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Figuring out how to involve all your loved ones and loved ones in your bridal party can often be complicated. Perhaps their numbers are so high that not everyone can stand on the altar. You may want to resist the Tradition and choose members of the bridal party who are not women at all. Or maybe you want to limit your bridal party to the immediate family, but you still have several close friends without whom you can not imagine the day. It is here that the honorary members of the bridal party come into play.

By wedding planner Nillie Butler, this tradition was born and is usually associated with the American South, where weddings and bridal parties tend to be larger. (It’s more likely that you’ll see bridesmaids or party members at a 400-person wedding than at a 75-person wedding.

In Texas, where the custom is more common at weddings, this group of people is called a house party.

Should you have an honorary member of the bridesmaid or bridal party?

Volunteer bridesmaids or members of the bridal party are most often included in a wedding if the bride decides to limit the official bridal party to immediate family members, such as siblings or sisters-in-law. In these circumstances, the honorary members of the bridal party are the close friends that the bride would have made of the members of the bridal party if they had expanded the circle. This can be especially useful if a young family member (such as a young teenage brother) serves as a MOH — older and better-known friends of the bride can take on traditional tasks such as planning the bachelorette party.

An honorary member of the bridesmaid or bridal party can also be an important friend for the bride, but may not be part of the basic group of friends of the bride. For example, a bride may have a small group of childhood friends who will serve as members of her bridal party, but more recently she may have grown up in close cooperation with a group of graduate schools and not be able to imagine her wedding day without her.

The maid of honor can not even be a”maidservant”. There is no rule that says that the honorary members of a bridal party must be a woman.

Whatever your reason for being to welcome volunteer members of the bridal party, the most important thing is that the title is best reserved for a group of people and not for one or two people. “If it’s a very small group, one to three people, it’s best to include them as a bridal party, so as not to hurt feelings,” Butler says. “The inclusion of several people in this second level works because they say, “Oh, I’m happy with you,” and there is no feeling of being omitted.”

Honorary Bridal Party Members Duties

The duties of a volunteer member of the party may vary from one wedding to another, so it’s best to discuss your expectations in advance if you ask for it. “Often the reason the bridal party honor members come into play is because the bride wants to include them in the bachelorette party or the bridal party lunch,” Butler says. “It’s almost like you’re giving them a title to invite them to all your events.”To this end, the honorary members of the bridal party can participate in the planning of the showers or the bachelorette party, or even go shopping with the bride’s wedding dresses.

As for the wedding day, the honorary members of the bridal party may need to wear a certain dress (after), but they usually do not participate in hair and makeup. At the ceremony, they will walk down the aisle. You will also participate in group photos during cocktail hour. At the reception, the members of the bridal party should take the same care as the others to encourage the guests to walk on the dance floor and engage with other parts of the wedding (such as lawn games or a after-night snack) that they know the couple is delighted with.

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