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Wedding Party Dilemma

I have an interesting situation with my wedding party. All of my friends have moved out of state in the last few years. Only 2 of them do I really keep in touch with still. One of them is a guy who I have been friends with for 15 years (since high school) and the other is a girl that I have been friends with for 15 years also, but she lives very far away. I want these two to be my bridesman and bridesmaid, respectively. I also have a friend in the area and we just became friends one year ago but are very close and she loves to help plan things and is very excited about the wedding. I am having a hard time deciding if it would be appropriate to ask her to be my maid of honor if i have only known her for a year. I cannot ask the guy friend or the other girl friend to be maid of honor because they live too far away and can't help with much. I'm considering just asking my mom to be my maid/matron of honor because I know she'll be helping a lot and that would eliminate any issues with friends. Any advice would be appreciated.

Re: Wedding Party Dilemma

  • lyndausvilyndausvi Western Slope, Colorado
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    My entire wedding party lived OOT from me.   We all lived OOT from the wedding location also.    My sister (again OOT) and a mother of 3 youngish kids was my MOH.

    I guess I don't see the what the issue is of asking an OOT person to be a MOH?






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  • Yeah, my entire wedding party was also OOT. I had no trouble at all. 
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  • Choose the person in your life that is closest to you.  Having a MOH is about honoring your very best friend/closest family member, not about their qualifications and interviewing who would be best for the "job".  My MOH did not help at all with planning, other than offering her advice when I asked her opinions on things... which I would do anyway, because she's my best friend.  Your MOH may choose to do things like throw a shower or bachelorette for you, but they are not required.  She may offer to help put your favors together or help you address invitations, but they are not her job and this would be a true offer because she wants to help - and you should not place any expectations on her to do so.

    Choose the person who is closest to you because you love them and couldn't imagine not having them next to you as you marry your FI.


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  • Well, I would think it would be difficult to plan any bridal showers or bachelorette parties from across the country. Also would be difficult to help me address and send out invitations. These are things I'm going to need help with and if I have a friend that lives here and will be helping, I think it might be awkward to have the MOH so far away while my BM friend is helping me with everything. My friend that lives far away also has said she may leave our destination wedding immediately after to fly home because it is her daughter's birthday (she is separated from her partner and don't think the partner would be happy she had her daughter in Florida for her 3rd birthday). I feel close to all of them, just in different ways that come from high school friendships versus late twenties friendships.
  • AddieCakeAddieCake Beyond the Wall
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    They don't need to plan parties or address invitations unless they feel like it. I can't imagine expecting someone other than my fiancé to address invitations with me.
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  • Well, I would think it would be difficult to plan any bridal showers or bachelorette parties from across the country. Also would be difficult to help me address and send out invitations. These are things I'm going to need help with and if I have a friend that lives here and will be helping, I think it might be awkward to have the MOH so far away while my BM friend is helping me with everything. My friend that lives far away also has said she may leave our destination wedding immediately after to fly home because it is her daughter's birthday (she is separated from her partner and don't think the partner would be happy she had her daughter in Florida for her 3rd birthday). I feel close to all of them, just in different ways that come from high school friendships versus late twenties friendships.
    FI can help with the invites, and you don't need help with the bridal shower or bachelorette parties because you don't throw these parties for yourself, they're hosted in your honour with minimal input from you.  Your local bridesmaid can take the initiative to do this if she so chooses, or not.
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  • You don't get to plan your own shower or bach party - those only happen if someone offers to host one for you and anyone can offer, not just your wedding party. And if no one offers, then life goes on. Neither party is needed for you to end up married. As far as addressing and sending out invites, enlist your FI to help since its his wedding too. Your wedding party isn't there for free labor. If you want to do any DIY, then that means you do it yourself.  And why should it be a problem for your friend to leave right after the wedding? Just because it is a destination wedding doesn't mean your guests have to stay the whole weekend. 


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  • pinkcow13pinkcow13 The Concrete Jungle
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    Well, I would think it would be difficult to plan any bridal showers or bachelorette parties from across the country. Also would be difficult to help me address and send out invitations. These are things I'm going to need help with and if I have a friend that lives here and will be helping, I think it might be awkward to have the MOH so far away while my BM friend is helping me with everything. My friend that lives far away also has said she may leave our destination wedding immediately after to fly home because it is her daughter's birthday (she is separated from her partner and don't think the partner would be happy she had her daughter in Florida for her 3rd birthday). I feel close to all of them, just in different ways that come from high school friendships versus late twenties friendships.
    One of my bridesmaids lives in California, and from what I was told, she was the one that took the most charge when it came to planning my bachelorette and bridal shower. That's just her personality. Still, this is not something to base your decision on. No one has to plan anything for you, but if they do, it's not up to you to decide how difficult it will be for them as you should not be involved in the planning of these events.

    They should absolutely not help you address and send out invitations unless they offer to help. Again, not a reason to base this decision on. In fact, a couple of my bridesmaids offered to help me with the invitations, but I politely declined. I just set aside a few hours each night after work, and banged them out with FI.

    You can have them all be BM's or all be MOH's (FI had 2 best men), just definitely take out their geography and ability to help out at your wedding out of this.
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  • Just wanted to echo PPs - you should not pick your MOH (or bridal party in general) based on who is available to help you plan. My MOH moved to Australia six months before my wedding, and she flew back to the US two days before the wedding. All I expected of her was that she show up the day-of.  I was stoked just to have here there! Choose your BP based on who you are closest to, and either pick your closest friend to be MOH or don't have an MOH at all.
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  • I had two showers - one hosted by an aunt and one by my MOH - on the same weekend in another state. It was wonderful. My other bridesmaids attended from OOT as no one lived in the same place but they didn't have to. I was very clear on that. 

    I also had a small third shower thrown by a close friend in the state where I live and where the wedding was. She was not a bridesmaid, just a dear friend who wanted to do something nice. 

    All three were offered to me. I didn't expect a thing but very much appreciated it. 

    Also, I addressed my own invitations. It took a few days but not that big of a deal. 
  • CMGragainCMGragain
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    A MOH is simply the person who stands next to you during the ceremony and holds your bouquet while you exchange rings.  She has no special duties.
    It is your wedding.  You and your groom get to plan it.  Nobody owes you any parties.  It is nice when someone offers to host one for you, but it is not anyone's job to do this.  My daughter didn't get a shower, and she didn't care.
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  • Also, a shower or bachelorette party can be hosted (if offered) by non WP members. There is no rule about who has to host these. 

    OP- I'm glad you are going to ask all of your closest friends, and keeping them all as "BM" is perfectly fine too. 
  • Thanks for the advice - I think I will just have Bridemaids and no MOH. They all mean a lot to me and I wouldn't want to get married without any one of them. 
    Sounds like a great plan OP, make sure you are listening to PPs about what should be expected of your friends when you ask them to be honorary guests. 
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