(Closed) Honestly, Is it strange to have only family and no friends in your bridal party?

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
1673 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Nope, not weird! Do your thing!

Post # 4
3122 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

No way!  It’s nice and simple…I’d majorly respect that.

Post # 5
3697 posts
Sugar bee

Nope, not weird at all! It’s exactly what we did, actually.

I have 3 siblings (2 sisters, 1 brother), and DH is an only child. I had a number of friends that I could have asked, but I didn’t know how many of them would be able to travel to the wedding (far-flung geographically, various family obligations, etc.), and I didn’t want to end up with a really big wedding party, either. My sister & her husband had 7 or 8 on each side when they got married, and we felt that was too much.

So, we ended up having all three of my siblings stand up on my side, and 2 guys and 1 female friend stand up on DH’s side. Worked great.

Post # 6
7872 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Jennybenny16:  Not weird at all. I’ve seen it a few times. The one that especially springs to mind is the popular girl who had a lot of friends, but chose her two sisters and closest cousin. Perhaps to avoid hurting anyone, but mostly because she valued family so much.

Post # 7
90 posts
Worker bee

I don’t see anything wrong with it as long as they are all people you’d like to be in the wedding party!  

Post # 8
199 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

Not weird at all.  Actually I think that it makes more sense to do it that way.  That way the wedding party photos are family photos.  Friends come and go, sometimes kind of unexpectedly, family is forever.  I’m not having a wedding party at all though, so just my 2cents.

Post # 9
1920 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: November 2013

@Jennybenny16:  nope, not weird at all. I’m not having a bridal party but if I was, it would probably be my mom and my fiancé’s family. He has four sisters. I don’t have many people n my side that I’m close to. 

Post # 10
23 posts
  • Wedding: October 2013

I am only having 2 bridesmaids (my sister and groom’s sister) and 1 flower girl (cousin’s daughter). I don’t think it’s weird at all! I think if anything it keeps things simpler! I was just worried about having wedding photos I look back on in 30 years wondering why I had had certain people in my wedding party…

And my mum did the same thing – she only had her sister and the groom’s sister as BMs!

I think you should do whatever you feel is right, whether that’s having no bridesmaids at all or having 15 of your friends and family!

Post # 11
1090 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2014

That is what I am doing. I am having my two sisters and my FSIL. It’s exactly who I want and seriously cuts down on the drama of having to choose from friends. 

Post # 12
1671 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014 - Church

@Jennybenny16:  Though it isn’t my thing personally, I would not think about it twice or think it weird if someone else did it.

Post # 13
6746 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: June 2014

I just want to point out that maybe this is a time to use to get closer to your friends.  A friend of mine who had me in her bridal party had only family members other than me in her bridal party and she only spends her time now with family members and she has no friends (except me, we’re still close). I just think that if you come down to your wedding and you realize that you’re not that close with some friends, maybe it would be a good idea to take this time to get closer to your friends.  I think having non-family friends are important in life, so I’m just pointing this out as advice for the long run. 

Would I think it’s weird?  No.  I would just think that the bride doesn’t have many friends or isn’t close to the ones she has, since that’s what I’ve experienced before. 

Post # 14
751 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2012

I’m a bridesmaid in my cousin’s wedding at the end of this month. She has five bridesmaids total and we’re all family. Her bridal party includes her two sisters, two cousins and her aunt. It’s worked out nicely. 🙂

Post # 15
1193 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

I agree with a PP that said while it’s not my thing, I don’t think it’s weird. FI and I don’t have any family in either of our bridal parties. But neither of us have family that we’re close to and both believe that you make your own family. So in my bridal party I have my closest girl friend I call my sister and a close guy friend I call my brother.

Post # 16
1586 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2013

Your wedding party is whoever YOU want. One married woman as your MoH? Great. 17 people you met off the street? Great! As long as it is what YOU want, it isn’t strange!

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