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August 21st, 2015

Wedding planning in Massachusetts

When you begin planning your wedding, one of the most important decisions you will have to make is figuring out who you want in your bridal party.  If you’re like most brides, you’ll start to go through the list in your mind.  First, there are family members - sisters, cousins, and nieces – and on both sides! – to consider. Then, there are childhood friends, high school friends, college friends, and friends from adulthood. It’s no wonder why it can be hard to narrow down your list. There are so many people who have special meaning to you and you may want them all close to you on your wedding day.  Before you know it, you have a list of 10! 

But, long gone are the days of “more is better”. In the 80’s and even 90’s, everything was “bigger” for weddings – the number of bridesmaids, the style of dresses, and of course, hair!  Today, brides are looking to create a more intimate feeling with their bridal party.  And with all the weddings we have photographed here at BKB, we have to agree that the perfect size for a bridal party is definitely more on the smaller side.  

There are several advantages to having a smaller bridal party. First, from a logistical standpoint, having 2-5 members on each is perfect for wedding photos.  The smaller the group, the more intimate your wedding pictures can be! Trying to squeeze 10 bridesmaids plus 10 groomsmen, a junior bridesmaid, flower girl and ring bearer can be overwhelming for everyone. It can be challenging to position a larger group, finding backdrops that can accommodate a larger group, and of course, you can only really get wide photos and nothing really close up when you have to fit so many people in.  

Second, it’s so much easier for you and your wedding planner to manage a smaller group on your wedding day.  Keeping your bridal party small helps ensure your day overall goes more smoothly. Hair and nail appointments can be kept on track. Getting ready photos are less hectic. And can you imagine trying to track down 3 members of your bridal party as you are being introduced into your reception! You don’t want to be scrambling during your wedding day, do you?  

Third, a smaller bridal party means fewer opinions! These gals all know and love you, but it can be very overwhelming to go wedding gown shopping or even bridesmaid dress shopping with your pals if everyone has a different opinion on what they think is best for you. Choosing only a select few of those closest to you will help ensure your interests will remain top priority.

Finally, we can’t forget a smaller bridal party can help your wallet! It goes without saying that you’ll need to get a small token “thank you gift” for all those in your wedding party. We’ve even seen some brides pay for bridesmaid dresses, hair appointments for the wedding day, and bridesmaid accessories. Keeping your group small will help you reserve your wedding funds for your actual wedding.

Small bridal parties are definitely a trend for 2016 weddings! We look forward to sharing some more new wedding trends with you! Happy planning!

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