Tuesday, December 6, 2011

Best Maids and Dudes of Honor

Most couples picture their wedding and one of the oh-so-important questions to answer is which of my friends I would cast as the bridesmaids and maid of honor.  It occurred to me that I would really want for my brothers, who I'm really close with, to be in the wedding party.  I mean, I could always bully my fiance into adopting them as groomsmen, but why not just stick 'em on my side of the altar, where they could mutter sarcastic remarks to me and pretend not to be crying during the ceremony?

I don't know if anyone else remembers this movie, but it's probably a bad example to use because Patrick Dempsey is actually plotting to make the bride his own, or some romantic comedy shenanigans like that.  Regardless, this is the general concept I'm after today: using men as bridesmaids, and women as groomsmen.

Photo courtesy of Cate Misuraca.
I think this is a great idea!  Why stick your best friend on the other side of the altar just because he's a guy?  One of our brides asked her best guy friend to be her "dude of honor."  It's a growing trend, and I think that getting away from typical gender roles in weddings gives us a lot more freedom.

Photo from Dadiva Shop.
This diagram pretty much explains it all.  And I think it's great and fun that we're getting away from the standard, you-must-do-this rules of a wedding.  If something fits for you and your life but doesn't fit with the "rules," why not change it?  After all, your wedding should be a reflection of who you are.

Photo courtesy of Cate Misuraca.
So, if your best friend is of the opposite gender and you were thinking about making him or her your right hand man (so to speak), don't hold back!  Why shuffle around the bridal party when you can just have everyone where he or she would feel most comfortable?

Got any fun man of honor/best woman stories?  We'd love to hear them!
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