(Closed) getting ready outfits – what did/will you do?

posted 6 years ago in Bridesmaids
Post # 2
43 posts
  • Wedding: June 2016

i would say no tshirts! If you all are getting hair and make up done, you are not going to want to have to pull that over your freshly done face and hair do and risk messing it up right before it is time to say i do! Im going to wear my fiancé’s button down as I think it’s a cute way to include him in the getting ready process! you could totally wear your fiance’s and then if you look on etsy, you can get button downs that are emborided with everyones initials! wear a white one of your husbands and then get all the girls ones that go with your color scheme! And then of they aren’t big enough to just wear by themselves, wear some leggings or whatever under them!

Post # 4
369 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: January 2016

I’m coming from a very different perspective – I’m assuming everyone will wear something that opens at the front because of hair, and I personally plan to wear like… yoga pants, a really stretchy spaghetti strap tank, and a zip up hoodie.  Possibly slippers.  (I’m a slobby college student, though.)  I don’t think any of my bridesmaids would want to be all matchy-matchy, though, so that’s also vastly different from what you’re going to have.  

I don’t even remember what I wore for getting ready for my best friend’s wedding.  I doubt it was a t-shirt or anything because I had a really complicated updo, but I honestly do not remember anything about what I wore before I put on my bridesmaid dress.  Actually, I pretty much don’t remember the entire morning before her wedding, I just remember it was insane and chaos.  I doubt she remembers even that much.  

I think your matching group thing sounds adorable, though, and it sounds like you have an amazing group of friends!  Since it’s a December wedding, why don’t you go for cutesie onesies that open at the front so nobody’s hair gets screwed up?  That might be fun, and comfy on top of that!

Post # 5
1695 posts
Bumble bee

Those fun silk robes! David’s bridal has started selling them now too but they’re all over Etsy for like $30-$50 each. I love BHLDNs robes too but they are more pricey. Perfect to get ready in for hair and makeup and they photograph beautifully 

Post # 7
1619 posts
Bumble bee

Everyone just wore whatever they felt comfortable in.  We are adults, we don’t need to dress in ‘cute’ outfits or matchy outfits to get ready in.  I really don’t understand this trend.  

Post # 8
857 posts
Busy bee

Onesies sound like such a cute and fun idea to get dressed in and then also to keep.  I would love a friend gifted that to me, even if it was also my thank you gift haha

Post # 9
3791 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: October 2014

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cantwaittobeemarried:  I did not buy anything for me or my BM’s to wear while we got ready. I just told them to wear a button up shirt, so that when they got dressed, pulling a shirt over their head wouldn’t mess up their hair.

I had a friend who made tank tops for all of her BMs, and I even told her (I was one of her PAs) that it was a bad idea since pulling them ove the head after hair was done could cause problems. But, she did it anyway.

I don’t even remember what my gals wore, but I just had on a button up top and some capri yoga pants. I was comfy!

Post # 10
1894 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: Cathedral of the Immaculate Conception/The Gallery

I’m not a big fan of requiring specific outfits, but, it seems like your friends are into that sort of thing. So, that being the case, there are definitely some cute ways of doing it that’s a little less revealing than a robe and cuter than t-shirts. Also button or zip-up is important because of hair and makeup.

Looks like you’re having a December wedding? Flannel would be really cute. They could wear their own or you could buy them specific shirtsif you really want them to match.

Cute PJs could be nice as well.

I would try to pick something they either already have, or would (actually, based on their style) want to wear again. And really, no one wants to wear anything that says “Team Bride” or “Bridesmaid” on it again. Ever. 

Post # 11
713 posts
Busy bee
  • Wedding: December 2016

Since I’m getting married in December, I was going to ask my BMs to just wear pajamas so we can be comfy and warm all day. I would love to buy us all matching or coordinating VS pj sets but I want to shop for each each like it’s her birthday and get them individualized gifts. I figure everyone has a pj set they can throw on. I will prob buy a special one for myself though lol

Post # 12
4044 posts
Honey bee
  • Wedding: June 2014

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cantwaittobeemarried:  My question is – where are you getting ready? If it’s at a hotel/someone’s house – totally fine to do pajamas or robes – but if you’re going to salon to get ready, keep in mind that it’s kind of weird to go to a salon in pajamas or a robe.

Personally, I’m against making everyone wear matchy outfits or telling other adults what to wear – but since you said it’s your groups thing – I think it will be ok. I like the flannel buttons ups or someting along that line – they could even wear those again. 

Post # 13
2452 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: September 2015

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cantwaittobeemarried:  I’m not trying to bash your idea or be snarky. I’m commenting specifically to answer the following question:

For those who don’t like getting something to wear, what have you seen that you did not like?

Because I really hate the whole matching getting-ready outfits. BMs are told what to wear for most of the day with their dresses, I don’t like telling them what to wear in the morning also, when I personally want to be comfortable… esp if the dresses I’ll be in all day aren’t comfortable. (My wedding I wore a stretchy tank top and VS running shorts, my BMs all wore comfy clothes they picked out).

So anyway… what I don’t like:

I don’t like the robes. To be, they’re usually ugly (crazy floral prints that make my head spin) and silk robes aren’t usually comfortable or practical (so a waste of money post-wedding. I hate not being able to reuse things). I’m also not super comfortable wearing robes around other people (potential boob slip, shows every imperfection, and I have  really skinny legs that I don’t like to show). I definitely wouldn’t be confident enough to be photographed in a silk robe.

I don’t like the corny tank tops with “Bridesmaid” bedazzled on them. You said you have a few curvy girls and I always think putting an entire bridal party in tank tops is never flattering. The super skinny look good, the bigger girls look even bigger in comparison.

I also don’t like when every bridesmaid is forced to wear the exact same thing. A style or color: ok. But an entire outfit, just like with dresses, is hard to find something that flatters every body type (especially since you won’t be altering these outfits like you would the dresses to fit them perfectly).

I hate taking away BM’s personalities. So putting everyone in the exact outfit is boring to me. I like to see variation.

To me, the best look for this type of thing (and the one I’d be least opposed to as a BM) is the button down shirts. But, not with a monogram (it’s also something I’d never wear again. I would never leave my house with my initials embroidered on my chest). Keep in mind the curvy girls though. Those with bigger chests may not be able to button all the way up or would require a much bigger, frumpier size that isn’t flattering.

The flannel shirts PP posted above is ideal. Everyone can wear a style and color they are comfortable in and the picture looks so much more lively and has more personality than the ones with 8 girls wearing the exact same thing.

WOW… I spent way too much time thinking about this LOL. I should probably stop procrastinating my work now…

Post # 14
1103 posts
Bumble bee

I personally am not a fan of the silk robes, because I think they cover a little less and are a little too slinky for all the pictures and stuff. I very much like cotton though, as I think it will stay closed better. I plan to buy cute cotton floral robes on Etsy from a seller than will make them custom for size and length, that way they aren’t too short, and the BMs can wear whatever they want underneath if they aren’t comfortable with just the robe 🙂 None of my BMs have been in a wedding yet, so I don’t have to worry about them having other robes or anything, and they won’t say anything like bridesmaid on them. I don’t like that because it makes it weird to use after the wedding. 

Post # 15
1786 posts
Buzzing bee
  • Wedding: August 2016

We are doing tshirts and ill tell them some sort of denim bottom (jeans/shorts) The shirt will be similar to these but say You Can’t Sit With Us on the front and bridesmaids on the back!

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