Martha Stewart Weddings - - THE PLANNER -

Q: I have seven close friends, but I want a small bridal party. How can I in­clude ev­ery­one in a spe­cial way? —Christina, via email

A: No one knows bet­ter than Shira Savada, our real wed­dings editor, about mak­ing all your besties part of the cel­e­bra­tion:

1. In­vite them to help you prep.

“You can have any­one with you while you get ready,” says Shira. “Ask them to sport a color, or give them flow­ers to wear in their hair for the wed­ding, so they feel ex­tra-spe­cial.”

2. Have them do a read­ing.

Your cer­e­mony is the core of the day, af­ter all. Choose a pas­sage you love, or ask them to sug­gest one with spe­cial mean­ing.

3. Del­e­gate a “house party.”

This south­ern tra­di­tion en­tails ask­ing a few ladies to help with tasks like greet­ing or en­cour­ag­ing guests to sign the guest­book. Con­sider seat­ing them in a place of honor, just be­hind fam­ily, at the cer­e­mony.

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