Post # 1
In a nutshell, my fiance and I were originally planning to elope but now have 17 additional attendees invited (parents/siblings/handful of close friends). We weren’t planning on having bridesmaids or groomsmen but my mother wanted photos of my sisters as my bridesmaids. I’m not at all opposed to having my sisters as maids but I feel bad I didn’t ask my friends too (even though there are no groomsmen). How should I tell my friends that I made my sisters’ bridesmaids last minute but that they would’ve been them as well were it not for us having a small “wedding”?? We get married in 22 days…so very last minute…we were lucky to find nice formal dresses for them to wear.
**They also just surprised me with a bridal shower alongside my sister, who is hosting**
Post # 2
I don’t think you really need to explain it to them, you picked your sisters and that’s totally reasonable.
Post # 3
Unless you were adamant to your friends that you would not be having ANY bridesmaids and then ended up making your sisters bridesmaids, I don’t see how they’d take issue with this.
Post # 4
mmn0550 : I agree with pp. you chose your sisters nothing to explain.
Post # 5
If you really want an excuse of sorts, just say you’re humoring your mom, because apparently you are. Everyone understands that now and then.
Post # 6
Sisters are a default bridesmaids option. Nothing to explain.
Post # 7
There is nothing to explain. You picked your sisters as attendants. End of story.
Post # 8
Unless you told these particular friends before that they would be bridesmaids I don’t think you need to explain anything. These are your sisters most brides who have at least a decent relationship with their sisters usually have their sisters as bridesmaids. It would be different if you were choosing other friends over them.