I really want my bridesmaids and I to wear robes on the day of the wedding (for the pictures of course). I have a bridesmaid and a maid of honor that stepped up to be a part of the bridal party when a lot of people dropped out. Money is tight, since my fiance and I are paying for basically the entire wedding ourselves, we own a home together, I work only part time because I go to school full time, and we had to get my FH a truck because we were in an accident and his car was totaled. I want to do something sweet for them but I also don't want to jeopardize myself financially. What should I do? Should I ask them to purchase their own robes? Would that be rude?
You unfortunately can't ask them to purchase their own robes. The robes are not necessary, so I would just skip it if it would put you at financial risk. I have seen girls all wear white t-shirts and jeans, or something else matching but that everyone owns, and I think that's fine. Also, if you only have the two girls, you might be able to swing it--I have seen some very cheap robes on etsy and elsewhere. You could even go a t-shirt or pajama route and decorate them yourself to save.
If you are requiring the robes, you would have to purchase them for your girls. You don't have to do the robes though, there are other options that allow for good pictures where the bride and bridesmaids are matching, like oversized hoodies and leggings, for example. You could for sure get cheap hoodies at like Walmart or someplace and just tell everyone to wear black leggings (I'm assuming most girls have these, or at least yoga pants).
I agree with everyone else: these are not something you can ask your bridesmaids to purchase. It's not really because of "tradition" but just because it's your wedding, your photos, and therefore, your expense.
That said, don't jeopardize yourself financially! Just accept you don't have any more money to spend on wedding extras and know that your pictures with your dearest friends will still be lovely without matching robes.
I'm purchasing my two sisters who are my bridesmaids one and a personalized hanger. I didn't get them any gifts so I thought something they could use/wear more than once. I used etsy and I got a cotton one and aside from the wrinkling, I love it so much.
First check with them and see if they will pose in ro es, and what kind. Because a lot of women never will have a picture out on the web of them half dressed, or with a drink in hand, and sing bridesmaids don't traditionally all get ready together to begin with, ( that is a recent fad, along with all pro makeup), ... if they say yes to getting ready together, they may not put on robes even if you buy them. So ask before you buy. Many of the WP I have been in where most or all were getting ready together in a hotel, the bride has asked for something, all striped shirts and dark leggings, all halter sundresses that go down not up, all Hawaiian shirts and dark bottoms, all peasant blouses and full skirts, or, if people don't mind, bringing their own robes. Cheaper for you. There will be no half dressed BM pics on the internet issues, turning up when people apply for a job, people won't throw away robes they never wear, or cut them up for kids doll clothes. And m
Lol I don't think a picture of people in bridesmaid/getting ready robes will "turn up when people apply for a job" and prevent anyone from getting employed...people are in robes, not their underwear. This is pretty standard fare these days.
I'll probably do button downs but would majorly eyeroll a BM who refused to do a getting ready picture.
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The last one I ever agreed to do, did show up at a PT job interview, as the bride annotated stuff she put on social media. Investigated because of insurance, and being bonded, in shorty robes and bare legs crossed. Years later, I still won't do them, but have yet to be in a wedding where at least one other BM/MOH has not been concerned and refused, also. For weddings that are not out of town at a Hotel or B and B, it has not been traditional for the whole group to get ready together at all, untill reality tv began to feature it. Much less doing it in just shirt tails or shorty robes.