If you’re wondering, are there any bridal party getting ready outfits that aren’t robes, looking for something that bridesmaids can wear besides robes for getting ready, or you’re curious to know what the best morning of the wedding outfits are right now, you’ve come to the right place!
Ah, so many questions about one detail: getting ready with your wedding party before the ceremony! This is a time brides like to set aside to relax, have small bites to eat, get hair and makeup ready, and most of all to enjoy the company of their best friends before walking down the aisle. This is a great time to have cameras at-the-ready since it is a pretty great time to capture candid moments. This may mean including this portion of the morning on your requested “must-have” wedding photos list for your photographer, or this might mean you take a different approach and snap the pics on your smartphone or use an instant camera like this for printed-out pictures to hand out to your bridesmaids.
Each year, we receive dozens of questions on this topic alone: what are the best bridal party getting ready outfits? We’ve seen many outfit suggestions or changes in the past, but one thing remains constant: the trend of wearing getting ready outfits altogether is one that isn’t going away anytime soon.
The fun part? The outfits keep evolving. And there’s no “right” or “wrong” bridal party getting ready outfits. Even if you love a trend that might not be so trendy at the moment, who cares? It’s your wedding, so you should only choose the things that you enjoy, not just because it is trending right now. We’re also noticing a lot of inquiries from brides on unique outfits for bridesmaids, or more specifically, bridesmaid getting ready outfits that aren’t robes. Brides want to stand out and choose the cool new trend rather than wear last year’s styles.
And that’s where the whole alternative to bridesmaid robes thing comes into play. It’s not like we have anything personally against bridesmaid robes. In fact, I love the idea, but I’m a total robe enthusiast. Just ask Andrew! I have a handful of robes in my closet, and then one fuzzy one that is not in my closet because I wear it so often that it only ends up on my dresser and then back on me at night. But since you guys have been asking for bridesmaid robe alternatives, we did a ton of digging and we’re pretty pleased with what we found. It turns out, there’s a lot of options when it comes to bridal party attire from button-down shirts to oversized flowy tees, bridesmaid pajama sets to rompers, and so much more. In our list, after a few frequently asked questions that may help below, we’ll show you twenty-two carefully selected bridal party outfits that aren’t robes.
Let’s discuss a few questions in-depth and then share some bridal party outfits without a robe in sight. Enjoy!
What Can Bridesmaids Wear While Getting Ready?
There’s an easy answer… and then there’s the fun answer. The easy answer is ANYTHING. For real. Do bridesmaids have to have their monogram emblazoned onto the outfit? Nope. Does the outfit need to be pajama related in some way? No. Does the outfit have to match everyone else? Not really. And do they have to wear an outfit provided by the bride? No way! There is one word of advice, though, important for the bride and bridesmaids. When deciding what to wear while getting ready for the wedding, make sure it is something that can EASILY fit over your head, or shimmy down your body and be taken off easily before putting on your dress. For this reason, button-down shirts, tear-away shirts, really oversized tank tops, full zip-up hoodies, spaghetti strap tank tops that are easy to shimmy (we’ve all been there!), and, ahem, bridesmaid robes are all perfect examples of something to wear that won’t mess up your hair and makeup. The last thing you want to do is pull something over your face or hair that will mess up all the work you’ve just done by having a pro tussle those waves or wing that eyeliner so perfectly. :)
Now that we have that out of the way, let’s talk about the fun answer: bridesmaids can all wear matching or coordinating bridal party getting ready outfits. It is fun to be a part of the wedding party, so the outfits are designed to represent you are part of the crew.
What Should Bridesmaids Wear Under Getting Ready Outfits?
Since the morning of the wedding is heavily photographed (usually), it is recommended to cover yourself underneath the apparel just in case there’s a bit of a… slip, shall we say. I think you get the idea, so wear undergarments as necessary. For robes, we always recommend wearing leggings underneath if you are self-conscious about it, but since we’re talking about alternatives to bridesmaid robes, that won’t really pertain; something similar, such as spandex shorts under extremely short pajama shorts, etc. is a good option.
Do I Give Bridesmaids an Outfit As Part of Their Gift?
