Making decisions concerning your bridal party can be one of the most difficult choices throughout the entire wedding planning process. After all, these are the people who will stand next to you as you make one of the most important promises of your life. So, you want those next to you to all be incredibly special people in your life. Because this is not a decision to be made lightly, I will be sharing tips with you to help make the decision process a little easier in my new series Bridal Party Probs.
Narrowing down those closest to you to a manageable number for your big day can be stressful and overwhelming. While this is a tough choice, it’s the starting point for all the other bridal party decisions that will follow. In this first installment, learn what to consider when choosing the right bridal party number for you. Read on for some fabulous tips!
1. Venue Size
One of the first things to consider when determining how large your bridal party will be is the size of your venue. If you plan to have your bridal party stand next to you, you need to make sure the venue provides a comparable amount of room for the number of people you are considering for your party. If the space is smaller, you do not want a mob of people crowding you and your groom. This can be distracting for those watching and potentially uncomfortable for everyone standing so close together. On the other hand, you also do not want a large space to overwhelm the number of people standing up from. The bridal party might seem to get lost in the open space and, again, make it more difficult for people to focus on the bride and groom. So, it is important to choose a number that your venue will adequately accommodate.
2. Budget Size
Just as budget plays a substantial role in most elements of wedding planning, the size of your wallet can definitely factor into the number of people you choose for your bridal party. For one, if you and your groom intend to pay for your bridal party’s attire and/or accessories, you need to make sure you are not over stretching your budget by having more attendants than you can clothe! Even if your party will be paying for their own attire, you will still be purchasing gifts for each of them. In addition, the number of attendants you have will affect other areas of your budget such as how many will be at your rehearsal dinner and other more exclusive events surrounding the wedding. So, brides and grooms should carefully consider how many people their budget truly allows.
3. Guest List Size
Consider the number of guests you are expecting to attend your wedding as well. One bridesmaid and groomsman for every 50 guests is a good rule of thumb to follow. If your wedding is more intimate, having a large bridal party might seem overwhelming or vice versa. However, if you feel like you need a larger party, but you have a smaller wedding, consider having the party sit in the rows behind your family. This is also a great option for those whose venue has a front area that does not adequately accommodate their party.
Remember, no set of rules exists dictating how many you can or cannot have in your bridal party, and, honestly, there is no magic number. After all, it is your day, so do what feels right to you! These tips might just help you in the process.
Do you have any other tips to help brides decide the right number for their bridal party? We would love to hear them! Tell us in the comments below.
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