Getting engaged is one of the most exciting moments in your life! And who better to share it with than your closest friends and family! Odds are, moments after that gorgeous ring was on your finger, your besties already knew you were going to be a future “Mrs.”
Now for the fun part: dreaming, planning, and creating your perfect wedding day. And one of the first things you’ll want to do is choose your bridesmaids. Whether you have a dozen close friends or two, picking your bridesmaids can be difficult. Never fear! Here’s our advice for picking the girls to stand by your side on the big day:
Pick a Number
Picture your wedding day. You and the man of your dreams are standing at the alter. Who is lined up next to you? Who is holding your bouquet or handing you a tissue for your happy tears? How do you want the photos to look?
You may be imagining just a couple of ladies, or many. You could even just have a maid-of-honor if you wanted to. Typically, brides keep it between three to six bridesmaids, but there aren’t any rules, and you don’t have to be a typical bride.
Something to note is, in a wedding, “the more, the merrier” isn’t always the case. More maids equals more hair and makeup, longer photo sessions, larger bridal party tables, and more drama.
Also, consider who your husband is going to ask to be groomsmen. You’ll probably want even numbers on each side. Decide on a number together!
Consider Family and Friends
If you’re close to your family, it is important to consider putting them in your wedding party. And not just your own sisters or close relatives. If your future husband has sisters that you get along with well, think about asking them to be bridesmaids. They’ll most likely feel honored and it will help make you even closer before you officially join families!
That being said, it’s your big day, and you don’t have to include anyone you don’t want to in your actual bridal party. There are many other ways to make someone feel special and part of your wedding. Just be thoughtful and creative. Remember, younger siblings can be junior bridesmaids, ring-bearers, or flower-girls, and be part of select, more kid-friendly activities.
When you’re choosing bridesmaids, try and think of the big picture. You may have made good friends at work or school but, will these girls still be a part of your life years down the road? Are they the type of people who your kids will call, “auntie?” When you transition from a single lady to a married Mrs. some of the people in your life will shift and fade. It’s just life. Sometimes you outgrow people or go different ways. When you look back at your wedding album in ten years, you’ll want to have chosen ladies that were in it for the long haul.
Quality Not Quantity
Remember, having a ton of bridesmaids could make the road to your wedding day completely awesome (bachelorette party!?) but the main thing to look for is quality. You will want girls who really mean something to you and your groom-to-be. You want the forever friendships and family bonds. The last thing you want is to have a bunch of ladies who would rather be in the spotlight than let you shine. Your bridesmaids should be there to help you look and feel amazing when you tie the knot.
You know who the girls are that have always looked out for you, lifted you up, and loved you unconditionally. Those are the women who you’ll need to take you all the way from “she said yes,” to, “I do.”
Happy, happily-ever-aftering! - TLG
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