30 Gorgeous Alternative Bridesmaids Dresses

When it comes to weddings, there’s a lot to plan. From centerpieces and table settings to flowers and venue, it’s hard not to get overwhelmed. There’s a lot of stress from the start to have the perfect day with the perfect menu in the perfect venue.

And then there’s the wedding party. Once you pick the people you want to stand up next to you while you make one of the biggest commitments in your life, you have to dress them up so they look halfway decent in the pictures. And since everyone and their sister just loves to complain about all the terrible bridesmaids dresses they were forced to wear, there’s added pressure to pick dresses for your friends that aren’t absolutely heinous.

But don’t worry, we’ve got you covered. Here are 30 bridesmaids’ dresses that your friends won’t want to donate to goodwill the minute after the ceremony is over.

How sweet is this dress? It’s the perfect alternative to the regular ol’ strapless.

Catania dress, $300, BHLDN

I mean, you love J. Crew for every other day in your life, might as well work it into your wedding.

Cathleen dress, $275, J. Crew

This is actually a top and a skirt. So when you say “you’ll totally wear it again,” you won’t actually be lying.

Ava, $315, Joanna August

If your wedding is a black tie affair, this dress is the way to go.

Evangeline dress, $260, BHLDN

How cute is this little number?

Short Strapless Crepe Dress with Satin Belt, $168, Vera Wang for David’s Bridal

Why not change it up and introduce a little pattern into your wedding party?

57 Grand Style 5714, $270, The Dessy Group

The scalloping. Oh dear god, the scalloping.

Sienna Dress, $300, BHLDN

Hey, no one said picking out a dress for your heavily pregnant bridesmaid would be easy, but your search can end here.

Serafina, $260, Jenny Yoo

The best part about this one? It allows for a regular bra.

Embroidered lace v-neck dress, $238, Tadashi Shoji

This crisscross back is nothing short of amazing.

1508, Bari Jay

Who said the dress had to come from a bridal store?

Madison Ave. collection alixi dress, $1,298, Kate Spade

Bridesmaid or Bridesmermaid?

AV Maids

How romantic is this one-shoulder chiffon?

‘Rhea’ One-Shoulder Chiffon Dress, $189, Donna Morgan

Looking for the perfect dress for your ceremony in the Greek Isles? This is it.

‘Greta’ Pleat Chiffon Dress, $220, Donna Morgan

Even with the high neckline, this dress is one sexy number.

‘Vivienne’ Pleated Chiffon Gown, $280, Jenny Yoo

A dress your friends will definitely wear again.

Woven fit & flare, $198, Alfred Sung

For your Gatsby-themed fete.

Beaded Mesh Blouson Gown, $318, Adrianna Papell

How great is this drape?

Lace Yoke Drape Gown, $178, Adrianna Papell

Any girl would be lucky to get to wear this on her friend’s wedding day.

Breathtaking on the Balcony Dress, $425, Modcloth

If you’re looking for something a little different, pick a unique neckline like this one

Crisscross Chiffon Gown, $178, ML Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids

There’s something super sweet about tea-length dresses.

Tulle Tea-Length Dress, $368, Monique Lhuillier Bridesmaids

The perfect accent to any garden wedding.

A Chance Romance Dress, $115, Modcloth

This berry color is to die for.

Sophie Dress in Classic Faille, $200, J. Crew

What’s sweeter than a sweetheart neckline?

Silk Georgette Strapless dress, $265, Ann Taylor

Your bridal party can practice their Angelina Jolie Leg Pose.

Satin Jersey twist gown, $195, Ann Taylor

Classic and chic.

Rory strapless dress in classic faille, $200, J. Crew

This pretty green hue will be flattering on all skin tones.

Such An Illusion Gown, $110, ERIN erin fetherston

Everything from the color, silhouette and fabric of this dress is super dreamy.

Silk Georgette V-neck gown, $225, Ann Taylor

With a hint of lace, this neckline will set your wedding party apart.

Jasmine Bridal

Having your wedding shindig on New Year’s eve? This dress is perfect for your party.

Chrysler at Night Dress, $30, Badgley Mischka via Rent the Runway