If we were to give you three pieces of advice when on the hunt for most beautiful bridesmaid dresses, it would be these …
1 – Always be honest with your bridesmaids. You cannot be afraid to hurt their feelings. It’s YOUR big day.
2 – Take into account their feelings. If they have real anxiety about a certain style of dress, they won’t feel comfortable wearing it. That’ll ruin your photos.
3 – Make sure you plan in advance, and then allow yourself time for something to go wrong. Someone will get pregnant. There will be that girl who loses or puts on weight. Someone will hate their dress at the last minute.
The more you prepare yourself for the big day, the better the chance you will have of being prepared for the things that can and will go wrong. No one has a perfect wedding day, and little things always go awry. Just go with the flow. And to help you find some inspiration for those beautiful bridesmaid dresses, how about these:
1. Mismatched Sequin Dresses
Who said your bridesmaids dresses had to match? Let each of them show off their own personality – give them a rough idea of what kind of dress you have in mind, but let them pick what they want.
There will always be someone who disagrees with the thin strap idea because they don’t like their arms. Then you’ll have the friend who wants a slightly higher waistband. When they have the freedom to pick a dress that matches their own personality, they’ll be much happier, and you may just find that they pick something better than what you would have chosen.
2. Long, Gold Dresses + Red Bouquets
When your friends are just that – gold – give them the gold treatment with these most beautiful bridesmaid dresses. Shimmering and splendid, this is a way of doing gold – a colour that could easily be seen as trashy – in a much more sophisticated manner.
The gold and red tones really compliment each other well, and your bridesmaids should feel beautiful too. They’re your best gal pals, they deserve to shimmer and sparkle on your big day too. Just a bit though, no out-shimmering or out-sparkling the bride.
3. Floral Rustic Dresses
These stunning dresses really are something else. We’re also especially in love with the adorable little sleeves you can see on the far right-hand girl’s dress. What a great idea for a more relaxed and boho wedding, and you could even replace the fabric with lace on more formal gowns. It’ll help to hide those “bingo wings” perfectly!
The bustling of fabrics around the midriff will help to flatter any bits you don’t like – perfect for pregnant bridesmaids, or ladies who haven’t quite got their pre-baby body back. Because, let’s face it, no one has time for that when there’s a new baby to think about.
4. Long, White Dresses
How do you feel about your bridesmaids wearing white? It might not be your cup of tea because YOU’RE the bride. YOU’RE the one who’s meant to be in white. But wait, before you dismiss the idea entirely, look at this photo:
It’s crips, clean, sophisticated, and utterly beautiful. It’s instantly obvious which one is the bride, which is definitely what you want on YOUR big day, but at the same time, those other dresses really are something else.
We’re just saying … it’s not a look you can afford to dismiss entirely.
5. Unique Black Dresses
These amazing tailored designs are so breathtaking, we almost wish all of your female friends were getting married so we could wear them regularly. Preferably so we could have one in every colour of the rainbow.
Structured dresses really bring something new into the mix – modern, yet classic, all in one. With dresses as outstanding as these, you’ll need to keep the additions and accessories simple. A string of pearls, perhaps? Or some wonderfully simply scrappy shoes?
6. Pastel Dresses + White Bouquets
There is something very classic and legend about this look, almost like the wedding photo itself could have been taken from the fifties or sixties. Have you also noticed the hem on the bottom of these dresses – longer at the back than at the front. What a great idea, and a perfect way to ensure no part of the beautiful details of this dress go unnoticed.
The shape of these dresses is also important – they’re structured, pulled in at the waist (which is flattering for pretty much all body-types), and the tailoring around the bust means they’re good for big and small busts alike. The neckline is super flattering, especially because the hair has been kept simple. There’s nothing we don’t love about this picture, or those dresses.
7. Long, Red Off the Shoulder Dresses
Underwear is just as vital for the bride as it is for the bridesmaids, especially if you’re going for a dress that has a beautiful strap detail, for example, or a strapless gown. The wrong underwear will ruin a beautifully-framed dress, causing lumps and bulges in places you probably don’t want them.
