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On the big day, behind-the-scenes activities can be just as important as the main event. The time you spend with your bridal party getting ready for the wedding is something that you'll remember forever. Beyond putting on makeup and getting those gorgeous hairstyles in place, it's also a moment to connect with your bridal party (while having a glass or two of bubbly).
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Chevy Berndt is the founder and designer behind BFFS & BABES. Berndt's designs include handmade tie-dye robes, customizable pajama sets, and more.
While robes are not a required item for your bridal party, they make for an extra special touch when youâ€™re all gathered together before the ceremony. "Wearing matching getting ready robes is a sweet way to bond with your closest friends and family," says founder of BFFS & BABES, Chevy Berndt. "Plus, these keepsakes are a great investment and will always remind your bridal party of your special day." What's more, if youâ€™re planning on having the wedding prep documented by your photographer, the occasion will become extra photo-worthy with coordinating robes for the bridal party.
Read on for the best getting ready robes for every style, body type, and budget.
What to look for in bridal party robes
Youâ€™ll want your girls to feel beautiful and comfortable in their getting-ready robes so it's important to find a style that's inclusive of all sizes and body types. Keep in mind that some bridal party members might feel more comfortable in longer-style robes. It's also important to consider a robe's fabric as some fabrics tend to be more see-through than others.
When it comes to choosing colors and patterns, it's helpful to draw inspiration from your wedding theme and color palette and to think about how a certain style will look in photos. If you're looking to add an extra special touch to your getting-ready robes, consider choosing brands and shops that offer monogramming.
Typically, the bride will purchase robes for her bridal party. If buying robes for your whole bridal party isn't within your budget, you should check with your bridesmaids to make sure they feel comfortable covering the cost.
From shirt and shorts sets to rompers and casual dresses, there are many alternatives to the traditional getting ready robe.
"We always suggest customizing robes with your bridal squad's names, so your party can enjoy their robe even after your wedding. If you want to be more creative, we love the idea of customizing the robes with cute nicknames, initials or Instagram handles, too," says Berndt.
Yes! In fact, it's usually more cost-effective to buy in bulk.
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Contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire, from couture wedding gowns to the perfect "something blue" accessory. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding guests, wedding parties, and more.