You’re enjoying a nice quiet day at the local park. In the distance, you can feel their approach as the ground trembles and the birds fly from the trees. It’s the Bridal Party street gang! Armed with beer, bouquets and attitude, they solder through the once quiet playground like an unsupervised pack of 4th graders on a field trip. The groomsmen proceed to bounce on the little Froggy spring-character while downing a beer as the bridesmaids utilize the slide in a very unladylike fashion. I have experienced this many times, and yes it can be quite entertaining but the truth is that sometimes a huge, drunken bridal party can take away from the true focus of the day.
When you are planning your wedding day and it is time to decide whom to have standing up with you, here are several things to consider.
•Not every one of your friends since childhood needs to be included
•Same goes for the guy you met in the beer line last week at the Dave Matthews concert
•Your new BFF who works at Starbucks
•All your Siblings
•Everyone else I failed to mention they you may already be considering
The reality is just to choose a handful of your closest friends or family, and then from that group, narrow it down even further. Someone you may have confided in or helped you through a very difficult time in your life. A person who offered you help when no one else would. They are not only willing to pick you up, but dust you off. That’s whom you want besides you on one of the most important days of your life.
A huge bridal party can be fun but consider the consequences. Add alcohol and egos into the mix and you may be in a little more then you bargained for. After a year or more of planning this day, the last thing you want to deal with is a bunch of drunken friends creating drama while taking the focus off that little ring on your finger. And that’s what really matters.
Cheers for now.