Yes, it’s important that you do not miss out on any of your girlfriends at your bridal party. After all, it’s your big day and you want them all there with you to bask in your happiness. But, before you go ahead and send out the invitations to all 20 of your friends to be your bridesmaids, here are a few things that experts suggest you consider.
The Huge Bills
Wedding planner at Martel Event, Marilisa Schachinger highly suggests all brides-to-be consider all the add-on expenses for a big bridal party. She added that these costs can have a great impact on your overall budget for the wedding. The more the bridesmaids, the greater the bill! According to Schachinger, everything from the bridal luncheon to thank-you gifts to the rehearsal-dinner guest count, as well as providing hair and makeup services and meals the day of, every little detail costs more with a big bridal party.
It’s not uncommon for people to have different opinions from each other. Especially when it’s a beloved’s wedding, everyone thinks that their idea is the best and should be considered. From clothing to fit, everybody has something to say and this can become a real headache. In case you do have many dear ladies that you simply must have in your bridal party, ensure that you order their dresses months in advance to avoid last-minute chaos.
The Scheduling Issue
Co-founder of Tinsel & Twine, an NYC-based event design and planning company, Erica Taylor defines a lavish bridesmaids’ party as one akin to the feeling of herding cats. Bridesmaid brunch, bridal shower, shopping, bachelorette party — arranging all this and more according to everybody’s schedule can be a headache. Also, somebody will always get upset over such matters, so it’s hard for you to come out winning.
Huge Bridal Suite
When the big day arrives and all the bridesmaids are dressing up together, it can be chaotic. You need to make sure that you book a room big enough for everyone to have their space and some room to walk around. In addition to that, mirrors, several restrooms, chairs, and tables, there’s just too much to fit all in a suite for so many people! No bride wants to feel cramped on her wedding day and if you have a big bridal party, you surely will.
The Obvious Drama
Too many people in the same room equal tons of drama happening all the time. As the founder of Bravo Productions, Greg Jenkins, rightly explains, there’s always somebody making things difficult. It can be that one person that you have to constantly remind to get fitted, the person who doesn’t get along with another member of the party, or the person who wants to be the boss of everybody else. Add in the aspect of feeling everything all at once, and you never who might turn out to be the wild card. This is not very uncommon and can soon turn into a greater issue.