Here’s the thing: who is the gift really for? If the idea is to give everyone a comfy pair of cute pjs, and you think the quality is awesome and bridesmaids will love wearing them, then yes! It is definitely a part of their gift.
But if it is something that is really — deep down in your heart — done for you as part of a photo-op, like a floral romper she would normally never, ever be caught dead in (but she’ll do it because she’s your MOH and your best friend, ya know?) then make it a “bonus” gift if you are able.
Are Groomsmen Getting Ready Outfits a Thing?
Not really. I mean, we’ve seen it a few times, but we’re not sure yet how much it is catching on. It’s fun, if the groomsmen are into it. Personally, the flannel shirts seem to be a huge hit, and I think it’s because men like to wear those things all the time in the fall and winter anyway, so you’re just making an even cooler version he can wear with his buddies.
See one example by BlushBridesCo here.
Who Gets a Bridal Party Outfit to Wear?
Great question! If you are buying outfits for bridesmaids to get ready in, you’ll want one for:
-you, the bride
That’s easy enough. If, however, you have others joining in on your fun getting-ready soiree, include the following — IF you can and IF you want to, this is totally optional:
-mother of the bride
-mother of the groom
TIP: If you are looking for flower girl outfits, read: 8 Most Adorable Flower Girl Pajamas.
Does the Bride’s Getting Ready Outfit Have to Match the Bridal Party?
No! As the bride, you can wear a bridal robe, if you’d like, even if everyone else is wearing alternatives to bridesmaid robes. If bridesmaids are wearing a floral print, you can wear all white; or, we’ve also seen the bride wearing the same print. It really doesn’t matter, but bridal party outfits tend to look better in photos when the bride stands out in a different color than the bridesmaids.
My Bridal Party Isn’t Wearing Outfits. Will My Wedding Be Ruined?
THE HORROR! Just kidding. This was just for a little sarcasm, ha! Of course not. Your wedding will rock, whether your bridesmaids are wearing robes, you choose bridesmaid robe alternatives, or you decide to forego bridal party getting ready outfits altogether and skip it. Is it fun to do? Yes! Is it optional? You bet! :)
Now… let’s get down to business. Here are beautiful, cute alternatives to bridesmaid robes that your entire bridal party will love to wear. These are not your typical getting ready outfits; these are fun, unique alternatives to robes and you’re going to love ’em!
Bridesmaid Robe Alternatives
1. Flannel Pajamas
These matching flannel pajamas are one of the best alternatives to bridesmaid robes for a few reasons. For starters, they’re completely covered; some bridesmaids don’t like traipsing around in a tiny little robe, but these are completely long-sleeved, long-panted pillars of comfort. Plus, have you ever worn a pair of flannel pajamas? They’re amazingly soft and warm, especially perfect for fall and winter weddings as pre-wedding attire for bridesmaids. These were extremely popular last fall and winter, and I only suspect they’ll continue to be one of the leading alternatives to robes this year, too! For this example, I like how the bridesmaids are wearing red-and-black buffalo check plaid while the bride is wearing white-and-black buffalo plaid. It is a cute way to stand out in your getting ready pictures. By Seline Lounge.
2. Plaid Button-Down Bridesmaid Shirts
This is another plaid winner, but not a pajama which means it offers a ton of versatility. For instance, if you’re popping the question to bridesmaids ahead of a fall or winter wedding, this is a festive gift to include with it. If you are planning to have a cabin bachelorette party, bridesmaids can wear these button-down shirts to it and again as getting ready attire before your wedding. These are one option by GiantLoveDesign.
TIP: If you’re planning a winter wedding, this pom-pom beanie adds a cute touch to your gift! One for you, one for your bridesmaid. By BubblyandBash.
Here is another alternative to bridesmaid robes: a flannel sleep shirt. It’s essentially similar to the one above, but a much loner-length so it can be worn by itself as a sleep shirt or paired with leggings. Note: order one size up to achieve the oversized look, as these shirts tend to run a bit small. By BridalBashGifts.
And don’t forget one for yourself: this button-down shirt can be personalized on the back with your new last name! By ShopatBash.
