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Cost of Having a Large Wedding Party

Size Does Matter . . . When Choosing Your Wedding Party

When you're planning a wedding, choosing who stands next to you while you're exchanging vows is a pretty weighty decision for lots of reasons: Can you ask one college roommate to participate without hurting the other's feelings? Should you select your sister or your BFF as your maid of honor? Do you and your fiancé need to have the same number of wedding party members?

But as you're agonizing over the politics and etiquette of choosing your wedding party, don’t forget to channel your inner savvy bride and consider the implications on your pocketbook. To see some ways your wedding party can impact your budget, keep reading.

  • Extra guests: Keep in mind that along with your bridesmaids and groomsmen come their significant others. Be sure to factor these guests into your headcount for the rehearsal dinner and any day-after activities you may be planning, along with the actual wedding dinner itself, of course.
  • Rehearsal dinner costs: Since the rehearsal dinner is typically just immediate family and the wedding party, a larger wedding party equals a larger (and pricier) rehearsal dinner.
  • Gifts: Sure, it’s not a requirement, but it is customary (and nice!) to get a small gift for each member of your wedding party. I treated my bridesmaids to Bliss spa manicures the day before the wedding, and have received everything from jewelry to pretty shawls as a bridesmaid. Remember that the more bridesmaids and groomsmen you choose, the faster those little tokens of your appreciation are going to add up.
  • Flowers: Once you factor in bouquets for your bridesmaids and boutonnières for your groomsmen, the size of your wedding party can have a huge impact on your floral budget. If your wedding party is big and there’s no paring it down, consider smaller bouquets or even a single, pretty stem for your 'maids to keep costs under control.

Got your own wedding budget tips to share? If you are planning a wedding, already happily wed, or still looking for Mr. Right, start sharing your big day with our community. Don’t forget to check the wedding content box on your post.

Photo courtesy Kristyn Stroble Photography

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