Tips for Choosing Your Wedding Party
Choose your attendants carefully. Not
every friend or relative makes the perfect attendant.
You especially want your bridesmaids to be:
* RELIABLE - Show up for fittings when they are scheduled.
Be on time for the rehearsal and the ceremony!
* ACCOMMODATING – Able to wear a dress that may
not be their “ideal choice” and NOT complain!
* HELPFUL - Willing to help out with any wedding details,
errands, shopping or help putting together favors.
When choosing the members of your wedding
party, pick friends and/or family members that you are
close with NOW. You may want to ask an old college roommate
that you haven't seen in a while, but don't feel obligated
to include people just because "you were a bridesmaid
in her wedding".
If you’re on a tight budget, try
to LIMIT the number of attendants. This will reduce your
costs in more ways than one! It will reduce your flower
bill (bridesmaid’s bouquets can be expensive); the
number of attendant gifts that you’ll have to purchase;
the cost of a bridesmaids luncheon and rehearsal dinner
and you’ll need a smaller limo; and.
You may want to look at bridesmaids gowns
first and set a budget for the dress, shoes and other
accessories that THEY would be required to pay for. Then,
let your bridesmaids know a realistic budget of what they
will need to pay to be a bridesmaid in your wedding BEFORE
you ask them to accept.
If you are asking bridesmaids who live
out of town, be sure to take into consideration the travel
and lodging expenses when figuring the projected “bridesmaid
When choosing your wedding attendants
- remember that you don't necessarily need to have the
same number of bridesmaids and ushers. Bridesmaids can
walk down the aisle together in pairs, alone or two bridesmaids
can be escorted by one usher.
How many ushers do I need? The rule of
thumb is... there should be one usher for every 50 guests.
The average wedding party for formal or semi-formal is
four to six bridesmaids and users. Also, keep in mind
a bride does not need as many bridesmaids as ushers.
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