Wedding Nightmares: Choosing Your Bridal Party

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It would be wonderful to have all of our loved ones in our bridal party. However, with the costs of gifts, wardrobe and limos, prices can quickly add up with the more people you have in your bridal party. But if you have a lot of family members, or tons of friends it can be difficult to narrow your bridesmaids and groomsmen down to a select few. So what do you do if you are having trouble trimming your bridal party? Check out these tips, with help from theknot.com, to help you decide.

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Via TheKnot.com

Think about who you are going to ask
Make sure that all of your bridesmaids get along—the same goes for the groomsmen. As theknot.com suggests, “If you don’t think they’d mesh with your crew, leave them off the list.” If one of your friends does not get along with a family member, then it would probably be best to not add your friend to your bridal party. Unless you happen to have a horrible relationship with your brothers or sisters or they respectfully decline, they should be in your bridal party.

Let the know what you expect of them
Theknot.com explains this best “for friends who can’t commit for whatever reason (they live out of town or are busy at work), let them in on just a few wedding prep activities.” Let your prospective bridal party members know in advanced what you will need their help with. Also, give them a timeline of when you would like certain tasks to be completed, such as buying dresses, decorations, or parties. When you let them know, you will be able to see who can realistically be with you during every step of your planning. If someone cannot find the time to be with you, have them help you with details like choosing favors and flowers—things you can send via text or email.

Consider handing out other roles to play
Instead of trying to cram everyone into your bridal party, “give them other roles, like usher, ceremony reader or candle lighter,” like theknot.com suggests. This is a much better way to incorporate your loved ones into your wedding without having a gigantic bridal party. This is also a great alternative for loved ones who would love to be in your bridal party but cannot afford a dress, tux, or just do not have the time.

Make sure you have a responsible bridal party
If you have a best friend who is fun and outgoing, but is irresponsible, it may be best not to give all of the best man or maid of honor responsibilities to them. This does not mean that you have to demote her to a bridesmaid or him to a groomsman, you can have two! Theknot.com suggests that you “pick your unpredictable BFF and another friend you can rely on for the big, important duties.” This way you can have fun with all or your friends and family members on your big day!

 

 

About Stacy Narine

Originally from Paterson, NJ, I recently graduated from Seton Hall University with my B.A in English. I will be starting my M.A program in Literature at Seton Hall University in spring 2015. I love Pinterest, Photoshop, and writing fictional short stories about characters who are trying to establish a sense of individuality while in relationships. Ready to momentarily stray from fiction, I am motivated to write about topics that are important to women.

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