One of the most exciting (and sometimes challenging) parts of wedding planning is selecting who will be your bridesmaids. Whether it’s family members, childhood pals, coworkers or high school besties, the women you choose to stand by your side on your big day have a huge impact. They provide emotional support, help with pre-wedding events like engagement parties and bridal showers, attend your dress fittings and rehearsal dinners, serve as maid of honor if they are up for the task, and much more!
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However, while having a large bridal party can be fun, there is a fine line between too many and too few bridesmaids. It’s important to keep in mind that each additional bridesmaid will cost you more money for bridesmaid gifts, dresses, and travel. Additionally, larger bridal parties can cause more drama when it comes to choosing the perfect bridesmaid dresses that will satisfy a variety of body shapes and personal styles.
Luckily, there is no set rule as to how many bridesmaids you should have. Ultimately, you should select as few or as many people as feel right to you and your partner. Some couples even opt to skip the wedding party entirely!
When it comes to deciding how many bridesmaids you should choose, we recommend using the “elevator trick” and thinking about who you would want in your wedding elevator. This will help you narrow down the list of potential bridesmaids and avoid excluding or including people who are not close to you or haven’t been in your life for a while.