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The wedding industry is booming. The vast celebration of a married couple has grown tremendously over the past couple of decades. So long are the days of cake and punch in the church basement. A wedding (although some people think it’s ridiculous) is truly an experience, not just a celebration. And along with those growing celebrations are growing guests lists, budgets and bridal parties.
Today, we’re focusing on the bridal party. What used to be known as the average number of attendants has merely doubled. According to my mom and others who are celebrating multiple-decade anniversaries (#relationshipgoals), four to six bridesmaids and groomsmen is supposed to be the norm. Although I do see bridal parties of that size, more times than not I see MUCH larger bridal parties. If I had to give a range, I would say the average number of bridesmaids and groomsmen is between eight and eleven…per side.
Now that does raise some issues for table layout and style of bridesmaid dress, but we’ll address those situations later. It also means you have a full support system by your side through the entire process. Trish, Ryan’s mom, always says that your bridal party should be the people you turn to when times are tough and marriage is throwing obstacles your way. They say it takes a village to raise a child, and I think it’s just as important to have many people to turn to through years and decades of life’s challenges.
The weddings I am in this year have an average of 8.5 bridesmaids and groomsmen standing in them. So ladies, if you have God-given sisters, future sisters and sorority sisters, don’t be afraid to include all your loved ones. Maybe your fiancé has a million friend groups or you happen to have a number of lifelong friendships, don’t be ashamed to have them by your side. After all, Taylor Swift had a squad of 8 with her at the VMA’s….