3. Mismatched Button-Down Bridesmaid Shirts
If you do not want a buffalo check plaid, there’s another option you might like: mismatched plaid button-down shirts. These shirts are a fantastic shirt to wear while getting ready: it’s easy to remove, you can wear whatever you want underneath, they look cute, and you can completely customize the color plaids you order. Choose colors within your color palette, or pick any other color you have in mind. The result: perfectly mismatched — yet coordinated — bridal party getting ready outfits. By WITULI.
Ah, yes, the romper. Have you ever worn one before? It’s cute, but you really want to get the right size. Some rompers are insanely, uncomfortably tight, but this one is PERFECT: it’s flowy, so everyone feels like the cut is flattering, feminine, and comfy. It is stylish, leading the way for one of the most popular bridal party outfits for 2020. And to top it off, it’s cute in floral or colorful options. This is definitely one of my favorite bridesmaid robe alternatives and makes for fun getting ready photos with your bridesmaids. This particular style we found at LeilaRoseStudio is a bestseller.
For a different look, this floral romper is a great suggestion! It has a low cut neckline, which is perfect for what to wear while getting ready… but as the shop helpfully mentions, it is not as great for modesty, which is easy to fix with a camisole underneath. Great tip! The thing I love about this romper is how adorable it looks, even after the wedding as you head to the beach or on your next vacation. And pairing them with sun hats for the bridesmaids? A YASSS in my book. ;) By Mari Collective Gifts.
5. Off-the-Shoulder Long Sleeve Rompers
OK, it’s another romper, but hear me out: this sits off the shoulder and has a ruffle, PLUS it has sleeves. To me, that deserves its own placement on this list! Talk about a cute look: off the shoulder, almost like a mini-dress before the other dress. This is a great alternative to bridesmaid robes because it’s more flattering with a long-sleeve for some, and others may like the way it easily removes with an off-the-shoulder style. The floral print wins here for any season. I can see this being a huge trend for getting ready bridal party outfits for fall 2020 weddings, especially with this particular color and print. You can buy these at SilkandMore.
6. Bridal Party Zip-Up Hoodies
These are brilliant: they are a full-zip, which means nothing will get snagged in your hair when changing from your outfit to your dress. Plus, as a special bonus, this is one of the items mentioned here that can be worn for months leading up to the big day — not just solely as getting ready outfits! Pair them with jeans, leggings, sweats, whatev! So cute + comfy. The best zip-up hoodies for bridesmaids are from ArenLace. Michelle is awesome!
7. Button Down Oxford Shirts for Bridesmaids
This classic menswear gets a perfect twist as bridal party getting ready outfits that look adorable! The pockets on these long-sleeved shirts can be monogrammed with your choice of style and embroidery thread. These sweet oxford shirts are a great alternative to bridesmaid robes. By ELRILEYGIFTS.
8. Oversized Flowy Bridesmaid Shirts
This perfectly flowy shirt is great as a getting ready outfit since it can be paired with a pair of yoga pants or leggings, shorts, a shirt, sweatpants, etc. It is oversized enough to be flowy and cute, but also functional: the extra material makes it easier to slide down your waist to remove, rather than pulling it up over your head and messing up your hair and makeup. By ApkBridesmaidGifts.
9. Comfy Hoodie with Yoga Pants for Getting Ready
This ultra-comfy hoodie is great for bridesmaids who love yoga, relaxing, lounging, whatever! Since the embroidery is simple and sweet, without ‘bridesmaid’ on it, it is one alternative to bridesmaid robes that your bridal party can wear as getting ready outfits, as well as Saturday errand runs, hair appointments, lounging around at home, etc. If you love these as bridesmaid robe alternatives, we recommend you give them to bridesmaids ASAP so they can wear these outfits to bridesmaid dress shopping, brunch, the bachelorette party weekend, and so much more — as well as getting ready for the big day. By SippinSeaside.
10. After This, We’re Getting Pizza T Shirts
These bridal party tees are so cute and the funniest bridesmaid robe alternatives yet! See them at DesignPunch.
