I thought I’d interrupt my posts on our ceremony to show the hive my bridesmaids and flowergirl outfits and their associated bling. My Mom and I went to Mumbai in December for one insane week of shopping and picked this all up in addition to 4 entire suitcases of saris, gifts, jewelry, etc.
I wanted to find four matching saris for my bridesmaids in a deep purple/plum color. Turns out it is insanely hard to find four matching saris and even harder to find them in a deep plum color. We were nearing the end of our trip so I decided to buy enough plum colored silk for four saris and four flower girl outfits. I also purchased some matching beaded borders. My Mom and I then took the fabric and borders to Sri Lanka to be custom made. I’m glad we did this in retrospect because I didn’t have to settle for a random color or pattern I didn’t like.
I first checked with my girls to see if they had any specific requests or things that might make them uncomfortable. A few of them were concerned with blouses that would expose their arms. Other than that, they gave me free reign. I made them a corset style, open back blouse. It’s simple but the back is pretty stunning when they are on the girls. Note the built in bra cups for support 🙂
Our flower girl blouses are of the same material but they are halter tops. Their outfits are lenghas (aka a skirt and blouse). I thought this would be much easier for them to wear and be comfortable in. Plus I just think it’s really cute when little girls wear lenghas and have their midriffs exposed. 🙂
In addition to the outfits, we wanted to get my bridesmaids some matching costume jewelry. We found this big marketplace in Mumbai that had hundreds and hundreds bangles. We were sort of in bling overload by the end but it was a lot of fun to pick out all the bangle sets for each of my girls. I got all of them the same sets except my MOH got a little more bling in hers.
We also picked up these earring and necklace sets for the girls to wear. We had them replace the pink colored beads with a deep plum color to match. I don’t have a picture of the plum colored necklace set but this should give a pretty good idea.
Big ol’ earrings
Although its customary in Sri Lanka for the bride to buy her bridesmaids their outfits, I know that is not generally the case. Did any of you buy your bridesmaids/flowergirls their outfits or jewelry for your wedding?