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Can We Have an Uneven Wedding Party?

Here's why having different numbers of bridesmaids and groomsmen isn't a big deal.

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Photography by: Alixann Loosle Photography

Your wedding party should include the most important people in your lives—but what if you have an uneven number of bridesmaids and groomsmen? With proper planning, having a mismatched wedding party isn't a big deal at all. In fact, it's actually pretty common. Here are some creative ways to make it work for you.

 

Related: How to Choose a Wedding Party You'll Love

 

Walking Down the Aisle

One of the main reasons why brides and grooms worry about having an uneven wedding party is the processional—namely, who each person will walk down with. But there's actually no rule that says bridesmaids and groomsmen need to pair off for their entrances. Consider matching one bridesmaid with two groomsmen (or vice versa), having each member of the bridal party process alone, or having all groomsmen start out the ceremony at the altar. If you go with the latter option, the bridesmaids will be the only ones to walk down the aisle anyway.

 

Standing During the Ceremony

Another concern some couples have is about how the wedding party will look during the ceremony. If you're worried about an asymmetrical group, don't be. Chances are, guests will be too busy focusing on you and your future spouse to notice the number of attendants. If, however, you're determined to make things look entirely even, you have a few options. First, consider mixing bridesmaids and groomsmen on both sides of the aisle, and arranging them so the unbalanced number isn't noticeable. You can also choose a select group of people (like the best man and maid of honor) to stand during your vows while everyone else takes a seat.

 

Posing for Photos

Fortunately, an uneven wedding party isn't condemned to lopsided pictures. Your photographer will arrange everyone to create a balanced, cohesive aesthetic. Remember that your wedding photographer is a professional and knows what he or she is doing. Trust them to capture beautiful snapshots of your entire group that you'll love for years to come.