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No bridesmaids? No problem! Ah, if only it were that easy, right? While tradition dictates that you have to have a crew of girls by your side on your big day, it's ultimately up to you what you do. To ease those feelings of guilt that are bound to creep up on you though, here are four valid reasons you shouldn't feel bad about not popping the question to your best girlfriends.
1. Your true friends will be happy to help regardless.
Because that's what friends are for, right? All you have to do is ask, and unless you're being a total bridezilla and demanding that they be at your beck and call every Saturday, slaving away on multiple DIY projects, we guarantee they won't be telling you to take a hike or questioning their non-bridesmaid status. Nowadays, it's not uncommon for brides to live far from their maids anyway so pals that aren't in the wedding party often wind up pitching in and happily so.
2. You're on a budget.
And how you allocate that budget (as long as you're paying, that is) is completely up to you. It's no secret that the more bridesmaids you have, the more expensive it is. The costs for flowers and gifts alone, not to mention hair and makeup for all your girls, can eat up a huge chunk of money. So yeah, if you'd rather spend that dough on a killer wedding gown, reception décor or a top-notch caterer or photographer, well, we don't blame you. Your besties will still be there to celebrate your big day with you, just as wedding guests, not bridal party members. Hey, at least they get to choose their own dress, right?
3. They're also on a budget.
Love don't cost a thing, but being a bridesmaid sure does! Relax, and remember that your besties may actually be relieved that they don't have to shell out another thousand bucks to be in yet another wedding next year. Instead, they can enjoy all the fun, prepping and planning stuff with you without the added financial pressures (like purchasing a dress and buying multiple gifts) that inevitably come with being a bridesmaid.
4. It's 2015.
AKA it's okay to buck tradition! In case you haven't noticed, everyone's doing it. So seriously, we swear no one will think twice about you not having a whole crew standing beside you at the altar, and if they do, well, that's their problem. Whatever your reason, it's your big day, and you shouldn't be guilt-ridden into doing anything you really don't want to do.