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How many bridesmaids will you have on your wedding day?

How many bridesmaids will you have on your wedding day?


Written by Katie Byrne


...And what does your special number say about you? We've shared our thoughts below...

 

8 or more bridesmaids

how many bridesmaids will you have at your wedding?Image: Andi Freeman; see more of Kaycee and Mac's wedding here.

You're surrounded by people who love you, and had so many people to ask that sticking to a single-digit number would have been nigh on impossible. We imagine you've probably got a few relatives in there, an assortment childhood friends, a couple of your BFFs from uni... And whilst you originally thought having so many of your favourite ladies walking you down the aisle was a little, well, crazy, now your wedding date is looming close you couldn't imagine saying 'I do' without any of them by your side.

Don't forget: to make sure everyone has a role to play. With that many 'maids, you've got a ready-made bridal army by your side! 

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6 to 9 bridesmaids

how many bridesmaids will you have? Image: Radka Horvath; see more of Gemma and James' wedding here.

You've got lots of different social groups and are probably quite good at keeping them seperate from each other. Until now, that is! Neat and ordered, each 'maid represents a different area of your life; and whilst they might not have met before the wedding planning began, you've now formed a tight-knit squad.

Don't forget: to ask your Maid of Honour to help break the ice with your girls. From creating group-chats in the run-up to organising an endless stream of ice-breakers at the hen party, help your bridesmaids get to know each other!

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4 to 5 bridesmaids

how many bridesmaids will you have at your wedding reception?Image:  Sarah Jane Ethan Photography; see more of Amy and Andrew's wedding here.

This is a true family-affair line-up: we bet you've got a couple of relatives in there (we see you, sister-in-law), as well as your oldest best friends, who are practically sisters to you anyway. 

Don't forget: to make a point of seeing those friends who nearly-but-not-quite made the bridesmaid line-up on your wedding day. You'll be so caught up in a whirlwind of excitement and champagne that you might not get a chance to properly see them until the wedding breakfast - so make them promise in advance that they'll join you on the dancefloor!

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2 to 3 bridesmaids

how many bridesmaids will you have at your wedding?Image: Ria Beth; see more of Abiee and Tom's wedding here.

There are two options here: you either had too many people to ask, so decided to keep things more low-key, or you decided to follow your gut and pick a couple of key women to join you rather than umm-ing and ahh-ing over who to ask.

Don't forget: to enjoy the getting-ready process on your wedding moment. With just a handful of you there, there'll be no clamouring for mirrors or the bathroom - rather, you can savour a chilled-out experience.

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1 bridesmaid

You and your best friend are a total, utter team. She's not so much your Maid of Honour as your Mate of Honour - your BFF come rain or shine. There's no one else you'd even consider asking. 

Don't forget: to give her something that celebrates your friendship for her wedding gift.

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No bridesmaids

Hashtag rule-breaker! Whilst tradition suggests a bride should be joined by a gaggle of her girls as she walks down the aisle, you decided to do things a little differently. Whether you couldn't decide who to ask or wanted to avoid pressure from well-meaning friends and family ('choose me, choose me!'), there's no need to justify or explain your decision to anyone. Rock it on your own - and enjoy partying with your besties at the reception!

Don't forget: To get a group photo (or ten...) with your closest friends at the reception.


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