Post # 1
I came across my dream dress online and made an appointment to try it on. It will be my first time dress shopping and I’m really excited. I plan to have my two sisters there and also mentioned it to my sister’s best friend, who’s a close family friend and very fashion savvy. My sister told me that I shouldn’t invite her unless she’s going to be a bridesmaid. I’ve never heard that before, but I guess it makes sense? We haven’t figured out our bridal party, though, and there’s 8 girls I could see being bridesmaids, We are looking at a pretty small venue though, so we probably will have around 100 people and 8 seems like too much. How do you go about choosing? Each are so special to me and I’ve been closer to them at different points in my life. I feel like I’ll either just have to have my sisters or have them all. Do you have to only take bridesmaids dress shopping? How did you go about choosing your bridesmaids?
Post # 3
I think it’s okay to have people that aren’t bridesmaids there, as long as they know they aren’t bridesmaids. As in, you should decide on the bridal party before bringing anyone along that definitely isn’t on the list, because if it were me and you hadn’t chosen yet, I would expect to be put in the party.
With that being said, I had all of mine picked out except for 1, but the majority of maids didn’t go with me. My first trip it was me and my 2nd MoH (my sister-in-law is my 2nd, and my sister is my first), and then the second trip, it was me, my grandmother, my FI’s step mother, and the step mother’s daughter.
How I went about choosing my maids.. hmm. Well, I knew that my sister was going to be included, obviously, but then there’s my SIL who I’m really close to, so I made both of them MoHs. After that, it is my childhood best friend, the groom’s sister, and a friend I’ve had the last few years, that although we don’t hang out THAT much, we’ve ALWAYS gone to each other for girl talk dealing with our relationships, and I couldn’t exclude her from the wedding! 🙂
Post # 4
I would aim towards having the fewest people there as possible. The more people there, the greater the likelihood that there will be disagreements over who likes the dress and who doesn’t. You always notice fights breaking out on “Say Yes to the Dress” when girls bring a million people with them 🙂
I brought my mom and 2 sisters (who are bridesmaids) and there were plenty of opinions there.
Post # 5
I would just bring my sisters and mom if I were you. Too many people gets ridiculous with all the different opinions.
Post # 6
- Wedding: May 2014 - Smithfield Center
If you’re only going to try on one dress, then I wouldn’t bring a lot of people. This past week I went looking, just to look at what silhouettes I like. I brought one of my bridesmaids, and that was it, because I knew she would tell me what looked best and be honest about it. The next time I go, I’m going to bring more people (still not a TON though) to decide what dress is the one.
Oh, and I do believe 8 is a bit much for a roughly 100-person wedding…my wedding count is similar, and I’m having 3 bridesmaids and 1 Maid/Matron of Honor. But it’s completely up to you, of course.
Post # 7
Thank you, ladies! I’ll probably just take my mom and sisters and we’ll have to decide on our bridal party soon!
Post # 8
You DONT only have to take your bridesmaids dress shopping. I took my mom and my sister who is my maid of honor and then I took my future mother in law and my future sister in law and one of my other bridesmaids the first time I went. the second time I went I took my mom, my sister and one of my best friends (who is a bridesmaid) the third time I took my mom, my sister and 3 of my friends who are NOT bridesmaids and that is when I found my dress. 🙂 take who ever you really want by your side!
I have alot of really good friends but I couldnt make them all bridesmaid because then I would have like 14 people in my wedding party. I cut it down to 8
My 2 sisters, my 2 future sister in laws, my Fiance’s cousin, and then my best friend since 7th grade, my super close friend since high school and my other friend who has just been around so much she is like family. So I only have family and people who are just like family in my bridal party