Post # 1
so I pretty much have no family nor friends. I did ask my cousin to be my maid of honor but if she gets accepted for a student exchange (meaning she will be aboard) she’s backing out. I have no clue what to do. I sorta just want to call the whole brides maid thing off. I feel like a loser. Has anyone else had a wedding with no bridesmaids?
Post # 2
i’ve been to weddings with no bridal party. actually, my cousins wedding that i went to last weekend had no bridal party. i didn’t find it odd at all.
Post # 3
You don’t need to have bridesmaids for your wedding at all but maybe you should branch out and make friends in general. It’s not healthy to have such a large amount of your happiness and social interaction depending on your FH.
Post # 4
We won’t be having a wedding party. I don’t have to worry about bridesmaids dresses, coordinating people’s schedules or anything. It will be lovely without them (and would be lovely with them if I planned on having bridesmaids).
Post # 5
My sister was my Maid/Matron of Honor but I didn’t have bridesmaids. It’s absolutely not necessary to have them in order to get married!
Post # 6
My long time best friend had no bridal party and she could have asked me! I dont think its weird because its less stressfull.
Question- Does your Fiance have groomsmen in mind? Is he okay omitting the wedding party?
Post # 7
We didn’t have a bridal party and it worked out just fine. I don’t think anyone thought it was odd, and if they did no one said anything. Besides, ceremonies are usually the quick part, it’s the reception that everyone remembers!
Post # 8
I attended a beautiful wedding this weekend with no wedding party. Not necessary and much less stress!
Post # 10
No bridesmaids or wedding party at all is absolutely fine .
Feeling ‘like a loser’ and having no friends at all sounds not fine though. Is there anything you can be doing better to meet some people ? What about at work /college/uni or wherever – are there any clubs or associations etc?
Post # 11
Omit the wedding party entirely? If neither of you have bridesmaids or groomsmen then people will just figure you made a decision to not have a wedding party for whatever reason. If your Fiance has groomsmen and you don’t have bridesmaids they may wonder about it a little more. If he does want groomsmen perhaps they could be seated in the front row rather than standing up next to him.
Post # 12
everyone in my circle including me doesn’t enjoy being in a bridal party. Painful and expensive. No one likes being told to wear either. Call off the bridal party idea. Why are you a loser? I don’t have family and my friends are over weddings so I eloped to a tropical island with my husband and no one else. doesn’t make me a loser it makes me a bride who wants what she wants.
Post # 13
Bee, I know we as women have been inundated with pictures of 10+ bridesmaids in a bridal party on Pinterest. Personally, I believe that being a bridesmaid is a honour that should be given to your closest, most supporting and dearest friends, and I find it hard to believe that someone can have such meaningful relationships with so many people (Not that it doesn’t always happen).
That being said, having a large bridal party is stressful. You have to run around all these women making sure that they have ordered their dress, making sure that they will attend the pre-wedding events and paying for all their accessories and bridal gifts, etc. It is a business. Plus, there will inevitably be a LOT of drama.
I attended a wedding this year where there was no bridal party, no groomsmen, best man or maid of honour, and I have to say I have been envious. I would have preferred if my wedding was the same way, though with a maid of honour and best man, but my Fiance really wanted to have his childhood friends standing with him. So now I have nearly 5 bridesmaids, nearly 5 groomsmen, 2 flower girls and a dog as a ring bearer.
Large wedding parties are not necessary. Nobody will judge you for it. That being said, I do agree with other posters that you should attempt to reach out and make friends for your own social and mental well-being. Humans are social animals.
Post # 14
- Wedding: April 2017 - City, State
I didn’t have a wedding party and it was great. It removed an entire area of stress that typically exists with wedding planning. No one thought it was weird.