Today, we want to share our picks for our favorite bridesmaid dresses of the year with you! This is a continuation of the Best Of 2016 series, where we showcase our favorite pieces from the year’s wedding submissions in inspiring categories. Your bridesmaids are a big part of your wedding day. These women are your closest friends and family — the ones you’ve chosen to be with you in the bridal suite as you get ready and stand beside you as you say your vows and commit yourself to your well groomed groom.
Not only are your bridesmaids important people to you, they’re also present all day and in a large number of your photos! That’s why we love to pay attention to the dresses the bridal party wears. The color, style and uniformity – or lack thereof – weave together with all the other design elements of your wedding day to help create a specific feeling. From elegant one shoulder gowns with hems that brush the floor to glamorous sequin dresses, these are our picks for the best bridesmaid dresses of 2016. Enjoy!
One: These bridesmaid gowns are a stunning mix in both style and color! We adore how elegant each dress is with its flowing, floor-length skirt. The mint and lavender colors pair well with their slightly grey hues. This is a gorgeous way to do self styled bridesmaid gowns! See more of this bridal party in this classic Chicago wedding by Amanda Megan Miller Photography.
Two: This bridesmaid gown is so romantic! We love the classic black color and the elegance of the floor length style. The sweetheart neckline and sheer overlay add romance and drama to this style. It’s stunning! See more of this bridal party look in this classic black tie Williamsburg Inn wedding by Sarah Street Photography.
Three: We adore these rich bridesmaid dresses! The hunter green color is so beautiful, and the self-styled necklines allow each bridesmaid to feel her best in her elegant dress. See more of this bridal party in this Milwaukee Historical Society wedding by Elizabeth Haase Photography.
Four: These bridesmaid gowns are so stunning! We love the way the ruche chiffon style adds texture and flatters the bridesmaids. And the soft grey color? Gorgeous! See more in this elegant Florida wedding by Sunglow Photography.
Five: There’s something so elegant about this bridesmaid dress! We adore the combination of sweetheart neckline with a sheer high neckline overlay. The deep grey color is wonderful and makes a beautiful neutral color for the bridal party. See more of this bridesmaid dress in this elegant Hotel Monaco D.C. wedding by Vicki Grafton.
Six: We love the self styled nature of this glamorous bridal party! Each bridesmaid was able to select a stunning gown by Adrianna Papell as her gown. This allowed each bridesmaid to show her unique personal taste, while keeping the gowns in similar styles. See more in this elegant Italian wedding by Liz and Ryan.
Seven: These deep blue bridesmaid gowns are so gorgeous! We love the elegance of the one-shoulder style and the long skirts. See more in this historic Crowne Plaza Indianapolis wedding by Danielle Harris Photography.
Eight: These Bella Bridesmaids dresses are so gorgeous! We love their simple, yet sophisticated style. Ivory was a stunning color choice, and only adds further to the sophistication of the look. See more of this bridesmaid style in this classic Richmond black tie wedding from Cameron Faye Photography.
Nine: Nothing says glam quite like a sequin bridesmaid dress! We love these sophisticated gold gowns by Ralph Lauren. They’re a perfect gown for an evening black tie affair! See more of this bridesmaid style in this historic club black tie wedding by Tim Tab Studios.
Ten: We love these lilac grey bridesmaid gowns! The floor length and v-neck style pair beautifully and flatter each bridesmaid. And we love that the maid of honor is highlighted in a special, rich color! See more of this classic wedding at Nyack Seaport by Jessica Haley.