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Reasons You Shouldn’t Have a Wedding Party

wedding-partyOne of the many wonderful things about wedding planning in 2015 is that there aren’t any hard and fast rules anymore. You get to do things your way, which often means blending the traditional with the new: wearing your grandmother’s wedding dress but buying your bridal set rings online, hosting a formal sit-down dinner at your reception but sending eco-friendly paperless invitations.

Modern couples have a lot more freedom to create customized weddings. Together you can choose which traditions are meaningful to you and which new symbols and practices you want to adopt.

Having a wedding party, like many other “must-haves” from the past, is optional and up to you as a couple. Are you on the fence about having bridesmaids and groomsmen? Here are six reasons you might want to consider opting out.

You’re just not into the whole wedding party thing.

If this is the case, then it should be an easy decision. If you’re not excited about the idea of bridesmaids and groomsmen, skip the wedding party. There’s no rule that you have to go that route, and you’ll just create unnecessary stress for yourself.

You’re having a low-key wedding.

If you’re striving for a casual affair, you might not want the formality of a traditional wedding party. Instead of choosing bridesmaids and groomsmen, you could incorporate your nearest and dearest into your wedding in other ways. For example, asking your sister and best friend to help you get ready before the ceremony or your best guy friends to do a short toast at the reception. Skipping the wedding party lets everyone relax and have fun.

You and your friends are on a budget.

Let’s be honest: a wedding party can be expensive for everyone involved. Bridesmaids have to buy dresses, shoes and accessories. Groomsmen have to rent tuxes or suits. Everyone has to pay for plane tickets, hotel rooms, gifts and other extras. And you and your spouse-to-be will also end up throwing down some cash for hair and makeup artists, dinners out, wedding party gifts, etc. All these expenses are worthwhile if you truly want to have your closest friends and family in your wedding party. If not, they can feel like a burden.

You don’t want one more thing to organize.

You two have a lot to juggle with your wedding planning, from bridal set rings to hotel room blocks. If wrangling a wedding party is going to be just another item on your to-do list, then opt out.

You don’t want to pick favorites.

Choosing who stands next to you as you say your vows can be an emotional and difficult task. You may have a large group of close friends from different parts of your life, and you don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by picking a select few for your wedding party. If you want to avoid any drama, keep it simple.

You want the focus to be on your union.

At its core, your wedding day is about you two making a lifelong commitment to each other. Everything else is just gravy. Your friends and family will be honored to be there to support you when you say your vows – whether or not they’re in your official wedding party.

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