(Closed) Is 17 too old to be a junior bridesmaid?

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

I think 17 is too old to be called a junior bridesmaid, heck people get married at 18. Cant they be usherettes?

Post # 4
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Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

We’re making FI’s little brother a junior groomsman, and he’ll be 17. The other groomsmen are all over 25 though, so maybe it’s a different situation? I’m not sure! Sorry if I’m not super helpful.

Post # 5
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Bumble bee
  • Wedding: April 2012

I was a real ‘bridesmaid’ at 16 at my brothers wedding…I guess it depends on how mature the girl is.  I know 17 year olds who would just be obnoxious or dye their hair hot pink the day before but I’m sure there are many who can handle the duty.  If you really feel your wedding party is too big though maybe a kitschy little title where they still feel important but won’t be standing up there is perfect!

Post # 7
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Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I think you can do whatever you, but yeah, maybe a different name than “(junior) bridesmaid” might be more appropriate.

Post # 8
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2011

I think 17 is too old, and probably 16 as well… I would think she might feel belittled by the title “junior.” When I think Junior Bridesmaid, I think in the 10-14 range.

Post # 11
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

Why can’t you just call them bridesmaids? I mean, they’re the same job as junior bridesmaid, right?

Post # 13
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Buzzing Beekeeper
  • Wedding: June 2011

All I know is one of my bridemaids is 16 and she is a “Real” bridesmaid too. I couldnt imagine calling her a junior Bridesmaid or Best Man.

Post # 14
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Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I really think that 16 and 17 year olds should be bridesmaids, not junior bridesmaids.  One of my bridesmaids was 16 (a cousin) and she a great job being a Bridesmaid or Best Man.

I saw the second part about slipping and telling her she could be a Bridesmaid or Best Man.  I don’t think there is any graceful way out now.  Keep in mind that your relationship with her will likely grow over time.  If you’re 23 now (peeked at your profile), a few years age difference will seem a lot less as you both grow older.  Also, she is someone you will be in contact with for the rest of your life.  I’m really finding that friends come and go, but your family is always there (like them or not, LOL).

As a final note, the wedding party sides do not have to be equal in number.

Post # 15
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Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

@navybride4: hmm, I guess I’m not very traditional, but I don’t see why mismatched numbers is an issue? I mean, they’ll be up there regardless, right? So couldn’t they just walk down the aisle by themselves or with each other?

Post # 16
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Worker bee

I think they are a little old to be called junior bridemaids.  What about just putting them down as bridesmaids in the program and having them walk down the aisle and such, but sitting during the ceremony without making any kind of fuss or identifying the fact? The last wedding I was at had a huge bridal party (we’re talking 12+ bridesmaids, flower girls, etc. and 12+ groomsmen & ring bearers).  Every girl older than 15 was listed in the program as a bridesmaid, but once they all walked down the aisle they all sat in the first pew of the church.  Only the maid of honor, two bridesmaids, best man, and 2 groomsmen actually stood up at the ceremony.  I thought it looked beautiful and organized, but still allowed the bride and groom to have their close family included.

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