(Closed) Who else isn’t having bridesmaids/groomsmen?

posted 8 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 3
1932 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: June 2008

I totally understand that, I’ve lost  two BM’s for a lot of the same reasons.

My sister didn’t have a bridal party when she got married. Well, she had me as her Maid/Matron of Honor and her husband chose a good friend of his, but other than just us, not really.

It was partly because her husband was from another country, and didn’t have many friends here, but partly money as well. Anyway, it turned out beautiful.

Post # 4
168 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We only have one attendant on each side. And they’re our brothers.

I get a lot of weird looks whenever I’m asked about my bridesmaids and I say “Oh, my brother is standing up next to me.”

I do have some female friends and Fiance has a few male friends but we just felt that when it came down to it, the most important people we would want up there with us were our siblings. I feel that our decision has some pros and cons. We eliminated a lot of planning aspects (like bridesmaids dresses, etc.) and didn’t have to handle any drama over who we picked or didn’t pick. But sometimes I think it would have been so much fun for me to have done all of the wedding stuff with bridesmaids all in tow.

Post # 5
1854 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: December 2009

We didn’t.
I don’t do anything just because it’s tradition or just because others do it; and in a practical way, I don’t see the use of a bridal party.
We wanted to celebrate our love and our relationship and our commitment very simply, so just us standing.

We had a Destination Wedding, which our close family and friends attended, but in never even crossed our minds to have a bridal party.

Like you, I don’t have many girl friends, one that came.
But again, I don’t understand the purpose of this tradition.

Post # 6
71 posts
Worker bee
  • Wedding: August 2011

We aren’t either…I think it was a desire to make things simpler, and I sort of felt that having a bridal party felt a little young for me-not that it necesarily is, but I didn’t feel like having pictures with me and a bunch of women dressed in matching dresses (I’ll be 32 when we get hitched). Otherwise, it just felt like more to coordinate, and I just want all my friends and family at the wedding.

Post # 7
166 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2010

I think not having a bridal party makes sense if you are in that situation. I understand what you mean about being at a point in your life where you’re not sure about some of your friendships–people change and grow apart, it happens. My sister just had me as her Maid/Matron of Honor because a) she didn’t feel super strongly about having any other women as her bridesmaids and b) if she had gone the multiple bridesmaid route, she would have had to deal with the awkward hurt feelings/ cut off issues. It turned out perfectly fine and no one appeared to notice at the wedding. If it’s not right for you, don’t do it.

Post # 8
525 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: January 2011

I can totally relate! It’s like I have a Bridesmaid or Best Man curse. The first person I asked in my bridal party, she dropped out of the planet. I thought it was because she’s Italian and in Italy they don’t have a bridal party. So I figured she didn’t realize how important her role was. Then I asked another girl, an American, but she kind of dropped out too (she got engaged, is going to be married several months before me, her fiance is a little possessive, she moved in with him, etc etc). I also asked another Italian girl.. she sounded so hot on it but she’s totally unreliable in many ways (from going out together to studying together… always rescheduling, disorganized, etc).

So in the end I’ve asked my best buddy from high school. But I have no clue whether the other 3 will be on the picture or not. At any rate, I’m not loosing sleep over that. I’m happier to have reconnected with my high school friend than concerned about not having bridesmaids.

Post # 10
295 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: June 2010

We skipped the bridal party, mostly because we wanted a super simple ceremony–so there’s no procession, no giving away, two close friends are officiating, etc. A secondary reason was that for me, the girlfriends I would have asked were on the other side of the country, so that just seemed like a lot to ask of them (not to mention a lot of cost for them). For Fiance, the people marrying us are two of the three he would likely have chosen, so they still get to participate in the wedding. We have not finalized the ceremony format yet, though, and are leaving open the possibility of maybe doing blessings or something along those lines to include the people who are important to us who might otherwise have been in a bridal party. Honestly the only part of it that I sort of regret is not getting to ask our good friends’ daughter to be our flower girl! (Notably, we’re also in our 30s, so most of our friends are already married, many have young kids, and everyone’s done this a bunch of times before, so it’s not as new and exotic as it was ten years ago.)

We are both doing some of the things you might typically do with your BMs/GM in other ways, though—e.g., a ladies’ spa day the day before the wedding with my good friends, a guys’ night out a week or two beforehand, FSIL/FMIL organizing a shower, etc. So I don’t feel as though we’re missing out on much, especially given that our wedding will be so low-key that some of the traditional bridal party responsibilities aren’t really needed (e.g., no fancy dress or train, no up-do or makeup session to deal with, that sort of thing).

I’ve been to several weddings in the last few years (and headed to another next week) that also skipped bridal parties, too, though I didn’t ask the reasons. For some people, I think it just works.

Post # 11
25 posts
  • Wedding: September 2010

We decided not to have a bridal party, and I am so happy with that decision. We wanted it to be just about us – it’s our day! We have both been in weddings before, and while it’s fun, it can also be stressful and expensive. Now I don’t have to worry about all those extra decisions of choosing dresses, shoes, etc.

Be happy with your choice, and it really doesn’t matter what anyone else thinks.

Post # 12
405 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: October 2011

We won’t be having any attendants. I don’t have many close friends – there is only one that I would ask to be my Maid/Matron of Honor. My guy has MANY friends and wouldn’t be able to choose just one to “match” my one BM/MOH. So we decided to forgo it altogether. And you know, besides that, I kinda love the idea of it just being US up there on our day.

We may ask some of our close friends to do (secular) readings to include them, however. 

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