(Closed) Reciprocating the Bridesmaids Status

posted 9 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
4160 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

1) I was asked to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man in a wedding about 1.5 months before mine.  I was surprised since she was the Fiance of my FI’s best friend and we had only recently gotten close.  I said yes, but the wedding was called off.  I wouldn’t have had any issues with being a Bridesmaid or Best Man though.

2) If this wedding had gone through, I probably would have asked her to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man of mine EVEN though I wouldn’t have picked her otherwise.  Just to avoid awkwardness…maybe I’m not the best person to ask lol. 

Post # 4
3374 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

OK when I first got engaged I really didn’t want to have a certain family member as a bridesmaid as I only wanted my friends. But now that I’m getting closer to getting married, the more the merrier. Honestly if I thought someone wanted to be my Bridesmaid or Best Man I would have asked them.

I wouldn’t have minded if someone told me no that they didn’t want to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man. If you really don’t want to do it, just tell her that you’re planning your own wedding and time/money are in short supply.


Post # 5
6392 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: September 2011

1. If you’re not close to them, I wouldn’t do it. I’m in my best friend’s wedding, which is a month after mine was, and it’s been stressful. Money has been tight and I wish I could do more for her, but obviously, I had my own wedding to deal with. Planning parties has been kind of exhausting. Unless you’re best friends, it’s not a good idea.

Post # 6
428 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: September 2012

1. I wouldn’t feel bad for declining the Bridesmaid or Best Man position. Afterall you do have your own wedding to plan and pay for. Plus I’m sure she has other equally close friends who will make up for not having you there. I would politely decline due to the obvious schedule conflict of planning your own wedding.

None of my bridesmaids said “no” but I was a Bridesmaid or Best Man once and if I would have known how much time, money, and attention that goes into being a Bridesmaid or Best Man I would have declined. I didn’t know you could decline nor did I know how.

2. I don’t know that you NEED to inform her that she’s not in the bridal party. Has she straight-out asked you “Am I going to be in your wedding?” Unless it comes up that way I don’t think you need to bring it up. If she does approach you about it I would be honest. We’re all adults and should act and respond like adults. I hope she doesn’t have a pity party for it.

Post # 7
36 posts
  • Wedding: December 2012

One of my good friends said no to me. Which I was a little sad about but she is getting married this year and they are going to be starting a family and she doesn’t want to say yes incase she cannot travel. Which is totally understandable. We still talk wedding all of the time and it hasn’t affected our relation ship in the least bit. 

So for if you should ask her because you felt like you had to and you shouldn’t say yes for the same reason. There is alot to take on in being part of a wedding.

I would not say that you don’t feel that close to her any more to her face, but just say something along the lines of:

Your wedding is taking up alot of your energy and time, you just don’t know if you are able to commit to everything that a bridesmaid is required to do seeing as the dates are so close. Tell her that you were honored that she would ask you and you really charish her friendship. 

I declined being a bridesmaid once too and our friendship is still going strong. I declined because my ex was in her hubbies wedding party and we had just broken up (We dated for 3 and a half years and it wasn’t a clean break.) So I sat her down and I told her that I know we are really good friends and I felt honored that she would consider me for a brides maid but I had to decline. I didn’t want any drama. She was totally understanding. I ended up being in it anyways and that is another story…. 





Post # 8
109 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

I would say yes – and I would add her to the bridal party.

I ended up with three extra bridesmaids than I originally would have had because their feelings were hurt that they weren’t included. Just take it as a flattering thing that she wants to be there for yall. Being a bridesmaid can be a pain sometimes, so it means she cares about you!

Post # 9
546 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: July 2011

I asked who I thought was one of my close friends to a a Bridesmaid or Best Man in my wedding. She had allready asked me to be a Bridesmaid or Best Man in her wedding in October (4 months after mine) wedding.

She declined because she had just moved accross the country and it would be too much to fly back and forth (I totally get that) and was bummed but not too bad.

A month later she called me and de-bridesmaided me and is no longer my friend.

So apparently me getting married before her was a complete NO-No. Seriously, July vs. October isn’t even that close in dates????

Anyways, she’s no longer my friend. Weird, and I didnt do ANYTHING except schedule my wedding before hers.  And no, I didn’t invite her to my wedding and she didnt invite me to hers.

Post # 11
36 posts
  • Wedding: June 2010

Stay strong…there is nothing that says you have to reciprocate.  I had 1 and it was my sister.  It made it easier, but my sister is getting married in Sept and has 4.  My only issue was not putting my girlfriends out (they were all in graduate school, or lived further away).  My sister is in a sorority and feels pressured and I told her to stay strong, but 4 is a managable number.  I saw a wedding with 8 and that seemed a bit much.  Right?

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