(Closed) No wedding party?

posted 4 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
46452 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: November 1999

@Kissme0408: You don’t need a wedding party. But, most jurisdictions have a requirement that one or two people sign as witnesses to the marriage. These are usually the best mand and maid of honor, but you can ask any of your guests.

You can search old posts with the exact same title for more input.

Post # 4
326 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

It really depends on what you want I think.

We won’t be having a wedding party but we’re also having a destination wedding, and anyone that we might have wanted to pick may not be able to go.  So we’re each having one witness.

I’m more of an independent bride…I’m going to be doing a lot of things on my own and don’t really need the help of too many people.  That being said, I will probably miss out on the whole experience of bonding with the girls.

Post # 5
23599 posts
Honey Beekeeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

A friend of mine and her husband married without a wedding party. They just had witnesses to sign for the marriage.  That worked out for them just fine!

Post # 6
2532 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2014

You’ll have a smidge less drama to deal with. A smidge.

People do it – you just have to ask yourself whether it’s the right choice for you.

Post # 7
516 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2014

@Kissme0408:  yep! I can say that because we aren’t having one, lol. I don’t want any potential added drama and stress. I also don’t want someone to have to spend money to be a part of MY wedding. I can’t afford to buy dresses, make up, updos etc for anyone, so I’m not : )

Post # 8
2891 posts
Sugar bee

Could you pay for your bridesmaids and groomsmen if the people you wanted in your bridal party could not afford the expenses ? If not, don’t have a wedding party. 

That’s really how I went when considering who I would picture by my side. And I know they couldn’t afford it (or would say yes out of enthusiasm but would probably, realistically, not have the money to buy a dress, shoes, etc.). And me ? Well, I don’t have this money to spend either. I won’t put this financial burden over their shoulders. I want them to attend my wedding, and I will be happy even if they’re not ”bridesmaids”. 

Post # 9
799 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

We’re having a Maid/Matron of Honor and a Flower Girl – that’s it. Fiance couldn’t decide between his two best friends so they’ll just be guests. I’ve had NO drama at all. My best friend who is a reader in our wedding is helping me the most with planning and what not. 


Post # 10
275 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2014

You don’t need one but now that I’ve got my dress I’m not sure how I’d manage without the Maid/Matron of Honor.  I need someone that can learn to corset it up, bustle me and help fluff the train out during pictures.   My mom has a broken back so I wouldn’t have her do this for me.   MY Fiance doesn’t drive and won’t have family at the wedding so I’m glad he’s got a driver the day of.  That being said,  I am glad I have just one. 

Post # 11
15 posts

We don’t have a wedding party, just our two witnesses even though here you’re not obliged to have even those. But we liked the idea of our two best friends “standing witness” to the commitment we make on that particular day.

That said, I’m probably going to go for a short dress so I won’t be needing someone to help me with my dress or anything, but I can imagine the need for a Maid/Matron of Honor if you are wearing a full length gown.

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