Post # 1
My bridesmaids will be wearing mismatched grey/silver dresses (that they already own, borrowed, or bought from wherever), purple shoes (same), purple bouquets, and I’m giving them sterling silver & purple earrings.
For our July outdoors wedding, temperatures will go from hot during the day and can cool off to low 60s after sunset. The venue has heat lamps, but at the reception we’ll be providing enough inexpensive shawls for about 1/2 of the women attending- we don’t want anybody going cold or leaving early for that reason.
I’m wondering if I should buy my bridesmaids nicer shawls or pashminas (in colors they like or in wedding colors) to give them as part of their day-of stuff that they can choose to wear or not. or should I just let them choose if they’d like one of the inexpensive shawls during the reception? Part of me feels that it could make sense to buy them shawls because they might not have something they think is nice enough to wear w/their bridesmaid dresses and I don’t want them to be cold or feel like they need to buy a nice shawl or coverup just for the wedding.
The shawls wouldn’t be their “gifts”- for their gifts, I’m giving them things they want and like as I would for their birthday or somehting.
Post # 3
I would get them shawls in wedding colours to wear with their dresses… how much you want to spend is up to you!
Post # 4
@Shkragoldfish: If it’s in your budget, I think it would be a nice thing to do.
Post # 5
@Shkragoldfish: If it’s in your budget, I would get them nicer pashminas!
Post # 6
I agree that if it’s in your budget, I think it would be a nice thing to do for your bridesmaids. I’m planning on getting some cardigans for myself and my bridesmaids to wear if it’s chilly outside during photos.
I also think that getting shawls for your female guests is a brilliant idea!
Post # 7
to PPs, yes, it is in our budget to be able to do it, so, based on your responses, I’m thinking that we will. I’ll probably let them know in advance that earrings and coverup will be taken care of (just so they don’t spend time or money finding something unless they want to).
@vip0802: thanks- I probably got the idea of the bee. we’re having a destination wedding and we want to be very appreciative of our guests (we’re also providing slippers for about half the women attending in case their heels get too uncomfortable) along with handheld fans for the heat and welcome bags of food.
Post # 8
I think pashminas are going out of style. A few years ago they were the hottest things and I own quite a few. However, I don’t wear them around the office like I used to. They just don’t get the same kind of time on my shoulders or around my neck unlike a couple of years ago.
I say, save your money and put the money you’d spend on pashminas towards an EXTRA-fab Bridesmaid or Best Man gift.
Post # 9
- Wedding: June 2014 - Catholic Church Ceremony & Restaurant/Bed & Breakfast Reception
I’ve seen some pretty nice pashima-ish shawls in the $10-$15 range…
It’s also a nice gesture~ not to mention something that if I were a Bridesmaid or Best Man I would wear it again.
Post # 10
World Market has some beautiful color scarves/shawls/pashminas that are very inexpensive! It might be nice for them to have some that match the wedding colors!
Post # 10
UPDATE: I didn’t end up buying the pricier shawls (couldn’t find ones that I liked in the right colors thank goodness) and I’m very glad I didn’t. Not all of the bridesmaids are into pashminas or live in areas where they work well. And, even though the area we got married in cooled off at night, it was really hot during that day and, by the time it cooled off, we were all hot from dancing and wine, etc. So the guest shaws I bought from chinatown were more than enough for everybody, including bridesmaids.