Post # 1
I am getting gifts for my bridesmaids, but I’m hoping to also get them something to wear to look good in the pics while we’re getting ready that they might like and use after.
We’ll be getting ready around 1pm, it should be pretty hot, none of them have these items from other weddings yet, they’re all in their early 30s. It’s a weekend long domestic destination wedding at a venue w/a pool. Some ideas are below. They’ll be able to wear whatever shirts/bottoms they want underneath.
What would ou want: tank tops/tshirts, robes, or button down shirts?
Tank top or tshirt:
Silk, satin, or waffle-weave robe (not floral or patterned):
Button down shirt:
Post # 3
I had waffle-weave robes monogrammed for my bridesmaids, and they really liked them! A few of them have told me since the wedding that they wear their robes all the time. I think that’s the most re-usable option.
I think robes and button-downs are better than t-shirts/tanks because you can take them off without having to pull them over your head and mess up your hair.
Post # 4
@Shkragoldfish: Just let them dress themselves. They know what they are comfortable in.
That said, the robe or button down are your best bet, if they’re getting their hair done. Once hair is done you can’t easily get a t-shirt or tank top off without ruining it.
Post # 5
I definitely wouldn’t want something stating my role in the wedding because I would never wear it again.
Also, the t-shirts and tanks are probably not a good idea if they will be wearing them while getting their hair done.
I would prefer a silk or satin robe.
Post # 6
Honestly I’m not a big fan of this type of stuff, but if I had to choose I’d rather have a plain tank or one with just a simple monogram on it. If it has a wide neck it shouldn’t be difficult to take off over hair.
And maybe I’m weird, but I would not want to be photographed in a bath robe or long shirt looking like I have no pants on…
Post # 7
@Shkragoldfish: I am getting my bridesmaids, mom, and Mother-In-Law, plain button down black longsleeve shirts with their initials embroidered in red on them….I dont want to put my wedding date and things on there, because i want them to have use of it afterwards….and I think just their initials monogramed really pretty would be the best! so they can use it for whatever!!luckily i have colors that most people wear regurally….so i am doing my colors…If they werent they would probably get black or white button downs anyways….I mean no offense by this to anyone who has this as a color….but if I were in a wedding and the colors were like Hot pink….and i got a shirt that was hot pink i would NEVER wear it again!! like it would be hidden in the back of my closet until the end of time….so I kept that in mind….I want what I am doing for them to be practical that day and after!! I didnt want them to have to awnser what was special about 10-11-14 anytime they wore a shirt, or get them something that said Bridesmaid, that really how often would you wear a shirt that said bridesmaid on it! me personally I have 1 it is in black with Bridesmaid written in gold across the front, tank top….pretty but i refuse to wear it under anything but scrubs so the word bridesmaid dosent show through….or as a painting shirt….not what i want to spend money on for someone else!
also becareful picking styles of t-shirts and tanks and if you go the over the head route type of shirt make sure it has a LARGE neck hole….at my sisters wedding we had to CUT her bride t-shirt because it got stuck in her hair with like 20min before she had to go take pictures….and she had big wedding day hair! granted the t-shirt did mess up her non done hair when she put it on the neck fit well snug so taking it off then could have saved us alot of drama!!! but her Maid/Matron of Honor bought it for her and she felt pressured to wear it!! Just something to keep in mind!
Post # 8
@Westwood: I feel the same about the bath robe!! I would just feel naked and I run colder than most people so i would probably freeze!! and we are getting hair and make up done then going to the church a block a way (more plug ins and mirrors in my house!!) so we are doing the long sleeve button up shirts…but everyone has agreed to wear jeans with it! Since October mornings in Nebraska can be a bit chilly!!! so everyone is comfortable and it looks a little better in pictures!
I should note that my 3 bridesmaids are like myself and on the pasty end of the skin tone spectrum and we NEVER wear shorts in public!! I havent since my softball days!! So all three of them suggested we all wear jeans! (I was gonna wear crappy sweats but hey! i can change that quick since i live in jeans!)
Post # 9
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
I am not a fan of forcing (or “suggesting”) that BMs wear robes or tanks + short shorts… some of those pictures posted look really awkward. And monogramming things with wedding-related terms limits the further use and seems wasteful.
I just wore a button down shirt and cut-offs because I wanted to be comfortable, and it was great.
Post # 10
@Westwood: haha yes, that’s why I said my bridesmaids will of course be able to wear any clothes they want under anything I get them (including wearing pants, leggings, whatever). I’m also a little hesitant to get the robes because it seems odd to not be dressed while getting ready from 1-3pm or so.
I don’t like the “bridesmaid” stuff myself, which is why it’s in almost none of my examples- I included it as an option on the survey in case most ppl actually prefer it (I had a feeling nobody would). I don’t really like monograms either for myself & that can also be a lil awkward for bridesmaids who were recently married but haven’t decided last name/initials and/or they aren’t settled into whatever their new initials are supposed to be.
I’m not fussy- we’re doing our own hair & makeup- nothing fancy. Our photographer just spends a lot of time doing the pics in the morning and I’d like the getting ready pics to look nice (maybe even if each bridesmaid just has a wide-neck plain tank in a color she likes?).
Post # 12
- Wedding: August 2013 - Rocky Mountains USA
@Shkragoldfish: the only other thing is that if any of your BMs are body-conscious, tanks can be a little form fitting vs. a button down…
Post # 13
I see a lot of bees are either suggesting to scrap the idea completley or choosing robes or button down shirts b/c of hair/makeup. I’m starting to lean toward completely plain tanks in colors each girl likes. Robes can get a bit awkward as some have mentioned and I’d never want a robe myself. Have one I bought back when I had roommates, don’t use it almost ever.
@lolot: yes, I am not forcing anybody to wear short shorts or anything actually. I posted those pics b/c they were some I found that showed the tops/robes most clearly. My ladies can definitely wear pants, leggings, whatever they want. Those aren’t photos I’m aiming for, I just was trying to post pics showing robes or showing monogrammed button downs.
Post # 14
@lolot: hmm there are those flowy tanks too? none of my ladies have an issue showing their arms.
Post # 15
- Wedding: October 2013 - Vine Street Church
My own button down shirt and some capris, which is what I wore both in a wedding where I was a bridesmaid and for my own wedding.
Post # 16
@Shkragoldfish: It’s an inside joke only I understand, and I amused myself greatly by posting it. Please igore me, and carry on as if I’m normal.