Is it 'wedding party' or 'bridal party'?

posted 3 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
3237 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

My understanding that the wedding party is everybody and the bridal party is just the girls.

Post # 4
125 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

i think i just use bridal party, however, now that you point it out, i think the bridemaids are the bridal party, groomsmen and the whole group are considered the wedding party. ultimately at least in my area i am pretty sure it is interchangable. i simply asked that they be part of the wedding as a groomsmen or bridesmaid.

Post # 5
42076 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

Ditto with above

Post # 6
3249 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2013

@Birdee106:  +1

The bridal party is the MOH and bridesmaids/matrons/male attendants/whathaveyou; we could probably argue all day about whether the bride is part of the bridal party or not.  The groom’s party includes the best man and ushers/groomsmen.  If you have both groomsmen, and ushers (a phenomenon almost entirely unique to the USA), then we could probably, again, argue all day about whether the ushers are part of the groom’s party (and the wedding party, for that matter).

The wedding party is everyone.  Bridesmaids (and variations thereof), MOH, BM, groomsmen/ushers (again with the ushers), flower girl(s), paige boys, ring bearers, and, depending who you ask, MOB, FOB, MOG, and FOG.  And the Bride and Groom (though, again, we could probably argue all day whether they are a part of the wedding party, or a separate thing unto themselves).

Post # 7
2962 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

Agree with above

Post # 10
7654 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: July 2012

When I referred to my bridesmaids, I said bridal party. When it was everyone I said wedding party.

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