Over the years, many weddings traditions have fallen by the wayside and it looks like another one is set to become a thing of the past.
At most weddings, the bride is accompanied on her big day by a group of her closest female friends, while the groom opts for his male friends to be his groomsmen.
Unfortunately, this can lead to some difficult decisions if your best mates happen to be a mix of both.
According to The Daily Mail, a new trend is emerging which sees couples ignore tradition and opt for a mixed bridal party – including bridesmen and groomswomen.
The practice is becoming increasingly common in Australia, with Brisbane native Alex Mazzoni telling the site that he wanted to have his sister by his side when he tied the knot.
“It was a pretty easy decision…my best man and two groomsmen were my best mates since high school and my ‘groomswoman’ would be my sister,” he told Daily Mail Australia.
“My sister and I are pretty close. I was actually her ‘man of honour’ a couple of years before and my sister had also grown up knowing my best man and groomsmen very well, so it was the perfect team!”
His sister Sara added that she was delighted that people were beginning to embrace mixed bridal parties.
“I love when couples break the rules and find fun and authentic ways to celebrate the start of their marriage. I think it’s definitely the new normal for weddings – you should be able to share the day with your nearest and dearest by your side, no matter if they’re a man or a woman.”