will be some wedding party! You are fortunate to have so many friends and
family that you want to honor in this way. (I trust that your church or
facility can accommodate 22 people at the front.)
I would ask the ladies soon. Agreeing to be in
a wedding means agreeing to the costs involved - gown, shoes, transportation
and accommodations. There may be one or two who will be unable to be in the
wedding either because of the cost or because of conflicts, such as
graduations or other events (watch out for pregnancies). Those who agree to
be in the wedding will have time to save money for the expenses.
How about having a party and inviting all the
ladies. It could be a BBQ or a picnic, something simple. Then, after dinner,
give each person a small gift box. The box can contain a note saying that you
are getting married, the date and location, and asking them to be in the
I would ask your maid of honor before the party,
however, so that the others don't feel bad that she was chosen for that honor
and they weren't. She might even be the co-hostess at your party.
Best wishes to you.
Glenna Tooman, ForeverWed.com Wedding Consultant
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