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 Hayley Paige Occasions' 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, Hayley Paige Occasions

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