How Many Bridesmaids You Have Is Determined By Where You Live


Whether you want two or ten bridesmaids in your wedding party may have little to do with the size of your social network. According to a recent study by Weddington Way, where you live might be the better indicator of how many 'maids you'll have. First, the study established a baseline: The national average number of bridesmaids per wedding party is about four-and-a-half, which means even bridal parties of five are above average across America.

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Bridal parties of seven or more 'maids find themselves in small company: Just two percent of wedding parties reach this number across the country. But now for the nitty-gritty: Weddington Way narrowed down the cities with the largest bridal parties. They found the largest number of 'maids can be found in the South. In fact, Charleston, South Carolina; Birmingham, Alabama; New Orleans, Louisiana; and Columbia, South Carolina top Weddington Way's list of cities, with each averaging five bridesmaids per party.

The top two percent of the biggest bridal parties — the ones with seven or more 'maids — can also be found in the South, according to Weddington Way. According to the study, "in cities like Birmingham, New Orleans, Charleston, and Waco, there is roughly a 25 percent chance that any given wedding you attend will have seven or more bridesmaids."

The study concludes, "There is of course no normal number of bridesmaids for a wedding. The U.S. average is around four-and-a-half. But if you live in the South, that number might be a bit higher. And if you live in Charleston, South Carolina, there is a good chance you're going to have a really big wedding party."

So you see brides, it doesn't matter if you have a big wedding party or not. The average in America is actually really small, and it seems that most people like it this way.

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