Alright, so I don’t have a step-grandmother and she isn’t really “evil”, just strongly set in her ways… While I was on the topic of family, I decided to share this story too, to try and give you all some encouragement as well.
So a couple of weeks ago my grandmother called me and we (of course) started talking about the wedding. Suddenly she asked me in a disgusted voice, “You’re not going to have 8 bridemaids like your sister did, are you?” Sadly, that is how many I have, so I had to say I was. Shocked and annoyed my grandmother started going off on me. She finally ended her rant by saying, “I don’t understand why you girls in this day and age have to have so many bridemaids!” Taking a deep breath, I explained to her that my fiance has 5 sisters and I have two, not including my best friends. She cut me off then by saying, “You don’t have to use all of them, do you?” I said, “No ma’am, I’m only using three of his sisters for bridesmaids, the other two are doing our photography, but I want to use both my sisters and give honor to my best friends as well for being there for me.” She was thoughtful for a moment and then we said our goodbyes. After I hung up the phone with her I thought about what she said. It is true that if I were only using the people I actually wanted to, I would have 4 bridesmaids, but I don’t want to leave anyone out and I want to give them a chance just like I have been given chances of my own.