(Closed) Has anyone not had a bridal party??

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
3667 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: July 2015

You could do a sweetheart table.

Post # 4
6355 posts
Bee Keeper

I’m considering not having a bridal party. I don’t really like the concept much, and it isn’t even something that people do in many other cultures, but then again, Fiance already has his hoped-for best man picked out, so I will do it for him if he wants it.

In a traditional reception hall layout, you can still sit at a head table with perhaps family and close friends, let’s say, parents, siblings and closest friends. Or just family. Whoever you want! You can also go for a less traditional layout, and you probably have the most room to be flexible if your wedding is a smaller one….e.g., abandoning the round table setup entirely, having one large banquet table in maybe a U-shape, etc.

Post # 5
322 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

I’m not having one – we don’t have an equal number of close friends/siblings and frankly, most of our friends wouldn’t want the hassle.  @ReginaPhalange and @ Joya_aspera make good points with sweetheart tables.  Or, if you’re having a smaller wedding, just join your close friends/family at a nice long banquet table.

Post # 6
5423 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2012

We’re just having one on each side, no big fuss.  Were also not doing any special seating.  Just sit in a separate table the two of you.

Post # 7
5177 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: January 2010

We did not have a bridal party. It just did not fit for us or our ceremony. We just each chose who we wanted to come up for the witnessing of the marriage certificate.

Since the wedding was small (under 18 including us) we all sat at the same square banquet table, but if you are having a larger wedding you could do a sweetheart’s table or still have a table with close family or friends.

Post # 8
2363 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We didn’t have a bridal party, and it worked well for us.  We sat at a sweetheart table. My only caveat is that you will still have to choose friends or relatives to perform tasks usually handled by the MOH/BM:

  • Our witnesses were an aunt on each side.
  • My mom fluffed my train after the processional and held my bouquet during the vows.
  • Brother-In-Law held the rings.
  • We each asked a close friend to give a toast.

Post # 9
1368 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2013

we are not having one. It will be costly if we did plus it’s a semi destination wedding, plus I’m not familiar with the ‘bridal party’ concept. We’ll have some honor guests do the speeches and such. No big deal, no pressure.

as for the seating arrangement, we will be sitting mixed with guests. 

Post # 10
1813 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: February 2012

I had only bridesmaids under the age of 10, who sat with their parents, and we had the koumbaros Which is the person “marrying us together”.  On our top table we had us, our parents and the Koumbaros only.

Post # 11
633 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

We are only having 1 each. My sister and my fiance’s best friend. I figured it would cut down on costs, even though my sister is buying her own dress. We’re covering the tux for the Best Man, since it hasn’t been a good year for him and his family, and probalby covering my sister’s hair and makeup (if she wants makeup) since she is travelling from Wisconsin! 

I don’t like the idea of a bridal party table, so we’ll probably have our own sweetheart table and let my sis and the Best Man sit with their respective friends/family. 

Post # 12
403 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: February 2014

@RayKay:  +1.

Since we’re having ~20 people at our wedding, we decided not to have a bridal party; it works best for the ceremony. For our reception, we’re all sitting at the same table. As other posters suggested, you could have a sweetheart table.

Post # 13
132 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We did not have a Bridal party either.  His parents, brother’s with their wife and my mother.  His mom held the bouquet for me at the ceremony and my girlfriends fluffed my dress and helped me with changing.  It took a lot of pressure off of other folks.

Post # 14
9181 posts
Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA

We’re just having our siblings in our bridal party (my sister, his sister and brother).  Then we’ll just do a sweetheart table at the reception.

But, we are going to invite a handful of friends each to help us get ready, hang out, have some drinks, etc before the ceremony.  That way you get the fun of a bridal party still.

Post # 15
4518 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

@MASPA:  This is what we did, too.

Post # 16
31 posts

I did not have one either. We had the required witnesses.

The top table had both sets of parents and the two grandmas we have, and us.

We did have a flower girl and ring bearer, who wore what they wanted (or what their mothers wanted), and that was it.

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