When you're planning a wedding, you might find that you don't necessarily want to follow traditions just for tradition's sake, but you'd rather tailor the celebration to you and your partner as individuals. If you're looking for a maid of honor alternative, there are plenty of options for shaking things up and filling this role in a unique way, according to experts.
"There are plenty of positives from choosing to eliminate this role," Elizabeth "Liz" Babinski, a wedding officiate and owner of Liz Rae Weddings, tells Bustle. First of all, it allows the couple to choose the people that they want to join them as part of the wedding party without needing to follow traditional gender roles. This decision can also relieve the pressure that usually falls on folks who fill this role in the ceremony. "It gives everyone in the wedding a chance to be a part of the activities leading up to the big day without the job falling onto one person," Babinski says. "This also allows LGBTQ couples the chance to have a wedding party without it feeling like it needs to be formatted the same way as a heterosexual couple."
Here are some options for a maid of honor alternative for your wedding, according to experts.