When shopping around for your dresses, make sure your gal pals understand that they need to pick the right choice of lingerie. You might want to take them shopping for that too.
8. Jumpsuits. Yes or No?
Jumpsuits … brave choice for a wedding? We actually love it a lot, and it’s definitely a way to do your big day a little differently. Your wedding day is meant to represent you – your personality, your likes, your dislikes, and the things you share with your partner.
But it’s also about the people you have around you too – the best friends you choose to share your big day with. If they would feel more comfortable in a jumpsuit rather than long, flowing dresses, why not let them try it on? This look is stunning, and we definitely wouldn’t have entertained it before seeing this shot. But what do you think now?
9. Short, Peach Dresses
If you’re on a budget, make sure you have a chat with your bridesmaids about their dresses early on. You could pay for the dresses, for example, which is often the traditional approach, delegating some of the costs elsewhere.
Your best gal pals are then free to pay for their accessories – things like shoes, bags, and hair pieces, etc. Whatever you decide to do, have the chat early on so that there are no uncomfortable situations later on.
10. Long, Black Velvet Dresses
Velvet is such a big deal right now, and we can’t help but think we’d like nothing more than to be wrapped up in a sassy little black velvet number. We’re definitely obsessed with these dresses. They’d definitely stand out!
A leg slit is quite a brave move for a wedding day, but these could always be tailored to suit each gal pal. You’d want a bit of a split to show off those amazing shoes though!
11. Long, Sequin Dresses
Is it wrong that we kind of want a long, sequinned dress like this as an actual wedding dress? Yes? Okay, but we’re still not changing our minds.
They’re stunning. We can’t stop looking at them. That back detail is so perfect, but just remember to tell your bridesmaids they’ll need to wear their hair up. There’s no point in covering up that stunning design.
12. White, Long Sleeved Dresses
How do you feel about long sleeves? For a winter wedding, this is a really good idea. A great way to ward off those goosebumps for when a jacket or throw just ruins the look.
They’re simple, each slightly unique, and more than that, they’re elegant. We’d be so proud to have bridesmaids like these. Wouldn’t you?
13. Long, Blue Dresses
Sassy, sexy, and sultry – three words we’d use to describe these beautiful long, blue dresses, definitely one of the top ideas in beautiful bridesmaid dresses if you ask us.
That stunning long skirt is a wonderful addition – you could have miniature replicas of your own wedding train. In fact, you could have anything you want. It’s YOUR big day.
14. Long, Neutral Dresses
When your circle of friends are so beautiful, they don’t need a dress to highlight it, how about these long, neutral dresses? Everything about this look is sassy and simple, sophisticated too. And those are three S’s we definitely love when it comes to beautiful bridesmaid dresses.
They’re in varying lengths and styles, but all still long and flowing, so each bride gets a dress that is unique to her. We think it’s a great idea. How about you?
15. Fall Burgundy Dresses
For a fall wedding, only the warmest tones will do. You won’t get much warmer than these beautiful Burgandy dresses, an almost perfect match for the bride’s red bouquet roses.
Brides are often scared of using red shades during their big day, mostly because of the “bad” traditions and myths. We say to scrap superstition. We LOVE this bridesmaids look!
16. Sexy, Lace Dresses
Most brides don’t want their bridesmaids to be sassy and sexy on the biggest day of their life. But then again, you’re not most brides. If you’re proud of your sassy circle, show them off. These sassy and sexy little lace numbers are perfect for just that.
Sexy, but not too sexy. Just the right amount of flesh, but again, not too much. It’s the perfect combination, and we’re totally diggin’ that navy blue shade too!
17. Long, Floral Dresses
You might already have a colour scheme in your head, but sometimes it pays to think a little outside the box. If one of your bridesmaids suggests a colour that you hadn’t thought of, let her try the dress on and try it alongside your dress.
The new colour scheme may just work perfectly, and just because you don’t see it in your original vision, doesn’t mean it can’t be the perfect finishing touches to your big day.
