It must be said, for a Bride there is nothing more important than the Bridesmaids. Choose them wisely and mix it up a bit. You are better to have more bridesmaids than less. Don’t forget family as well as friends. Your bridesmaid will be your support on the run up to the big day and on teh day itself.
If you are on a budget, then you don’t have to pay for the bridesmaids’ dresses. Normal smart high street dresses will do and you and ask them to pay for them themselves as they will be able to reuse them after the wedding.