No matter how many bridesmaids you have (and trust us, there’s no prescribed amount), it can be tricky figuring out a way to arrange them that makes sense. Of course, you probably want it to be aesthetically pleasing, but you also don’t want to hurt anyone’s feelings by intentionally placing them on the outer edge of the lineup.
We are here to help with some suggestions. You have a few options when it comes to lining up your bridesmaids – with some being a little more unbiased than others. Find a way that fits your group, below.
If you’re OCD or a stickler for optics, this might be the best option for you because it always looks good. Major bonus points: You will avoid any and all hurt feelings this way, since height is completely arbitrary. Simply line up your bridesmaids from shortest to tallest or tallest to shortest (up to you!) aside from your maid of honor, who should stand next to you regardless.
This is another way to avoid hurt feelings. If you’re having a mismatched bridal party, simply arrange your bridesmaids in a way that makes sense based on the color or prints of their dresses. You can stagger them if some are decked in print dresses and some are donning solid colors, or create an ombré effect if they’re simply wearing different shades of the same hue.
This one can be tricky (hence the quotation marks) – how do you rank your loved ones based on closeness? Aside from your maid of honor, who may or may not be a family member, you could start with sisters and sisters-in-law, then rank cousins, best friends and whomever else in whatever interchangeable way that makes you feel comfortable. But it’s important to tread lightly with this one, you don’t want anyone feeling hurt or slighted.
Between siblings, childhood friends and college besties, it’s likely you have bridesmaids from every stage of your life. Simply arranging them by how long you’ve known them, with the shortest friendships on the end, is a fairly foolproof way to avoid hurt feelings.
Arranging from oldest to youngest is another good way to do it, since age is something that can’t be negotiated. The oldest of the group can stand closest to you, and the baby of the group can go on the outer edge of the lineup.
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