How Big is Too Big? Your Bridal Party - Think About It!
As a Wedding Planner when I first meet my clients, I ask them a ton of questions. I really want to understand their vision for the big day. When they tell me how many Bridesmaids and Groomsmen they will have it tells me a lot. I will focus here on the couples that tell me that they have 16 or more in their bridal party.
Right off the bat, I know that the couple
In my many years as a wedding
Here are some tips:
- If you simply must have a large bridal party. Choose wisely. If Sally is great at a party but is always the last to arrive, she will likely arrive late to the ceremony.
- Give guidelines but don't be so strict. If all the guys need to wear black tuxes, let them pick their favorite or use one that they have already. For the ladies, pick a color and a fabric and let them pick from different styles. When everyone wears what fits them best, they always look better.
- Be clear on what is expected from your bridal party. From any expense to responsibilities, be clear.
- When you ask someone to be part of your bridal party, let them know that if they can't commit to
doit maybe they can do a reading or a toast instead. Let them know that above all else you want them to be a special part of your day.
- If you are involving so many people, do not rule with an iron fist. Getting married is not a license to be a tyrant. I actually had a bride once have all the bridesmaids sign a contract stating that if they gained more than 10 pounds they were out and would still need to pay for the bridesmaids dress and give it to their replacement. I
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