I don't think I've ever heard someone comment negatively about how many people are in a bridal party - maybe joking about how they don't even know that many people but that's it haha. As long as they all have a place to stand (and they aren't scrunched up next to each other trying to breathe), I don't think you have to worry at all about it being distracting. I've been in weddings where there have been 6, and I didn't even think about it. They just walked down and stood on the side and then the bride comes out and all eyes are on the couple.
If those people mean a lot to you, you should have them with you (:
You can have a wedding party as big or as small as you want! But some things to consider are: that is 12 gifts you will need to buy, as many as 24 people to feed at the rehearsal dinner (wedding party + guests), and 12 opinions/schedules to coordinate. If that doesn't sound like it's out of your budget and you're up for the challenge, then by all means go for it!
Totally up to you. I think having more than 3 is just way too much work. It takes away the fun of planning a wedding. We wanted a small intimate wedding & having a big wedding party would take away from our vision.
It's up to you! There isn't a set number on how many people you can have in your bridal party! I'm from the south, so many bridal parties have upwards to 11 people on EACH side haha😅.
Like Caytlyn mentioned, it's always good to remember that the more people you have, the more chance there is for drama to occur or schedules to not match up! More people just means more of everything as far as planning goes for you bridal party, but if you want a lot of people in it, then go for it! There's nothing wrong with that!
This is totally personal preference. We each had 3 (so 6 total) and that was a perfect number for us. In my opinion, when people have 8+ wedding party members on each side, it becomes obnoxious. I think the perfect number is 3-5. Again, this is just my opinion. You can do whatever you want!