Bridesmaids 101: Things to consider as you choose your bridesmaids!

He asked the big question and you said YES!

But who should you ask to join you on your big day? Here are some things to consider before you choose your bridesmaids.

NUMBERS                                                                                                                                                                                     Most wedding planners recommend a bridesmaid for every 50 guests in attendance.  If you have a small wedding, it might look odd to have four or five bridesmaids next to you.  On the other hand, for a big wedding, it might look less formal to only have one maid of honor.  Either way, it’s always nice to have a matching number of bridesmaids and groomsmen, so take your fiance’s expectations into consideration as well.

ETIQUETTE                                                                                                                                                                               Once you have a number in mid, be sure you don’t ruffle any feathers.  If you have sisters, they should always be included, even if you don’t get along that well.  It’s perfectly okay to have your best friend as your maid of honor, but it’s rude to leave family members out of the bridal party.

RELIABILITY                                                                                                                                                                             You probably have lots of dear friends that you would love to share your big day with, but keep in mind that you will rely on them for many things-least of all looking polished for pictures and the ceremony, and most of all-moral support.  If you have friends that are chronically late, will insist on casual footwear or tend to get excessively tipsy, think twice about including them in your day. (You will regret it.)

GIFTS                                                                                                                                                                                             While it’s common for bridesmaids to buy their own dresses, it’s a thoughtful gesture to buy their jewelry for the wedding day.  You can choose something that coordinates with the dresses, which will also make a great gift for them to remember the occasion.

Use a personalization option to use gemstones that coordinate with your wedding  color.…stone_pendants

OTHER FRIENDS                                                                                                                                                         If you couldn’t include everyone you wanted to, don’t forget that there are other ways for them to be involved in your big day.  They could do a reading during the ceremony, perform a musical number during the reception, hand out programs, and of course still take part in the bridal shower and bachelorette party!


About lisafrancescon

Lisa is a portrait artist who uses photography as part of a process to capture the personality of animals and the special relationship they have with their owners. Based out of Moline Illnois, she travels throughout the Midwest providing timeless images of family pets. Her fine art portraits can be viewed at various pet businesses throughout the Iowa/Illinois Quad Cities. Lisa holds a Master’s Degree in Education from Western Illinois University and taught in the public schools for many years. She continues to teach photography classes in her studio covering a wide range of topics. Her class sizes are small so she can offer her students a hands-on experience and individual attention. Lisa is a Certified Professional Photographer and has been awarded the Master of Photography and Photographic Craftsman degrees through the Professional Photographers of America. She is a member of the American Society of Photographers, one of the most prestigious photographic associations in the world and an association that must be invited into through photographic achievement. Among her many awards and accolades, Lisa has been recognized as one of the top 10 photographers in Illinois in both 2015 and 2016 from the Associated Professional Photographers of Illinois.
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