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When it comes to weddings, there are a lot of elements to consider. From the location to the dress, you will have many decisions to make. Perhaps one of the most important decisions is choosing your bridesmaids and deciding how many you will have.

The number and role of bridesmaids in a wedding can be a tricky question for the bride. While there is no required blueprint, there are a few considerations when deciding how many bridesmaids you will have. Of course, you don’t need to have any bridesmaids if you don’t want to. But if you do, the number you choose could impact the tone and dynamic of your wedding day. Here is what to consider before making your final decision.

Understanding The Role of Bridesmaids

A wedding isn’t just about the ceremony itself; it’s also about the preparations leading up to the big event. A bridesmaid plays a crucial role in helping the bride plan her special day, whether she’s making sure everything runs smoothly behind the scenes or providing emotional support while the bride works hard to make her dream come true.

There Is No Correct Number of Bridesmaids

You might hear some say that you need a certain number of bridesmaids or groomsmen. You might even be told to pick a specific number. So, if you feel like having just one person walk you down the aisle, go ahead. If you’d rather have 10, that’s fine too. There are no rules to follow, and there’s nothing wrong with doing things differently.

The Wedding Party Doesn’t Need to Be Even

While some couples like having an even number of men and women in their wedding party, it isn’t necessary. It’s okay if you have more bridesmaids than groomsmen, or fewer. You can have one groomsman walk with two bridesmaids down the aisle, or a bridesmaid with two groomsmen. You can also have attendants walk down the aisle on their own.

If You Were Their Bridesmaid, They Don’t Have To Be Yours

There’s no rule that says that you have to select your bridesmaids based on who asked you. If you’re still close with her, go for it. But if you haven’t talked in a few years, there might be some awkward moments when you’re both getting ready for a big day and realize that you don’t have much in common anymore.

Consider All Friendship Dynamics

Before you make your decision, think about the dynamics of your social circle. Do you know everyone well enough to pick out who would be good for the job? Do you just know some people better than others? 

If you’re having trouble deciding, consider the following questions:

  • Are there any conflicts within your group?
  • How much do you know about each person?
  • Who will be responsible for what?

If a friend cannot afford to pay for a bridesmaid dress, for instance, they may not be able to be in your bridal party. Be realistic about your friendship and the roles you expect them to take on.

How Do You Choose Your Bridesmaids?

The best way to choose your bridesmaids is to look into what type of role each person plays in your life. Are there people who are always there for you? Who do you want to be your maid of honor? What does your relationship mean to you? These questions can help guide you in choosing your bridal party.

Start By Finding a New Jersey Wedding Venue

As you start your wedding preparations, start with your venue. This will dictate how formal your wedding will be and how many people you can invite. If you end up planning a smaller wedding than you originally thought, you may want a smaller wedding party.

Windows on the Water is a wedding venue in New Jersey with beautiful views. Give us a call at (609) 208-9475 or fill out our contact form. You can schedule a tour to see the venue in person.