11. Bridal Party Getting Ready Outfits – Sleep Shirts
These beautiful soft pink sleep shirts are personalized with your bridal party attendant names. What we love about these: they offer regular size and plus size! This is great for making sure everyone in your bridal party is comfortable, feels extremely flattered, and is wearing a size that fits them perfectly. Plus, these shirts can be worn with anything or worn as-is. You can get them at ModParty.
12. Chambray Bridal Party Outfits
Love the look of denim? There are bridal party outfits for that! Well, chambray, actually. :) These darling ultra-soft oxford shirts are embroidered with her initial or monogram. These are perfect bridesmaid getting ready outfits for any time of year and can be paired with bottoms or worn as sleepshirts. By EverlyGrayce.
13. Denim Jackets for Getting Ready
For true denim, a jean jacket that is custom-made for each bridesmaid makes a unique alternative to a bridesmaid robe, that’s for sure! These sweet jackets will be worn long after the wedding day. It is stylish, easy to button off to get dressed right before the wedding, and is personalized + handmade with love. Can you imagine how cute your bridal party would look outfitted with these?! I wish I knew of these for my own wedding! By SprinkledWithPink.
14. Bridal Party Pajama Sets
For getting ready in style while still being comfortable, these bridal party outfits will become their new favorite go-to pajamas to wear at home! These are so cute — you can get them in floral, solid, shorts, short sleeve, long sleeve, or shorts. The more sets you buy, the better the discounts; so, if you are buying these as bridal party outfits, buy them all at one time to save money. These are highly-rated pajama sets by Silk and More.
15. Floral Pajama Pants / Shorts
These darling floral pajama pants or shorts make lovely bridal party getting ready attire. Pair with any favorite tee shirt or get custom shirts made for your crew. By Walkin On Air.
16. Modal Jersey Pajamas
These sumptuous and soft pajamas for bridal party outfits are one of the most loved for two reasons: one, they’re amazingly comfy. Second, they are available in plenty of colors and styles to fit perfectly with every wedding party. By SelineLounge.
17. Bomber-Style Jackets
These nylon jackets feature Bride, Bridesmaid, or Maid of Honor on the back. These would look adorable for getting ready photos, around town, at brunch, anywhere your crew goes together! By ShopLuvOlive.
18. T-Shirt Dress
A cute t-shirt dress, add socks and you have the most fun alternative to bridesmaid robes ever! By SouthernMySass.
P.S. You can get adorable bridesmaid socks here.
19. Cozy Monogrammed Sweatshirt and Shorts Set
This set is super-cozy and lounge-ready! Getting ready outfits for bridesmaids that aren’t robes: check! total loungewear for now and forever? Check! Cozy never looked so cute. By SEmbroideredBoutique.
20. Sherpa Jacket with Full-Zipper
You’ve seen half-zip sherpas, but you really need a full zipper like this to give as bridal party getting ready outfits! Cozy, super-duper warm, and amazingly stylish, this sherpa jacket is definitely a unique alternative to the bridal party robe. These are personalized, too! By AmyAnneApparel.
21. Cheap Satin Bridal Party Pajama Sets
If you want an affordable set of pajamas, these amazing satin pjs are a perfect option — and the answer to what to wear instead of bridesmaid robes. :) At the time of publication, these were listed at under $20 each — a real steal! Cute, too. By TheFancyPigeon.
22. Monogrammed T-Shirt and Shorts
This is another set we spotted that is unlike anything else, a great alternative. The drawstring shorts look like perfect loungewear outfits for your bridal party to get ready in. By SEmbroideredBoutique.
And there you have it: the best getting ready outfits for bridesmaids in 2020! Most of all, these are the most popular bridesmaid getting ready outfits that aren’t robes. Which wedding day outfits are your favorite? What are YOU planning to wear on the morning of the wedding? Are you going to buy alternatives to bridal party robes? Why or why not?
Tell us in the comment box below!
We hope this helps you to pick out the perfect outfits for your wedding party to wear on the morning of your big day. If we missed any, let us know: we’d love to add to our list!
And… if you are wondering the timeline on giving the gifts themselves, read: When Should You Give Bridesmaids Their Gifts?