Gone are the days of head-to-toe matching bridesmaids. Today, your bride tribe has so many options for completely wearable looks that will fit right in to their closets and never end up at Goodwill. When researching this blog post, we decided to steer clear of the overly cited "biggest bridesmaids trends for (insert year)"... instead, we used our decades (yes decades) of experience in the fashion + wedding industries, taking a deep dive into ideas that are just good. Because we know that most of our readers are like us - just because some designer called something a trend doesn't mean it's good. So we scoured our favorite shops - both well-known big shops and lesser-known designers, and pulled together a collection that we're head-over-heels in love with. Please invite us to your weddings so we can see all of these amazing looks strut down the aisle in style.
These celestial beauties are so romantic. In this image, model Quigley models a beauty from Lovely Bride.
Whether you majored in astronomy, you have a thing for stars or you're channeling your inner goddess, this look just looks good on everyone. It allows you to incorporate a little hit of shine through the embellishment, with materials like soft and airy tulle or luxe velvet.
There's just something about head to to sequins that makes you feel like a modern Audrey Hepburn crossed with Beyonce (i.e. one classy b*tch). I make it a rule to always have one go-to sequin dress in my wardrobe. We are seeing this material cut in a variety of silhouettes - always flattering fit-n-flare, floor length fitted, 1930s bias cut, fast + loose flapper style... the list goes on. Sequins are always a good idea. Read on to see some of our favorite picks.
This one has a great detail - a deep V-neck in the front with tulle for extra coverage.
This one's so nice, we had to show it twice. Check out how it dips in the back!
The only time we'll ever steer you away from velvet is if you're getting married in the peak of summer. But if you're planning a fall or winter wedding, velvet is always a good idea. This crushed velvet mockness dress from MadeWell ($69) is gorgeous in gold.
Velvet tends to look best (in our opinion) when it's in either a rich jewel tone, with the exception being shades of blush pink (see two great examples of that below).
Another sweet fact: velvet is perfect in short and long silhouettes (even a jumpsuit- who knew?)... giving you plenty of options.
Your girls won't think twice about pickup up this dress to wear to your wedding. Not only is it under $100 (yay!), it's black and therefore completely wear-again-able (we made that word up, but it's true).
The best of both worlds - under $100 and in a range of ten sizes from XXS-4X. A common challenge when dressing bridesmaids is finding flattering fits for everyone, so we love ModCloth for making stylin' frocks for all sizes.
The boho look has come and gone throughout the years, but there's a reason it keeps coming back: there's something effortlessly natural about these looks. To pull this idea off for without looking dated, we suggest glamming it up a bit - instead of organic crochet details, choose an unexpected color like lavender or pick dresses with some beading for a little hit of shine. This image pulls it all together from Green Wedding Shoes.
We love this mustardy gold color. This look definitely isn't for everyone, but for the right bridal party it can totally be pulled off.
Anthropologie Goldenrod Maxi Dress, $188
This one is effortlessly long and flowing. Pair it with other tones of yellow and gold for a mix and match style.
It was important for us to cover a wide range of budgets, because we know it's a big ask to put one of the more expensive dresses on your bridesmaids' shopping lists. We wanted to include several options under $100, but we couldn't leave out the $500+ beauties from brands like Monique Lhuillier and BHLDN. Because if you're a badass boss lady and your friends all have sweet jobs, get fancy with your bad selves.
Desserts are a topic that we'll gladly talk about all day and every day. From French macarons to geometric shapes, hand-painted artistic effects and metallic moments, these trends will have your mouth watering. Perfect for weddings, bridal showers, baby showers and parties. DIY ideas, pics for your professional baker.
Llove is in the air and we have some adorable wedding guests to introduce you to. One of the furriest wedding trends that has been popping up lately is hiring llamas or alpacas for your wedding. Read on and try not to drool over these whimsical, magical creatures.