Post # 1
So I have been stressing about this for a few days now and would really appreciate input from other brides. We are having a small wedding (between 35-50 people) but our bridal party is large. All together there are 18 of them (5 Bridesmaid or Best Man, 3 Groomsmen, 4 Jr Bridesmaid or Best Man, 2 Jr Groomsmen, 2 Flower Girl & 2 RB). I’ve gone through the bridal party SO many times but there is no one that I want to remove. The entire bridal party consists of our closest friends and relatives. So my question is: will it be weird to have such a large bridal party when we aren’t having many guests? There will probably be about the same number of guests as there is in the bridal party. Thank you in advance!
Post # 3
@babybug0507: If I were a guest at your wedding, I would think for a fleeting second it would be odd to have such a large bridal party but that’s it. No one is going to say anything and if they do, so what? It’s YOUR wedding.
However, if I were in your shoes and since there would be no way to make smaller, I probably wouldn’t even have a bridal party.
Post # 4
@JemmyGee: Thanks for your reply. I’m hoping that it won’t be that big of an issue because all of our guests are family and friends. We didn’t invite anyone that we don’t talk to on a regular basis. I was just worried about the way it would look considering that the bridal party will be just as many people as the guests that are sitting. I thought about not having a bridal party at all but at this point it isn’t an option. We are asking everyone to be in the wedding in a ‘special’ way that we came up with and everything has already been bought…plus we have already bought half of the gifts for the bridal party so we already have too much money invested to not have one.
Post # 5
I say do whatever you want. Sure, it might be a bit surprising for some guests that almost half of the total guests are in the bridal party, but I doubt anyone is judging you for it (and if they are, eff ’em!). It’s your wedding, and you’re allowed to include anyone and as many people in the bridal party as makes sense to you.
Post # 6
I thought I was having a big bridal party for my small (50 people) wedding, and I’m only having 4 girls at my side (1 maid of honor, 3 bridesmaids), and he is having his best man and so far 2 groomsmen. He wanted to add more, but I told him that I think it would look a bit weird wtih a large bridal party and so little guests. I didn’t want our party to be mostly everyone in attendance.
Maybe don’t do the wedding party, but invite those people to do a toast during the wedding?
Post # 7
Its your wedding and you can do whatever you want, but it may seem odd to have a large bridal party if its a small wedding. It seems almost half your guest are all in the wedding. Im having 50 for mine and only have a Maid/Matron of Honor, jr bridemaid and no groomsmen. But again its your wedding do what makes you happy.