with the wedding party. Tom wants his brother and his three true friends to be his groomsmen. And this is where I stumble. In regular life, I have more friends, acquaintances and pals than he does. I am naturally more social and outgoing but I still struggle with the concept of bridesmaids. Having said that, I do not want our parties to be symmetrical and I could go with only a maid of honor. And, frankly, I am not fully understanding the entire idea behind having bridesmaids. Maybe I need more education on this point? But the matter is - between my move to the U.S. and my divorce, in the last 10 years my circle of friends has changed at least three times, and I don't know who I would ask to be my bridesmaids. My sister will be my maid of honor. And then I have a couple of friends who will probably feel hurt if I don't ask them. Maybe my standards are too stringent? Maybe it is not such a big deal? I have had at least 3 very close friends fade away after the divorce - for one or another reason. I still have very close friends in Russia who I would love to see in my bridal party, but they will never make it out here (I know their circumstances and I will not insist). And then I have friends that I made around 3 years ago when I started my new job, and with whom I have gone through some lows and highs but I don't see them to be as close to me as they think. At this point, unfortunately, I don't think I have a single friend who is my true friend (I don't count Tom, my sister and a few friends in Russia). So, what do I do? Is there any required protocol that needs to be followed? I need to research this more.