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To Have or Have Not…A Bridal Party?

You have the ring and now the planning begins!  

Tradition calls for the picking and choosing of your closest friends or siblings to stand beside you throughout the planning process and on the big day. But, one quickly realizes that picking which people to ask and which to leave out becomes an arduous, anxiety laden process. Enter a growing trend and stress-free solution - no bridal party! While this may initially cause horrified reactions from sisters, best friends and parents it is important to remember that this is your day and you can do as you wish!

Many recent brides who have chosen to forgo tradition and stand alone with their future husband at the altar will attest that it was the best decision they made:

“We wanted the day to feel as intimate as possible (in front of 150+ guests) and the more we talked about it, the more we loved the idea of it being just the two of us. A big contributing factor was us feeling uneasy around 'picking favorites'. Each one of our friends that attended our wedding was special and important to us, and we felt uncomfortable about choosing only a small handful to be more involved in our day than others. We [also] wanted all of our friends to enjoy each moment of our wedding without feeling any sort of obligation or duty. Not having a bridal party offered us simplicity, especially during the planning process as well as on our wedding day.” – Erica & Robby, June 2012

Concerned about missing out on that whole part of the process or about getting ready alone on the big day? Don’t be. Just because you have decided not to have a bridal party doesn’t mean that your friends, sisters, brothers, etc. won’t be a big part of the planning and wedding day!  Showers and Bachelorette parties will still be thrown by your closest friends and your family and you can still ask those closest to you to be with you while you get ready…the stress and drama will be all that’s missing!

Worried about who carries the rings, or who you pass your bouquet off to during the ceremony? Give these honors to your parents, grandparents or siblings. Have the father of the groom, brother or best friend present the rings during the ceremony (an emotional moment for him, for sure) and ask your mom, grandmother or sister to take your bouquet as you join your hands with those of your future husband (sure to be a moment and honor that she will never forget).

So, what do you think? Bridal party or no? We would love to hear about what you have chosen on our facebook page!

Calais Van Horn is the Catering Sales Manager and Wedding Expert at Stowe Mountain Lodge.

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