What do Kate Moss and Kate Middleton have in common? They both chose to outfit their bridal parties in beautiful white dresses. Fast-forward to now, and white wedding party dresses have become one of the hottest bridal trends. But while white bridal party dresses make for an undeniably fashion-forward look, how can brides wearing the same hue ensure they’ll stand out on their wedding day?
The key to embracing and executing this coveted trend is to pick bridal party dresses that look distinctly different from your own wedding gown. Heather McReynolds, a bridal dresses and accessories expert at David's Bridal, recommends incorporating color into your wedding gown. Brides are loving wedding gowns in champagne hues or other non-white yet neutral shades like pink, blush, or cashmere.
"Another option to differentiate the bridal gown from her maids is through texture and embellishment while bridesmaids wear a solid fabric," she says. "This option offers unique accents and depth to the bridal gown adding a little extra pop."
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From casual knee-length dresses to formal A-line gowns, we researched the best dress options with these features in mind. A few of our favorite finds include the Reformation Juliette Dress, the Amsale Eden Dress, and the Jenny Yoo Lorena Dress.
Read on for the best white bridal party dresses to complement all bridal styles.
For a Backyard Wedding
Reformation Juliette Dress
Throwing a simple yet incredibly chic backyard wedding? Reformation's 'Juliette' dress is a divine option for ceremonies held outside in a garden. Style with block sandals or espadrilles for the perfect laidback look.
Price at time of publish: $248
Amsale Eden Dress
An off-the-shoulder gown is forever timeless and always feels especially fitting for a traditional black-tie wedding. Wear yours with shoulder-grazing earrings and classic pumps for a beautifully polished look.
Price at time of publish: $290
Dessy Collection Bishop Sleeve Open-Back Trumpet Gown
Your bridal party will make an exit as show-stopping as their entrance in this gown featuring an emerald green bow. This unexpected look is sure to leave a lasting impression and will make for eye-catching photos, to boot.
Price at time of publish: $257
For a Summer Wedding
Reformation Belgium Linen Dress
Crafted from breezy linen, Reformation's puff sleeve dress is an utterly charming and practical choice for warm-weather nuptials. Plus, it's a dress your bridal party will actually want to wear again.
Price at time of publish: $248
Lovers and Friends Galleria Gown
We love the look of this elegant off-the-shoulder number. It's subtly sexy and perfect for any formal affair. We can picture your bridal party sporting it at a black-tie winter wedding to perfectly complement your gown. Pair it with sparkling diamond jewelry for a classic and clean look.
Price at time of publish: $198
Jenny Yoo Lorena Dress
Show off your shoulders and legs in this striking floor-length gown perfect for a black-tie affair. Fitted, flattering, and finished with a thigh-high slit, the column silhouette strikes the perfect balance between classic and sexy.
Celebrate DB Studio Crepe-Back Satin One-Shoulder Bridal Party Dress
Your bridal party will practically float down the aisle in this flowing, floor-sweeping gown from David's Bridal. The eye-catching style is our top pick for a formal spring or summer wedding.
Price at time of publish: $160
For a City Wedding
Galvan London Pandora Satin Halterneck Midi Dress
It doesn't get more effortlessly chic than this liquid satin dress by Galvan. We're picturing it for the modern bride who appreciates simple yet sophisticated silhouettes.
Price at time of publish: $1,295
Best White Lace
Self-Portrait Azaelea Guipure Lace Dress
For spring and summer weddings, white lace bridal party dresses are always a good idea. Not only is lace undeniably romantic, but it adds texture and dimension to any wedding party look.
Price at time of publish: $350
For the Minimalist
BHLDN Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress
Brides wearing a minimalist wedding ensemble should consider outfitting their bridal party in this ultra-sophisticated slip dress. Keep accessories simple for a perfectly clean and modern look.
Price at time of publish: $168
Reformation Nikita Dress
Short bridal party frocks are perfect for summer and destination weddings. A bustier bodice, shoulder bows, and a flouncy hem make this midi number a fun and sexy choice for any warm-weather soirée.
Price at time of publish: $278
Shona Joy Bias Cut Slip Dress
Effortlessly cool, Shona Joy's bias-cut slip dress is sure to please even the most discerning member of your bridal party. What's more, this style can easily be dressed up or down depending on the occasion.
