You can never have enough bridesmaids.
That’s what one British woman thought, who decided in that case, to have 80.
Dance teacher Katie Dalby had been promising some of her students for years they could be bridesmaids when she tied the knot.
When she got engaged, they held her to that promise, and instead of saying yes to only a handful, she told all of her students they could buy a dress and be there on the big day.
When the wedding finally rolled around, alongside Dalby’s chosen women – her three sisters-in-law, niece, cousin and best friend – stood 74 of her pupils.
Dressed in bright pink dresses, the students – aged two to 17 – lined the aisle as 26-year-old Dalby and 37-year-old Norman Gooch walked to the front of the church.
So just how many is too many? An online forum hosted by Vogue Australia shows opinions vary: many people said four is just right. One commenter said “6 is like having your whole family with you.”
The wedding blog, The Knot, says you shouldn’t have more people standing up at the altar than sitting in the pews. They say the size of the wedding party should be proportionate to the size of the guest list. Several blogs say it’s an individual choice, and brides just have to be prepared for the cost (and possibly the headache) of having several…tens of bridesmaids.
But when Dalby got out of the carriage that brought her to the church, she wasn’t thinking about problems – tears sprung to her eyes when she saw how many people were there to stand by her side.
And it allowed for some awesome photos. In one, the bridge and groom are inside a heart made by the bridesmaids and a couple of page boys. Adorable.
The record number of bridesmaids at a wedding was set in Thailand: 95 women supported businesswoman Keyoon Chokelamlert as she married Kriangkrai Kittithanesuan in Bangkok last year.
What do you think is the ideal number of bridesmaids at a wedding?