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3 Reasons You Don't Need a Wedding Party

The times they are a-changing in the wedding world. In 2018, there’s no pressure to have a traditional wedding like our grandmothers and grandfathers. Within the last decade, the ultimate traditional wedding staple is being challenged - having a wedding party. Here are a few things to consider when deciding whether or not you really need one.

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      1. You don’t need to choose between friends. 

Maybe you have a LOT of friends. Maybe you have a FEW friends. Maybe the bride and groom are one of each, making the whole situation that much more complicated. Either way, choosing who is standing up and who isn’t can be stressful and cause unnecessary hurt feelings. You can make everyone happy by simply not having a wedding party (or cutting it down to only having a maid of honor/best man). 

      2. It’s a financial burden on both you and your friends. 

Surely your close friends won’t complain should you choose to ask them to stand up in your wedding, but it’s no joke that being a part of a wedding party is expensive. Someone has to buy dresses, tuxes, bouquets, hair, makeup, shoes, and the list goes on and on. It’s a lot of money that can be spent elsewhere in your wedding (I’m thinking midnight pizza buffet or really cool wedding party favors for everyone to take home). 

      3. Everyone can ~relax~ and enjoy themselves without obligation.

I don’t know about you, but I think weddings should be fun! It might be nice to just let your friends enjoy celebrating you and your new spouse without responsibilities such as preparing speeches, wearing all matching everything, walking down the aisle in front of a big group of people, or being separated from other guests. 

Wedding party or no wedding party - your big day is one that will be cherished in the eyes of the people who love you. There’s nothing wrong with foregoing the norm and personalizing your wedding to your own wants and needs, even when it comes to the ‘big things’ like the wedding party! 

Alexa Voda