UK Wedding Party Politics: 1 In 4 Families Fight Over Wedding Day Roles

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A wedding is supposed to be a day of celebration for the Bride and Groom as they embark on a new journey together as husband and wife. However, new research by One4all Gift Card has revealed that weddings can cause a minefield for UK couples, with 1 in 4 families squabbling over who gets to be in a coveted position in the wedding party.

Deciding on the size of the wedding party, and then choosing Bridesmaids, Groomsmen, Flower Girls, Page Boys, the Best Man, and the Maid of Honour, is no easy task, which could go some way in explaining why today’s average wedding party is made up of just four people, with many couples choosing not to have the more traditional Flower Girls and Page Boys at all.

The research survey questioned 750 married adults, with 30% of respondents choosing to keep the wedding party to family only, 17% selecting the wedding party based on who they were closest to at the time of the wedding, and just 7% choosing Bridesmaids and Groomsmen based on who they had known the longest.

While planning a wedding, making the selections for the wedding party can feel like a very important task. Interestingly, the survey discovered that 62% of those questioned confessed to no longer being in touch with everyone who was in their wedding party, while almost one in ten respondents don’t see anyone from their wedding party at all anymore.

Despite UK wedding party politics being a point of contention for some, 37% of survey respondents felt that the wedding should focus on the Bride and Groom, and that they should be free to choose whoever they want without anyone else influencing their decision.

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Rachel Delaney, Group Marketing Manager at One4all Gift Cards, said: “It’s interesting to see that choosing Bridesmaids and Groomsmen can be such a difficult decision for so many UK couples.

“Planning a wedding should be one of the most exciting and fun times in a person’s life, yet it seems that worrying about decisions such as who will be Bridesmaid or Groomsman is dampening that.

“Couples should be surrounded by the people they love the most on their wedding day – whether that is a sibling or a new friend, the most important thing is that they are happy with their choice, and that everyone is there to celebrate the happy couple and make the day as special as it can possibly be.