(Closed) How to tell people we are not having a bridal party?

posted 5 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
46612 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999


I would mention the subject in any conversation you have with them about the wedding.

“___ and I have chosen to have a very intimate wedding- just the two of us and the officiant. We are not having bridesmaids or groomsmen.”


Post # 4
5400 posts
Bee Keeper

@julies1949:  +1 

I think it’s always best to be honest and direct. Lack of communication could turn it into a bigger deal than it is and possibly hurt some feelings. 

Post # 5
245 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: May 2014

I would tell them in a causal conversation when talking about the wedding. Word will spread fast to all of your friends (most likely) if you only tell a couple or just your close friends who would of been your bridesmaids if you were having a bridal party.

Either way, I am sure they will understand. You will save lots of money too! And there are definitely big parts that the girls could still participate in…like a reading, or helping you plan something for your wedding.

Post # 6
131 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2013

@Lily_of_the_valley; I did this same thing so hopefully my situation helps!


My fiance and I had been in a total of 15 weddings between the two of us and felt we would need to have a gigantic wedding party to not insult anyone. (And with a wedding of only 90 or so guests, that would just look silly in my opinion). So our way around that was ditching the wedding party. (although we are still having best man and Maid/Matron of Honor for the parts of the ceremony where we need them to hand us stuff).


With my other friends that I wanted to include I asked them to “Be My Something Blue”. I wrote them all a really sweet personalized, heartfelt message explaining the situation and then asking them to be a “blue”. On the back of the card I explained their duties;

– get a blue dress of any shade/any style and wear it the day of the wedding

– take girly pics with me

– dance your butt off

– have a special task the day of the wedding (i.e. help with programs, lol calm my mom down, etc..)



All of them loved the idea (and my fav color is blue so they knew it was special to me). If you’re not a fan of the color you can always somehow switch it up. I’m also getting them each a flower to put in their hair the day of the wedding.

Post # 9
1589 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

People ask, A LOT. My brother had a Destination Wedding wedding and just had a Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man. I was upset at first but I got over it in two seconds. I am just having two MOHs. When people just ask who is in your party you can just say you’re not having one.

I excluded my brothers and his two close cousins. I think his mom is bummed about it, but no one seems to mind. (I did actually ask my brothers if they would mind, though).

Post # 10
1589 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

For my brothers wedding, his wife gave us all ideas of what we should wear (solid tropical dresses) and she did the same for her Maid/Matron of Honor. Her Maid/Matron of Honor stood with her. My brother asked the guys to all wear tan suits. His best man stood next to him but he didn’t have a party.

Post # 12
818 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2013

@julies1949:  +1 is how we handled our decision. For smaller weddings especially, it makes so much sense not to have one. They will understand 🙂 

Post # 13
285 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: December 2013

I’m having a Destination Wedding and if my best friend can make it then I will have her as an unofficial BM/MOH whatever and just ask her to wear a dress that remotely fits with my colour scheme (Why am I even having a colour scheme for such a small wedding?!!!). If it ends up being just me and my man then that’s fine by me! Less to worry about or organise! 

Post # 14
68 posts
Worker bee

Even though you will not have a wedding party you will still need the helping hands of a Maid/Matron of Honor. Asking a girl friend or two to help you with the planning will show you still want them to be a part of it. As for the male side, I know that my brothers and male friend wouldnt complain if they did not have to go for suit fitting and stand in front of everyone.

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