Alternative Bridesmaid Dresses

Bridesmaid dresses – the gown that every dedicated friend dreads going to try on.

The gown that you (a cool, suave twenty something) and the bride’s little sister (who happens to approximately seven years old, and not quite as suave) both have to wear, look ‘adorable’ in and be immortalised on film for evermore. Don’t get me wrong, I do love a traditional option, and I’m not saying that the gown below is horrible – it’s actually quite lovely. But it’s undeniably safe, makes you look like you’re attending a school dance, and is hardly innovative. Image sourced here.

Traditional Bridesmaid Dress

Traditional Bridesmaid Dress

The focus on your wedding day should of course be you in all your fabulousness. But your bridesmaids are a huge part of the overall look and feel of your theme. What’s the point in having a quirky retro theme if your bridesmaids are stuck in A-Line ballgowns? There are so many options for bridesmaids nowadays so I thought I’d put together some alternative dresses to inspire you.

First up is a cute 50’s inspired bridesmaid dress from Dolly Dare, a boutique based in London. These dresses were originally featured on Love my Dress in a beach theme real wedding. What I love about this look is that although they decided on matching dresses, the different shoes and hair styling gives a more rustic, vintage vibe.

Dolly Dare Bridesmaid Dress

50’s Style Bridesmaid Dresses

The next style of dress would be perfect for summertime wedding – the maxi dress might normally be associated with a garden party or day at the beach, but this example shows how it can be adapted for a wedding day too. Image sourced here.

Summer Bridesmaid Dresses

Maxi Style Bridesmaid Dresses – perfect for Summer

The 1920’s are hugely popular as a source of wedding inspiration. I love the 1920’s vibe – flapper dresses, feathers and jazz music – this was an era of prohibited alcohol and Bugsy Malone. The dresses below embrace the flapper feel and are a perfect example of how you can provide a similar style of dress for differing ages, without embarrassing your adult bridesmaids!! Image sourced here.

Vintage Bridesmaid Dresses

1920’s Inspired Bridesmaid Dresses

Sticking with the 1920’s here, this next image shows a new trend of having mismatched bridesmaid dresses. I love this quirky wedding and the groom’s outfit is just fabulous! I also like the colour clash between the clothing and the flowers. Image sourced here.

1920's Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

Vintage Wedding with Mismatched Bridesmaid Dresses

I also love the use of cowboy boots, mismatched dresses, and the cutest umbrellas in this final image. This couldn’t be further from the traditional bridesmaid dress and they look just wonderful!! Image sourced here.

Quirky Bridesmaid Dresses

Mismatched Boots & Brollies

L x


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  1. I love this! It made me “awwwww” My favourite is your first example, I love that they are wearing the same dress but with different necklines to flatter their shape. And I adore the monochrome clashing patterns and bright bouquet!! 🙂

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