Bridesmaid dress shopping used to be greeted with dread but these past few years, designers have really upped their game with some serious stylish gúnas your mates would be only too happy to wear. To make life easier when you do round up the girls, we’ve compiled 12 of the best bridesmaid dress brands – be sure to keep your eyes peeled for these on your shopping travels…
1. Hayley Paige Occasions
Every season Hayley Paige Occasions wow us with gorgeous dresses your girls will only be too happy to wear. Their trend-led gúnas come in chiffon, satin and dupioni in the prettiest palette of colours. Bridesmaids will get excited about the little details that take these stunning dresses to the next level with beautiful lace overlays, sparkling bodices and pretty crystal embellishments popping up throughout the range.
Where to shop: You can see these pretty pieces in Anne Gregory Design in Wicklow and Padanee Bridal Couture in Leitrim.
2. Jenny Yoo
Jenny Yoo has changed the game with their bridesmaid range with feminine and flattering dresses designed to be worn beyond the Big Day. They’re all about giving your girls a variety of dresses to choose from with rich and luxurious silks, chiffons, and cottons to create an “elegant, feminine, and refined look”. Their gowns have it all with serious attention to detail, gorgeous cuts and silhouettes that are a dream to wear.
Where to shop: You can pick up these beauties in Covet in Dublin.
3. Morilee by Madeline Gardner
Classic and elegant, this beautiful brand can do no wrong in our eyes. The Morilee by Madeline Gardner Bridesmaids collection sets out to keep all your girls happy with a huge range of styles in amazing colours, lengths and fabrics so you can easily mix or match. Gorgeous details include sweetheart necklines, high-low hemlines, patterned sequins, and rich satin sashes.
Where to shop: Sabella Bridal in Waterford and Dublin Bridal House stock these stunning gowns.
Photo from Laura & Daniel’s real wedding by The Fennells
Dessy is the go-to brand for brides after chic, flattering and on trend gúnas for their girls thanks to the sheer choice available. Dessy, Lela Rose, Alfred Sung and Social Bridesmaids are all under the Dessy brand umbrella and there really is something to suit every girl’s style whether you’re after floor-sweeping maxi dresses, cute knee length numbers, floaty A-line silhouettes or flattering empire waists. Their stunning dresses come in a rrange of colours, fabrics, styles and cuts.
Where to shop: You can shop their fab collection at Amarra Bridal in Kildare, Diamond Bridal in Cork, Pearls & Lace Bridal Boutique in Donegal and La Bella Sposa in Dublin
5. Eliza & Ethan
Sister and brother Eliza & Ethan are the duo behind this infamous multiwrap dress. This handy number has solved many a bridesmaid dilemma allowing your girls to twist and style one dress in over 25 different ways so that they feel amazing and comfortable. This particular brand comes in one size and two lengths in 20 colours with a matching bandeau. You can wear it so many different ways (no alterations necessary) – as a one shoulder style, with cap sleeves, back open or covered, grecian style or halter neck!
Where to shop: You can pick up these stylish numbers in Alila in Dubin.
6. Sorella Vita
The brainchild of Aussie wedding bridal house Essence of Australia, Sorella Vita (meaning ‘Sisters for Life’) is renowned for its always-glamorous wedding dresses and their bridesmaid collections follows suit. They too have their own take on the popular convertible dress with their ‘Maid Your Way’ collection. One of their biggest successes has to be their ‘Modern Metallic’ range which has one stunning sparkly creation after the next and their recent addition – the ‘Art Deco’ series – is sure to be a big hit with vintage loving brides and bridesmaids.
Where to shop: Pop by Pearls & Lace Bridal Boutique in Donegal to see these dazzling pieces in the flesh.
7. twobirds Bridesmaid
twobirds Bridesmaid are all about wearability and are renowned for their amazing multiway dresses. Designed so that they can be twisted and tied in endless different ways, your pals will love ’em because they can be worn again and again! They’ve several ranges including their classic convertible (also available in tulle, lace and with rosettes) as well as jumpsuits and separates. They also recently launched their Party Collection – an 8 piece collection that maintain the twobirds ‘wearability’ philosophy with versatile styles that can easily be mixed and matched with their other offerings.
Where to shop: You can pick up these pretty multiways in Smart Brides in Co. Laois and Little White Dress Bridal Boutique in Dublin.
8. Bari Jay
This family run design house has been dressing bridesmaids for over 50 years, taking inspiration from the red carpets and catwalks from Paris to Hollywood. These stylish dresses come in a fabulous range of colours and silhouettes in the dreamiest fabrics and can easily be mixed and matched too if your ladies can’t settle on one design. Bari Jay was also the brand of choice for Jenny McCarthy’s girls when she tied the knot in 2014 so your maids will be in good company!
Where to shop: Be sure to stop by Wicklow based DePaor Designs who stock these amazing gowns.
9. Christina Wu
Whether you’re after sequins, lace, a cute floral print or a dreamy tulle or chiffon number, you’ll find plenty of designs you’ll be swooning at over on Christina Wu. The Christina Wu Celebration collection is packed full of fabulous fashion-forward designs and boasts the prettiest details from floaty lace sleeves to shimmering beaded belts.
Where to shop: You can snap up these gorgeous gowns at DePaor Designs in Wicklow.
10. True Bridesmaids
We’re a big fan of the oh-so-romantic dresses from True Bridesmaids and we bet your ladies will love them too. This fashion forward collection of gowns is available in a range of pretty colours with accents of lace and intricate beadwork giving them a stylish edge. There’s a big emphasis on werability and we’re guessing these flattering pieces defo won’t be relegated to the back of the closet.
Where to shop: Shop these stunners in My Dress Bridal Wear in Tipperary, Pearls & Lace Bridal Boutique in Donegal and Elite Brides in Donegal.
11. Alexia Bridesmaids
Stylish, glamorous and timeless, Alexia Bridesmaid dresses come in a whole rainbow of colours, from bright jewel tones to soft vintage pastels. They cater for every style of bridal party with everything from delicate floral lace details for a pretty vintage feel to draped cowl backs and cap sleeves for a touch of old Hollywood glamour. Your girls will defo get more than one wear out of these!
Where to shop: You can find this beautiful brand in Sabella Bridal in Waterford and The Moderne Bridal in Cork.
12. Colour by Kenneth Winston
In case the name doesn’t give the game away, these elegant, trend-led dresses are all about colour giving you lots of choice when it comes to picking your bridal party palette. Each dress in the Colour by Kenneth Winston collection comes in a range of shades from bright jewel tones to pretty pastels, making it easy to create a fun mismatched look and has even introduced some florals and sequins int to the mix.
Where to shop: Shop these gorgeous gowns in The Moderne Bridal in Cork.
Please contact bridal stores directly to enquire about specific collections.
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