I have 5 bridesmaids and my FH wanted 9 groomsmen haha we compromised and he lowered his number to 7 and one ended up dropping out last month, so 6. There's no perfect number, as long as you have the most important people standing next to you!
I have 6 total (5 bridesmaids and 1 MOH), and my fiance also has 6 (5 groomsmen and 1 best man). There is no magic number on how many you should choose: only choose those who you are closest to and who you see being in your life long term. The two sides do not have to be even: you could have 6 if that's how many people you want to include, and he can choose however many he wants (even if it's less than 6). Keep in mind - the larger the wedding party, the more expensive (thank you gifts, rehearsal dinner attendees, etc). Don't choose anyone out of obligation or just because they asked you to be in their wedding or just because someone else wants you to include them. If 6 is the number you want in your bridal party, I say go for it!
I nixed my wedding party due to a modified plan due to COVID, but I originally had 7. When my now husband and I were choosing the wedding party, I wish someone had told me to consider the costs associated with the larger wedding party (gifts, rehearsal dinner invites, etc.) and budget accordingly. Plus, the more people you have, the more personalities to deal with and the need for strong communication and coordination. It's definitely a few things to think about. However, make sure you're selecting those persons who are close to and supportive of you and your fiance. If you plan and budget for a larger wedding party, I think it can be great!!
I have 6 total in my wedding! I truly think that it just depends on preference and how many really close people you have that you want to be a part of your special day. I’ve seen some people have 8 which I think personally is a lot, but also if you have that many close friends and family then I think that’s worth it too! If your fiancé however can’t pick 6 people then I would maybe try to compromise for a lower number if possible
We are going to have 4 Bridesmaids and 4 Groomsmen. My FH originally wanted 8 or 9, but I do not have that many close friends, even including sisters and SILs! He dropped down to just his closest friends and brothers, and everyone else will just be invited as guests. Have anyone you need there to support you the morning of, and anyone you know will make you feel amazing and brighten your mood. You can still invite non bridesmaids to Bachelorette activities and other things you want them at, they just don't have the same obligations a bridesmaid would have.
I'm having 4! Three bridesmaids and 1 MOH. My FH is having the same number, so we'll have 8 members in total. I think 6 is perfectly fine!!
Where I'm from, large bridal parties are standard lol. I've seen several brides have at least 10-12 bridesmaids, and the same on the groom's side. Personally, I think it's a little overkill, but 6 seems like a perfect number for a bridal party!!
I had three. Two friends from high school and a friend from college.
Then another friend from college asked me and the bridesmaid from college to be in her wedding, so I felt a little obligated to have her in the party. We were a friend group of four in college, so since I had asked the other two, I felt bad about leaving the third out. So that added two more to the party. I didn't like the idea of the number five (not sure why), so I added another just for kicks.
I don't think it's a bad number. It seems 4-6 is pretty common! FH cousin got married in August with 10 bridesmaids. That's an amount of coordination that I am incapable of imagining, ha!
The other thing to consider is cost. Every additional wedding party member means another person for rehearsal dinner, breakfast for day-of, any outfits/robes you want them to wear in pictures, and some type of gift. This doesn’t even include if you will cover their dresses, hair, and/or makeup. Include your closest friends, and 6 is within an average range, but just something to keep in mind!
I have a maid of honor and 1 bridesmaid, my FH only has a best man. Most of our family doesn’t live close and our friends are mostly just online. So we limited it to my sister and 1 friend (hopefully), and my FH’s best friend.
I am having just one, my sister (MOH). I don't have any close friends so I didn't want to just pick people to have a big bridal party. My fiancé has lots of friends and only has a best man - he's happy he didn't have to pick between all his other friends.
I have 6 (1 MOH , 5 Bridesmaids) I actually added one cause my FH has 7 Groomsman (2 Best Men and 5 Groomsman). My Bridesmaid consist of 4 cousins, 1 best friend and my FSIL, while his consist of his 2 Brothers, 1 cousins and 4 friends.