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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 bridesmaids 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).
Meet the Expert
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 bridesmaids, they make for an extra special touch when you’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 you’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.
Most Colors: Hundred Hearts Silky Lace Robe
Sweet details like lace trim make for a pretty photo op especially when it comes to the classic champagne toast shot! Available in over 10 colors and in a range of sizes, you'll be sure to find a style that fits your color palette and bridal party perfectly.
Most Chic: LeRoseGifts Soft Blue Robe
While blush is a very popular color for bridesmaids robes, soft blue is a close second. We love this calming and serene blue hue for a spring or summer wedding.
Best Blushes: LeRoseGifts Lace Satin Robe
Pretty in pink! These floral lace robes are perfect for a springtime wedding and we're even loving the matching floral crowns that tie the whole look together.
Best Waffle Style: The Fancy Pigeon Navy Cotton Waffle Robe
A waffle robe is not only comfortable, but it is also light enough for a summer wedding and thick enough for a fall wedding. A monogrammed robe makes for a great personalized keepsake that your bridal party will wear long after the wedding is over.
What to look for in bridal party robes
You’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 bridesmaids might feel more comfortable in longer-style robes. It's also important to take a robe's fabric into consideration 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.
Who buys the bridal party robes?
Typically, the bride will purchase robes for her bridesmaids. Not only will your bridesmaids appreciate them while getting ready, but it's also a nice way to thank your 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.
What can bridesmaids wear instead of robes?
From shirt and shorts sets to rompers and casual dresses, there are many alternatives to the traditional getting ready robe.
How can I customize my bridal party robes?
"We always suggest customizing robes with your bridal squad's names rather than words like “bridesmaid” 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.
Can I buy bridal party robes in bulk?
Yes! In fact, it's usually more cost-effective to buy in bulk.
Why Trust Brides
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, bridesmaids, and more. Sophie has been a bridesmaid many times and still has all (!!) of her getting ready robes.