How to Choose your Bridesmaids and your Entire Wedding Party

May 25, 2017 | By Classic Wedding Invitations

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Tips on Choosing your Bridesmaids

There is really no standards on how many bridesmaids or your entire bridal party could be. Bridal parties can range anywhere from a single maid or matron of honor to more than a dozen attendants. While some wedding experts agree that a good rule of thumb is to have one groomsman and one bridesmaid for every 50 guests, it’s definitely not a strict rule to comply with. Loosely, all it means is that a large wedding party fits in better at a large, formal wedding. So if you’re planning a small, intimate gathering, you should opt for a smaller bridal party.

Think twice before you ask. Once you’ve asked someone to be in your wedding party, you can’t go back. So while it may be tempting to ask all of your favorite friends to be in your wedding party the minute you get engaged, don’t. Take your time. Give yourself at least a month, if you can, to mull over the options. What’s important is that you include those people to whom you feel closest. Also consider where you’ll be standing at the altar, and how many people can fit on either side of you. Aesthetically, the same number of attendants on both sides looks best, but there is no rule that says they have to match.

Here are some tips and things to consider in choosing your wedding party:

    1. Start by writing your wish list of attendants. Next, add your fiancé’s picks.
    2. Include your siblings. Even if you’re not particularly close to his sister or her brother, siblings are going to be around well past your 10-year anniversary, and chances are, you’ll become closer over the years. Traditionally, it’s ladies on one side and guys on the other, but feel free to break that rule and have them stand on either side of the aisle.
    3. Think about their responsibilities. The maid/matron of honour is generally the bride’s right-hand woman before and on the day of the wedding. Her main duties include planning the bridal shower and helping the bride select her gown and address invitations. The bridesmaids assist the maid/matron of honor and bride. All typically pay for their own dresses and travel expenses
    4. Choose responsible honor attendants. More is not always the merrier.
    5. A bridesmaid doesn’t have to be a woman – Despite the prevalence of feminine pronouns in this guide, if your best friend is a guy, there’s no reason why he can’t be in your wedding. Today, many couples are including members of the opposite sex to stand by them. In these cases, a man on the bride’s side is simply called an attendant or bridesman, while a woman on the groom’s side can be called a groomswoman.

We hope these tips helps. Congratulations to your wedding!

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