Once the bride’s dress has been found, project bridemaid dress is usually the next wedding job. Finding the right dress for your ladies is no easy task. The golden rule when you accept the honour of acting as a bridesmaid for your friend, is acknowledging that it’s her big day and even if she wants you to wear a confection of peach frills or yellow sequins that could have come straight from Kathryn Heigl’s wardrobe in 27 dresses, you agree gracefully. Thankfully that situation is usually few and far between, but if you are looking for options that will look fabulous in the wedding photos and the bridesmaids will love wearing on the day, there are plenty of options that you can check out, whatever the budget.
Below we have pulled out our favourite websites you should definitely browse for ideas when you’re bridesmaid dress shopping. Whether you are looking for something traditional, contemporary or different, you’ll definitely be inspired by these gorgeous options. Here is the ultimate list of bridesmaid dresses.
Firstly, we’re looking at ASOS. ASOS have really upped their bridesmaid dress game over the past few years with affordable options and styles to suit black tie, summer and various colour palettes. One huge bonus with ASOS is that it is definitely on the more budget friendly side. Another is that their own brand bridesmaid offerings come in a number of versions such as Tall, petite, maternity etc. which can mean that you can get the same dress to suit different shapes and sizes without forking out a fortune on alterations. However the main caveat is that as there is nowhere to try on the dresses in store, that you really need to order a dress at least online to check the colour and fit/sizing before you get too invested. Having said that, with free returns and affordable options it’s definitely worth a click. They also have a massive collection of shoes, clutches, jewellery and hair accessories so even if you don’t find your dresses here, it’s definitely worth picking up the finishing touches.
If you’re looking for amazing quality dresses that come in pretty dusty and pastel shades and a mix of styles to suit every shape, then Maids to measure dresses definitely need to be checked out. This is a company run by two sisters in London and their dresses are stunning. Katherine Jenkins, Molly King and Lauren Hutton have all worn these beautiful gowns for their bridesmaid moments and for dresses that any bridesmaid will be looking forward to getting into, this Chelsea based brand is the golden ticket. The shapes are figure flattering and each dress style comes in a number of shades, so is perfect for a bride who fancied the girls in a mix of styles in the same shade or vice versa. The Nova style is reminiscent of the McQueen dress designed for Pippa Middleton at the royal nuptials, and the Lisette is a very flattering v neck that comes in both fitted and floaty versions, depending on your preference. The brands flagship shore is in Chelsea, London but is also stocked in The Little White Dress boutique in Castleknock and The White Gallery boutique in Newry. This is a pricier option but if the budget permits, is well worth it.
We have been SWOONING over the Rixo London dress collection since we spotted our girl crush Millie Mackintosh frolicking in one of their gorgeous dresses recently. These are beautiful vintage inspired dresses with a fun, bohemian feel. Perfect for those of you getting married somewhere warm and sunny and looking for a fun dress for your bridesmaids.
Next up is REVOLVE. REVOLVE is an online store based in the U.S. which sells various brands. It’s like an ASOS but with a higher price point. They have some amazing dresses to choose from for your bridesmaids. Some are more budget friendly than others. The thing to watch when ordering from the United States is the import duty which is 23% on goods over €150. It’s also worth checking out the rest of the REVOLVE range, particularly for the honeymoon wardrobe and the rest of the wedding wardrobe including the hen party. They have a gorgeous collection of bikinis and dresses.
This Irish store is best known for it’s cool fashion and style. They also have a gorgeous bridal collection in their store in Kilkenny which is definitely worth a visit. For bridesmaid dresses, they have a range of gowns in greys, pinks, purples and sparkly all with a more muted and dusty tone. As well as several options of dresses Folkster specialise in bridesmaids separates. These beautiful tops, new in stock and designed exclusively for Folkster by Kerrie Ward can be worn as a top with a long skirt or on top of a maxi dress to give a different look or easily add some “sleevage”. They also carry an extensive range of accessories that will appeal to the inner magpie and very reasonably priced bridesmaid friendly heels.
Shona Joy is an Australian designer and a very popular option for bridesmaid dresses in Australia. They are minimalist in style and have a range of colours and styles to suit all. We love the length on these dresses and how they scoop up in the middle to show off some leg.
Show me your mumu is a fun brand in the U.S. and their dresses are PERFECT for a wedding somewhere warm and sunny. The have a relaxed, boho feel. They also have a range of rompers which are perfect for getting ready for the wedding celebrations.
If you don’t mind splashing out on the postage and packing, BHLDN (beholden) is the absolutely gorgeous bridal line by the US boutique line Anthropologie. They have reams of stunning dresses and fabulous skirt and top combinations in a variety of stunning colour ways and lengths. They have plenty of options at both the vibrant and muted ends of the scale. They also carry the reliably gorgeous Ghost line of dresses on their site which can be dyed to order. While the online ordering can make things trickier, there is a guide to measurements which when combined with a measuring tape purchased in your local corner shop can have a very successful outcome. (When sites like this give thorough measurement charts, it’s usually much better at ensuring an accurate size than guessing your usual ten, twelve etc). The pricepoint for these dresses is at the higher end but it is
Wedding World has branches in Galway, Limerick and Dublin and is a great option for ordering Dessy dresses, which can practically guarantee a suitable bridesmaids gown to match the colour scheme, and again a great option if you would like different styles of dresses on different bridesmaid but ensuring the shade will match. While these dresses will be ordered to measurements in advance, there are no worries about seasonal stock or sizes selling out etc. The Jenny Yoo designs for Dessy dresses are a good option for flattering draping or some glitz.
Coast store have always been renowned for occasionwear and are another bridesmaid favourite. They have outlets all over the country which makes trying dresses for size very easy. If your bridal party is geographically scattered, it would be easy for everyone to pop into their nearest store to model a prospective dress or click and collect. Other major plus points are that their sizing is consistent, their styles are flattering and they have great seasonal options. Aside from the practical elements, they also design some really beautiful bridesmaid dresses. Word to the wise, the Liffey Valley branch in Dublin carries the largest range of bridesmaid stock.
Rewritten is designed for all of those damn cool bridesmaids and awesome party guests out there. They create dresses which are chic, sophisticated, a little bit bohemian and take an entirely modern approach to evening wear. All hand designed in London, and they create flattering, contemporary designs in the most beautiful fabric and colour combinations that you will want to wear again and again. Rewritten was created in 2016 by friends Katie Arnott and Frances Hudson, who, frustrated by the choice of dresses for their own bridesmaids, decided to create their own. They have a range of dresses, tops and skirts.
House of Fraser is a great option for bridesmaid dresses as you can usually arrange a visit here quite easily with your bridesmaids. You will find the gorgeous Adrianna Papell dresses which are perfect for Christmas and New Year’s weddings as a lot of them will have a little bling or sparkle. They also stock Monsoon, Phase Eight, Gina Bocconi and other more affordable brands. You’ll find shapes and styles to suit all. Check out their online collection here.