(Closed) Do I have to have bridesmaids?

posted 11 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@ReneeA: Nope, your day, do what you feel.

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Post # 4
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: January 1992

@ReneeA: No. You don’t have to do anything but have the two of you, an officiant and a witness.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

Not at all. You don’t have to do anything. (Except maybe agree to be with the person, otherwise it’s called coercion. ^^) Find other roles for loved ones. 🙂

Post # 5
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2011

@ReneeA: Nope, it’s not a requirement at all.  My Fiance and I aren’t having a wedding party at all.  We simply don’t have any close friends, so there’s no one to ask.  🙂

Post # 6
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Im not having bridesmaids..I am relying on a few friends for help throughout the wedding planning process…but no official bridal party.

Post # 7
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I was going to have 5 bridesmaids, but now I’ve changed my mind. I’m going to ask my wonderful caterer to be my MOH!

Post # 8
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Newbee
  • Wedding: June 2011

No – we’re not having a bridal party because we thought it would be too difficult to pick friends without hurting feelings.  However, we are still having some people give speeches, etc.  This way, they are involved in the things that mean something to us, but aren’t forced to spend a ton on a new dress, etc. etc.

Post # 9
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Blushing bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

No wedding party here either….and to be honest, I am SO glad I did that.  Very little stress and the people that I would have chosen actually thanked me! HA! We are having a semi destination wedding so I wanted people to spend their money travelling to the venue so they could be there and not on a dress, hair, makeup, etc. 

Post # 10
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2011 - Vandiver Inn

I certainly hope not! Because I know I’m not having any wedding party at all. 😉

Post # 11
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Nope!! I’m not having a wedding party. I have too many close friends to choose from (and no siblings/cousins), and Fiance only has a few. I had one person express disappointment about it, but that’s it.  Overall, it means a lot of money saved on gifts, beauty, flowers, and rehearsal dinner; no one you love has to spend hundreds on a dress and shoes they’ll never wear again, and life is just easier. I’m hoping some of my friends will want to hang around with me as I get ready, but I know they’ll be happy to do that without being bridesmaids.

Post # 12
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Sugar bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

No! If you don’t want them, don’t have them. Like the PP’s, we aren’t having a wedding party either. Our wedding will be much smaller than we originally planned, so it became unimportant to us, plus Fiance had trouble choosing amongst his various friends.

Post # 13
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Newbee
  • Wedding: December 2011

No, What I am doing is making it a family affair, were both of our families will be the ones participating in our wedding party. My Maid/Matron of Honor is my baby sister, and his Bridesmaid or Best Man is his Dad.  I am going in with my mom and my dad, as I believe they both deserve the honor to be with me that day. 

Post # 14
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: November 1999

Not at all! It’s your wedding, and you can decide to include or exclude whatever traditions you want.

Post # 15
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Blushing bee

We aren’t having a bridal party.  A lot of people think it is odd, but it was a joint decision between me and my Fiance.  We are so happy we decided to do it this way!  We aren’t putting anyone out for any extra tasks, buying anything (e.g. dress, tux, etc.), and we didn’t have to choose among friends.  This way everyone can just come, relax and celebrate!

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