(Closed) Small or No Bridal Party? Did you regret it?

posted 7 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
949 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: August 2012

We’re planning on the exact same thing, my sister and either his best friend or his brother. I can’t speak to whether we’ll regret it, though, but I’m interested to see what other people say! I guess cool bridal party pics aren’t something I’d even thought about. I know I won’t regret not having to coordinate a bunch of people to be dressed in a related way and be in various places at various times!

Post # 4
192 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2011

Absolutely no regrets whatsoever. I had my best friend as Maid/Matron of Honor and Darling Husband had his best friend as Bridesmaid or Best Man – and it was great! There was no arguing about dress style/size/etc., no having to coordinate (or pay for!) expensive dresses, shoes, hair, makeup, etc. x god knows how many girls.
It was perfect just having the two people that meant the most to us standing with us on our special day.
That said I do REALLY love the pics of multiple bridesmaids in the same dresses. I don’t think I’d want to go through the stress of having to get multiple girls to agree on everything and get along though just for the sake of a few cute pics!

Post # 5
955 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: April 2011

We had 2 on either side, cause I have 2 sisters. No regrets. I loved not having to worry about a whole big group!

Post # 6
3671 posts
Sugar bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

I had just my brother and he had his brother and best friend.  It was weird having no girls and no bridesmaid dresses to pick out but I don’t regret it.  I’m glad I didn’t add anybody just for the sake of having more people.  I felt like it was really special to just have my brother since he’s my absolute best friend and was always super helpful.  

Post # 7
907 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: March 2011

We had no bridal party.  It was nice because there was less stress and things to figure out, but that also meant no one to throw a shower and bachelorette party (although someone did end up giving me a shower).  Our wedding was super small though so I almost felt like all our guests were our bridal party!  The only thing I worried about was that I was the Maid/Matron of Honor in my best friend’s wedding and I hoped it didn’t hurt her feelings that we chose not to have a bridal party.  I had her sign our marriage certificate though and treated her as an honorary Maid/Matron of Honor. 

All that to say, no regrets.  It was nice to keep things simple in our case.

Post # 8
1137 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2010

I had my two brothers and sister-in law stand up for me and he had his sister and two best friends stand up for him. I wouldn’t have wanted it any other way. I have lots of good friends, but the people who stood up for us are the only ones that we can virtually guarantee will still be part of our lives for the next 50 years. I would hate to open my wedding album and see a group of people who I chose just because it would look good in pictures but that I am no longer close with.


Post # 10
7311 posts
Busy Beekeeper
  • Wedding: October 2011 - Bed & Breakfast

I have 2 on my side. Mr. Lk has 1 on his. And we have an awesome flag bearer who will go to whatever side fits his 1 year old fancy. 🙂 Best decision for us, hands down. We’ve had 0 drama, dress shopping was a breeze for my Maid/Matron of Honor and I, and it really fits with the intimate feel we want. I don’t feel like I am missing out by having a small bridal party. We’ve involved all of our important people in one way or another in the ceremony. And my girlfriends are still joining me to get ready together in the bridal suite.

Post # 11
7779 posts
Bumble Beekeeper

We also had 2 on either side. Do not regret it AT ALL. 0 drama, we were able to stay on time  not having to wrangle everyone, I didn’t have to spend a fortune on gifts, pictures were much easier. Totally recommend it.

Post # 12
5110 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: November 2011

I dont think so. You will avoid a lot of drama that way, not to mention if you dont want a lot of people dont do it. You should only have who you want standing up there with you actually standing up with you. There are some cool bridal party pics, but I think you wont miss that the day of. You will have more time to take pics with family and get really good ones of you and your new husband. I say stick  to your plan it will be great.

Post # 13
1474 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: September 2011 - Bent Creek Winery (Livermore, California); Reception: Family Residence (San Ramon, California)

No regrets whatsoever! Prior to getting engaged, the wedding party was one of the biggest things that stressed me out. When it finally came down to deciding, I decided to make my life easier and only have my sister as Maid/Matron of Honor. Things have been so smooth, my close girlfriends completely understand why I only chose my sister and our relationships are great without all the added wedding party stress, and I love just having one person to manage and dress! It’s so easy and nice! 

Post # 14
3 posts
  • Wedding: September 2011

We have also chosen to go with no bridal party, except for an honary Maid/Matron of Honor and Bridesmaid or Best Man who are our best friends and will stand next to us as we exchange our vows and stand as our witnesses. There will be no processional, rather they will just be called to stand at our side and have a front row seat reserved for them.We are getting married in 25 days and it has been drama free. This weekend is our joint bachelor/bachelorette party and we are having them and a couple of our close friends go out for the fun. I really enjoyed just going dress shopping with one girl, made for a fun bonding time and she got to wear exactly what she wanted. They have both made it clear they are given speeches, but that was up to them. Our entire wedding is ~50 people, mostly family so it will be a blast.

Post # 15
671 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: October 2012

We are not doing a wedding party. We’re having about 40 people at our wedding (it’s destination so probaby less). We will be married in Joshua Tree park. I have a lot of sisters  and a few best friends. I didn’t want to choose who I would have as bridesmaids. It is going to be a simple, yet elegant wedding. My fiances best firend is marrying us 🙂 All of my girlfriends keep asking if they can be “the secret bridesmaid” Of course I say “SURE!” 🙂

Post # 16
6572 posts
Bee Keeper
  • Wedding: February 2010

We had two on each side. I loved having a small bridal party, there’s a lot less stress, a lot less imput from bridesmaids which can get tough if you have lots of opinionated girls, and way less money b/c you have to buy them gifts and flowers. Plus, I think we got some fun pics still!

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