The Best Bridesmaids' Dresses of 2018
All eyes may be on the bride during the wedding, but that doesn't mean her attendants can't look great, too. This fact is something that the women featured in our real weddings understand, which is why it wasn't hard for us to find a number of beautiful bridesmaids' dresses in the events we shared in 2018. What was hard was narrowing our list down to just 20 well-dressed groups. And we say groups rather than dresses because matching attendants' attire was definitely not the norm this year. Although some bridal parties did wear matching attire, we found that more and more of our brides asked their closest family members and friends to dress in mismatched (but coordinated!) outfits instead.
You won't find basic, boring attire worn by the bridesmaids who did wearing matching attire, though. Take Miya's two attendants, pictured here, for example. The bride asked her two sisters to wear identical rose gold Sorella Vita gowns for her garden wedding in Michigan, and the figure-flattering, shimmering styles were elevated and fun. But we get that not everyone wants to wear color, and if you're not excited about asking your bridal party to wear a hue you love, you'll be pleased to know that white and black bridesmaids' dresses were also popular this year. In fact, there were so many bridal parties wearing these neutral tones that we had to limit our selection to include just two examples of each.
If you're just beginning your own search for stylish, flattering bridesmaids' dresses, let our favorite groups from the last year of real weddings inspire your next shopping trip.
Blue and Purple Bridesmaids' Dresses
Since Julia's entire wedding was inspired by lilacs, it was fitting that the color made its way into the rest of the big-day's details. Her ten bridesmaids' donned mismatched gowns in shades of blue and purple, plus a few floral patterns mixed in.
Black Bridesmaids' Dresses
Blush Bridesmaids' Dresses
Ashley knew she wanted her bridesmaids to wear mismatched dresses for her California wedding, but admits that the process of finalizing their selections was much more difficult than she thought it would be. In fact, she says that coordinating the color selection was "extremely difficult." In the end, her 'maids walked down the aisle in an array of different gowns from Reformation, Lulus, BHLDN, and Jenny Yoo, and we'd say her efforts paid off.
Floral Bridesmaids' Dresses
When you're throwing an English garden wedding, floral details are bound to be everywhere. That was bride Peony's thinking when she chose custom Razan Alazzouni dresses for her bridesmaids and cousins. The two different styles featured three-dimensional floral appliqués that coordinated with the rest of the wedding's décor.
All-White Bridesmaids' Dresses
We're big fans of bridal parties wearing white dresses, especially when the bride chooses a colorful look for herself! In the end, Beth asked her bridesmaids to choose actual wedding dresses for her Tennessee ceremony. Her reasoning makes sense: "I never felt prettier than I did trying on wedding dresses and wanted my bridesmaids to feel the same," she says.
Ombré Bridesmaids' Dresses
Blue Bridesmaids' Dresses
For her wedding in southern Spain, Daphne wanted everything to have a natural, ethereal vibe, so it made sense that her bridesmaids' would wear a mix of different dresses. She asked everyone to chose a solid blue dress they loved from Jenny Yoo Collection, then asked her maid of honor to choose a complementary floral gown.
Hand-Dyed Bridesmaids' Dresses
If you love the look of Anuja's bridesmaids' dresses, know that you'll have to go custom to replicate it. Her cousin and friends all donned hand-dyed blouses and skirts at her wedding in Miami, and their attire was so eye-catching.
Emerald Green Bridesmaids' Dresses
Patterned Bridesmaids' Dresses
Caitlin didn't give her bridesmaids too much direction in terms of selecting their gowns for her California wedding—she only offered guidance on color family and length. Happily, the bulk of her bridal party arrived at the wedding wearing floral dresses (from designers like Christy Dawn, Reformation, and Jenny Yoo) that all paired beautifully together.
Hand-Sewn Bridesmaids' Dresses
Momina did more than choose the bridesmaids' dresses for her London wedding—she actually worked with a designer in Pakistan to source the fabrics and embellishments and to finalize the designs. "I thought they looked absolutely beautiful, and the biggest compliment to me was that one of the bridesmaids rewore her dress to a recent event where everyone was asking her who designed it."
Wildflower-Inspired Bridesmaids' Dresses
At her wedding, bride Ivana donned three different outfits, so it wasn't surprising that she prioritized high-fashion attire for her bridesmaids, too. Her attendants wore custom made blue gowns from Lan Gui Yu, which were designed to mimic the wildflower theme seen throughout the rest of the wedding.
Eggshell Bridesmaids' Dresses
Dusty Pink Bridesmaids' Dresses
Black Bridesmaids' Dresses
Pastel Bridesmaids' Dresses
Mismatched Bridesmaids' Dresses
When it comes to mismatched bridesmaids' dresses, there really are no rules. Case in point: The attendants at Kate's Jersey Shore wedding not only wore different colors, fabrics, and patterns, they also chose dresses in a variety of lengths. By keeping the dresses in the same color family, everything still felt unified.
Dusty Mauve Bridesmaids' Dresses
Champagne Bridesmaids' Dresses
How amazing did Alpana's bridesmaids look in these champagne-hued lenghas, which were custom-made by The Peach Project by Ayesha? "I wanted something bohemian, royal, vintage, and minimalist to go along with our theme," the bride explains of the pearl-bordered pieces she chose. "It was hard to find as it's unusual for Indian clothes, which are typically brightly colored and embellished."