The dwindling wedding party
In recent years I was not surprised to hear of bridal parties consisting of 8-12 bridesmaids or even more! Many young brides had so many high school and college friends and sorority sisters that they couldn’t imagine leaving anyone out. Older brides seemed content with just a handful of close confidants standing by their sides. But in today’s world, it’s not uncommon to see just one or two friends or family members standing with the bride and groom at the altar. Skyrocketing wedding costs and a fragile economy make it difficult for a couple to justify to their friends why they should come up with a boatload of money for attire, accessories, gifts, parties, etc. to celebrate their day.
Many find other ways to include their closest friends by having them greet guests, hand out programs, offer a reading during the ceremony, sing or play music, or tend to the guest book. It’s nice to include them in the ceremony without the costs associated with being a bridesmaid/groomsmen. Of course if you’ve got really close family members or friends that are excited and willing to take part in the festivities at any cost, then go ahead and have a big wedding party. But sometimes, less is more!