No matter how large or small of a bridal party you’re planning, you might have some questions about putting one together. Check out these common questions brides have about bridal parties and how to handle them.
Putting together a bridal party is one wedding planning task that requires a little research, and during that research process, brides often come across questions they need help answering—questions that don’t have one-size-fits-all answers. While it’s true that professional wedding planners and friends and family can help provide their insight to answer some of those questions, chances are you’ll still need a little assistance.
Here are some common questions that brides often have about bridal parties:
How large should my bridal party be?—Contrary to what you might have heard, there is no set rule that dictates how large or small your bridal party should be. Sure, there are rule-of-thumb opinions, such as choosing your bridal party numbers based on the size of your guest list, but no matter how nice it might be to proportion your bridal party size for the photos, there is no standard rule to go by. Choose the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen you’d like to have. The only real traditional standard you might want to consider is making sure both the bridesmaid and groomsmen numbers are equal. This is purely for aesthetic reasons, though, and isn’t a must.
Who should pick out the attire?—Another common question brides have about bridal parties is who should be responsible for the attire. While it’s considered traditional for the bride to pick out the girls’ dresses, it’s becoming more and more common to allow the bridesmaids to pick out their own gowns…with the bride’s assistance, of course. Your girls might have great intentions and even better style, but it’s still important for you, the bride, to approve the gowns they pick. After all, it’s your big day and those dresses will be on display in your photos and wedding video for years to come!
Is there etiquette I should know about when choosing a maid of honor?—Choosing a maid of honor is tough for many brides. Some don’t know how to pick between best friends from high school or good family friends. There is no rule that dictates who you should pick. However, choosing someone you are currently closest to in friendship is ideal. Picking a friend from high school who you haven’t spoken to in 5 years just because you’ve known them longest isn’t necessary. This is one of the most common questions brides have about bridal parties, and there is no clear-cut answer, so you should do what’s best for you.