22 Beaded Bridesmaid Dresses to Give Your Crew a Red Carpet Debut

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Danielle Halibey - The Knot Contributor.
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Danielle Halibey
Danielle Halibey - The Knot Contributor.
Danielle Halibey
The Knot Contributor
  • Danielle writes articles for The Knot Worldwide, with a focus on modern wedding trends, fete aesthetics and personalization (via fashion, accessories and stationery).
  • As a freelance writer and publicist, Danielle regularly contributes to outlets like Brides, Style Me Pretty, Wedding Chicks and Betches and proudly represents a number of clients (bridal and jewelry designers, venues and wedding planning pros) in the ‘I ...
Updated Jul 19, 2021
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Bling isn't just one of the hottest wedding dress trends—beaded bridesmaid dresses offer the perfect compromise on style that's sophisticated and a little unexpected. And before you worry that you'll be competing with your bridal party for attention, let us reassure you: there's a beaded bridesmaid dress out there to complement every wedding dress style.

When choosing beaded bridesmaid dresses, look for sophisticated sparkle that won't remind you of the rhinestone-bedazzled prom dresses or party dresses you wore in college. Instead, opt for intricate beadwork and a painstaking attention to detail. The best beaded and sequin bridesmaid dresses bring a completely new dimension to the ''what makes a bridesmaid dress great'' debate. Beyond stunning colors and flattering silhouettes, beaded bridesmaid dresses add 3D texture to your squad and looking stunning in group photos. Another plus? Most bridesmaid brands will base their beaded dresses off of their core color offerings, so you can easily mix and match for a perfectly on-point wedding party.

Below, we've scouted a must-have list of the best beaded formal dresses—from full-length styles to short and sassy numbers.

BHLDN Fidelia Beaded Maxi Dress

Gray shimmery beaded dress with draped bodice and floor-length skirt

The Art Deco-inspired beading on this dress, arranged vertically and draped in swoops, gives the silhouette gorgeous movement. Thanks to neutral colorways, this stunner works for any season.

Adrianna Papell Beaded Flutter Sleeve Gown

Floor length gown with scoop neck, flutter sleeves and floral beaded detail

Beaded dresses can truly fit any wedding style, not just vintage or super-festive affairs. This blush gown with flutter has an effortless boho vibe, and the beaded ;florals bring in the perfect touch of metallic.

Needle & Thread Neve Embellished Bodice Maxi Dress

Watermelon pink floor-length gown with floral beaded bodice and tulle skirt

Say it with us: Watermelon sugar high. This vibrant tulle dress is made for spring or summer wedding. The beaded bodice will photograph beautifully, and the airy skirt is perfect for twirling.

David's Bridal Bridesmaid Separated Beaded Spaghetti Strap Top

Burgundy spaghetti strap beaded two piece dress with tulle skirt

Not all beaded bridesmaid dresses were created equal—some are customizable. This botanical beaded spaghetti strap top can be paired with any of the other David's Bridal separates (we'll always push for the tulle skirt). Another plus? Once the festivities are over, your bridesmaids can wear the top out with high-waisted jeans.

Aidan Mattox Cold-Shoulder Beaded Gown

Gold gown with cold shoulder neck and all over beaded embellishments

Showstopper. This incredible light gold gown features ornate beadwork in a blend of silver, gold and platinum metallics. We love the idea of dressing your maid of honor in this elaborate number and the rest of your girls in solid metallics.

Little Mistress Plus Embellished Top Pleat Maxi Dress

Gray maxi dress with embellished neckline and ruched bust

If you've been on the fence about beaded dresses for your BFFs, remember that you don't have to take on the trend head-to-toe. This pared down maxi dress has pearlescent beading on just the illusion neckline.f

Revelry Gigi Geo Beaded Dress

Burgundy full length dress with all over embellishments, spaghetti straps and scoop neck

Planning a black tie winter wedding? This knockout blouson gown is a no-brainer. Pair it with cozy cream shrugs and deep crimson lips for a flawless effect. And did we mention this dress has no zippers? Chic and comfortable for the win.

Adrianna Papell Sleeveless Beaded Cocktail Dress

Navy shimmery cocktail dress with fringe

It doesn't get more Gatsby-inspired than swinging fringe. This short sequin dress with a beaded fringe hemline brings the party vibes. (Psst! We also love the white version as a second wedding dress option.)

