To be honest, I find the tradition of sex-segregated bridal parties confusing. For some people, it is a tradition that works and it is definitely more convenient for some wedding events (read: bachelorette party), but it made more sense to me to have the bridal party line up by relationship, not by sex. Mr. Crab agreed, and that’s how we ended up with a mixed-gender bridal party.
It was definitely the right choice for us, but there have been a few challenges to “bucking tradition” in this way:
- Updating the language. Probably the least of the concerns, because for the most part coming up with alternative descriptors has been simple. I have a “man of honor” and three “bridesmen,” but there is no catchy term for Mr. Crab’s sister on the other side. “Groomswoman” doesn’t have quite the ring to it.