Brandon and I are truly blessed with a wonderful group of friends and family. We have both kept in touch with friends from elementary school and made even more along the way. Once we were engaged we started discussing how big we wanted our bridal party and named off who we would each like to ask. We settled on 6 bridesmaids and 6 groomsmen and also have a group of friends that will be readers, greeters and ushers. Perfect! As I mentioned in a previous post, my best friend is Nancy and we have known eachother since 7th grade. We have been through good and bad together and couldn't be more alike, yet polar opposites at the same time. I have always known she would be by my side when my wedding day came. When the going used to get tough with boys (and it often did) we always saidwe had been blessed with the perfect best friend and we had to have faith that we would eventually be blessed with a man just as perfect some day...and now we both have. Nancy married her perfect man this past June and I was honored to be a part of her big day. So, naturally, Nancy is my Matron of Honor! She also told me on Friday night that she has had her speech written for my wedding for 5 years now:)
Carol and I have known each other since 4th grade, but started becoming inseparable in 7th grade with we were cheerleaders. We had lots of hair experiments together (mayo in the hair does NOT help condition it) and lived, worked and were in the same sorority together in college! Hillary and I became good friends in college when we were "Tri-Dent" buddies when we were pledging our sorority and our friendship has continued to grow over the years.
Deanna and Katherine are two more dear friends I met in the sorority. We had so much fun together in college...Spring Breaks, date parties, random nights in the sorority house. There is never a shortage of laughter and fun with these two girls around and I also know that either of them would be there in a heartbeat if I ever needed anything. Last but not least is my wonderful sister-in-law, Jodi. She has somehow survived 6 years of marriage to my brother and has 2 beautiful children who will also be in the wedding! We grow closer each year and I am so lucky to have her.
I wanted to do something different to ask my girls to be a part of our big day, so I had a friend who makes stationery do some personalized "Will you be my bridesmaid?" cards for me that I mailed to each of them with a note inside letting them know how special they are to me. It was a fun, personal way to ask instead of a quick phone call.
Bride/Groom tip: When thinking about who to ask to be in your wedding think about who will help celebrate every moment with you and support you and your fiance throughout every step of your wedding. I think it is also neat to have every aspect of your life represented...from childhood to now.
We are so blessed to have such dear friends be a part of our big day! Up next...selecting the other vendors!