18. Long, Dark Grey Dresses
These dark grey dresses really are a work of art, and although darker shades might not be your first choice, they might end up being your last … We fell a little in love with everything about this wedding day shot.
Again, darker colours are always more flattering, so you have a higher chance of making everyone happy. That flowing fabric is also an excellent choice, and once again, flows over lumps and bumps rather than highlighting them. Definitely one you’ll have success getting everyone on board with.
19. Neutral, Mismatched Dresses
One of the biggest problems faced with brides when shopping around for bridesmaids dresses is getting a range of garments that suit everyone in the party. The maid of honour might not like the colour scheme, or your best friend from high school might not like the length. There are a lot of things to consider when looking around for these gorgeous dresses, and the only way you’re going to get anywhere near close to pleasing everyone is by asking plenty of questions.
Ask your bridesmaids to write down the things they definitely DON’T want in a dress, and then the things they would like in the dress. Then you can work out what might work across the board and go from there. Your other option is to let your bridesmaids pick out their own dresses from a similar colour scheme, just another tip for you.
20. Short, Green Lace Dresses
Simple, short dresses are often overlooked in the hunt for the most beautiful bridesmaids dresses, but as these lacy little green numbers show, short doesn’t need to mean not suitable.
With the right colours, the right hair, and the right accessories, it doesn’t matter how long or short your garments are, or if they’re even different lengths for that matter. If your gal pals have killer legs, let them show them off. Why wouldn’t you? Wouldn’t you want the freedom to do the same when you’re asked to be their bridesmaids?
21. Black and White, Striped Dresses
You wouldn’t normally think of black and white stripes when looking for the most beautiful bridesmaids dresses, but just how stunning are these chevron printed numbers? For a wedding that really screams style and personality, the monochrome one is a good one, and it’s an easy one too.
Black is always super flattering so no one can complain too much about the dress, plus it’s a really unique look too. At least you can be sure that none of the other brides on the block are rocking the same frocks that you are!
22. Simple, Long White Dresses
If your flowers really are a thing of beauty, show them off by leaving the dresses relatively simple, just like these simple, long white dresses, probably not something you would have even considered for a bridesmaids dress … right?
White isn’t really a traditional colour at a wedding for anyone other than the bride, but who says you can’t break the rules. If your pals deserve to be brides themselves, let them share your limelight. Wouldn’t you marry them all if you could?
23. Long, Pink Dresses
The colour pink symbolises everlasting love, making it one of the best choices for bridesmaids dresses. Understanding, compassion, unconditional love – these are all words used to describe the link between your wedding day and the colour pink. Why wouldn’t you want that?
It’s a feminine shade, and a caring one too, and doesn’t that symbolise your bridesmaids perfectly? Even the one who always says the wrong thing at the wrong time?
24. Long, Navy Blue Dresses
Theres no need to feel blue when you have the most beautiful bridesmaids dresses, and these are definitely beautiful!
Blue is a comfortable and non-threatening shade, which means everyone will feel relaxed and at ease throughout your big day. If you wanting a calming colour scheme, blue is the colour!
25. Short, Neutral Dresses
These little dresses are as stunning as they are simple, and although this neutral colour may seem incredibly daunting at first, the shape helps to make it very flattering.
The length helps to elongate the legs, especially with nude heels, and that flows chiffon fabric will glide over the skin. Each of your girls will feel like a princess! Plus those sleeve work great for all arm shapes and types. Also, and you probably didn’t notice, the necklines aren’t the same across the board … But it still works perfectly!
We hope that we’ve given you plenty of inspiration, and definitely some unique ideas to help create a wedding day that is every bit as wonderful as you are. Just remember that it is YOUR big day – you and your partner – so if you need to remind your bridesmaids of that from time to time, do so. Just do so nicely. You want them to have the most beautiful bridesmaid dresses, but at the same time, you want them to go with your vision too.
Congratulations, newly-engaged ladies! We can’t wait to see your bride + bridesmaid shots!