My fiance and I are about 6 months away from our wedding in June. When we first got engaged, I suggested not having a wedding party at all (obviously honoring siblings and best friends in some way) but my fiance preferred to have one. So we moved forward with the bridal party - 6 on each side.
Yesterday, we were discussing our vision following a long day of bridesmaid dress shopping and now we're starting to rethink having a formal bridal party. The girls have picked out dresses but the orders have NOT been placed so NO money has been spent so far (phew!). The shop we're working with suggested that we place the dress order by mid January at the latest so I really need to figure out what we're doing before we order and regret it. I'm also a little worried that my girls might be offended and think that the reason we changed our minds is because I don't like them not because I'm just not enthralled with the idea of the bridal party.
Are we able to still change our minds and go sans bridal party since no money has been spent so far? Is it ok to go to all of the girls and let them know that we have rethought our vision and still want them involved in some way? Will they be offended if we change our minds? If we decide to go without the official wedding party, are there suggestions for how to make everyone feel included/honored?
Thanks for any thoughts/suggestions/advice!