Wedding Gown and Bridesmaid Dress Pairings: Formal

If you're planning a formal wedding, the bridesmaid dresses should complement your gown. Start by taking a close look at your gown's fabric, silhouette, and style, and use our pairings to help you determine a shopping strategy.

Minimal Traditionalist

Forget all the fuss that often accompanies opulent weddings and take your style back to basics with this refined gown-and-dress pairing. The bold, rich burgundy of Jim Hjelm's chiffon dress adds festive flair to the demure neckline and sleek silhouette of Carolina Herrera's silk mikado design.

Wedding dress, Hillary, $4,990, Hillary belt, $1,990, both Carolina Herrera; bridesmaid dress, style 5228, $250, Jim Hjelm