Bridal party attire: To buy or not to buy?

I know it’s not tradition but I hear a lot of brides and grooms now ask their bridal party to pay their own attire for the wedding.

We are going to ask our bridal party to because, let’s face it, we have 12 people in our bridal party and, well, our budget just won’t cover that.

Don’t get me wrong, I do feel bad asking people to buy things that may not wear again, which is why Mehdi and I am choosing outfits we hope they will wear again.

I know if I was asked to buy a Little Bo Peep outfit for a wedding that costs hundreds of dollars, I wouldn’t be too impressed.

We did discuss it with the bridal party when we asked each of them to be a part of our wedding.

Now, I have to decide whether I go with a colour scheme I want or to go with something that is fair to them because they are forking out the dough and should be able to re-use their outfits.

Initially, I wanted a beige, light brown coloured suit for the boys because it will look great for my circus themed wedding but now I am not sure if I can justify asking the groomsmen to buy a suit that there is a high chance they won’t ever wear again. After all, suits aren’t cheap!

So, now we are thinking of going back to black because we assume that all of them would have at least a black suit and, if not, well they’re going to need one at some stage in their life, so I won’t feel quite so bad getting them to buy one. But I can’t get the image below out of my mind. I really want something beigy like in this image.

What to do? ARGH. I wish someone could tell me.

PS: One of our Ask Samantha questions, addresses this exact question, Who pays for the bridesmaids’ dresses?



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6 responses to “Bridal party attire: To buy or not to buy?”

  1. Bellenza Wedding Bistro says:

    It’s very thoughtful of you to be considerate of what your bridal party can afford…and will wear again after the wedding! With that frame of mind, I’m sure you will work out something you are happy with, too…after all it is YOUR day. :-)

  2. By the way, that image of the groomsmen is great…and vests are, at least, not as pricey as whole suits. :-)

    • Monica210214 says:

      Well I fgure it’s highly likely to be hot in February and I can only imagine how hot it would be with jackets on.

  3. Anna Jones says:

    Why don’t you get the boys to hire suits instead. It will be a lot more cost effective and you won’t have to worry if they will ever wear them again.

    • Monica210214 says:

       In all honesty I think I would feel worse asking them to fork out money for something that they can’t keep. My brother-in-law to be is a great suit bargain hunter and can find them at the same cost as to hire.

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