The latest wedding trend is for couples to tie the knot without a whole bunch of bridesmaids and groomsmen by their side! In some cases, they’re even ditching the maid of honor and best man, in favor of having a simplified wedding.

Tatiana Byron is CEO of The Wedding Salon, a bridal showcase company. And she says there are several reasons for the no-wedding-party trend. First: Couples are trying to save money. And one of the easiest ways to do that is to skip renting tuxes, buying bouquets, or paying for bridesmaids to get their hair and makeup done.

Also, Byron says that because today’s couples are waiting longer to get married, when they finally do say “I do,” they want to make sure they’re the center of attention. So, instead of having a huge wedding party at the alter, couples are keeping it simple – with just the bride, the groom, and the person officiating.

Plus, a growing number of couples say they just don’t want to deal with the stress of a wedding party. After all, many brides say that choosing their bridesmaids is a big headache because they don’t want to offend certain family members or B-F-Fs, who may wonder why THEY weren’t included? 

Also brides don’t want to deal with the stress that goes with bridesmaids – like trying to choose a dress that’ll look good on four different women, and then having bridesmaids complain that they don’t want to buy an ugly dress they’ll only wear once! It makes what should be the best day of your life, a total drag.

That’s why a lot of couples are now inviting friends and family to get involved in the wedding in other ways. For example: They may ask musician friends to play music during the cocktail hour, or get others to help usher guests to their seats. That way, friends can feel included in the wedding - in a meaningful way – without the need for a big wedding party!