The Ultimate Bridal Party Guide

William Arthur Photography

Welcome to your Ultimate Bridal Party Guide!! We’re going to break down everything from picking your bridal party to getting them dressed for your big day. Your bridal party is there to support you on your wedding day and is made up of your closest friends and family. They are there to be a sounding board during the planning process and your “I Do Crew” for the party.

How to Pick Your Bridal Party

Choosing your wedding party can be stressful but also so, so fun. You want to make sure that you have the right crew by your side on the most important day of your life.

  • Consider how many guests you have. If you're having a small wedding (under 50) consider having a smaller party so that the crew standing with you doesn’t overpower the audience in photos. You'll want to make sure you have people in the audience and not all up there with you. Balance. If you're having a larger wedding (over 150) you can totally go all out and have as many as you want! Just remember, the more attendants you have the more bridal party gifts, tux rentals, dresses, hair and makeup… and time to put it all together! Big or small, just be sure to allot the right amount of time.

  • Don't choose someone just because they chose you. Just because someone chose you to be in their 12 person party does not mean you need to choose them for your 3 person party, or any other size of bridal party. Just because someone chose you 5 years ago doesn't mean you need to choose them. Choose people that are present and responsive in your life. Being in a bridal party is fun!! But it also takes some responsibility - make sure you choose people that will show up for you on your wedding day, emotionally AND physically!

  • Choose someone responsible (ish) for your Maid of Honor / Best Man. Typically, if there's no ring bearer, the Maid of Honor and/or Best Man hold onto the rings. Choose someone who you trust not to lose them, especially if they're not in their boxes. MOH and BM also can also have some sort of responsibility for bachelorette/bachelor parties. Choose someone who will plan a gathering to your style. The last thing you want is to go to a crazy party that you didn't want just because your MOH or BM wants to rage. These people will probably also be giving speeches. Make sure you choose someone who won't say something you don't want your grandma to hear, or do… if Grandma is into that sort of thing.

  • Decide what they are paying for and what you are paying for. Remember, not everyone's financial situation is the same. Consider this when deciding who's paying for what. If you want to spoil your bridal party and go ham on the gifts, dresses, hair and make up… go for it! If considering a more budget friendly bridal party experience then consider offering hair and makeup as an option and listing the price ahead of time, or outlining a color for dresses and having each bridesmaid pick their own dress style. There are lots of ways to mix and match monetary responsibilities to make sure its a comfortable situation for you and and everyone involved.

  • Girls or guys on either side - don't be afraid to break tradition. Have a male bff? Don't be afraid to put them on the girl's side and visa versa. What matters is that the person fully supports you and your marriage.

  • Kids are not required. Don't feel pressured to have children in your wedding if it’s something that you don’t want to do. Or at your wedding at all for that matter. We have never seen a Flower Man disappoint and they ALWAYS provide a bit of entertainment, at the ceremony as well as on the dance floor. Get creative - this is YOUR wedding. Do what you want to do!

Corner House Photography

What To Get Them

Your bridesmaids and groomsmen are standing with you on your special day. If you’re planning on giving bridal party gifts, consider something memorable as well as any things you might “require” of your crew like robes or pajamas. We’ve linked some of our favorite gifts below but encourage you to check out Etsy - we love Etsy and all their crafty glory!


  • Personalized Compact Mirrors - Great for day-of makeup checks - and beyond!

  • Bath Soak – after a few days of wedding festivities, your bridesmaids will look forward to a soothing bath.

  • Pamper Day by Precision Integrative – Are you a Central Florida local? Precision Integrative in Clermont provides an opportunity for both bride and bridesmaids to keep your skin looking youthful and fresh for all of the professional photos that will be taken on wedding day.

  • They offer services like: Lipo-Mino Mix, Nutraceutical facial rejuvenation, & calming acupuncture

  • Gray Collective Bridal, also in Clermont, has a fabulous collection of jewelry, bridesmaid shirts, bachelorette outfits, and anything your gaggle of girls might need to get wedding ready.

  • Statement hair accessories – A great matching accessory for you and your party.

  • Personalized Jewelry – Again, another matchy matchy way to connect with your party on day-of.


  • Personalized Money Clip – Your day is the most important one of your life. Make sure your party remembers that every time they go to pay for something in the future. A subtle reminder of your never ending thanks for them being in your life.

  • Personalized water canteen – It’s Florida! Everyone needs to stay on top of their hydration game. Personalize this useful gift here.

  • Personalized dopp kit – A great gift for the groomsman that travels often.

  • Personalized knife – A man’s gift. That’s all I have to say about that one.

  • Sunglasses/socks – A great combo for groomsmen to wear on wedding day. Fun for photos and a matching moment!

Jessica Thomas Photography

Timeline For Outfits