I put off thinking about our bridal party for quite some time. Wedding blogs and the boards here have plenty stories of bridal-party drama, and while I didn’t expect any from the people I had in mind, I didn’t want to worry about that aspect of wedding planning at first.
Originally, I wrote down the names of people I felt obligated to ask along with the names of people I really wanted to be in my party. I wound up with seven or eight names…which felt way, way too large to me. I started to envision all of those people throughout different parts of the wedding day and realized that I didn’t want a cast of thousands. I wanted three people, from three different “parts” of my life.
One. Two. Three. / Photo by Miss Mink
I wanted my closest Charlottesville friend, who jokes that we are work spouses, as my matron of honor. I couldn’t imagine not having my sister-in-law with me. We’ve seen each other through so many different phases of life. I also wanted a good friend who I made through my biggest passion: music. We love seeing live music. We especially love seeing live music with her and her husband.
Once I settled on these three ladies, I stopped worrying about my bridal party. In fact, I stopped worrying about a lot of wedding-day things. It’s amazing what feeling that support can do.
So what are these little spools? I wish I had come up with the idea myself, but they are the creation of Esther from the Etsy shop Choosing You. You might remember that I mentioned seeing Choosing You on my post about moss letters the other day. Esther and I chatted back and forth about my wedding colors and what materials could be used for these little guys. She had found some vintage blue thread spools and offered them as an option. She only had four, so I jumped on her offer. Aren’t they cute?
I wrapped each little spool in a cute little box. I added a little note and a sheet introducing my three bridesmaids to each other and reiterated my wishes that there be no showers or bachelorette party. Off they went to each of my friends. This might be silly, but I was actually kind of nervous about this part. What if they said no? Well, that was silly. They all said yes. Hooray! I’m so happy about my little bridal party!
How many bridesmaids do you think is “just right”? How many is too many?
- Charlottesville, Virginia
- College Administrator
- Wedding Date:
- June 2012
- Pippin Hill Farm & Vineyards