The Wedding Party
“A few have as many as 11 bridesmaids this year! I am seeing an increase in the size of the wedding party from last year and, also, the number of children in the wedding. This is indicative of the growth of the budgets from last year to this.” —Robyn Martin, The Wedding Belle, Edmond, Okla.
“We have several brides right now that we are working with who have between nine and 11 bridesmaids! My question is: How special do you feel when you are one of 11? Or is it just a show? Often, we know this answer after the very first meeting with the star–I mean, the bride! Last year I had a wedding with nine bridesmaids and then six honorary attendants. That’s like saying, ‘You can carry a bouquet but don’t stand by me during the ceremony’–that just feels second-rate! I think they should be in, or be out!” —J Wilbur Smith, EventScapes, Atlanta
“It may be because we are getting more American brides coming up for a destination wedding in the mountains, or people just want more people to stand up with them. We have many clients that cannot say no to their ‘super friend’ groups, so they ask everyone! Or, they opt for a small wedding party but then have a secondary bridal party of honorary members that sit in a special spot and have special roles. Just all around BP VIPS!” –Lynn Fletcher, Lynn Fletcher Weddings, Calgary, Alberta
“Oh yes, the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen is totally increasing. I blame Facebook. People are just staying in touch more with high school and college and camp friends. I have 12 groomsmen and 11 bridesmaids at a wedding in May! And I see how brides are more trending to doing one color and letting the bridesmaids chose different styles. With eight to 11 bridesmaids, you are bound to have a lot of different body types.” —Ali Phillips, Engaging Events by Ali, Chicago
“Big wedding parties are back, and actually have been popular from time to time in the past years. My cousin back in 1982, wins the prize, though–18 couples, two junior bridesmaids, a ring bearer, flower girl and a ‘miniature bride and groom’–whatever that was all about? Also, my April [wedding] had 13 couples as well. It appears many feel it is appropriate (or payback?) to ask every single person who they stood up for to stand up for them.” —Frank Andonoplas, MBC, Frank Event Design, Chicago