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Monday, October 13, 2014

Honor Guests Without a Bridal Party

Words by SimplyBridal
Photos courtesy of SimplyBridal

When couples are in the midst of planning their destination wedding, one thing many of them tend to spend at least a few days on is who they want to ask to be in their wedding party. But what happens if you would prefer to have a really small ceremony or you have so many family members and friends that you don’t really know who to ask – or leave out?

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Although having groomsmen and bridesmaids is a traditional part of the wedding ceremony, no one said you absolutely have to include them in yours. Remember that one of the best things about preparing for your wedding is that it’s your wedding. So, if you’d like to have one without a formal wedding party, that’s more than fine. And if you’d like some ideas on how to recognize certain special people in other ways, we have a few inspired tips for you to consider below:

Ask everyone to wear your wedding colors. Who said that only 5-10 people should wear your wedding colors? Can you imagine how amazing it would be to look at your room full of guests and see them all in the hues you selected to represent your special day? All you have to do is place a special card in your invitations requesting everyone to wear your wedding colors. (Just make sure to also put a reminder up on your wedding website, too.)

Let “them” make up your bouquet. Something actress Lisa Kudrow said she did at her wedding was have some assigned people sit on the aisle seats at her wedding. Each one held a flower and as she walked down, she collected them so that by the time she reached her groom, she had a bouquet full in her hand.

Put up some pictures. Although this might prove to be a bit of a project, it’s one that’s sure to be a hit with everyone. As you’re assigning tables for your reception, look for pictures of you and the people who will be sitting at them. These dedication photo frames will highlight the important people in your life who are at your wedding. You can print off extras and put them at their seats as place cards or even placemats. Or you can make a centerpiece out of photo frames which showcase several shots at once.

Create a video montage of milestone moments shared with your loved ones. This is a great way to piece together all the important moments in the past that you have shared with your friends and family. Taking a walk down memory lane with these clips will definitely bring tears to people who have made an impact on your life as you reminisce about the past.


Set up a photo booth. By having a photo booth, you are able to honor your guests by documenting the moment with them. A photograph is valuable because it is something tangible that the guests can keep forever, honoring the memory of your wedding in their hearts for the rest of their lives.

These are just a few ways you can honor the people you care about at your wedding should you decide to forego a wedding party. And as you can see, with a bit of creativity, it can be just as awesome as having a traditional wedding ceremony. Happy planning!

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