(Closed) Friends of Honor instead of Bridal Party?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
11 posts
  • Wedding: June 2015

How did this work out for you? I recently got engaged and my fiance and I decided we only want to have our siblings walk down the aisle and stand up with us. I was thinking of asking my friends to do something similar to what you described. What did you friends think? Were you happy with the decision?

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(Closed) Friends of Honor instead of Bridal Party?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
1518 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

It sounds like the same thing as a bridal party honestly. The people you leave out of the “friends of honor” group will still feel left out.  Are you planning on them walking in the ceremony or having them in the programs? Anyways it is your wedding and i think you are allowed to do whatever you want! 

Post # 4
9029 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I agree with Allyser.. that your “friends of honor” group sounds the same as a bridal party. So i am not clear what the diference really is.

Post # 5
3539 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: August 2010

I kinda got the impression from the OPs post that they wouldnt be standing up with them?? thats the way that I could only kinda differ from a bridal party. But OP I would love to hear more of what you had in mind!

Post # 6
1166 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: December 2010

I love this idea. As an older bride, I just couldn’t see asking my mid-40-something friends and sisters to wear bridesmaid dresses or walk up the aisle (and they thanked me for it!). And yet, several of them have really stepped up to help out with the planning, decorating and day-of coordination, and I absolutely want them with me when I get ready. They, are indeed, my “friends of honor”! 🙂

Post # 7
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

I agree with the others, it does seem like a bridal party. I think it would be fine to have an actual bridal party and maybe reserve some seats for them so they’re not standing up with you during the wedding.

Post # 8
93 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: February 2011

I am doing somehting similiar and asked a couple of people to be part of my entourage.  I am getting married on a gondola in Las vegas, and it will be just me and Fiance on the boat.  I do have an official maid of honor who gets to sign as my witness, and I’ll get her flowers, but other than that, she gets to pick her own dress and doesn’t have to do much.  I asked a very good friend and my fi’s sister (the one I am close to, but I think I will eventually ask the other…) if they would like to help me out and get ready with me, and than head over to the ceremony with me.  I basically told them if we were having a bigger wedding and having a bridal party they would have been in it, but I am not.  I just wanted to let them know they are special and participate.

I have done some things with other special friends too, just to include them.  I had two friends go with me to pick out a dress, one come with me to pick it up and last fitting (unless I need another one), and one pick out shoes.  I have another friend helping me with our party (not really a formal reception).  I think they are happy to be included.  I think your friends will be too, and as far as people being offended, well you can’t please everyone, so at least please yourself!

Post # 9
3148 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think it sounds liek you have a bridal party.

Instead of Bridal Party your have friends of honor

Instead of making them buy a dress YOU love you are making them buy a dress (or tie) in a colour scheme YOU love

The Bridal Party and the “Friends o Honor” both have to be there to get ready etc.


I guess what i am saying is, besdies the title change, whats the difference? You are sitll excluding some friends etc….I guess im just not getting what the difference is

Post # 10
1641 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: May 2011

I kind of get what she’s saying. We’re not having a bridal party. No one will be at the alter with us or wearing matching outfits. We are going to have pictures taken with some specific special friends (our chosen family)at the wedding. I am also not opposed to a couple of my close friends being with me when I get ready ( and I do need someone to lace up my dress!).