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The 17 Best Velvet Bridal Party Dresses Everyone Will Want to Wear in 2023

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Selecting who will stand by your side on your wedding day is a huge honor and chances are you want to ensure your bridal party feels as special as they are on your big day. If you’re trying to narrow down your choices, be sure to consider velvet dresses. The luxe fabric is becoming an all-season favorite for wedding parties far and wide. Between its undeniably rich texture and entirely unexpected bridal party look, this ensemble is ideal for a chic and slightly unconventional wedding.

Meet the Expert

  • Alena Wells is the senior director of marketing at Revelry.
  • Ranu Coleman is the chief marketing officer at Azazie.

“We saw velvet really take off in late 2019, and it isn't going away anytime soon,” the senior director of marketing at Revelry, Alena Wells tells Brides. “It’s a great way to have unique and on-trend bridal party dresses, instead of the more traditional fabrics.”

Ranu Coleman, the chief marketing officer at Azazie adds that if a couple wants to be a little unconventional and make more of a statement, they should pick velvet dresses. “They are glamorous, lightweight, soft, and photograph beautifully,” she says. Bonus: Both experts agree velvet looks great on all body types thanks to the figuring-flattering yet forgiving fabric. A few of our favorite places to shop these beauties include Revelry, Azazie, Birdy Grey, Jenny Yoo, and Net-A-Porter.

Read on for the best velvet styles you and your bridal party will be sure to love.

Best Flutter Sleeve

Birdy Grey Hannah Dress

Birdy Grey Hannah Velvet Bridesmaid Dress

Courtesy of Birdy Grey

Size Range: XS-3XL | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within guidelines

Regal and elegant, the Hannah dress features a pretty flutter sleeve and a timeless V-neckline. Plus, that sexy slit calls for a statement shoe moment.

Price at time of publish: $99

Most Flattering

Norma Kamali Asymmetric Draped Ruched Stretch-Velvet Dress

velvet dress

Courtesy of Net-a-Porter

Size Range: XXS-XL | Length: Midi | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 28 days of delivery

Get ready for the most iconic walk—or strut—down the aisle with this statement-making and flattering velvet dress. For the couple seeking an ultra-chic and edgy celebration, this bridal party look is bound to elevate any modern affair instantly.

Price at time of publish: $175

Most Romantic

Revelry Bardot Velvet Dress

velvet dress

Courtesy of Revelry

Size Range: 0-32 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Final sale

The sweetheart neckline on Revelry’s Bardot gown gives us old-time glamour vibes. Plus, since Revelry’s velvet is more lightweight, you can opt for a nontraditional hue for a warmer season, and still feel chic and cool.

Price at time of publish: $189

For a Winter Wedding

MedeShe Women's Christmas Long Sleeve V-Neck Velvet Maxi Dress

velvet dress

Courtesy of MedeShe

Size Range: 4/6-18/20 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within guidelines

Coming in a variety of jeweled tones, this long sleeve velvet maxi is ideal for winter weddings and seasonal celebrations. 

Price at time of publish: $50

Best Bright Color

Reformation Salamanca Velvet Midi Dress

velvet dress

Courtesy of Reformation

Size Range: 0-12 | Length: Midi | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery

Coming in bright, of-the-moment hot pink, this Reformation velvet slip dress will keep your bridal party cool thanks to its spaghetti strap bodice and V-neckline. 

Price at time of publish: $328

Best Strapless

Revelry Quinn Velvet Dress

velvet dress

Courtesy of Revelry

Size Range: 0-32 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Final sale

Effortlessly romantic, this strapless gown comes in over twenty colors and features a button-back and small train that adds just enough drama. 

Price at time of publish: $189

Best One-Shoulder

Revelry Jade Velvet Dress

one-shoulder dress

Courtesy of Revelry

Size Range: 0-32 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Final sale

Fierce and flattering, Revelry’s one-shoulder Jace dress comes with an adjustable spaghetti strap. The striking side gathering makes for a flattering silhouette while the rosy hue works well for all complections.

Price at time of publish: $189

Most Dramatic Neckline

Pia Gladys Perey Norleen Dress

velvet dress

Courtesy of Pia Gladys Perey

Size Range: 0-24 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Final sale

Perfect for fall and winter events, Pia Gladys Perey’s Norleen velvet dress has a one-of-a-kind asymmetrical neckline. It's bound to wow your guests, and most importantly, make your bridal party feel 10/10.

Price at time of publish: $265

Most Playful

Revelry Riley Convertible Velvet Dress

velvet dress

Courtesy of Revelry

Size Range: 0-32 | Length: Midi | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Final sale

Also available in maxi length, Revelry’s Riley convertible dress will get your crew in the party mood. It can be worn cold shoulder, or as a flounced spaghetti strap dress, for an easy way to change up the look.

Price at time of publish: $189

Most Versatile

Revelry Micah Convertible Velvet Dress

velvet dress

Courtesy of Revelry

Size Range: XS-5XL | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Final sale

If you want an easy mix-and-match look, Revelry’s Micah convertible dress is a must. This infinity gown features endless styling options from one-shoulder to halter and crisscross. Plus, it comes with a separate bandeau top in matching velvet fabric for additional optional coverage.

