Natalie
Devoted December 2021

No Bridal Party / Groomsmen?

Natalie, on March 5, 2020 at 2:04 PM Posted in Wedding Ceremony 1 11
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Hi Brides! My Fiancé & I are having a smaller wedding of 50 guests and have decided not to have a Bridal Party / Groomsmen. My mother - very traditional, Hispanic type lol - nearly had a heart attack when I said I didn’t want bridesmaids.
“Who will be in your pictures?”
“Who will walk before you in the ceremony?” “Who will try to catch your bouquet?” Are there any suggestions as to how to organize the ceremony entrance without a Wedding Party? Any entertaining reception ideas that could fill the void of not having a Garter / Bouquet Toss?
Any suggestion would help! Smiley smile

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Latest activity by Crystal, on March 5, 2020 at 5:26 PM
  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    You could still have your parents walk in the processional, you just would skip the part of the bridesmaids and groomsmen is all.
    If you’ve got a lot of single friends then you could still do the bouquet and garter toss
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  • Danielle
    Expert November 2020
    Danielle ·
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    I wasn't going to do one but I decided to let my niece be a brides maid.


    I don't think you have to do it just coordinate the music and the officiant to direct the show to know when people to expect you so they know

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  • Caytlyn
    Legend November 2019
    Caytlyn ·
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    Just have your parents and/or grandparents walk in the processional, along with your flower girl and/or ring bearer if you plan to have them.

    The bouquet toss and garter toss don't have anything to do with your wedding party. Traditionally, any single guests can catch the items. You don't necessarily have to skip these events just because you don't have a wedding party, although I'm all about skipping that awkwardness. There's no need to fill the void, your guests will enjoy the extra time on the dance floor. If you really want another event, you could do an anniversary dance.

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  • 2d Bride
    Champion October 2009
    2d Bride ·
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    For walking:

    * Officiant

    * Groom, escorted by his parents

    * You, escorted by your parents

    You could have a bouquet/garter toss if you wanted one--those are not confined to the bridal party. And pictures can be with people close to you--they don't have to be with a bridal party.

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  • Future Mrs. Cwik
    Devoted March 2021
    Future Mrs. Cwik ·
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    We aren’t having a wedding party either.


    I’m going to hand my mom the bouquet once I get up to the front (the seating is close enough). Our families will be in the pictures and I’ll make sure to get pictures with my best friends individually. Nobody’s catching the bouquet/garter because we don’t want to do it - we only have like two single friends.
    Our reception is only four hours, so with cocktails, dinner, and dancing, we won’t need to fill time too much!
    People were weirded out that we didn’t have a wed party, but honestly we didn’t want to deal with the stress of coordinating other people and we’re only having a 10 minute ceremony. What would have been the point in spending all of that money (both for us and them) for such a short time at the alter?
    I’m so happy we did this because it has been really chill. And my best friends took me on a girls’ weekend so it wasn’t like I missed having someone to plan a bachelorette.
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  • MrsD
    Legend July 2019
    MrsD ·
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    Just have a processional with parents & family, then the bride & dad. You'll have speeches, cake cutting, dances, etc. so people won't miss the bouquet or garter toss. But you can still have those if you want, they aren't dependent on wedding party.

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  • Christina
    Dedicated January 2021
    Christina ·
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    We're only having a Maid of Honor and a Best Man. I'm not even sure if my parents will do the processional or not. It just makes things easier since his family/friends are mostly over 3 hours away and both his parents are deceased.
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  • Christina
    Dedicated January 2021
    Christina ·
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    We're also not doing a bouquet or garter toss. Possibly no speeches either lol.
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  • Jasmine
    Master August 2021
    Jasmine ·
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    We're no longer having a wedding party and I'm kind of sad about it but the route we're going doesn't accommodate the count for one since we're having a small wedding. Anyway, we'll just do everything like normal. It would just be shorter since no wedding party will be walking. You don't need a wedding party for the bouquet/garter toss. Unless you just want to get rid of completely, then that's also understandable. We've decided against it.

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  • C
    Dedicated November 2020
    Crystal ·
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    Hi Natalie! My Hispanic mom and FMIL freaked out when I stated I will not have a bridal party. It happens! Instead, and if you wanted to as well, I will have my grandparents, FH’s grandparents, FH’s mom escorted by FH, my mom with sisters, then me for the processional order. Both mothers thought it was lovely they and their parents will be included and I think they’ve forgot about the non-existent bridal party LOL.
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  • C
    Dedicated November 2020
    Crystal ·
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    Also, for the garter or bouquet toss, that depends on your family. My family still likes to participate regardless of relationship status so I will do both for them although I don’t mind either way. But I like the anniversary dance/contest where the winner receives bouquet as well!
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