From the moment you say “yes” to your partner’s marriage proposal, there are so many things you need to consider. Bridal parties are just one important component. In the past, you asked your family member or best friend to be your maid of honor or bridesmaid, and she gladly accepted.
Nowadays, some brides are expected to pay for gowns for the bridal party and sometimes even travel expenses. It’s now common to provide your bridal party with gifts or loungewear for the day of the wedding. This is especially true if the wedding is later in the day, because who wants to parade around in a dress all day (and all night, if the reception is following the ceremony)?
Should you get something customized for each member of the bridal (or groom) party or pick up a nice, affordable option online? This doesn’t have to be complicated. Here are some ideas for bridal party loungewear to make your wedding a success.
Fitted tank tops. This is a great idea for a summer wedding, and perfect for Bald Head Island beach weddings. Have your bridal party wear tank tops in your wedding colors. Make them super cute by adding a bow to the back. In the front, you can customize them however you please. You can add each party’s name or initials or include the wedding date as a memento. Check out these adorable bow tanks on Etsy or these monogrammed tanks in a variety of colors and patterns for some ideas!
Flannel shirts. Tank tops won’t work if you’re having a fall or winter wedding, so look into something more weather appropriate. Flannel shirts are a great way to stay cozy during a fall or winter wedding. You can reuse your flannel shirt anytime in those chilly winter months. You can buy shirts based on your wedding colors and customize them for each member for your bridal party. Plus, because these shirts button down, bridal parties can wear them while getting ready – and they won’t ruin their hair or makeup! These embroidered flannels look super cozy, as do these made-to-order oversized flannels.
Robes. These are ideal for the morning of the wedding day since they’re oh so comfy! Your bridal party will love lounging around a Bald Head Island beach house in knee-length kimono-style robes as they await your walk down the aisle. You can include an eye mask and tote for the perfect bridal party gift. Check out the Divine Bridal Shop on Etsy for some gorgeous and reasonably priced robes. You can get robes in various patterns and colors and mix and match robes and sashes so that every member of the bridal party sports a unique look. After the big day, you can pair these robes with lounge pants or shorts for extra coverage and warmth.
Monogrammed shirts. These shirts are becoming popular among brides and their bridal parties. It’s fun to get ready in these oversized dress shirts, which sport each woman’s initials on the pocket. After the big day, these shirts are great for sleepwear, cover-ups at the beach, or simply paired with leggings for a casual look. Heritage Wedding has a few different options for these oversized men’s shirts, made feminine with color and embroidery.
Comfortable loungewear. For the ultimate in bridal party loungewear, look for companies that use only the finest materials and a variety of trendy designs in their pajamas, robes, and other loungewear. There are many options designed especially for bridal parties. Their items are great during the summer since the clothing is designed to keep you cool during the day and cozy at night. Check out Plum Pretty Sugar for some great ideas – they even have bridal party packages!
Weddings require so many details – but don’t overlook this one. By giving your bridal party loungewear, they’ll get the gift of clothing they can wear virtually any time of the year. They will always be reminded of the day that they participated in making the best day of your life much more special.
A big thanks to Ron Burg over at The American Wedding for this wonderful guest post, full of creative ideas! Check out The American Wedding for all your invitation needs! They also carry stationary, thank you cards, wedding favors, and more.
There’s really not much for me to say about Kate and Donnie’s October outdoor Bald Head Island wedding, because these incredible and gorgeous pictures speak for themselves. A traditional ceremony in the Bald Head Island Chapel followed by an outdoor reception under the oaks and the lighthouse on the Old Baldy Lighthouse Grounds made for the most charming wedding and reception a couple could ask for.
Bald Head Island has such a romantic feel, with the big oaks, the Spanish moss, and the idyllic, wide open beaches. Together, they make the perfect setting for a wedding.
Whew! I’ve been so busy working over on my food blog, I’ve had too little time to stay on top of getting all my weddings from the spring posted. I knew these photos from Millie Holloman Photography were going to be awesome when they came in – their work never disappoints, and this was no exception.
