# 1 START WITH SIBLINGS
Starting with your siblings is a great way to begin choosing your bridesmaids. This will make it easier to decide how many people you wish to have in your tribe! A sibling also makes for a great Maid of Honor, they know you best and choosing a sibling eliminates any tension between friends.
# 2 BE MINDFUL OF BUDGET
Being a bridesmaid, although exciting, can be very expensive. Between the gifts, flights, gowns and bachelorette party, it starts to add up! Be mindful of the cost that comes with being a bridesmaid. Some of your friends may not be able to swing it. There are many other ways your friend can be a part of your special day!
# 3 CONSIDER PERSONALITIES
Before you ask someone to be your bridesmaid, think about how they will get along with the other people in your party. Your wedding is not the day you want to be dealing with any kind of friend drama. Your bridesmaids are there to support you and make your day run smoothly. Go with the people who make you feel calm, beautiful and comfortable!
# 4 CONSIDER THE SIZE OF YOUR WEDDING
The size of your wedding can determine how many people you want standing up at the alter with you. If you're having a smaller wedding, 2-4 bridesmaids is a good number. If you're having a larger wedding, 6-8 bridesmaids is average. Remember, there are no rules when it comes to the number of bridesmaids, in the end it is up to the bride!
# 5 Choose people who support your vision
It's very important to choose people who support your vision. Be committed to your own opinions when shopping for bridesmaid gowns. Decide on YOUR favorite color and style dress. In the end it's your day and you'll be looking at these photos for the rest of your life. Let your friends know your expectations upfront so they know how to support you!
I hope these tips helped, now go choose your tribe!
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(Credit: Verita bride Renee Davis, Sacia Matthews from Ivy Bee Weddings, Brides.)