Maid Of Horror: Bridesmaids Dresses That Don’t Suck

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I dread being a bridesmaid. When a close friend announces her engagement, amidst the celebration and “oohs” and “ahhs” over the ring, I am secretly praying, “God, I hope she doesn’t ask me to be a bridesmaid.” Is that totally mean? It’s not because I don’t want to be a part of my friend’s big day. On the contrary, I think being chosen as a bridesmaid is a very special and touching thing. No, my bridesmaidophobia (not a real word … YET) stems from one thing and one thing only: the atrocious bridesmaid dress.

Then, about a year ago, something happened that forced me to really examine the idea of bridesmaid dresses: I got engaged. All of a sudden, it was time to pick my bridesmaids. I knew for certain that my best gals would not be walking down the aisle in shapeless satin gowns chosen to match the chartreuse table linens. They are all beautiful women, both inside and out, and I want them to feel gorgeous and comfortable as they accompany me down the aisle on my big day.

After pouring over numerous bridal blogs and message boards, I’m happy to report that there are plenty of ways to dress your bridal party while avoiding the standard bridal shop selections. After the jump, the perfect bridesmaids’ dresses for every type of bride.

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