What is the perfect amount of bridesmaids for your wedding
Updated: Apr 10
How choosing the right or wrong number impacts everything
Amongst the many details involved in a wedding, our brides often wonder about how many bridesmaids to include in their ceremony. I can tell you we have seen all sorts of situations! Maybe you are a bride with a larger than life family. Or you’re a bride with a close, tight-knit group of family and friends. Perhaps your guest list IS the wedding party, or you have an uneven bridesmaid to groomsmen ratio. If any of these apply, we have some excellent tips and details to help you come up with a decision!
First and foremost, we want to tell you that there is NO wrong number of how many bridesmaids and groomsmen to have for your wedding day! You’ll want to be surrounded by the people who love and support you and your love, and only you can be the measure of that! The most important question to ask yourself is whether you envision a smaller or a larger wedding party. If even numbers are your thing, for each bridesmaid, there is a groomsman to include in your count as well.
You may want to keep it small if…
You are planning a smaller more intimate ceremony
You have a tight-knit group family and friends
You want to avoid being overwhelmed by even more opinions of your big day
It feels more comfortable to narrow the list down than to expand it
You want to keep things simple and value organization (smaller parties are easier to organize as you have fewer schedules to consider)
You may want to consider going big if…
Your guest list is substantial
You have a large group of friends and family
You have to worry about hurt feelings and any drama attached
If trying to narrow down your list makes you more comfortable than relieved
Your dream wedding requires much help, and you have a big group of people who’d love to help you create your vision. You can divvy out more wedding responsibility and call in more favors with a more massive party.
With that being said, here are some critical wedding day details that are impacted by the size of a wedding party.
Getting ready for your wedding
Getting ready as a group can be fun, exciting, and make for some awesome bridesmaids getting ready photos but we will get into that later :)
If you are wanting everyone to get ready together, it is worth considering how much time and money you will need to allocate for you and your bridesmaids.
With hair and makeup, each bridesmaid will approximately add an additional 45 minutes to an hour or prep time.
For example, a bride with four bridesmaids should allow at least 4 hours for hair and makeup alone to get ready.
If you are wanting to shorten the amount of time for getting ready, I’d suggest having your hair and makeup artist bring additional hands on deck to make sure you can get everything done quickly and efficiently.
You’ll want to make sure you have a space that can fit everyone without having to worry about bumping elbows and incidental spills when you are enjoying bridal snacks, mimosas, or when someone went on that unavoidable coffee run.
Photography - Bride and bridesmaid pictures, a perfect combination!
All photographers will tell you that the larger the wedding party, the more time it will take to construct each photo. When done right, formal shots should take roughly 30 minutes. Large wedding parties can bring a lot of energy and fun into group shots, but it is essential to consider how much time you want to spend taking them. If you are on a time crunch in having to take the photos between the ceremony and reception, it may be more challenging to organize a larger group of people. This is also seperate from group photos, in which the best photographers quote a minimum of 5 minutes per group photo (and that’s coming from the world's best wedding photographers!).
It is SO SO important to discuss your vision with your wedding photographer! By reviewing your vision for your photos and the number of bridesmaids and groomsmen you have in your bridal party, we are able to offer ideas and tips that can help give you the most stunning and memorable memories and photos.
Some things we like to discuss with our brides are:
Bridal party size
Wedding party personalities! (We especially love knowing who will get the party rolling in laughter)
Fitting photography into the itinerary (pre-ceremony, post-ceremony, etc)
What photos to take pre and post-ceremony
How much time should be allotted for formals or more relaxed and creative photos
Like most things with the wedding, the ultimate decision of how many bridesmaids to have in your wedding is YOURS, and we stand by our brides and offer guidance on how to accomplish what they are dreaming of, because there is no better feeling than seeing our bride being surrounded by her chosen people.
The people you have chosen to laugh with, to cry with, and to stand with you during what will be your most cherished day and you can bet that we plan on making that more than a pretty picture but a beautiful memory and a precious moment in time that is all yours.
If you need any help or have questions, you can always reach out to us by sending us a message.