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6 things to consider when choosing your bridesmaids

The six rules for choosing your bridesmaids

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6 things to consider when choosing your bridesmaids
Choose your bridesmaids carefully. Image: Studio Rouge

Thought choosing your bridesmaids was as simple as picking your best friends? Well, no quite… Here are six things you need to consider before selecting your bridal party

1. Reliability
You might love the friend who can keep the party going until 5am, but will she be there when you’re crying over RSVPs or stressing out over your floral centrepieces? Choose friends who you can rely on to help you out when you need it and ask the party animals to pitch in on the hen party.

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2. Location
Where do you bridesmaids live? If they’re spread across the country then organising dress shopping trips IS going to be a logistical nightmare. Make sure there’s at least one maid in your hometown to help you out as when you need it.

3. Personality types
This can be tricky, but blending various groups of friends and siblings can sometimes result in a clash of personalities. Think carefully about whether your girls will get on and maybe appoint a maid of honour to keep everyone in line.

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4. Budget
Once you get engaged it’s easy to get carried away and ask everyone to be party of your bridal squad. But before you commit to 10 bridesmaids and five flower girls, have a little look at the budget. Are you buying dresses for all your girls? Accessories? Are they having their hair and make-up done too? Those costs can quickly escalate.

5. Are you comfortable in large groups?
Another reason to think twice about lots of bridesmaids is the wedding morning. You don’t want to be fighting for the mirror or stressing out with everyone yelling. Consider whether you’d rather have just a few close friends instead.

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6. Everyone’s feelings
Want to ask one friend, but worried you’ll offend the rest of the group? Sometimes it’s easier to stick to just family or just one group of friends – don’t make life difficult for yourself! If you want to give out extra jobs you could always consider friends for a reading or being a witness instead.

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