How to Pick Bridesmaid Dresses that Vibe with Your Venue

Your venue decision dictates all of your other big day details, including what dresses your bridesmaids will wear. So if you’ve already locked in your dream wedding location, we’re here to help you find the perfect match that will vibe with your venue, whether you’re getting married in a ballroom, on the beach or at City Hall.

Bridesmaid Dresses for Every Type of Wedding Venue

Type: Rustic

Venue: Mountain or Lake.

You somehow manage to be cool without trying too hard. You love the effortless feel of an ethereal, flowing gown…and you’re ALL about the flower crowns. So, chances are, you’re going to want to dress your bridesmaids in something made of lace. And since creams and golds would round out your big day color palette perfectly, consider ivory for your girls and pairing their outfits with some wildflowers. Add in a gold headband for a little flair.

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Type: Glamorous
Venue: Ballroom

You’ve been dreaming of an opulent and over-the-top soiree for a while now, so we’re guessing bigger is always better in your books. From the 6 tier fondant wedding cake to the towering floral centerpieces at your reception, you’re going to blow this thing out. So make sure your girls look the part in fun, glittery gowns. You want a dress with flirty ruffles MADE for dancing the night away, or a high-low asymmetrical skirt that is oh-so-fun. If you’re leaning towards a black tie affair, put your girls in this long Juniper dress in light rose. It has juuuust the right amount of sparkle to keep things looking glam all. night. long.

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Type: Formal

Venue: Private Estate or Historic Site.

You’re all about the details, now aren’t you? Which means you want your lineup of lovely ladies to look polished and put together on your big day — a cohesive unit of all your favorite friends. So get in on the latest trends in bridal with a mix and match looks, putting your girls in light peach and bold blue green color combo will help them look delightfully sweet!

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Type: Alternative

Venue: Art Gallery or Brewery

Do you march to the beat of your own drum? Then make sure your wedding is all about your style, all the way down to the beer you serve at the bar (locally-brewed, of course) and the way you dress your girls. Embrace an alternative bridesmaid ensemble with some jumpsuits or crop top sets to ensure a big day look that’s all your own.

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Type: Classic

Venue: Country Club 

We have a sneaking suspicion that you’ve had your wedding planned (in full) since you were six years old. And now, you and your mom are going to bring your vision for a nautical nuptial to life. So embrace the theme you’ve loved for all these years by dressing your girls in a gorgeous shade of navy blue or soft mints.

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Type: Casual

Venue: City Hall

You live for the vintage vibe and consider yourself a hopeless romantic. And while you don’t really want an over-the-top affair with eight bridesmaids at your side, your sister (or bestie) will DEFINITELY be there as you say “I do.” So dress her up in something simple, old-fashioned, and charming.

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Type: Modern

Venue: Loft

You’re into clean lines, sleek decor, and minimalistic design and you want your wedding venue to reflect that. A pop of color is totally okay (but you’ll stop at one bold accent color) and patterns aren’t out of the question (but they can’t be TOO busy). These sweet pastel skirts would fit in perfectly with the aesthetic of your big day…they’re fun, flowy, and fabulously simple.

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