A couple of days after my fiancè and I got engaged, one the first things we did to kick off our #teamcallacco wedding planning (that’s right, we have a pre-wedding hashtag) was to discuss who we wanted in our Bridal Party. Of course, I wanted his sister to be one of my bridesmaids and he wanted my two brothers to be his groomsmen. My cousin is my maid of honor and my other cousin and my three closest friends from high school are also in my bridal party, giving me a total of six bridesmaids. After my fiancè chose his best man and his closest friends and cousins to be in his bridal party he was at a total of nine groomsmen, giving us an uneven number.
In hindsight, I overreacted. I wanted us to have an even number of bridesmaids to groomsmen and an uneven number just didn’t go with my vision. As I started to really think about, it really isn’t something to stress over. I think brides-to-be everywhere will agree that there’s a lot more stressing factors than an Uneven Bridal Party (i.e. picking out wedding colors, finding the perfect venue for your reception, hire a photographer and videographer etc).
At the end of the day, everyone is at your wedding to celebrate you and your soon-to-be husband. During the most important parts of the day, your guests are focused on the two of you and not your bridal party. Your bridal party is there to support and enjoy the moment with you.
If you and your fiancè find yourself in a similar predicament, no need to fret. Here are some easy quick fixes to your day.
Talk to your photographer!
Unbalanced wedding parties are more common than you think. Any experienced wedding photographer has probably dealt with some sort of uneven bridal party at some point in their career. Once you book your photographer, be sure to tell them any concerns you have ahead of time. Chances are, they will have a creative solution that you are looking for. Trust me, they are full of so many creative solutions! Instead of lining up traditional style, they may suggest standing close together in a group that way everyone blends together, while still making the bride and groom the center focus.
The Walk Down the Aisle
Whether you are more bridesmaids to groomsmen or more groomsmen to bridesmaids, this is really a quick fix. If you have more groomsmen, you can have the groomsmen standing with the groom and then have the bridesmaids walk down the aisle single file. Another alternative if you have more bridesmaids than groomsmen is you can have one groomsman walk two bridesmaids down the aisle on both arms.
Remember, everyone at the ceremony is anxiously waiting for the bride to make her debut. No one is going to be nitpicking the bridal party, promise!
SOMETIMES LESS IS MORE
When it comes to the exchanging of the vows, the entire bridal party doesn’t need to stand at the altar if you don’t want to emphasize the uneven bridal party. This is one of the most significant parts of the wedding ceremony and guests are solely focused on the couple. Instead, you can ask the Maid of Honor and the Best Man to stand with you while you exchange your vows. That way the altar doesn’t feel crowded and the bride and groom are still center stage. The rest of your bridal party will be seated in the first row and will have a prime view of this special moment!
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