Planning a wedding comes with a lot of decisions to take. You need to choose a venue, pick a dress, select a colour combination, and more. Another thing you should decideis: who you’ll include in the bridal party It could be very difficult to decide this and we would like to help you by sharing some tips!
1. Think first, act later
It is important that you think really well about whom to choose for you bridal party before you ask them. Once you have invited them you cannot really change it.
2. Use true friends
Ask people to be in this special role because you want them to be there and not because they have asked you. Be honest to why you choose certain people and why you did not choose others. Choose friends you think who will be in your life for a long time and who have already been there for a long time as well. You want to have your true friends by your side at this moment and after 10 or 20 years you still want to be able to look back with them.
Choose friends who are supportive and agree with the wedding. If they do not like your future husband it’s probably a better idea to leave them out of the bridal party.
3. 5, 8 or 12 bridesmaids?
There are no rules about the size of your bridal party, but it is good to consider the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen according to the size of your wedding. For a 60 guests wedding around 5 bridesmaids would be a good size. However, 12 would be a little bit too much for this wedding size.
4. What are their tasks?
It is good to think for yourself what you want them to help you with. Do you want to help them with the invitations, shopping for the dress and more? Or would you just like them to be at your wedding and have a special position during this day? You should think about this first, as you need to choose people who are also able to help you instead of for example choosing friends who live far away and cannot do that much from there.
5. Do not forget your sisters and brothers
The family are the ones you are sure of and that will be part of your lives for a long time. Friends come and go, but sisters and brothers will stay. Therefore it is important that you include them, even when you are not that close (yet) to his siblings. This could change over the years.
6. Come up with new roles
If you have friends or family you really want to include in your wedding, but not in your bridal party: come up with other roles and tasks. There are so many things to do during a wedding that you could give them different responsibilities than being in the bridal party. They could read something during the ceremony or play an instrument if they are talented.
7. You do not have to include children
It is not needed to include kids in your bridal party. Of course it is cute to have them, but you should only include children if they are close to you.