Basically, the FH and I are pretty sure we are going with linen shirts. They are cooler and beachy but can still be semi-formal looking. (The FH figured this could be his gift to them as well.) I mentioned having them in linen pants as well but the FH said they are much more likely to wear a pair of khakis again as opposed to linen pants. Point taken. Khaki pants it is.
Basically, this is probably what our groomsmen will look like:
I found linen shirts from Island Importer. They are the linen almalfi shirt in long sleeve. If we don't go with this shirt we will probably go with something very similar. I think instead of the white, we would order them in ivory since most likely my dress is going to ivory.
in french blue
I guess they can just wear brown leather flip flops and a brown leather belt as well. I mean this groom made flops work with a suit:
Although, I'm still not sure about flops for the FH though. My dress will probably be a bit more formal than hers. (I am making my decision this weekend!)
Now keep in mind, most likely we won't get married right on the beach. I would like a place a bit more private and I would like for my bridesmaids and I to be able to wear heels (the FH is over a foot taller than me.) I am leaning towards their gazebo or one of their gardens. Then we can kick off our shoes and take some fun pictures on the beach afterwards.
Now I am not super wild about fake flowers, so that really isn't an option unless someone can convince me otherwise.
I really like the idea of carrying votive candle holders like this one from luna bazaar:
I read a lot about making sea shell bouquets but I wasn't wild about the idea until I saw some diy pictures on Martha Stewart weddings.
This one is cute and you can dye the shells to whatever colors you need.
I love the mixture of flowers in this one. The only problem with these are that they pretty much will have to be done ahead of time (I doubt we will have that much time at the resort) and I would be afraid they could easily get ruined in transit, along with adding a lot of pounds to my baggage. And I am wondering how much they will really cost in the end.
But then I figured that handing out fans to the guests is a must (it will be 85 and humid) so I didn't want the bridesmaids carrying fans as well. Also, it probably isn't best for the bridesmaids to be up there fanning themselves. (A little distracting...)
Maybe I will get one for myself for some pictures too. I figured we could wrap them in bubble wrap and each bridesmaid could travel with it on her own. They are pretty lightweight so they shouldn't add much to their baggage. And it will keep the sun off them during the ceremony. My bridesmaid, Tanya, also suggested that maybe we can match the fans that we give guests to the color of the parasols. And they are less than $10 a piece on luna bazaar!What do you think? What unique things have you seen bridesmaids carry?