Yes! My fiance and I decided that we wanted to keep things simple, and that means no headaches with choosing a bridal party or organizing them or figuring out what they're going to wear. Shortly after I was engaged, I sent an email to my five closest friends that said, in part:
You are the women I love most in the world. We've been there for each other over many years, counseled each other on bad boyfriends, and made each other laugh until we cried. You've supported me in everything and I hope I've done the same for you. Now that I'm getting married (ah!!), you are the ones I'd ask to be my bridesmaids.
Except why would I ask you to wear hideous matching dresses, or march down an aisle carrying flower pom-poms, or come with me to my dress fittings? Instead, I have a much more important job for you: keeping me sane. Call me and tell me about what's going on in your lives, laugh with me, make travel plans with me. I don't want bridesmaids; I want you guys to be what you've always been â€” my best friends.
That is my philosophy regarding bridal parties.