Your wedding day is the perfect day to surround yourself with the people you love the most.

Wedding parties generally consist of a maid of honor and bridesmaids, a best man and groomsmen, a flower girl and a ring-bearer. There are so many different ways you can configure your wedding party. Here’s a guide to help you do so!

FLOWER GIRL AND RING BEARER

Young children tend to play these roles. Some couples choose to have their children in their wedding party, but not all couples have this option! Family members such as nieces or nephews are also great choices.

However, you don’t have so pick someone from your family! Some couples don’t have young kids in their family and choose another child that they know. If you still can’t come up with anyone for either role, nothing says you need to have a flower girl and ring bearer for your wedding.

Dogs are also a cute alternative for the standard flower girl and ring bearer! If you have a furry loved one, they could add a big “aww” factor to your ceremony.

​SIBLINGS

Brothers and sisters are one of the most traditional choices for bridesmaids and groomsmen. If a bride has a brother, there’s no rule saying that he can’t be a groomsman—especially if he knows the groom well!

FRIENDS OF ANOTHER GENDER

It’s becoming more common to have friends or family members play nontraditional roles in weddings! This means that if a groom wants his female best friend on his side of the wedding, she can be a “groomsman!” So many wedding traditions are going to the wayside or being altered to work for modern couples and this is one that we’re seeing pretty often.

MAID OF HONOR AND BEST MAN

Siblings of the same gender traditionally play the roles of maid of honor and best man. However, in situations where this is not the case, the choice is up to the bride or groom. Best friends, cousins or even aunts and uncles are great choices! It doesn’t matter who you choose as long as they feel like the right person to you.

PICKING AND CHOOSING

Your wedding party should be the people whom you consider close. If you aren’t close to your siblings, there’s nothing saying they have to be in your wedding party. As always, try to ruffle as few feathers as possible but you deserve to make decisions based on what you want from your special day.

MAKE IT A PARTY!

Your wedding party should make this special day even more fun. If there’s someone you want by your side, make it happen. There aren’t many rules to break and your happiness is the most important factor at stake. Life’s a party and you get to choose who attends!