Post # 1
She said it’s supposed to be fun, but I don’t understand the point of it. Has anyone ever had to do this? Also, I’m supposed to come up with a poem to put on the shower invitation telling everyone to wear old bridesmaid dresses. Does anyone know of any poems I could use?
Post # 3
Haha! I don’t know any poems, but that sounds like it’s gonna be a super fun shower!!!
Post # 4
I’ve been thinking about it and what if you mention in the invite that bridesmaids were first used to confuse evil spirits of who was the real bride so they wouldn’t take her away, and then you can say that in carrying tradition you would like everyone to wear an old bridesmaid dress to protect the bride.
Post # 5
I once read on a blog of a bridal shower having that theme. I think the invitation said “Everyone’s a bridesmaid!” And mentioned wearing whacky tacky bridesmaid outfits from Goodwill or past ugly ones…
Post # 6
Wow, that is definitely a theme. Good luck on the poem. I am terrible with that stuff. It’s her day, just try to keep a good attitude. Personally I wouldn’t enjoy the task you have and would be dreading it 🙂
Post # 7
You didn’t get to choose
the colour, cut or style
Now it’s time to make that dress
go the extra mile
Bring the best and the worst
Puffy sleeves, huge bow or flower
And join us August Thirty first
For Sarah’s bridal shower!
Hmm… could use some tweaking, and obviously I just made up the personal details. I couldn’t find a pre-written poem about it.
Post # 8
I think that would be a totally fun shower. For the attendees who’ve never been bridesmaids or gotten rid of old dresses, it would make it a fun trip to Goodwill 🙂
Post # 9
I love that theme – sounds like fun!
Post # 10
Weird. What if you’ve never been a bridesmaid? Or your old dress no longer fits?
Post # 11
I think if that’s the case you’d pick something up at the Good Will. I have a bridesmaid dress that’s actually cute, and still fits. I’d hate for my friend to see pics and think I was wearing it to an ugly bridesmaid dress party, so I’d probably hit up the second hand stores regardless.
Post # 12
Who’s going to this shower? I don’t imagine a lot of older gals would welcome this. Don’t get me wrong. I think it’s a fun idea…if the shower consists of friends etc.
Also, I agree with folks who maybe haven’t been BMs. Trip to Goodwill? What if someone has a perfectly good dress to wear to a shower? She has to go down to Goodwill to spend money she qouldn’t have to otherwise spend? And besides Goodwill, what if not being a Bridesmaid or Best Man is a sore spot for someone? What if someone asks another guest, “What bride made you wear that?” And she has to sheepishly reply, “Ummm, no one, I wasn’t a Bm. I had to pick it up at Goodwill.” Or if some cousin feels slighted from not being in another’s bridal party…and they are both at this shower?
I don’t mean to be a stick in the mud, but this is the sort of thing that to me, looks good in theory, but can be a mess to apply. If the gathering is small, (perhaps for a bachelorette party) it might be easier to do successfully.
Post # 13
Daisylynn – I read about the evil spirits thing too. Too funny!
SapphireSun – Thanks for the poem! I love it!
I haven’t figured out why she wants to do this whole dress thing, but I’m thinking that it’s supposed to be a game. She won’t really give me details, except that if you don’t have a dress you can pick one up at Goodwill, and you don’t have to wear it, you can just bring it. I’m sure it’ll be fun, but I’m a little confused right now.
Post # 14
We did this for a shower once and it was so much fun. We took photos with the bride with the guests grouped by color. One of the games was who could throw the bouquet the farthest.
Granted, most of us were in our late/mid 30s but there were some others who were dying to be invited.