Once you've agreed to marry your sweetheart, contrary to popular belief, (and many commercials) the first order of business is informing the parents on each side of the family. Once both families have been informed and hopefully approve of the plans, you are free to scream it to the world.
Now begins the daunting tasks of of choosing your venue, making your guest list and the ever sensitive BRIDAL ATTENDANTS!!! As a professional consultant/planner I often remind couples that this is a very important part of their wedding day and shouldn't be looked at lightly.
Due to the amount of responsibility and expense, especially for the honor attendants. Keep this in mind when asking; make sure ALL participants know up front what you are expecting of them. Give everyone plenty of time to plan by asking soon after you choose a date and venue. Invite them to participate in a way that allows them to decline gracefully if they feel they're not up to the task, and don't insist on an immediate answer.
If anyone is unable to afford the cost of their formal wear or other expenses you can either offer to help out and put them in a role that isn't so taxing on the pocket. Pick the right number of attendants for the size and style of your wedding. Sizes can vary from having only honor attendants to as many as twelve. Children between the ages of 10-14 should be Jr's attendants and ages 3-7 are appropriate for ring bearers and flower girls.
Whatever you decide, don't feel you must choose an equal number of men and women. It's your wedding!
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