Post # 1
…and this isn’t including one junior bridesmaid and of course the Ring Boy & Flower Girl. I’m a bit scared my wedding might look like a parade lol. (And by the way, there is absolutley no way I can cut any bridesmaids. They all consist of: very close first-cousins, best friends, and close sister-in-laws.)
In order to avoid a never ending processional in the ceremony, I’m thinking of having the bridesmaids walk in pairs, with their groomsmen waiting at the altar with my groom. After the ceremony is over, they can all walk out as couples since the wedding ceremony will be done with anyways.
Has anyone done something like this? Does it look tacky or weird? Or has anyone had as many couples as I do and just had them all walk down as couples no matter how long it took?
Please give me your input/experience!! Thanks
Post # 3
@BrideChristina: This is quite common in West African weddings to have VERY large bridal parties.
I would definitely suggest the couples walking in pairs.
With that being said, it does look like a lot is going in pictures because it’s so large and personally, although I’m West African, I’ll only have 4 bridesmaids.
If you’re okay with the look, that’s all that matters.
Post # 4
@BrideChristina:Are you having a large wedding? I only ask because I went to a wedding that only had 50 guests and a total of 20 in the wedding party. It was crazy.
I think walking down in pairs is the best thing and will cut time.
Post # 5
Be careful so that it doesn’t swell. I remember another bee whose wedding party is/was a lot.
@YSQueen: I haven’t seen many W. African weddings with a lot of bm’s in a while. It could be that my friends just don’t want that much… who knows?
Post # 6
I think it’s completely fine and will just be different, which I like. I would also agree with others and say them walking in pairs would probably be best with the guys waiting at the altar.
Post # 7
That’s totally normal with parties that large. I had one wedding I coordinated that I referred to as the ‘wall of men’ because including the groom there were 14 of them!
Post # 8
@bRooklynRocks: Maybe it’s more of a regional thing now. My friend’s wedding last month had 9 bridesmaids.
Maybe some people are starting to figure out that it’s too much stress to keep track of that many people in a bridal party.
Post # 9
How is that 20 couples? Isn’t it 10 couples?
Post # 10
@Miss Tattoo: Yes, I am having a fairly large wedding. There will be anywhere from 150-200 guests so I guess that will help make the large wedding party not look so ridiculous lol.
You are right, I made a mistake. I meant to write 10 bridesmaids + 10 groomsmen= 20 people, not 20 couples.
Thanks to all of you for your input & comments. I feel better now about my choice to have the bridesmaids in pairs walking into the ceremony.
Thanks again, brides!!
Post # 11
WOW, good luck getting that many people to coordinate and cooperate! My 3 are enough for me, lol.
Post # 12
I feel for ya girlfriend I have 8 BM’s and he has at least 8 Groomsmen and he wants to add 2 more!! I put my foot down at that point I mean I want a wedding not a circus! lol. We will be having about 200 guests so hopefully it doesn’t look too funny. I’ve see bridezilla where they have large wedding parties and the rehersals always look like a circus with so many people running around and no one listening. lol. I’m keeping my fingers crossed for mine! lol
Post # 13
Pairs, definitely! I would have been in the same boat as you with the wedding party, but we wound up going down the other path.
We decided to have my sister and my FI’s brother as the wedding party. We each also are having one flower girl from each of our respective families – but that’s it!
I’m sure you will have some added drama with the large wedding party, but it will be so great to have their support for the event!
Post # 14
Sounds normal to me, I am use to large wedding parties and find small ones to be odd. Not putting anyone down just saying some find large ones parade like and I am the polar opposite of that.
Post # 15
I doon t see what the big deal is?? Im having 9 Bm and 10 gm….even though they are driving me crazy i wouldnt have it any other way. let your girls shine….they can all walk down with thier guys and call it a day. yea it will be a lot of pics but whatever…its your day. just be thankful you have so many people that want to help you celebrate!!! here is are my Bridesmaid or Best Man and i at our engagment party!…well im missing one cousin and 2 FSIL and my lil sis decided to jump in the pic lol!!