It’s time to start thinking about getting ready for your wedding. You’ve chosen the gown, the venue, and you’ve (of course) hired me as your photographer! Now, we can dive into the fun details. You can elaborate on your beautiful color scheme by choosing little ways to incorporate it throughout the event. From the ceremony decor to the groom’s pocket square, there are lots of ways you can infuse your personalities into your wedding.

Often times on Monday Memos, I’ll share planning advice. Today’s post is a fun share about the pre-wedding. The moments leading up to the ceremony are full of excitement and even better, you are surrounded by your best friends and closest family. A perfect bridal party gift addition is something they might wear to get ready in! Below I’ve provided some inspiration for you. There is lots of variety to match your squad’s style!



This is probably the most traditional and well-known option. You can find robes in a variety of colors and patterns, ensuring you can obtain pieces that reflect your wedding scheme. Robes can also be customized with names, wedding roles, or initials. Consider adding a lace hem for a romantic vibe!


In an effort to mention some things we can include for the dudes, I’m dropping this one on its own. Boxers, briefs, or maybe even a pair of gym shorts would make for fun getting ready gear for the guys. Even better? All of these things work for the girls, too!


Rompers have been growing in trend over the last few years. Given that you can usually step into them and pull them up, this makes them super friendly for getting ready purposes. You can avoid messing up your hair and make-up, but look fully dressed! Find a romper for everyone to match, or allow everyone to pick one they like for a coordinated but contrasting feel.


I think button up shirts are a little underrated. There are a lot of choices when it comes to ensuring this stacks up with your event theme. Think about it! There are plain, chambray, floral, flannel, long-sleeved, short-sleeved, and so many other endless options. These are just as easily customized as well. For a preppy wedding, consider a pastel button up with monogrammed initials for each bridal party attendant.


Can you go wrong with pajamas? Personally, the answer is no. This is the direction I went on my own wedding day! The girls wore pink and white striped button up’s with matching shorts. I had their initials placed on them so they weren’t such a wedding novelty, in hopes they would take them home and really want to wear them again. They all looked adorable. I snagged a pink floral set for myself from Plum Pretty Sugar.


I have to admit that I am still secretly hoping to show up to a wedding where a bridal party rocks Britney Spears inspired track suits to get ready. Winter wedding, anyone? Obviously this could be modernized for a super comfy getting ready outfit. These outfits give lots of flexibility and the zip-up jacket saves your look. Go the athletic route and customize your favorite yoga pants for your favorite people.


Call me crazy, but I’ve seen this done a few times and it’s truly adorable. Perhaps you’re having a waterside wedding or celebrating at a destination. Snag suits and trunks for the entire party to enjoy. This will create some amazing photo opportunities poolside, and who doesn’t love that?


Strapless dresses make a great alternative to getting ready gear. These can slip up over your feet and can be planned in a variety of lengths. You can plan for uniformity or allow the girls to pick something they stylistically love. Either way, everyone will look great. Choose these for a Spring wedding and mis-match floral patterns with similar colors.


Gals or guys, this works both ways! Go with your favorite team or just plan around your color preferences. I can imagine shooting photos of the guys playing touch football in the yard while the girls share a champagne toast inside. For the ladies, I suggest baseball jerseys. Remember-these button up and will ensure you don’t have to pull anything over your beautiful up-do.


I really love this one because it can pop up throughout the day! Consider having a hoodie, cardigan, or jacket made for your crew. It’s ideal if it is something they can wear while getting ready, but equally awesome if they can slip it on later with their gown. This is a great opportunity for Fall or Winter couples to incorporate another statement detail. Consider dressing the entire bridal party in sweaters or jean jackets for a group photo. They’ll be grateful for the stylish layer as the evening progresses!

Photo | Ashton Kelley Photography


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  1. Audrey

    July 2nd, 2018 at 10:24 am

    I’m a big fan of the matching pjs ;) Love these ideas!!

  2. ash10k

    July 2nd, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    You and me both, Audrey!

  3. Tasha

    July 2nd, 2018 at 10:30 am

    Such fun ideas Ashton!

  4. ash10k

    July 2nd, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    So much fun!

  5. Raina

    July 2nd, 2018 at 10:30 am

    I love this!! Can’t wait to share it with my couples. Those rompers are just the cutest!!

  6. ash10k

    July 2nd, 2018 at 12:52 pm

    Share away! Thanks Raina. You’re the best!

  7. Barb

    July 2nd, 2018 at 10:39 am

    These are all such fantastic ideas! I especially love the strapless dress idea so there aren’t any make-up or hair mishaps!!

  8. ash10k

    July 2nd, 2018 at 12:51 pm

    YES! And how comfy and cute would that be all day?

  9. Lindsay

    July 2nd, 2018 at 11:09 am

    I love all these awesome ideas for getting ready photos!!!

  10. ash10k

    July 2nd, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Me too! Looking forward to seeing the variety for the rest of the year and into 2019!

  11. Tricia

    July 2nd, 2018 at 11:58 am

    All fabulous ideas about adding the perfect details to your wedding party!

    I am Loving the swimsuit idea too!

  12. ash10k

    July 2nd, 2018 at 12:50 pm

    Right? I need a destination wedding stat!!

  13. Shannon White

    July 2nd, 2018 at 12:44 pm

    All of those are great ideas! Who knew there were so many options.

  14. ash10k

    July 2nd, 2018 at 12:49 pm

    I made a few of these up, but I’m sure they have all been done at some point!

  15. Kate Lynn

    July 2nd, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Ahh I love the romper idea!!

  16. ash10k

    July 2nd, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    Aren’t they so cute in their rompers from weekend before last?

  17. Vanessa Hicks

    July 2nd, 2018 at 1:13 pm

    I love it when the brides are in robes and the white button down shirts! Great post today!!!

  18. ash10k

    July 2nd, 2018 at 1:20 pm

    Thanks! A little inspiration for Monday!

  19. Natalie

    July 2nd, 2018 at 7:24 pm

    Wow! So many great ideas!

  20. Renee Hollingshead

    July 3rd, 2018 at 12:40 pm

    Oooh I love this post! Such a great resource for bride’s looking for getting ready attire ideas! I personally love the PJ’s because helloooo comfort!

  21. Valerie Shaney

    July 7th, 2018 at 10:55 am

    I love the Bikini and Swim Trunks idea! Sounds like so much fun! This blog is full of awesome ideas for couples in the wedding planning process.