Wednesday, May 28, 2014

Wedding Wednesdays: The House Party

I was discussing the size of our bridal party with a friend of my mom's the other day and she couldn't believe that B. and I have eight attendants each. I've both been in and attended weddings with far more than that number, so I thought our amount was pretty tame. We would have had 20 attendants each in order to include everyone we love, but that would have been a bit ridiculous. 

Then while I was walking on the treadmill (silly wedding diet…ugh) and reading my copy of Southern Weddings Magazine, I read about the Southern tradition of the house party: 
Similar to the standard ‘attendant’ title, members of a house party are often assigned wedding day tasks like manning the guest book, handing out programs, serving cake, reading during the ceremony, or just assisting the bride on her big day. They can also be involved in helping with the bachelorette party and bridal shower, or just attending.
Some house party members aren’t assigned any duties at all, but simply included because the bride wants to honor her relationships. The only thing a house party traditionally does not do is stand at the altar with the bride — that spot is reserved for bridesmaids. HP gals can be seated in the first or second row, just behind family, and can be included in the wedding program. 
I thought this was such a great idea, and one I definitely might consider implementing. What do y'all think about this? I'd love to hear your thoughts!
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