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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, rich fabric is becoming an all-season favorite for wedding parties far and wide.
Meet the Expert
“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 bridesmaid 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.
From long luxe numbers to playful modern midis, take a look at some of the best velvet styles your bridal party will be sure to love.
Favorite Midi: Blush Mark Sweet Desire Navy Blue Velvet Midi Dress
This sophisticated midi dress is truly hard to beat thanks to its flattering cut and pleated tulip hem. “The fabric is very forgiving, it has great elasticity, and is so soft and lightweight,” says Coleman. “It looks great on all body types.”
Most Playful: Revelry Riley Convertible Midi Velvet Dress
Also available in maxi length, Revelry’s Riley convertible dress will get your bridesmaids 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.
Most Versatile: Revelry Micah Convertible Velvet Dress
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 criss-cross, and comes with a separate bandeau top in matching velvet fabric for additional optional coverage.
Most Fun: Revelry Drew Velvet Dress
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.
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.