Post # 1
Kimono-style getting ready robes seem to be a popular BM gift these days. I think they are soooo pretty! I’m considering getting them for my BMs (and one for myself, of course! :P) but I want to make sure it’s something they could use/enjoy afterwards (not just the day of).
So, bees who’ve received robes as a BM gift – Did you like it? Do you use it? Do you wish you had received something else?
Post # 3
@toelopeornottoelope: No, I don’t use it at all, sadly. It is a little too large (even though it is a small), and just isn’t my style (I like fluffy robes, and I’m not much of a silk/satin robe type girl). However, it served its purpose. I was able to get ready in the robe, I didn’t worry about getting makeup on it, or hairspray, or anything else (the bride spilled her mimosa on me a little). I think robes are an excellent prop for the wedding day, but I do not think they should be used as the gift. I mean, they are wearing these robes that you chose for your wedding day and will be in your cute “robed” pictures. It isn’t really a gift for them, more so as a gift for you (read: makes pictures cuter). My robe is in the bottom of a drawer, taking up space.
If you want to get them robes for the pictures, get inexpensive robes (you can find them this time of year for $10) and don’t get them monogramed. Then, you can still get them a personalized gift (I’m of the mindset that each BM should get a unique gift to thank her for her being in your wedding). I’m actually doing this exactly. I want the cute BM and Bride in robes getting ready pictures. My BMs of course get to keep the robes, but they aren’t their BM gifts.
Post # 4
@toelopeornottoelope: thanks for starting this thread. I hope lots of bees give opinions.
I am buying getting ready robes for my daughters wedding and at flirst we were going to do the weddingprepgirl satiny robes with words but then thought maybe just plain robes would be better and in a fabric they could re-use. The wedding is in Florida and it will be hot so we are thinking thin cotton.
I agree robes preferences are very personal…I hate silky and fluffy Robes, others only like fluffy robes, etc.
What do bees think of a simple, lightweight cotton that someone could use as a travel robe in the future?
Post # 5
@Stoich: that’s perfect. without a monogramme, i’d use it a lot
Post # 6
@toelopeornottoelope: I bought my maids and Mum a robe and I know they use theirs, though they were cotton, if that’s of any help.
Post # 7
I would re-wear a cotton or terry cloth robe as long as it didn’t say “bridesmaid” on it. I’m not a fan of satin so would not re-wear that.
Post # 8
I have been given a satin robe but I don’t wear it as I don’t like the feel of them, but a cotton one I wear all the time even if it had bridesmaid on it I’d wear it daily:)
Post # 9
Thanks so much for your input everyone! I am personally in love with the satin floral robes (no monograms) and would wear it all the time, but I wasn’t sure how common the feeling was – I’m definitely glad I asked! Looks like it would be more a gift to myself than to them – thanks for clueing me in! Back to the drawing board for gifts…
Post # 10
- Wedding: November 2012 - Oak Tree Manor
I’ve never ever re-worn the robes that say “Bridesmaid” on them, but I love my monogrammed cotton robe I got from one wedding and I wear it over and over again. (I live in the south, and we love all things monogrammed here haha.)
I received a silk robe from another wedding and I hardly ever wear it… it doesn’t keep me warm, and it’s not very absorbent so it’s not very practical.
We got married 6 months ago, and just randomly in the last week, 2 of my BMs texted me about how much they still wear their robes (which were cotton monogrammed knee-length robes). One of them even took hers to the hospital to wear after having her baby – that made me so happy to know it was getting good use!
Post # 11
I felt similarly to some PP…so I bought robes for my BMs as a PART of their gift, but it wasn’t the only thing in their big bag of goodies (the best part was, according to them, a Birchbox subscription, also included a cosmetics bag filled w/ lotions, diamond candle, and more), and I got the robes in their favorite colors to increase the chances of them maybe wearing them again, but knew fully well that the robes (and the wire name hangers) were more for me and my pictures than them so made sure not to have it be the only gift.
Post # 12
A friend of mine bought a chinese-looking silk patterned robe that I am obsessed with and have worn probably 400 times since then. If you got them all in matching-ish colors, and you got yourself a white floral pattern one, you’d get the idea of it being bride getting ready, with everyone being able to reuse their robe.
And it’d be unique, rather than the embroidered bride/bridesmaid that is seeming to become standard.
They’re on ebay for like $9 including shipping.
It looks terrible on this mannequin but amazing in person, photographs very well.
Post # 13
I got one that was too short so I didn’t wear it that day. I wore it a few times at home but then it hung ona hook for years and then went to goodwill.
Post # 14
@GamersBride: I completely agree with everything you said.
OP, IMO… anything that is given for use of your wedding day isn’t really a gift… it’s almost an obligation.
That said, though, it’s perfectly fine to include it but it would be wonderful if you gifted them with something unique to each girl’s likes… anything they can use at their leisure is truly a gift!
Gift cards to restaurants, bookstores and dep’t stores are great… something that says you really thought about her!
Post # 15
I got a plush warm robe that I love and wear all the time in the winter to keep warm. I bought my self a satin-type thin robe later cause I just liked it, liek the one pictured above, and never wear it.