Price at time of publish: $189

Best Plunging Neckline

Jenny Yoo Logan Dress

velvet dress

Courtesy of Jenny Yoo

Size Range: 0-18 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Returns accepted within 30 days of purchase

Ten colors, a flattering V-neckline, and an invisible illusion detail make this Jenny Yoo stunner the perfect choice for any venue or theme. Need we say more?

Price at time of publish: $290

Most Dramatic

Pia Gladys Peréy Strella Dress

velvet dress

Courtesy of Pia Gladys Peréy

Size Range: 0-24 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Final sale

Looking to turn up the drama on your bridal party's look? The Strella gown's draped sash waist and sweeping train will make your gals feel oh-so-regal.

Price at time of publish: $295

Most Sophisticated

Jenny Yoo Ellis Velvet Open Back Dress

Size Range: 0-24 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Returns accepted within 30 days of purchase

Sweet and sophisticated flutter cap sleeves meet a beautifully ruched bodice on the Ellis dress. Its simple A-line skirt effortlessly sweeps the ground. Choose between this beautiful French blue, English rose, dark berry, bluestone, or classic black.

Price at time of publish: $295

Best High Neckline

Azazie Blair Velvet Dress

Azazie Blair Velvet Bridesmaid Dress

Courtesy of Azazie

Size Range: A0-A30 (custom sizes available) | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of purchase for standard sizes

The Blair dress gives you the best of both worlds—a daringly playful side slit paired with a sophisticated and modest high neckline. We love the stunning ruching perfectly draped across the body of the gown.

Price at time of publish: $99

Most Flirty

Revelry Drew Velvet Dress

velvet dress

Courtesy of Revelry

Size Range: 0-32 | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Final sale

The perfect combination of formal and flirty, Revelry’s Drew velvet dress stands apart with its full tie closure. And if you’re looking for something a little more casual, grab it in a midi length.

Price at time of publish: $189

Best Off-the-Shoulder Neckline

JJ's House Sheath/Column Off-the-Shoulder Floor-Length Velvet Evening Dress

JJ's House Sheath/Column Off-the-Shoulder Floor-Length Velvet Evening Bridesmaid Dress

Courtesy of JJ's House

Size Range: 0-26W (custom sizes available) | Length: Floor-length | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 14 days of purchase for standard sizes

This sleek off-the-shoulder neckline frames the shoulders and collarbones oh-so-beautifully. Plus, between the wide array of color options and its streamlined silhouette, you simply can't go wrong with a classic like this.

Price at time of publish: $98

Best Budget

Lulus Debut Diva Burgundy Velvet Maxi Dress

velvet dress

Courtesy of Lulus

Size Range: XS-XL | Length: Maxi | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of delivery

Figure-flattering and oh-so Instagrammable, Lulus Debut Diva dress is a sure thing whether you pick it in burgundy, mauve, mustard yellow, or royal blue.

Price at time of publish: 64

What to Look for in a Velvet Bridal Party Dress

No matter what bridal party dress style (or styles!) you and your crew ultimately choose, we're strong believers that it all comes down to comfort and confidence. We recommend having your party try on a variety of cuts and silhouettes to discover what makes them look and feel their absolute best. A large part of this is, of course, the fabric! The material can have a significant influence on how the dress will hug and flatter the body. Velvet, in particular, is stunning because it's a slightly thicker material that tends to sculpt the shape beautifully. While it's usually found in more fitted, streamlined silhouettes, velvet can also be found in draped A-line shapes. The naturally warm appearance and texture of velvet is universally flattering and undeniably luxurious. While its richness is certainly alluring, keep in mind that this fabric may not be the best for weddings taking place in a warm climate. It not only visually fits more appropriately for fall or winter nuptials, but the fabric physically traps heat much more than breathable fabrics such as chiffon or silk.

FAQ
  • How do you pick a color for your bridal party dresses?

    Consider your venue, your season, and your formality when choosing colors for your wedding party. “Some of the hottest velvet colors we're seeing are in the dusty pink and terracotta hues,” says Wells. “We also see velvet bridesmaid dresses for the more elegant and upscale weddings, mostly in black and jewel tone palettes.”

  • How do you accessorize velvet bridal party dresses?

    While you can accessorize velvet any way you’d like, the luxurious fabric looks fantastic with sparkling details and elegant touches. “We love a more glam vibe with drop earrings or a statement necklace,” says Wells. “Velvet also looks amazing with fur shrugs!”

  • What season are velvet dresses best for?

    While Coleman wouldn’t suggest wearing velvet in warm temperatures, both experts agree it’s a “perfect choice for a fall, winter or an early spring wedding.” Wells adds that you should “definitely consider the temperature when considering velvet,” so be sure to try some options out before selecting the fabric. 

Why Trust Brides

Contributing writer Rachel Varina is a professional freelance writer, content manager, and social media manager. With over seven years of professional writing experience, her work as appeared on sites such as Cosmopolitan, Women's Health, Elite Daily, Betches, and Zola, in addition to Brides.

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