A Southern wedding bridal party is often larger than life.
It’s not unheard of having more than a dozen bridesmaids and groomsmen each. Who can blame you? These sorority sisters, frat brothers, cousins, old childhood friends, and work besties have been with you every step of the way as you embarked on the journey to the Big Day. Naturally, you want to include them in your bridal party. But when your bridal party frankly won’t fit at the altar, consider bringing back an old Southern tradition that was made popular again by Jenna Bush Hager: the house party.
The house party is an alternative to having a huge bridal party and typically includes close friends of the bride who take on an honorary role and are involved in the bridal party planning. The only difference is they don’t stand with the official bridesmaids at the ceremony. There’s no reason your groom can’t do the same with his groomsmen. Here are the best bridal party ideas, from choosing who to ask to the best bridesmaids dresses and groomsmen get-ups.