I’m thrilled to be quoted yet again, this time on how to arrange your wedding party when there is an uneven number of bridesmaids and groomsmen.
What’s a bride to do when she wants more (or less) bridesmaids than her groom wants groomsmen? Well, for one, stop freaking out and start looking at the positives. Not only will you have all the girls you adore by your side on your big day, but you also won’t feel pressured into adding or subtracting people simply to ensure your numbers match. For brides-to-be with an uneven wedding party, here’s how to strike the perfect balance seamlessly.
1. Go solo or double up
If the walking in and out of the ceremony part has you stressed out, relax; you’ve got a couple of cute options. You can either let your attendants strut their stuff solo or have each groomsmen walk with two bridesmaids (or vice versa if there are more groomsmen), advises San Francisco-based event planner Samantha Spector of Milk & Honey Special Events. Of course, you can adjust how many people in your wedding party need to double up based on your particular numbers. Plan on having your pooch walk down the aisle? You could always match up the dog lover in the bigger group with your pup.
2. Get creative with spacing
Trick the camera and your guests into thinking your numbers are actually even by using space to your advantage. During the ceremony, Spector suggests having the side with fewer attendants spread out, creating extra space in between each person, while the side with more attendants stands closer together. “This would make each side a similar length,” she explains. “Some couples also opt to have their attendants seated in the front rows instead of standing alongside them.”