(Closed) Bridesmaid wants to bring date to all bridal stuff day of wedding

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
66 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Is the gf coming from out-of-town? I guess I could see why she’d want her there if she traveled a distance. If she’s local…that’s a little strange.

Do any of the other people in the bridal party have dates? Are their dates included in things such as the trolley ride?

If not, I’d just let your bridesmaid know that you want those special activities just with the bridal party and to let her know that the other bridesmaids aren’t bringing their dates either.


Post # 4
928 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I get that she doesnt know anyone but no one else is bringing their dates along. I mean, thats time for you and your BMs. Call me snarky but I dont know how I would feel about that. I feel like she would be just fine without her gf, thats just a little much to me. I would say no…

Post # 5
2821 posts
Sugar bee

I donno, for my wedding no dates were there until the church.  They were fine without their SO for a couple hours and we figured out how to get them to the ceremony.  I don’t think it’s wrong for you not to want her there.  It’s a lot of prep and emotions getting ready right before your wedding and I’m glad I had the people I was closest to around, at least for me sometimes I’m more reserved around new people, and definately not how I wanted to feel right before the wedding.

Post # 6
690 posts
Busy bee

Its not like her Girlfriend is going to be stuck hanging out with people she doesn’t know for all that time, right?  I don’t see why she can’t spend part of the day alone doing her own thing.  Obviously that is not ideal for the Girlfriend, but it certainly shouldn’t be a problem…

Post # 7
234 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

Unless the girlfriend has some sort of anxiety disorder or other reason why it’s tougher on her to be alone than it is on most people, I think you’d be perfectly reasonable to say bridal party events are for the bridal party only.  You don’t want your friend being distracted by her girlfriend when you need her for pictures or help getting into your dress.  And you chose your party to have the people closest to you there for support, and you don’t want to feel like you have to be making a good impression on the girlfriend when you’re all excited/stressed/frazzled.  There’s nothing wrong with expecting an adult to entertain herself for a few hours before spending the whole reception enjoying herself with her girlfriend/your bridesmaid.  Again, this all assumes that there’s no anxiety disorder/recent trauma/other extenuating circumstance that makes being alone for several hours a bigger than expected issue.

Post # 8
948 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2010

All of my maids had their dates/husbands at our pre-wedding stuff.  Being that it was out of town for everyone, why leave someone all alone in a strange city?  We just kicked them outside when we were changing, then let them back in.  Mostly they just hung around out in front of our cottage and talked sports and went back and forth between us and the groomsmen- we gave them things to finish/check on. 

Post # 9
365 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I don’t think it is necessary for your Bridesmaid or Best Man to bring her gf along everywhere you go before the wedding. I do, however, understand her not knowing anyone. My Fiance was in his best friends wedding and I only knew the bride and groom they allowed me to come early. I stood off to the side while they got their pictures taken and while they did a few things around the church. I sat next to his other friends parents during the ceremony and for like 5mins at the reception. They invited me to come sit next to Fiance at head table since another groomsmen brought his date (this was their second date) to sit at the headtable. I felt really awkward doing it but they insisted.

This friend will be in our wedding and I will repay the favor for his wife.

BUT like I said she doesn’t need to tag along while you and your bridesmaids getting ready and do your pre wedding stuff.

Post # 10
186 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: April 2010

I would say a big fat “NO”. If thats the case what if others in your bridal party want to do the same thing then you’ll end up having all your birdesmaid and groomsmand plus there significant others. I would let her know that her Girlfriend can go to the ceremony and reception, but not follor you guys and the birdal party. Or the Salon or trolly or anywhere but sitting as her designated seat till you and the bridal party arrive at the reception. If you let her bring her girlfriend it will distract her and fustrate you that she’s not there for you.

Post # 11
2186 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

its really up to you – like PP said, if its out of town, theres nothing to do, and she knows no body, it might be nice, but then again, ive been to many- a – weddings with SO’s and had to make my own fun for hours when he did his duties as a Groomsmen.

its part of being a plus one for someone in the bridal party (part of my arugument for not having plus ones for single folks since they dont usually “know” anyone and if they do hang around its sometimes awkward… etc.)

but its all totally up to you. – what are the other dates doing?

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