(Closed) Honorary Bridesmaids with NO escorts!

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
1375 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2013

What’s the difference between an honorary bridesmaid and a regular bridesmaid?

Could you have them do something, like roll out an aisle runner? Are you wanting them to walk out before the regular bridesmaids?

They don’t need an escort, but I think there should be some sort of “cohesiveness” to their inclusion. Are they wearing anything special?

Post # 4
2503 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: June 2012

If they’re younger than the BMs, they can be considered junior BMs and they don’t necessarily need an escort.

I’ve also been to a wedding where the bride had to include her sisters as BMs and she had a Maid/Matron of Honor but the groom didn’t have any Groomsmen, just a Bestman. As such, her sisters all walked down the aisle solo and it was fine.

Post # 5
1301 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

What do you mean by Honorary? Isn’t that just going to make them feel like 2nd Class Citizens? Either make them BM’s and don’t have anyone escorted down the aisle (just have the Groomsmen at the altar with Groom). Or ditch the honorary girls all together and maybe have them do a reading or somethin lse. 

Post # 7
5229 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

I’m really confused about what you mean by honorary BMs. Usually an honorary Bridesmaid or Best Man has no role in the wedding, so wouldn’t walk down the aisle and it’s usually for people who cannot perform the Bridesmaid or Best Man role for some reason, such as illness. Bridesmaids in general don’t need to be escorted down the aisle at all. In most weddings, they walk in alone and our with an escort, but they don’t have to. That sure is a lot of tiering you’re talking about… 3 maids/matrons of honor, 2 BMs, and 3 honorary BMs? 

Post # 10
5229 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: March 2012 - Pelican Grand Beach Resort

@rrobins7:  Yeah, then just make them bridesmaids and have them walk in by themselves, or have some of the groomsmen have a lady on each arm during the recessional.

Post # 12
7550 posts
Bumble Beekeeper
  • Wedding: April 2019

While I am a little confused by the honorary bridesmaids thing that wasn’t your question. Yes they can definitely walk by themselves, any of your bridesmaids (and you) can if you want them to 🙂

Post # 13
1762 posts
Buzzing bee

Some people are very turned off by the term “honorary bridesmaids.” That aside, I think it would be fine to have the three young ladies walk unescorted down the aisle as junior bridesmaids if there is a distinct difference in age or relationship.

For example, if I had a sister and two close friends I wanted as bridesmaids but had three younger cousins that I wanted to include, I would have no problem sending the first three down the aisle escorted and the second set of three unescorted.

Can you give us more details about the “three young ladies”? I think it would be helpful to know.

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