If you’re a bride-to-be, it’s easy to get swept up in the “rules” and traditions of wedding planning and your upcoming nuptials — but there’s one tradition that many soon-to-be-newlyweds today are doing away with: bridal parties.
This year, the answer from many people is a resounding no. According to Pinterest’s 2017 Wedding Report, more people than ever have visited the website in search of wedding ideas that don’t include bridal parties. In fact, company has seen a 100 percent year-over-year increase from Millennials searching for bridesmaid-less wedding inspiration. “Less is more — brides are choosing to go with fewer bridesmaids, or sometimes none at all!” states the report.
Just like everything in life, there are pros and cons to the whole bridal party sitch. Having your best pals by your side can bring even more love to your special day; plus, they might help with wedding planning duties, as well as throw you your bachelorette party, if that’s your jam. However, choosing some people and not others can make for tension in your relationships. Then, there’s the added cost of having more people in your wedding.
As of 2016, the cost of the average wedding came out to $26,720. While that might be pennies to some, that’s also a year’s salary to others. This doesn’t even get into the stress that can come with coordinating a group of people and trying to make sure everyone is happy, comfortable, and getting along.