. My fiancé and I are getting married at the end of May. We're trying not to make a big deal about it and have thus only started telling people within the last week or so. We're just doing a very simple ceremony in the park followed by feeding everyone.
Recently several people, who have some experience planning parties have been trying to help us plan things. I really appreciate their help, but don't feel comfortable with some of heir ideas. I've lurked on these boards for a long time and taken a lot of great advice from you guys. (Thank you!) So I knew to go against their advice to only provide chairs for older guests and ask friends to cook for our reception. We're on a $2k budget but thats no reason not to provide comfortable seats and good full meals for everyone. To be honest, I doubt I would have taken their advice anyway as it just rubbed me the wrong way.
Anyway, the reason that this is relevant is that I'm not sure how to take this other piece of advice they are offering me. My fiancé has decided to have his two oldest friends stand up with him as "best men." There isn't anyone I can really think of that I would want as a bridesmaid. It's not that I don't have friends, but I'm not especially close with anyone. I'm told now that not having bridesmaids while he has best men is conspicuous and will offend my female friends/cousins. I know it isn't required to have even sides, but is it rude to have no bridesmaids at all when there are groomsmen?
PS- sorry for how long this turned out!