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Wedding Party - Necessary or Not?

Lynnie, on January 14, 2020 at 11:05 AM Posted in Planning 0 68
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More and more couples are switching up things up in their wedding parties! Uneven numbers, having brides-men and grooms-women, and smaller wedding parties have all become more popular.


Have you ever thought about totally ditching the wedding party? Or can you not picture saying "I do" without your bridal crew by your side?


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68 Comments

Latest activity by Bo Miller, on July 21, 2020 at 10:11 AM
  • Amber
    Master February 2020
    Amber ·
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    Definitely not necessary. We considered not having one at all, but decided we wanted to include our siblings Smiley smile

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  • Meghan
    Master October 2019
    Meghan ·
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    Not necessary. We each had 3 bridal party members. I had 2 bridesmaids and 1 bridesman (same for my wife), but I would have also been fine with no bridal party members.

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  • Amanda
    Dedicated January 2021
    Amanda ·
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    I'd say not necessary but I WANT them to be up there with us. One of them is the reason we even met so she will be his "Grooms-maid."

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  • BETH M.
    Savvy December 2021
    BETH M. ·
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    No i dontthink it is nessercey but i think it is preferred.
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  • Stefanie
    Expert July 2020
    Stefanie ·
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    We decided not to have a wedding party. It cuts down on stress and it also cuts down on costs.
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  • Merline
    Super February 2020
    Merline ·
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    This is totally not necessary! As we get closer and closer to the wedding, I wish I ditched this all together.

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  • Anjelik
    Savvy September 2021
    Anjelik ·
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    It’s not necessary but i WANTED them
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  • Kirstin
    Dedicated June 2021
    Kirstin ·
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    It’s not absolutely necessary but we knew that we wanted a couple people to stand up with us
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  • Kaysey
    Super February 2020
    Kaysey ·
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    No necessary but my FH and I are doing it. I have lately started to regret having a wedding party b/c there has been some major drama with my sister-in-law (my brother's wife).

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  • Kasyah
    Devoted July 2020
    Kasyah ·
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    Not necessary- wish we would have skipped this as it's been the main cause of stress.
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  • Ashley
    Devoted July 2021
    Ashley ·
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    For us having those really close people to stand next to us was a necessity. These are people that have been a part of our relationship since the beginning and they are like family to us. I couldn't imagine not having these people be a part of our wedding.

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  • Melle
    Legend June 2019
    Melle ·
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    I had one but thinking about it now I also don't think they're necessary
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  • Samantha
    Savvy October 2020
    Samantha ·
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    Not necessary but we wanted them up there with us.

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  • Meagan
    Dedicated July 2021
    Meagan ·
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    Not necessary. We only have a MOH, BM, 2 flower girls & 2 ring bearers. We talked about having a wedding party but my fiance had so many people he would have wanted to be groomsman and I wouldn't have had enough bridesmaids to balance it out, like it would have been very lopsided lol. We did still want to incorporate people so my best friend is the MOH, his son the BM. I wanted my nephew in it so hes one of the RB. I was getting stressed out about this at first but I'm glad we decided to do it this way. Plus it saves money, less bouquets and boutonnieres to buy lol.
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  • Kelsey
    VIP September 2020
    Kelsey ·
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    Not necessary. We still have one but I don't think you have to have one.

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  • Cyndy
    Rockstar May 2019
    Cyndy ·
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    I don’t think it’s necessary but it’s definitely an individual preference.
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  • Amanda
    Savvy July 2021
    Amanda ·
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    This being my second wedding (my fiance's first) we had different views on this in the beginning. He wanted a big wedding party full of friends and family - me, not so much...my first wedding we had a 12 person wedding party, of which I only speak to 4 of just 12 years later.

    After visiting our venue and our planner spoke with my fiance she convinced him that a bridal party was not necessary - all those people are going to be at the wedding regardless of if they are in the party of just a guest. HOORAY! he agreed, we will have my sister as my MOH and his brother as BM and then my 2 children will stand with us as well. I have 3 brothers that we wanted incorporated so they will be escorting grandparents - and our 2 cousins will be officiating the wedding!

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  • Brianna N
    Super October 2019
    Brianna N ·
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    Not necessary but I couldn't imagine getting married without my best friends and sisters by my side!

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  • Elisa
    Dedicated May 2021
    Elisa ·
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    Not necessary, but I want all my besties around hyping me up and all of us getting beautified together! Also--I will use any excuse to travel and party. Smiley tongue (Bachlorette!! lol)

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  • Jacquelene
    Dedicated October 2021
    Jacquelene ·
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    Or course!
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