Alternate names for bridal parties – bridesminions, henchmen, adventure party, and more!

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What the hell do we call all these awesome people!? (Photo by Poprock Photography)

With the rising popularity of gender-blind wedding parties, and weddings without bridal parties, we need terms beyond “bridesmaids” and “groomsmen” to refer to the people who are helping you with all your wedding duties. Bonus points if they’re gender-neutral, ‘cuz we loves us some gender-blind wedding parties.

Here are a few of the creative alternative names for bridal parties that our readers and Tribesmaids have come up with:

We are having “I Do Crews” instead of bridesmaids/groomsmen/etc. We decided to be totally gender-neutral and focus on them as a collective group that has helped each of us as individuals. –Mo
There were a wide variety of thoughts that played into our decision to have an “adventuring party” rather than the traditional set of bridesmaids and groomsmen. First, that particular paradigm didn’t shout FUN in the way that an Adventuring Party did. -Geoff

“We had a “Pew Crew” since our wedding was in a church.” -Donteatmenooo

We’re having a Groom Squad and Bridespeeps, with men and women on both sides. –Gilly
My “maid of honor” is being called my “handmaiden.” The bridal party are “Friends of Honor.” –befuddledlife
I have a Brother of Honor and a Best Sister in the “stand up with us” roles, but I’m definitely think “Henchman” needs to be applied, perhaps liberally, to as many other “helpers” as possible. So awesome! –annarhoswen
Harbingers of wedding cheer.” –librobot
Because we are having a gender blind wedding party and one in which no one person is more or less important than the next one, we’ve been calling the group our “honor guard” and done away with the best titles. –daffogirl
My flowergirls are throwing leaves. I titled them “Ladies of the Leaf.” –elleluvsj
I’ve heard people use the collective terms “entourage” and “attendants.” Also, “Posse” and “bride’s gang.” –ocelot
Bridesminions. It makes me feel like an evil villain. –bethany
While [our bridal party] were the traditional sexes for the roles, we didn’t really think of them as matron of honour and best man, we really thought of them as co-conspirators. –lynn
Because my partner and I share our friends group so equally and aren’t really significantly closer to some people more than others it would be weird to have friends pick sides. Instead we have “crew-mates.” (We asked them to be our crew mates with bottles of rum and personalized labels.) They’ll be standing in a semi-circle around us instead of being on one side or the other. –Beth
My male bridal party is called my Marital Squires. –bemyrecords
We went with “bridesbutler” for my male bridesmaid. –genevieve
We have an absolute shitload of people (20 total but they won’t be standing up with us) and we’re calling them The Committment Crew. –mcmullek
The Nuptial Cabinet? (Assign each an office, Secretary of Defense, Secretary of State, etc.)
Parliament? (House of Lords, House of… er… Ladies, each with a Speaker)
Wu-Tang Clan? (Ruff Ryders, G-Unit, etc.) –hungrygrad

My fiance came up with the brilliant idea of calling our crew our “Matrimony Homies.” I was delighted by this and immediately requested ridiculous things like Matrimony Baloney, a Matrimony Pony, Matrimony Footlong Coney, etc. Anyway! This was a good way for us to incorporate both our bridesmaids/groomsmen as well as our officiant, who is a friend. -Anonymous

What gender neutral (or alternative) titles did you use for your wedding party?

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