How Many Bridesmaids Should You Have?

December 7, 2014 by Just Marry!

When it comes to choosing your bridal party, there are many factors to consider. Is your wedding simple and intimate? Is it lavish and grand? Do you have a number of people in your life with the expectation and desire to stand up for you on your big day?

We know it can get overwhelming when making these decisions. Potential bridesmaids, in particular, are prone to injured feelings if they’re overlooked. Ultimately, though, you want a well-balanced bridal party who gets along and supports you and your future spouse.How many bridesmaids should you have - Just Marry - Eduard Lian PhotographySo, how can you narrow your choices down? We’ve noticed that there are five traits every bride should have in her bridal party. Maybe you should consider which of your bridal party candidates hits each of these targets:

  1. The Planner: This bridesmaid will be full of terrific ideas. She’ll be the one to cull through bridal magazines and blogs with you looking for inspiration, and give you tips on how to bring everything together.
  2. The Worker: This bridesmaid will be the practical one…the one who helps you keep an eye on your budget, who goes bargain shopping with you, and who will plan on arriving hours before the wedding to help make sure everything is going as planned.
  3. The Family Tie: This bridesmaid might be your sister, your future sister-in-law, or your closest cousin. She’ll be the one who knows not to let Uncle Jim have too many Irish whiskeys, and who will cry along with you during the nostalgic toasts given during the reception.
  4. The Calming One: This bridesmaid is the one who keeps her head during even the wildest storm. When you’re having a breakdown because you don’t know how you’ll ever get all of the favors done, she’s the one who will drive over at two o’clock in the morning to help you…bringing a bottle of wine along with her.
  5. The Fun One: This bridesmaid is the one who makes you laugh when you feel like losing your cool. She’ll help turn any stressful situation into a, well, fun one!

Sometimes you might be fortunate enough to have one person who hits all of these targets, and other times you might need five different people. As long as you’ve hit them all, size really doesn’t matter!

How big was your wedding party? We’d love to hear from you!

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