Tuesday, February 3, 2015

Wedding Planning: Picking Your Party

Choosing a bridal party is often one of the hardest parts of wedding planning. You want to include your favorites in the festivities, but keep in mind that not everyone needs to be a bridesmaid. There are other roles to fill, and being a guest is fun too! Here are a few tips:

  • If you're aiming for a reasonable bridal party, aim for one groomsman and one bridesmaid for every 50 guests. If your wedding is quite formal, you may include a few more. 
  • Make a list and narrow it down. Once you've listed everyone out, it's easier to determine whether or not you want to include siblings, your college roommate, his friends from grad school, etc.
  • If you have friends who live extremely far away or have hectic schedules, think twice before asking them to be in your bridal party. Being a bridesmaid is a huge commitment (time and money), and even though they have the option to decline your invite, most will feel pressured to participate.
  • Decide whether or not to include children. A flower girl is usually aged three to eight and a ring bearer is typically between four and eight years of age. 
  • Finalize your list together. You and your significant other should be happy with who is standing up for you. Call them or send a fun invitation when you ask- no emails!
Most of our wedding guests are not from Austin, so we're keeping our bridal party small (2 on my side, 2 on his). To ask my bridesmaids (and our officiant since he's a close friend) to be part of our big day, I swapped champagne labels for a hand-calligraphed version. 

I still wanted to include my girlfriends in the festivities, but in a way that felt like less of a commitment. I've asked them to be my "something blue." They'll all wear their favorite blue dress to the wedding and be my good luck charm, sitting in a row reserved just for them. 

These cute little invites came from Etsy and read "Will you be my something blue?" inside. I can't wait to celebrate with everyone later this fall!

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