We all know that in particular, large bridal parties can come with extra fun or fuss. Treens and I have shot many weddings with just the bride and groom and also weddings with quite large bridal parties. Both are awesome and we love the diversity! At our own wedding we actually didn’t have a bridal party (12 years ago)! Too many close friends and family (I am a sibling of six!) to try and choose from…it was getting a bit stressful, so we decided to just go it alone 🙂 We would have had to of had a LARGE bridal party, even though our wedding was a relaxed outdoor garden style wedding at Yandina Station on the Sunshine Coast. It probably would have looked a little weird with our style of wedding, so on the 28th September 2003, it was just the two of us standing there under the big tree surrounded by our loved ones when we exchanges our vows.
When we meet with a couple over coffee to chat about their wedding photography, sometimes the bridal party people haven’t been confirmed yet and the couple are still tossing up what to do. We do get asked what WE think works best – large, small or no bridal party at all. Being their wedding day, it is their decision of course – it depends on so many things such as personalities, budget, style, and so on. Both ways are awesome, and as wedding photographers we absolutely love any kind of wedding! Weddings in general are amazing. We’ve come up with 10 thoughts you may need to have when deciding whether to have large bridal party or no bridal party, just for a bit of fun! 🙂
All the laughter, memories, being fussed over and loved-on throughout your special day is wonderful! Just asking your sisters, brothers, cousins and mates can mean the numbers add up so why not take the saying of “more is better” and run with it! It’ll make for a super fun day!
If you’re trying to match your bridesmaid’s dresses to be the same and your engagement period is a short one, there can be not much time to find a large haul of identical dresses quickly. As the bride you may want to have them all in the same dress…which can (believe it or not!) add a bit of tension if certain girls don’t want to wear certain styles 🙂 Ever heard of a Bridesmaid-zilla? I’m sure they exist, but we haven’t come across one yet 🙂 We love how our beautiful K&T bride (Rachelle pictured below) had her bridesmaids in different colours and different styles. I’m sure these lovely girls would have worn anything Rachelle had asked them to wear, but this colour palette was so stunningly beautiful and a great design choice in my opinion!
Money and friendships. Most of the time this is not an issue and it really just depends on your mates, but when you do find that perfect bridesmaid dress for a couple of hundred, it can be hard to ask your buddies to dish out the $$ if they didn’t realise they were buying. Don’t assume anything. Now days the line is a bit grey when deciding who covers the cost of what at weddings. In this modern world couples can make their own rules for their wedding and do whatever they want! This is something to think about when asking your B Party to stand next to you on the day – make sure you mention what you’ll be covering right from the start.
You know what your friends are like. You get together and have a blast. There are inside jokes and adrenaline pumping from all the excitement of the day. Great combo! Sharing the whole day from getting ready to sitting at the table together at the reception is pretty special! If you don’t have a bridal party (like us!) your day is still joyful LOL. You are with the man or woman of your dreams and making memories together! No matter what you choose, it will be perfect.
More people to fit in the room, more noise, more personalities. Depends on your friends of course…and your personality! Are you someone who likes quiet before a big event, or do you like the hustle and bustle of a busy room? Do you have a friend who enters the room and says, “Everybody, the party is here!” and is it going to tick you off on your wedding day or is that what you love about her/him? 🙂 The morning can be very hectic with people coming in and out, hair and makeup, photographers, young children who are involved (and their parents), your parents, flowers being dropped off, videographer, etc.
If your wedding day timeline is short and succinct, having 12 bridal party members can be tricky to herd around. If you have only allowed 1 hour for bridal party photos and have chosen three different locations for them, this will be a tricky thing to juggle when getting them in and out of the cars, finding parks for extra cars, keeping them together in one spot, and focused :).
Massive bridal party, massive extras. You need to feed them, clothe them, enhance their beauty and handsome-ness, possible thank you gifts, transport, accommodation for the night before, flowers, etc. Again, this all depends on what you ask your bridal party to cover up front, but just keep this in mind 🙂
Being photographers, we should mention the photography side of having a large bridal party or no bridal party. Both are awesome. We love getting creative with the big groups and mixing it up with some group shots, girls/guys and just the couple. We also love taking our time with the couple when they have chosen not to have a bridal party. It can be a very intimate, special time and a really calm atmosphere. The photo time doesn’t need to be as long and they are back with their waiting guests sooner. Again, depends on you!
With a big group, you may choose to hire a stretched-limo and have a mini party as you travel. A little tip: if you have a bridal party it always goes down well having some snacks and drinks in an esky for the photo time. Not only does this keep them (and you) happy and un-hungry, but it also gives the bridal party something to focus on when you and your husband/wife are having your photos together 🙂
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Just in case you were wondering, no, we don’t get in the limo with the bridal party 🙂 sometime we give our couples one of our cameras to go nuts with on the ride to the shooting locations. They LOVE IT! If you are a K&T couple, let us know if you want to grab a camera for your ride!
Every person who is asked to be involved in a bridal party should understand the weight of that question and the honour it bestows on them. Having your friend recognise your friendship as a massive part of his or her life is huge. As a bride or groom, what a beautiful way to communicate how much they mean to you! In our case, we didn’t have a bridal party so our friends and family had special parts to play on our wedding day and Treens and the girls got ready together and had fun the night before. She made sure they knew they were important to her and wanted them to play an important role in the day! You can make it however you want! No matter what – it is going to be spectacular!
Kirk & Treens
Wedding Photographer Sunshine Coast