style, theme and feeling that you are planning for the big day and sculpt your decision around that.
Whether you are the queen of organisation or have the assistance of a wedding planner, having a larger bridal party does take a lot of work. This includes organising times you are all free for bridal events such as wedding dress shopping or a bridal shower. A group chat, shared online calendar and regular communication will keeps thinking with your bridal party running as smoothly as possible. If you find yourself to be quite a disorganised person, think about choosing a smaller bridal party and chat to them about assisting you as well.
Right Or Wrong
Ultimately, the decision of your bridal party is a personal choice. You may come from a large family, have a close group of friends, or simply want to involve as many people as possible. If you are choosing to have a larger bridal party, then make sure you ask them for some assistance and give yourself plenty of time to plan. Most importantly, make sure you are happy with your decision. This is your special day and you should have your nearest and dearest standing next to you as you say I do.
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