(Closed) Anyone NOT have a bridal party??

posted 4 years ago in Traditions
Post # 31
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: April 2015

nurseybee:  I did not have a bridal party and glad that I did not. No need for extra planning, expenses and potential drama.

Instead, my sister and DH’s sister helped officiate so that’s what made the wedding memorable and personal.

Post # 32
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7905 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We didn’t have a bridal party either. Not having a bridal party made things so much easier for planning. 

Post # 33
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840 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: Church

We’re having a very small wedding party, 1 maid of honor, 1 bridesmaid and 1 groomsman. I was so afraid that I wouldn’t have someone on my side and I was prepared to have no bridal party. I think it’s romantic to have just the bride and groom. Love all the pics posted here.

Post # 34
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Newbee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We were not going to have one at all, however I only have one younger sister who has a developmentally disability, and I decided I really want to include her and make her feel special too. Fiance has only has one brother as well, so it will work nicely to have them as Maid of Honour and Best Man. 

So far so good it eliminates a lot of hassle, expense and drama, although organizing my sister and helping her prepare has been difficult in itself. That’s okay. As the date gets a bit closer though I’m feeling a little sad and alone, as no one has offered to help or plan things.  I hope I don’t regret doing it this way, but glad I read this thread there’s some encouarging comments 🙂

Post # 35
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2433 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: NJ

Me & Darling Husband got married in his parents house, and we were late 30’s, so a full contingent of attendants in the living room would have been silly. My best friend was Maid/Matron of Honor, and his brother was Bridesmaid or Best Man.

My friend was the perfect Maid/Matron of Honor.

Post # 36
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318 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2016

I am having one bridesmaid (maid of honour) and fiance is having one groomsmen (best man).  Our total guest list is 22 people plus the two of us. I wanted a small wedding.  Way less stress but still a celebration.  I don’t like the stress of a wedding party and the expectations placed on them financially and in other ways. I’m paying for my maid of honour’s hair and dress.

Post # 37
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2251 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

No bridal party here either!  Never wanted one anyways.  I just don’t care to deal with everyone’s bull poop before the wedding.  Things are stressful enough and i don’t need to deal with people’s input into my business. 

Post # 38
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Worker bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

We didn’t either. To take care of some of the things attendants usually do, we had our dads give the minister our rings, and our moms signed the marriage certificate.

Post # 39
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360 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

We have a Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man only.  Neither of us wanted the hassle of other adults.

Post # 40
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264 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

We had no bridesmaids/MOH/groomsmen/best man/flower girl/ring bearer

makes things easier and also prevents against people feel sad for not being included in the group or whatever

Post # 41
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Newbee
  • Wedding: September 2016

I’m relieved to see so many people who are glad they didn’t have bridal parties. We’re not planning to have one, but we asked both of our sisters to walk, along with both of our parents. I already talked to all of my friends who would be in the bridal party, and they are cool with it. I told them they have to get ready with me and take pictures though =)

Did anyone still have a flowergirl or ring bearer, despite not having a formal bridal party? We haven’t decided yet what we want. My partner thinks it would be weird, but I have a young cousin I’m thinking about asking to be my flower girl.

Post # 42
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Busy bee
  • Wedding: Church

KimmyP:  That is so nice that you are going to include your sister as Maid/Matron of Honor . Your wedding day will be so nice. 

Post # 43
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1725 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

We live in OK and our closest friends are in MA, VA, and New Orleans.  It seemed like way more trouble than it was worth to try to get folks aligned.  I’ve been in enough weddings to know how much trouble it can be – and we wanted our friends to have FUN and enjoy our wedding, not be stressed about what to wear and all of that stuff.  

We decided early on that we didn’t want attendants and it was liberating.  My girls will still get ready with me in the morning, and we’re having a bachelorette weekend too.  

I do think that this decision hurt a couple of my friends a little, but I explained our reasons to them and they’re fine now.  

Post # 44
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: August 2015

songbird24:  We aren’t having a bridal party at all, but will have a flower girl (my 4y/o niece) and ring bearer (6y/o son of best friend).  Our wedding date is 8/29/15, so we’ll see how it works out, but I am really excited about it.

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