Post # 1
Hi! We are choosing to do a reception only celebration with the larger group (and getting married at the courthouse with just my parents present)… Planning to do a nice reception, but not having a lot of the formalities that usually come along with one. However, I still really want to have a Bridal-party of my 5 closest girlfriends. Is it okay to have a bridal party group if you aren’t having a formal wedding ceremony? I would like to honor them, as my close friends, and find a creative way to recognize them or have them play a part in the reception.
I woudl like the reception to just be everyone mingling and having a great time, but I do not want to have any speeches or things like that. Was also thinking about doing some sort of a fun entrance, and maybe that would be a good time to have the bridal party involved? Thougths?
Also, to add to the complication, I dont think my fiance will have a wedding party… so would that be odd to have only a bridal party group, but not groomsmen? Thoughts?
Also, I would like my close friends to help me with a bachelorette/shower… so that is another reason I would like to designate my bridesmaids.
Is it accceptable to have a formal “bridal party” if you are not having them involved with the wedding ceremony?
Sorry I am new to all of this! thanks for your ideas and advice.
Post # 3
I don’t see a problem with still finding a way to honor your closest girlfriends. Although if your FI isn’t going to have groomsmen, you may want to think of an alternative to the formal bridal party just so that the celebration doesn’t feel lopsided. Why do you think your FI won’t want a wedding party on his side?
Post # 4
I think you can honor your friends. But it would be a little odd because their main duty is standing up with you at the ceremony. I also think they might not want to spend money on dresses and all that if it’s just for the reception.
Post # 5
Thanks for all the feedback; It’s appreciated! I guess I just wanted to recognize my closest friends and have their support during the process. and yes, my intentions were to Not have them spend a lot money on dresses/etc. I am pretty low maintenenance, and didn’t want them to have any burden financially. I was more thinking of having them just all wear a black dress and have a matching bow/sash. It would just be great to have them play a special role in some way. So, perhaps then find an alternative way for them to play a part in the reception without having them be formal bridal party…and set expectations with them up front. everything everyone says makes sense, but I was just hoping to think out of the box somehow! 🙂
Post # 6