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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.
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.