Bridesmaid Dresses

The bride has the final say, of course, but it's good to read up on the do's and don'ts of choosing the right bridesmaid dresses. Get started with these articles.


Even if you're never a bride yourself, you can absolutely count on being a bridesmaid. These days, that role can be expensive. We'll try to prepare you and your purse.

Say Yes to the Dress: Bridesmaids consultants Krystle and Courtney know what it takes to make a bridesmaid look her best. Any girl who walks down the aisle deserves to feel beautiful -- and that includes bridesmaids! Here's what they want you to know about your bridesmaid dress.

Everyone will be looking at the bride on her wedding day, but don't think your fashion faux pas will go unnoticed. Unless you're attending a hip, non-traditional wedding, you probably want to avoid nuptial notoriety!

Manscaping before matrimony? Yes, please! Who wants to pucker up to a groom with prickly whiskers? Get your groom's grooming under control, and he'll look more handsome than ever in wedding photos. And he might even enjoy the pampering!

Dad, this is a proud day for you. You're giving away your daughter, or you're watching your son start his own family. Obviously, your usual dad duds won't cut it. We'll bring you up to speed on wedding attire so you can make a civilized statement at the big event!

Your flower girl is a tiny VIP. She has to prepare the aisle with scattered petals for your grand entrance, and you want her dressed to impress. With three-digit price tags on some flower girl dresses, how can you outfit her affordably?

A wedding invitation just arrived in the mail with that dreaded bit of cursive at the bottom: "Black tie optional." Obviously, this is going to be a formal affair. Should you dress your guy in his best suit, or does he need to sport a tux?

Got a fashion-conscious fiancé? He might not be too crazy about resigning his groomsmen to basic black tuxes. And why should the bridesmaids get to have all the fun? Use color, textiles and unexpected accessories to outfit the XY side of the wedding party.

Retailers who specialize in bridesmaid dresses can make almost anything sound exotic. Burnished garnet means dark red. Blushing hyacinth is just pale purple. And though it seems fun, South Beach citron might be your worst nightmare.

You chose these girls to be your bridesmaids because they're your best friends. Don't make them regret being in your wedding by asking them to wear a hideous or ridiculously expensive dress. We'll help you find the best gown for your best girls.

Your bridesmaids are the special people who'll be standing by you, both literally and figuratively. So, how do you ensure they won't upstage you or look laughable on the big day? We'll help you navigate the tricky waters of choosing bridesmaid dresses.