Post # 1
I was wondering what everyone thinks about not having a bridal party. We both have always had a hard time keeping close friends, and we kind of see it pointless (for us) to have people stand up there with us because we are the two getting married, not anyone else. Does anyone have any ideas on what to do with my boquet after my father walks me down the aisle? I know that usually gets given to the maid of honor.
Post # 3
@feliciaamanda77: I think its fine not to have a bridal party. It definitely will be less stressful. If your mother is present, maybe hand it to her when you reach the end of the aisle. Even your father could take it back to his seat with him.
Post # 4
I didn’t have a bridal party. I handed it to my mom during my vows. Best decision I made for my wedding (no bridal party)!
Post # 5
You don’t need a wedding party. You do need someone to sign as a witness to your marriage.
Post # 6
It’s fine, have your mom or whatever family member is in the first row
Post # 7
I think it’s fine to not have a bridal party. Do what makes you feel comfortable 🙂
Post # 8
Hi @feliciaamanda77: first and foremost I see this is your DEBUT post on WBee… so a BIG Welcome to “the Hive”
Etiquette Snob here… lol
A Bridal Party isn’t required…
As @julies1949: pointed out in most jurisdictions (but not all) you will need a Witness to sign the legal documents… but it can be anyone of your choosing, just make sure you check in with them beforehand that you’d like them to take on that role.
As for where to put your bouquet…
I’ve seen it done different ways… sometimes the Bride just puts it down at her feet, or on the pew behind her (if it an open seating sort of set up without a pew rail), or hand it off to your Mom if she is close by etc.
Hope this helps,
Post # 9
We’re not having a bridal party! I think it’s totally fine, obviously!!
Post # 10
I probably will not have a bridal party purely for financial reasons. Honestly, it makes things a whole lot simpler. It does not mean that your friends cannot be part of the event, it just means that it can be much more laid back, in my opinion
Post # 11
We just had 1 attendant each, and honestly, it was the best decision ever. No drama. No thousand decisions to make about matching outfits, etc.
As for the witness thing, anyone who was at your wedding can sign. For us, it wasn’t even our attendants who signed. It can be anyone who’s standing around.
Post # 12
It’s your wedding day, there’s no rule here. Have a bridal party, or don’t. It’s totally up to you! 🙂