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Wedding Party: Can The Bride and Groom's Sides Be Uneven?

Q.

What if my fiance has only a best man and two wedding ushers in mind, and I have a maid of honor and three women that I would like as bridesmaids? Do the bride and groom sides have to be equal? I can't pick just three!

A.

You've given us the opportunity to set the record straight once and for all: No, no, no, no. The sides don't have to be equal. You can have four women stand up for you, and your groom can have three men. How will this work in the recessional, you ask? The last groomsman escorts a woman on each arm. That's how you gracefully deal with an uneven number of men and women in the wedding party. There's no good reason for you to have even sides. By the same token, if, for example, you had even sides and a bridesmaid or groomsman dropped out of the wedding party, you need not ask someone else to step down to even things out. So there.


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