The big date is set, you’ve got a deposit on your venue and you’ve narrowed down it down to two choices for your wedding colors. Now it’s time to make the next important decision…your wedding party! Like any other choice for your wedding, this will take a lot of thought and heart from both you and your partner. It’s a decision that can impact the rest of your lives since you’ll have pictures and video of these people sharing your special day with you. Even though you’ve always pictured your cousin in your wedding as a little girl, the fact that you don’t talk to her much might not make for a great decision to add her as one of your bridesmaids now that you’re adults. Here are some helpful tips on choosing the right wedding party:
1. Include close family
If you have brothers and sisters, they should be the first ones you think of including. Or maybe you’re aunt is like a second mother to you or your significant other’s cousin was like a brother to him – whatever it is, think about adding close family before you go adding close friend. Family will always be there for you so it’s likely that they’re going to be there for your 10th anniversary. And don’t invite just any family members; make sure they hold special meaning for you and your fiancé.
2. Be realistic about the size of your wedding
We’ve all scene beautiful Pinterest pictures with large wedding parties, but just because it looks nice for pictures, doesn’t mean it’ll work for your wedding. Obviously, you can have as many as you wish, but having too many might cause problems in your wedding party. It’ll be hard to coordinate things with too many conflicting schedules and if you’re fronting money for things like dresses, flowers, etc. for your wedding party, it can get expensive. On average, people usually like to go with a wedding party of 8 (four guys, four girls).
3. Set your wedding party goals
According to the Knot, it’s good to ask yourself what kind of role you want your wedding party to play during your wedding planning journey. This way, you can choose responsible friends and family members who you know will want to help out and help you plan everything.
4. Chose responsible people
Of course, you’re going to want all those in your wedding party to be responsible, but you want the maid of honor and the best man to be especially responsible since they will have special duties at the wedding. You don’t want to choose a flake even if it’s your best friend. If this is the case, it’s totally acceptable to have two maid of honors and best men! Only because you want someone who will be there with you to go dress shopping, etc. And speaking of dresses, make bridesmaid dress shopping a whole lot easier by getting everything at Best for Bride!
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