Do I Have to Ask My Fiancé's Sisters to Be Bridesmaids?

Bridesmaids, Etiquette
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Choosing and managing your bridesmaids and groomsmen can be just as stressful as planning the big day—that's why we're here to answer all of your wedding party questions.

Do I need to ask my fiancé's sisters to be bridesmaids? Should he invite my brothers to be groomsmen?

Including future in-laws in the wedding party is always a good idea. After all, they're soon-to-be family and snubbing them could start you off on the wrong foot. However, depending on the wedding-party size you were envisioning, you might need to rethink asking other family members or friends to be your best guys and gals. If size doesn't matter to you (ahem), then ask away. But, if you're set on keeping your wedding party on the smaller side, fear not. There are several other important ways you can include loved ones in your big day. You might want to ask them to escort your grandparents down the aisle, pass out the wedding programs, do a reading during the ceremony, or man the guest-book table. Also, regardless of the role these special folks end up playing, make sure you've given them corsages and boutonnieres to wear on the big day to denote their VIP status.

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