Post # 16
It’s unreasonable for your Fiance to expect you to both have an even number of most treasured friends. Sides do not have to be even. You should each pick the friends/ family members who are closest to you and most supportive of you.
Also, I know you’re excited to ask the girls but 18 months out is WAAAY too early. I would wait until a year out to ask them. If you want to hang out with them more, do it because they’re your friends, not your family.
re: cousins, with the additional information it doesn’t sound like they are super close to you or your Fiance. I would not ask them unless your relationship(s) grow much closer in the next six months. Plus, their drama sounds awful. You do not want that stress in your wedding!!
re: estranged friend, wait. See if your relationship continues to mend and how you feel about her at the one year mark. Don’t ever ask someone because you were theirs. Relationships change over the years and that’s ok.
Post # 17
evagria : Please don’t try and match numbers. You really, really don’t want someone who’s “kind of a pain” in your wedding party. You said you have 3 “for sures”. That’s your answer.
Honestly, I’ve seen so many weddings where things turn into a nightmare because one side or another has added a person or people to make it even. It honestly and truly isn’t worth it. PLUS, if you have fewer and X dollars to spend on wedding party stuff, you can spoil your 3 important ladies. It will be much more about wanting to thank them and celebrate with them rather than any obligations around what you pay for/gifts for everyone in the wedding party.
Post # 18
evagria : Everybody else has covered the “don’t choose people just to make even sides” thing (I wholeheartedly agree), but also, please don’t choose your bridal party this early. Eighteen months is a LONG time and things could be 100% different with these relationships in that time. In general, it’s best to ask your party 9-12 months beforehand. I’d enjoy being engaged and going along with the planning right now, and hold off asking at all for at least another six months. If you’re asked about it, just tell people you’re in early stages of planning.
Post # 19
dgirl715 : thanks for this! I am sure if I explained it to him he honestly wouldn’t care if its uneven, he is prettt flexible and agreeable with me on everything for the wedding which is really nice.
I am am planning on waiting to actually ask them (though I did let it slip to one friend).
My Fiance and I have been together 10 years so I know his family pretty well and I do like his cousins-we might not hang out all the time but there are things I think could be fun including them on.
You make a lot of great points, espcially with my estranged friend. In fact we kind of got less close because I wasn’t involved with her wedding (I wasn’t expecting to really be but the way she handled it was not very nice)-either way it’s squashed and we are both good now.
I don’t like holding grudges so I am also not the kind of person where I feel obligated to put people in my wedding party.
I am going to wait on deciding and see what happens with all of these relationships and see how he feels with it being uneven if it’s better for my relationships!
Thank you! 🙂
Post # 20
farmfreshjoy : Yeah I think I will wait to ask and see how friendships develop for a while!
Post # 21
bee1988canada : I love this because I love buying gifts for people so I can really make it special and “spoil them”!
I feel like due to his one cousin especially being very opinionated she might try to talk me out of things to get her way a little bit, she is no stranger to being combative so maybe I could include them in other things instead…
Thanks for the advice !
Post # 22
Your Fiance is misguided. It is in no way obligatory to have even sides. Traditional etiquette makes it quite clear that your wedding party should consist of those closest to you, even if the sides are uneven. No one should be there to serve as a prop.
Post # 23
evagria : Yes! I was going to add that you could include them in other ways if you wanted to 🙂
I really do think it’s important to surround yourself with people that are going to make you feel good during the planning and on your big day.
I think I saw another bee (probably more did too) on waiting to choose bridesmaids. I also agree with this wholeheartedly. I’m getting married in August 2018 and as eager as I am to ask my lovely ladies, Fiance and I are holding off on asking our wedding parties (with siblings as an exception as they won’t change and were starting to worry we wouldn’t ask them!). We know that friendships can really change and a couple of friends who we really would like to ask now are going through big, lifechanging events. We’ve seen some changes in these friendships (it oddly worked out where there’s a potential groomsman and a potential bridesmaid in virtually the same situation) and so we want to see how things go over the next little while. I’m really eager to ask my friends, but I’ve seen how beneficial waiting can be.
Post # 24
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