Your Wedding Party: Birmingham Wedding Venue Offers Ideas to Consider

How do you choose a wedding party? How many people should be in the wedding party? Your wedding party can make or break your wedding. You need to consider a lot of things when you start to plan who to invite into this very intimate group.

As far as how many, this is a very common question that arises early in the wedding planning process. Of course you need a best man and matron or maid of honor, but beyond that, there are no real rules.

Formal weddings tend to have more attendants than informal ones, but again, you can feel free to have as few or as many as you see fit.

Obviously your best friend is your first consideration, but remember that politics also play a role. Many a bride has been “encouraged” to invite the future sister-in-law into the party to avoid hurt feelings. If you have strong feelings about not including someone your future mother-in-law wishes, consider heading her off at the pass by offering another important role for her, such as reading a passage of the bible during the ceremony or singing a special song.

One rule that is important to follow is to make sure you have a male attendant for each female, so each has an escort and a dance partner for the first dances. Feel free to have more male ushers than females if you choose, they can always find a partner for the dancing! One rule of thumb is to have one usher for every 50 guests.

Please consider the cost of being in the wedding party when inviting people. A young married couple who are still in school or who have tight finances can really be stretched by the cost of a gown, special activities and shower expenses. Make sure you openly discuss this when you talk to your choices. And remember that they may be too embarrassed to express their true thoughts.

Your wedding party should have time to get to know each other prior to the wedding. Take time to have a few activities long before the wedding day to allow them to become acquainted. They will be spending a very busy, fun filled, emotional day with you… the day will go much better if they act like a team!

Woodrow Hall has specific rooms arranged specifically for the wedding party. And if you have your wedding ceremony at Woodrow Hall, we can arrange for the bride to have a bridal room separate from the guys. Ask about the Bridal Suite and The Grooms Suite.

You can call 205-243-4243 to discuss your needs or if you wish to set up an appointment, just go to our website:

Good Luck with your plans!

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