Planning a wedding is already stressful enough without worrying about whose feelings you're going to hurt when you pick out the bridal party.
So naturally, it makes sense to eliminate that part of the stress--even if that means having more bridesmaids than anybody could have ever dreamed of.
Casme Carter had the perfect Florida beach wedding complete with 34 bridesmaids.
Yep, you heard that right, 34 bridesmaids.
And that was as far as she could narrow it down.
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Carter, a singer, said that her day wouldn't have been complete without the 34 women.
"There are so many women I have met on the journey," she said. "Why not let them be part of my life?"
The bridal party, in addition to Carter's 6 biological sisters, included friends from all walks of life, including high school, college and her professional career.
Gary Carter, her husband, was at first taken aback by the news of 34 bridesmaids.
"Wow, you're kidding, right?" he originally said.
@Cosmopolitan Who even has 34 friends— Kayla (@Kayla)1562017225.0
@Cosmopolitan Y'all out here knowing and liking this many persons? https://t.co/6az5z5xLol— Ce-ce 🇯🇲 (@Ce-ce 🇯🇲)1562148724.0
@Cosmopolitan I don't think I could count 34 people I like...— Lana Evangelho (@Lana Evangelho)1562017215.0
@Cosmopolitan Who likes 34 people?— Janemarie Shea (@Janemarie Shea)1562094100.0
@Cosmopolitan She has got to be the best friend any girl could ask for to not only have 34 friends stand up for her… https://t.co/Q5878s28iU— Gin (@Gin)1562043390.0
And here's the thing:
Carter originally wanted to aim for 50 bridesmaids.
But unfortunately, since she and Gary planned the wedding in just three short months, there was not time to include the additional 16 women.
"A lot of them know my journey and know how much of a love bug I am," she said. "I wanted them to share this day with me."
@Cosmopolitan I don’t even know 34 people that can pronounce my name https://t.co/Qrkh926u6o— Milo✨ (@Milo✨)1562127944.0
@Cosmopolitan The poor wedding photographer who had to get them all in a decent photo together— italian stallion (@italian stallion)1562167020.0
@Cosmopolitan the bridesmaids when the bride throws the bouquet https://t.co/LacwxpszlW— lemonade was a popular drink and it still is (@lemonade was a popular drink and it still is)1562114634.0
@Cosmopolitan I don’t even like 6ppl let alone 34..34 https://t.co/SNu8feKL4y— Chrislove (@Chrislove)1562121218.0
@Cosmopolitan I can pull off 34 friends but some of y’all from Twitter gon have to show up https://t.co/gnU3HFkkxU— #DaylightSaturdays July 13th‼️ (@#DaylightSaturdays July 13th‼️)1562176863.0
Carter and her now husband, Gary, met over Thanksgiving and were engaged shortly after. The wedding began at dawn, and the reception following featured "a crawfish boil, barbecue, beach volleyball and other games."
"Every woman was handpicked because they have blessed my life at one period and time," Carter told Essence. "They all knew my desire for love and being loved by the right man."
@Cosmopolitan Would legitimately have to ask total strangers— Baljot Singh (@Baljot Singh)1562125877.0
@Cosmopolitan oh my gosh I have TWO bridesmaids and I’m overwhelmed with planning— 𝒜 (@𝒜)1562075501.0
@Cosmopolitan Me At The Wedding https://t.co/sYqkAqtUnb— Pastor Maasai Moo (@Pastor Maasai Moo)1562126691.0
@Cosmopolitan I mean getting 35 women to agree on a bachelorette is an accomplishment I guess— Deshawn Jones (@Deshawn Jones)1562163502.0
@Cosmopolitan @Pinky_Balboa this woman rocks. also, Destin, good choice!— mcwhit (@mcwhit)1562115764.0
Nevertheless, the wedding seems to have gone off splendidly.
All best to the happy couple and their 34 closest supporters.