Needle & Thread Cecilia Long Sleeve Midi Dress

Blush floral embellished dress with layered tulle skirt and long sleeves

This blush tulle dress is delicate, ethereal, and dreamlike—everything that's sure to delight the most discerning bridesmaids. And the rich embroidery, bow and flower motifs, shimmering glass beads and iridescent sequins will look amazing against a garden background. Pro Tip: Needle & Thread also offers adorable complementary flower girl dress options.

Show Me Your Mumu Victoria Maxi Dress

Flowy blush floor length gown with all over bead detail

Break out the dried floral bouquets, because this sparkly maxi deserves to be in the dunes of a desert or on a villa patio in Palm Springs. Pair it with delicate jewelry and let the stunning beading do all the talking.

AQUA Embellished Column Gown

Body hugging floor length light blue dress with all over beading

A triple threat, this gown offers both a stunning beaded pattern, plunging v-neckline and a curve-skimming silhouette. All that's left to add are some metallic heeled sandals and drop earrings.

Lulus Spread the Magic Black Sequin Lace-Up Bodycon Mini Dress

Black glittery bodycon mini dress

Not all beaded gowns have to feel super formal. There's nothing stuffy about this black sequin minidress. We love this daring number for a smaller bridal party at a fun Las Vegas elopement of New Years Eve wedding.

Aidan Mattox Halterneck Beaded Gown

Gray halter neck floor length beaded gown

Slate gray flatters pretty much every skin tone, so that's the first reason to love this beaded dress. But when you take into account the vine-inspired beading, it gets even better. Dress your maid of honor in this embellished number and have everyone else in grades of matte gray.

ASOS DESIGN Midi Dress With Embellished Mirror Bodice and Tulle Skirt

Peach midi dress with embellished bodice and tulle skirt

Have any junior bridesmaids in your lovely lineup? Consider this playful peach dress for a sherbet color story. The beaded scrollwork feels fashion-forward, while the midi hem makes it easy to maneuver in.

BHLDN Sanders Dress

Beaded champagne floor length dress with v-neck and cap sleeves

All white bridal parties are undeniably chic. If your wedding dress is ivory versus bright white, consider this artfully beaded, vintage-inspired dress for your squad.

Adrianna Papell Plus Beaded Flutter Sleeve A Line Dress

Silver mini dress with flowy sleeves and all over beading

Cocktail-style receptions might have been created solely for this bugle bead and sequin A-line gown. Beyond the ultra-flattering crossover neck and elbow-length flutter sleeves, the pewter and silver color is stunning.

Lara Giselle Beaded Halter Gown

Light blue halter floor length gown with all over embellishment and leg slit

We did say that beading brings that red carpet cachet, right? We're in love with the look of this body-skimming sheath, with beading from the halter neck to the floor-length hem. If you ever wanted your bridesmaids to feel like Hollywood royalty walking into your reception, this is your gown.

Mac Duggal Beaded Cold-Shoulder Gown

Navy sparkly floor length gown with cold shoulders

This dress is made for an evening wedding in a museum or a planetarium (both amazing alternatives to a traditional ballroom). The navy fabric and rows of multicolored bugle beads conjure the sparkle of the night sky—and that cold-shoulder sleeve and v-neck combo is oh-so-flattering.

La Femme Off the Shoulder Beaded Satin Trumpet Gown

Beaded off the shoulder detail and mermaid skirt

If traditional black tie is your vibe, then this formfitting trumpet gown could be the one. The satin fabric and luminous finish is sophisticated, while the beading on the sleeves and off-the-shoulder neckline adds just the right amount of pizazz.

Adrianna Papell Plus Size Long Floral Beaded Gown With Flutter Sleeves

Flowy burgundy full length gown with tulle and beaded floral detail

What's a late fall evening wedding without some rich jewel tones? We're obsessed with this head-beaded plum gown, especially as a standout option for your Maid or Matron of Honor. The pleated godets provide just the right amount of movement, so your friends can hit the dancefloor in style.

Show Me Your Mumu Michelle Flutter Maxi Dress

Floor length gown with flutter sleeve and vertical beading

That vertical line beading is just the thing to elongate the body and make your maids feel taller and more confident. A flattering pattern plus flirty flutter sleeve, an elastic waist and bra-friendly bodice? Count us in.

Adrianna Papell Beaded One Shoulder Jumpsuit

Navy jumpsuit with one glitter and mesh shoulder

If beaded dresses just aren't your thing, consider trying the trend in jumpsuit form. This elegant crepe jumpsuit features a beaded one shoulder detail that doesn't overwhelm, making it an appropriate choice for cocktail and black-tie celebrations alike.

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