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Hello you beautiful bride-to-be! We’ve recently had a few of our #monicabrownbrides ask about how the size of your bridal party will affect pictures so I just wanted to formally address the questions in a blog post in case anyone else had the same questions!
First and foremost, we are strong believers in choosing people who have been walking through life loving, encouraging, and supporting you AND who you think will continue to be there, cheering you on in your marriage & holding you accountable to your vows 40+ years down the road. THOSE are the people you want in your bridal party!
The number one thing I hope you can take away from this post is that even though it feels like it sometimes, there’s no formula to planning your wedding and you have so much freedom to do whatever the heck you want!!
So, with all of that in mind, here’s some questions we’ve had:
This probably sounds a little harsh, but unless you’re OCD about even numbers, it’s not an issue at all! I mean…look how cute these 5 bridesmaids are 🙂
Nope. Not at all.
If there’s 11 women and 9 men or 8 women and 7 men (that’s what we had in our bridal party!) who you really feel like are THOSE people that I’m talking about above, then heck yes have an uneven number!
For me, it wasn’t worth fracturing a relationship just to have an even number on both sides and those were the women I really wanted to stand up with me. On the other hand, Drew didn’t want to just ask an acquaintance to have the same number on both sides. We wanted people who had intentionally invested in our lives and who we knew would continue to many, many years down the road.
There’s also nothing wrong with having an even number and the same amount of people in both sides of your bridal party! Try not to focus on the number but rather the people who you’re choosing to stand up with you.
We love to mix it up and have combinations of everyone in straight lines and some combinations where everyone is clumped together. See some examples below!
We hope this was helpful as you’re choose some of your favorite people to stand by your side on your big day! There’s no formula to this my friend!