4 Tips for Choosing Your Bridal Party

Selecting your bridal party is often a daunting task. To help make it easier, we rounded up a few pointers for choosing who should stand by your side at the altar.

Photography by: Polly Alexandre Fine Photography

The most important thing is to first determine who you are truly closest to. Ask yourself these questions:

  • Who would you call if you had a question or need help with a personal problem?
  • Who has been by your side when you needed them?


A true bridesmaid is someone you have history with. This can be a tricky task if you have lots of close friends or if you have been in all your friends' weddings. Don't feel you have to ask someone to be in your wedding unless you honestly feel that she is one of your closest friends.


It's always nice to include siblings, either on your side or your fiancé's side, but it's not mandatory (note: ask if your mother feels strongly about this first). 


Another thing to consider is the size of your wedding. If you are having 200 people, then five to seven bridesmaids/groomsmen will work, but if you have 30 guests, a smaller bridal party makes more sense.


It's totally OK to have someone of the opposite sex on your side. You can always mix up the girls and guys so no one feels singled out. And don't forget: If you are maxed out on your bridal party, there are other roles you can give close friends such as readers or ushers.

About the Author

Alison Events

Alison Hotchkiss Rinderknecht founded Alison Events with a distinct goal in mind. She knew she wanted her company to be more than just a boutique event planning firm, so she assembled a talented, global team with the creative capacity to design and execute an unforgettable party—whether a destination wedding, a corporate gig, or a big-bash birthday. With every event they strive to...


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