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You do not always have an even number of Bridesmaids and Groomsmen at a wedding, is that ok? We have the answer!

A lot goes into planning a wedding, and most brides and grooms often end up following wedding etiquette that has been around for decades. However, it is now leaving couples wondering if this “etiquette” still needs to be implemented into their big day…The answer is, no!

In today’s world there is so much more freedom when it comes to putting together your wedding, and you are most certainly not being judged for the choices you make. Your family and friends will be by your side to support all of your choices, and times are not as they once were where your wedding was supposed to follow certain rules, traditions and timelines.

One of the most followed wedding “rules” pertains to your wedding party, and the number of members it includes. Your very close relatives and best friends are the people who become these members, however, one of the most popular questions asked by couples is if their wedding party has to be symmetrical. I Thee Wed has gathered some tips for you to explore that will assist you in answering this question:
·         Etiquette. Wedding etiquette is referred to as following conventional approaches to plan a traditional wedding. However, relaxed is the best way to express modern weddings and following what is considered to be proper wedding etiquette in today’s society. So yes, you are able to have as many bridesmaids and groomsmen as you please, and traditional etiquette does not need to be followed.
o   Would you really want to leave out a family member or close friend from standing beside you on your day because you already had an even number and didn’t want to offset it? Of course not!
·         The look. If you are thinking that having a mismatched number of bridesmaids and groomsmen will not be appealing to the eye, think again! There are various techniques you can follow that will make this simple change a lot less noticeable.
o   Traditionally, bridesmaids and groomsmen walk down the aisle in pairs and then go their separate way once reaching the altar, however, if you have your wedding party walk down alternately (one bridesmaid, one groomsmen, and so on), no one will be paying attention to how many you have of each.
·         Photos. When viewing wedding photos throughout the years, you usually see the perfect set of bridesmaids on one side and groomsmen on the other. Today however, a mismatched number of bridesmaids and groomsmen should pose no issue whatsoever, in fact, this can actually create a more fun look for your wedding album.
o   Instead of splitting the wedding party down the middle, intermingle them, have some of each on both sides to fulfill a great look for a perfect picture.

A lot of planning goes into creating a successful wedding, it is not an event that should simply be thrown together with little thought. Here at I Thee Wed, we understand every last detail that creates a special wedding, and we ensure that every vision of your big day is brought to life. Be sure to contact us today so we can begin planning your greater Cincinnati area wedding.

Photo credit for photo 1: 513 Photography
Photo credit for photo 2: Leppert Photography
Photo credit for photo 3: Jeff Schaefer Photography

Photo credit for photo 4: Ciulla Photography


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