Price at time of publish: $340
For Love & Lemons Joelle Maxi Dress
If you're a bride-to-be with a bohemian sensibility, this laidback dress is sure to match your carefree vibe. We can't help but picture it at a ceremony held in a rustic barn in the countryside.
Price at time of publish: $279
Azazie Everett Bridesmaids Dress
This flowing chiffon bridal party dress is as sweet as ever for the bride who loves romantic details like delicate ruffles, bows, and gauzy fabrics. Style hair up so as to highlight the beautiful open back.
Price at time of publish: $89
Shona Jay La Lune Full Sleeve Wrap Midi Dress
What's not to love about this elegant midi dress? It features cold-shoulder sleeves, an alluring neckline, and a wrap silhouette for a look that's both sophisticated and flattering.
Price at time of publish: $360
Needle & Thread Margot Ankle Gown
If you're a glamorous bride who covets designs encrusted with sequins and beadwork, opt for this shimmering gown by Needle & Thread for your bridal party. Its long, sheer, and embellished sleeves make it a great option for a glitzy fall or winter wedding.
Price at time of publish: $1,229
LizaDenezBoutique Midi Silk Slip Dress
Looking for something simple yet statement-making? This exquisite slip dress should do the trick. We love it paired with matching white accessories for an undeniably eye-catching look.
Price at time of publish: $76
Show Me Your Mumu Rome Twist Gown
This glamorous, luxe satin gown is an utterly elegant option for a black-tie wedding. Have the bridal party wear their hair up to showcase the flattering twist design and pretty flutter sleeves.
Price at time of publish: $198
Classic Meets Sexy
Dress The Population Sandra Gown
Understated yet sexy, this crepe gown is a great choice for the bride who wants to create a look that feels classic with a twist. A plunging neckline and a thigh-high slit make this gown all the more alluring.
Price at time of publish: $198
LIKELY Hirsch Dress
Fitted throughout the bodice and featuring a ruffled hem, this midi dress is polished yet fun. We love it for the bride who's looking for dresses that feel at once classic and playful.
Price at time of publish: $298
What to Look for in White Bridal Party Dresses
Style and Shade
"As with all bridesmaids' looks, you want to consider how it will complement the entire bridal party look, especially the bridal gown," McReynolds advises. "Also, think about the way the gowns will photograph. If your bridal gown is ivory or off-white, think about how the bridesmaids' dress shade will look next to yours."
Aesthetic and Vision
"Beyond those considerations, you’ll want to think about your wedding aesthetic and vision. We love a mix-and-match bridal party look. This gives your best gals the option to choose a dress that fits their body type and personality and still delivers a stunning cohesive look," McReynolds says.
How can I make my wedding gown stand out beside my bridesmaids' white dresses?
"One trend we’re seeing become very popular is this shift away from the pure white gown. Brides are beginning to incorporate unexpected colors into their gowns for a chic and dramatic look," McReynolds says. "In fact, non-traditional colored gowns now make up about 10% of our assortment (about a 30% increase from last year). One out of four brides are choosing a gown in champagne or other nonwhite-but-neutral hues such as pink, blush, or cashmere. Black wedding gowns are very popular in our assortment as well. Adding a color to your bridal gown is an elegant way to stand out next to your maids in white."
McReynolds also recommends going with special textures and embellishments to make your gown pop. "Think 3D floral appliques, lace, or intricate beading. You can also mix white/ivory with shades of champagne for a unique neutral palette for the bridal party," she says. "By adding a neutral color palette, you can mix and match your maids to help differentiate from the bride and add subtle romantic touches to the bridal party."
Which dress styles are best for black-tie weddings?
"For a black-tie wedding, we recommend a long/floor length style as is acceptable for this type of affair," says McReynolds. "Beyond that, be sure to consider the event aesthetic, season, venue, etc. Black-tie weddings are often more formal so fabrics like high-shine satin, charmeuse, or stretch crepe emulate an elegant look for the bridal party."
Which dress styles are best for semi-formal and casual weddings?
"For semi-formal or casual weddings, the same considerations apply—event aesthetic, season, venue, etc. Fabrics like mesh, chiffon, and jersey may be more appropriate for this type of event," says McReynolds. "As for length and silhouette, you have a bit more flexibility in choices—short or long are appropriate, and mix-and-match silhouettes are a fun and playful way to honor your besties’ personalities."
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