We had a wedding of about #150 people-nearly all relatives. I didn’t have most of these either:
I chose a cousin as Maid of Honor (Only female cousin from that side of the family.
I didn’t have any friends close enough to be bridesmaids, and I didn’t want to hurt anyones feelings of choosing between other family members and no Flower Girl or Ring Bearer.
-The positive part: It didn’t cost a fortune for gifts, lol, no photos of people that I no longer see/connect with in wedding photos, and NO Bridesmaid or Best Man drama!, LOL.
No Bachelorette or Bridal luncheon- No Registering for gifts- I don’t think anyone did those back then. at least not in my family/circle.
I had a “surprise” bridal shower-and was thankful-but I didn’t care much for having one, didn’t really want one-even with family members because I was painfully shy, and I think I can only remember 1 gift after all these years that made an impact.
We didn’t have a cake-testing-because we already knew of a family friend who would be making our cake-I just knew she made yummy tasting ones.
I tried on one (my) wedding dress in a bridal shop-by myself, with my fiancee in the car. I happened to find the style I had in my head. My mom came after I already picked it out, and invited my aunt (without my prior knowledge). So much for mother/daughter bonding.
Dancing the night away-well, my husband doesn’t dance, and he was kidnapped from the WEDDING RECEPTION and missed most of it-
BUT 30 years later, we are still married and did have an beautiful, awesome wedding day-(except for the kidnapping part.) and a “honeymoon” 2 kids and 3 years later. 😉
Don’t let it get you down. There is still lots to celebrate!!–Don’t get hung up on the stuff that doesn’t matter or stresses you out. (BTW-even though I enjoyed my wedding–I actually had more fun at my daughter’s 65 person wedding)
Best wishes for a wedding day full of love, happiness, family, and fun, and many years of happy marriage.
Sorry for the book!