(Closed) Bridesmaids:guest ratio?

posted 11 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 32
813 posts
Busy bee

While not currently engaged, I have based my hypothetical maids on how many people would be BFs groomsmen. It’s either 4 or 5. So 8-10 total party people. So it’s apparently planned out before there is talk about guests and space and ratios involve math and that hurts my brain.

Post # 33
4554 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

I don’t think it matters in most situations, but something to consider: If you’re having a very small wedding, chances are you’re having it in a smaller venue. If you want to structure it the traditional way, and have a single-file line of attendents on each side, you probably don’t want 10 bridesmaids. Think of it like this: If you have ten bridesmaids, a maid of honor, and your groom has a best man and ten groomsmen, you’re going to have to have room for 25 people to stand single-file across the front of your venue. Otherwise, you’re going to have to have lines two-deep, and that can start to look clumpy if you’re not very careful.

I DO think situations where there are like 15 bridesmaids + junior bridesmaids and Maid/Matron of Honor and then Matron of Honor are a little silly. It always makes me wonder if they have ANY female guests under the age of 40 at the wedding who aren’t wearing that matching dress. At a certain point, you start to make people who AREN’T in the wedding party a minority….

Post # 34
829 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

I’m having 4 people- a Maid/Matron of Honor and 3 BMs. I didn’t based my choice off of any ratio, really- I just knew that I didn’t want a ton of maids because I’m not close enough to enough girls to do that. 

Our guest list (invitation based) is around 200, but we’re expecting around 150-175. So, technically, by the 1:30 ratio, we are still about 2 maids short! 

Also, just to point something out- I once went to a wedding that had 3 bridesmaids, and the total number of guests that attended (BMs included) couldn’t have been more than 50. It honestly looked fine. I think that if she had like 8 bridesmaids that would be one thing, but it really wasn’t a big deal for them to have 3. I think that under 5 is fairly normal and what most people are used to seeing at average sized weddings. 

Post # 35
23 posts
  • Wedding: June 2013

The bridesmaid: guest ratio is a load of bull-hockey.  You can have as many bridesmaids you want regardless of the guest count.   It’s YOUR wedding. I’m having a small wedding (60 people) and I have six (cue gasp!) bridesmaids and one flowergirl.  I wanted a small wedding but I also wanted my best girls by my side.  

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