Uneven Wedding Party Tips + Inspo

For the month of April, we're talking all things bridal party. We've talked you through sweet ways to ask them and our fave bridesmaids dress trends! Next week, be on the lookout for the cutest thank you gifts!

Uneven wedding party woes stressing you out? We've gathered some images to reassure you that it's not such a big deal. In fact, we think it's the way to go! Really though, how likely is it that you and your fiancé will have the exact same number of friends and family to ask to stand beside you? Instead of trying to add extra people to each side, choose the bridesmaids and groomsmen you want to stand by your marriage and not just your wedding. There's no need to ask someone just to make your numbers even and these photos prove it!

Whether you're off by one, two, or a few, rocking an uneven wedding party can create some lovely photos! Just make sure to give your photographer a heads up before your wedding day, so they can plan out balanced poses. We've listed other tips at the end of this blog to help you work out additional logistics.

Off By One

These wedding parties are off by just one, and it will take you a minute to even realize which side has more, the bride or the groom (hint: there is one of each). We found a wedding party of seven and thirteen, and it doesn't seem to matter what size group you have, you can still pull off the uneven look. 

Elizabeth Anne Designs

Elizabeth Anne Designs

Southern california bride

Southern california bride

Off By Two

Maybe you agree that being off by one isn't really noticeable, but you're off by two and wondering if you can still make it work. With these wedding parties, we love that they use a monochromatic color scheme to balance out the uneven numbers. We're not going to lie, it's definitely more noticeable than being off by just one, but we still really like it! 

nathan smith

nathan smith

michelle march photography

michelle march photography

Off By A Few

Are you the woman that's friends with everyone, and you've found yourself off by a few? You may be struggling to decide which of your many friends will make the cut to be your bridesmaids, and struggling even more to find enough guys to stand with your soon to be hubby! Don't let tradition get in the way of having your best friends in your wedding! Uneven numbers will be the last thing you'll notice when you look back at photos filled with the faces you love! 

redfield photography

redfield photography

amanda marie studios

amanda marie studios

Now maybe these photos have you realizing that an uneven wedding party could really work, but you're still not sold on all the other details. Here are a few tips to help things go more smoothly: 

1. Have your bridal party walk in solo with the groomsmen already at the altar.
2. At the altar and for pictures, have the side with less people stand farther apart from each other and have the side with more people stand closer to each other.
3. If the look of an uneven wedding party is still causing you grief, have your whole party stand on one side, or mix and match bridesmaids and groomsmen on both sides.
4. Remember you will probably only get one wide angle photo of the ceremony. The rest of the images from the ceremony will be of just you and your hubby.
5. When your wedding party exits the ceremony after you, have the last couple double up, two bridesmaids to a groomsmen or vice versa. If you're off by more than one, have more double up!

This may make you feel selective or choosy, but honestly you should be! You want to look back at your photos and remember a day where you were surrounded by your closest people! By all means invite other close friends to attend your wedding, but don’t feel obligated to make someone a bridesmaid or groomsmen just because the numbers aren’t working. 

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