Post # 1
Our wedding is Oct 2014 and I am seriously considering going no bridal party. When I first got engaged my fiance asked his brother to his Best Man and I asked my best friend to my Maid/Matron of Honor. I didn’t think any further than that in terms of what we would do. Well, my best friend and I are not on good terms and I don’t see things improving anytime soon.
I have a few other girl friends that I am close with and could ask to be my bridesmaids. My fiance has a few good guys too and was interested in asking my brother…
but I am considering going no bridal party. I was Maid/Matron of Honor for my now ex best friend back in September and she was a nightmare. the day was fun with all her girls but there were so many jobs and tasks and i spent thousands…
If we did go no bridal party, would that be weird? We are thinking about 150 guests. Where would we sit during the dinner? I guess there wouldn’t be a traditional head table…Advice please!
Post # 3
@emma34: We’re having no bridal party – just too much hassle. So I don’t think it’s weird at all! 🙂 We haven’t mapped out tables yet but I imagine we will end up sitting with our moms and brothers – kind of a family table.
Post # 4
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
We also had no bridal party, although we had our siblings walk down the aisle but then just sit down.
Wr had a sweetheart table at the reception, and put our parents and siblings at tables with aunts, uncles, cousins, and friends – whatever made the most sense.
It was great! The sweetheart table had a couple extra chairs so lots of people came and sat and chatted for a few minutes.
Post # 5
@emma34: You could have a sweetheart table or a King’s table. Both are great options!
Post # 6
@emma34: You could have a sweetheart table, sit with your parents or sit at a random table. My BFF didn’t have a proper bridal party. She sat at a table with me & my SO, her BIL & SIL, and a few cousins from her side. Basically, we were both the “30 something” table and the table that didn’t know anyone else at the table! The bride and groom were our only “link”. But it didn’t matter than much because other than scarfing down their food, they were never sitting anyway.
Post # 7
@MoonlitMagnolia: What’s a king’s table? I’ve never heard of that! To me sweetheart tables seem a little weird and awkward – I mean, you’re probably about to leave on a honeymoon and sit with just this person for the next 2-3 weeks – at my wedding, I want to hang out with all the people we love who are there just for the day!
Post # 8
@emma34: You can always sit at a sweetheart table, that’s what I’m doing and I have a bridal party, I just didn’t want to separate them from their dates with a traditional head table. I’ve been to one wedding without a bridal party and I barely noticed, it will certainly make your life easier. Bear in mind you may not have a bachelorette party or a shower planned for you, but if that’s not important or if you have friends who you think would step up without the Bridesmaid or Best Man title then go for it.
I’m sorry you and your best friend aren’t on good terms.
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Sweetheart tables are also super popular! So you can just do that and sit with your new husband!!
Post # 11
@MoonlitMagnolia: Thanks, but that seems to presume a bridal party which the OP does not have.
Post # 12
@emma34: Sweetheart table for sure 🙂 Or just have a table with your immediate family and/or close friends and the two of you. No need to force something you don’t really want just for the sake of a seating chart 🙂
Post # 13
@HannahGrace: Anyone can sit at the kings table. Parents, family, etc.
Post # 14
@emma34: No bridal party here! FI’s brother is acting as best man but he won’t be standing – just sitting in front and giving the rings. It has been SUCH a smooth ride for the wedding.
Nothing to coordinate, no need to worry if everyone got their measurements or their dresses. Best decision of our entire wedding! Everytime a person asks me “who is in your bridal party?” I tell them that we have none and I’m always getting the same reaction “That’s the way to go” and they launch into some story about their own bridal party drama.
We’re doing a sweetheart table and having our close friends (most likely the 10 people that would have been bridal party) sitting at a table together.
Post # 15
We are having a small small wedding and no bridal party, but I think it would be okay with a bigger reception too…maybe a sweetheart table or sitting with family Would work?
Post # 16
@emma34: We are also having only a Best Man and a Best Woman. We haven’t thought about seating yet. I guess we’ll just see how the numbers work out since out venue does tables for eight.