I constantly find myself writing articles for all of you that are the exact opposite of what I did for my own wedding...I had a million and one people come to try on dresses with me, I didn't exactly create a budget breakdown from the start of planning, and I had a huge bridal party.
Do what I say, and not as I do ;)
I had eight bridesmaids in my bridal party and while I wouldn't have had it any other way because each of those girls is near and dear to my heart, I urge you to keep your bridal party as small as possible.
I have three sisters so I would have had to cut out every friend to keep it small, so I understand that it can't always be done, but do your best to keep it as small as you can. Deal?
Everyone always says it, but I've never really seen many reasons out there why a large bridal party is a bad idea...and so, I'll teach you today what I've learned from experience.
Planning Made Difficult
What may seem like an easy bachelorette party plan, becomes a whole different ball game as soon as you begin adding more girls into the mix. Everyone has their own idea of what should take place and let's be real, it is just hard to plan a trip for a lot of people! Collecting money from everyone, putting a large amount of money on a single credit card, and even getting a taxi ride is more difficult with more people.
TIP: If you want to go big, I suggest having each girl plan one part of the trip so that everyone can be involved and feel included in planning your last fling!
The Potential for Disaster
More girls = more drama. That's all I'm going to say about that :)
You want each and every bridesmaid to be included, but the more opinions you have coming your way, the more stressed out you will be as a bride. More ideas = more stress. So keeping it smaller will help you avoid that altogether.
The bigger the bridal party, the higher the cost. There is hair and makeup and dresses and shoes, jewelry, gifts, a hotel for the night before, a rehearsal dinner, and the list goes on. Whether or not your girls are paying their own way or not, there are costs that will directly impact you such as the rehearsal dinner and your bridesmaid gifts. And it all adds up!
Less Is More
You know, I hear this saying all of the time but this is really the first time I've agreed. The less bridesmaids you have, the more you can spoil them! You can pay for more so they don't have to or even give them better gifts! Because it doesn't get much better than spoiling your best girl friends :)
Now we want to hear from you!
How many bridesmaids are you having/did you have on your wedding day? And if you could go back in time, would you change that number?