First things first – Jaime bought these awesome PJ sets for herself and all of her bridesmaids from Plum Pretty Sugar. They all matched and were so cute for the getting ready photos! I ordered a pair for myself and my sister for her birthday when I got home, and I can honestly tell you that I love them. They get softer the more you wash them. I love wearing them on the days I spend cooking all day in the kitchen and crafting recipes. If you’re looking for the perfect bridesmaids gift, I highly recommend checking their products out!
Jaime and Tom were married at the Shoals Club on Bald Head Island May 21, 2016. They had the largest wedding party I’ve ever worked with – 1o bridesmaids, 10 groomsmen, 2 junior bridesmaids, 2 flower girls, and 1 ring bearer. Once we added in Jaime and Tom themselves, we were up to 27 people to coordinate! That’s a lot when you’re lining up, walking down the aisle, and then reorganizing for formal announcements for the reception entrance. But, we pulled it off, and all went smoothly! The ceremony and reception were beautiful, and the Shoals Club staff came through for yet another wonderful event.
Sarah and Drew were married on Bald Head Island on Saturday, May 14, 2016. For any brides out there who want to be married on Bald Head Island, but think it’s too expensive, this post is for you!
Sarah hired me for my Weekend-Of package, and when I arrived on the island to meet with her the day before her wedding, I was blown away by how much she had done her on her own and how organized she was. From making her own tablecloths (not kidding!) and her own centerpieces, having her cake made by a family friend and brought to the island, to having friends and family handle the emcee and DJing responsibilities for the night, Sarah covered everything.
She made sure that for the day of her wedding, the right people were in the right places to allow her and Drew to relax and enjoy their wedding day. And as you can see from the smiles on their faces in the photos below, she did just that.
So the next time you think Bald Head Island is outside your wedding budget, think again. With a little creativity and support from your friends and family, anything is possible!
Here’s to Sarah and Drew, and to thinking outside the box. Thanks so much for allowing us to be a part of your wedding day!
Well, the spring kept me super busy with weddings – I was on Bald Head Island for 4 weddings in 5 weeks in May and June. Before that craziness started, though, I had the pleasure of working with Angelique and Judson on their wedding on April 2nd.
I first met Angelique and Jud on the island months before their wedding. They came down to met with me in person, and we had a quick chat at Sandpiper over a cup of coffee.
My favorite thing about Angelique and Jud’s wedding was their unique theme. They enjoy traveling together, and also learning about their horoscope signs. They made the theme of their wedding follow these, using their horoscope signs, maps, globes, celestial charts, and stars.
The centerpieces were all DIY by Angelique – she cut out celestial charts and maps in a circle, then had old hardcover books which I stacked in a short stack and topped with a small globe. We then surrounded the centerpiece with a few small votive candles and a sprinkling of cut out silver stars. The end result looked wonderful, and was so unique. Their guest book was a map of the world, which we laid out on a table and everyone signed. They took this home to frame it and hang it up! I love when couples put a personal touch like this on their wedding day.
Angelique and Jud also chose to do “first look” photos. This is when the bride and groom see each other before the ceremony, in private. It’s definitely a non-traditional option, but it can take a lot of the tension off the moment when the bride steps foot in the aisle. At that moment, not only is the groom seeing her for the first time, but so is everyone else. The first look offers a bit of a more private, intimate moment for the couple to spend a few minutes together, and with having that ceremony tension removed, can allow them to really be truly present for the ceremony and be aware of what’s happening around them.
First look photos are also some of the best around. I love seeing the different ways people do this, and the way the faces are captured, with the bride coming up behind the groom, and the groom turning around and seeing her for the first time. I thought the first look photos from this wedding turned out especially well – you can see the progression, and the pure joy on Jud’s face when he turns around to look at her.
And the party! Where else but Bald Head Island do your guests feel relaxed enough to breakdance and walk on their hands on the dance floor? That’s all I have to say about that.
All in all, this was a beautiful wedding, with unique, personal touches that really made it stand out. This is definitely one I’ll remember for years to come!