This Is How You Should Line Up Your Bridesmaids

Not sure if it should be by height, importance or even hair color? Read this.
sophie ross the knot bridal fashion and beauty expert
Sophie Ross
sophie ross the knot bridal fashion and beauty expert
Sophie Ross
Bridal Fashion and Beauty Expert
  • Sophie Ross is a Senior Copywriter at Adore Me.
  • Sophie is an experienced style and beauty writer.
  • Sophie worked as an Associate Editor for The Knot from 2017 to 2019.
Updated Jun 25, 2019

No matter how many bridesmaids you have (and trust us, there's no prescribed amount), it can be tricky figuring out a way to arrange them that makes sense. Of course, you probably want it to be aesthetically pleasing—but you also don't want to hurt anyone's feelings by intentionally placing them on the outer edge of the lineup.

Well, we're here to help. You have a few options when it comes to lining up your bridesmaids (with some being a little more unbiased than others). Find a way that fits your group, below.


If you're a stickler for optics, this might be the best option for you because it always looks good. Major bonus points: You'll avoid any and all hurt feelings this way, since height's completely arbitrary. Simply line up your bridesmaids from shortest to tallest or tallest to shortest (up to you!) aside from your maid of honor, who should stand next to you regardless.

Dress Color

This is another way to avoid hurt feelings. If you're having a mismatched bridal party, simply arrange your bridesmaids in a way that makes sense based on the color or prints of their dresses. You can stagger them if some are decked in print dresses and some are donning solid colors, or create an ombré effect if they're simply wearing different shades of the same hue.


This one can be tricky (hence the quotation marks)—how do you rank your loved ones based on closeness? Aside from your maid of honor—who may or may not be a family member—you could start with sisters and sisters-in-law, then rank cousins, best friends and whoever else in whatever interchangeable way makes you feel comfortable. But it's important to tread lightly with this one—you don't want anyone feeling hurt or slighted.

How Long You've Known Each Other

Between siblings, childhood friends and college besties, it's likely you have bridesmaids from every stage of your life. Simply arranging them by how long you've known them—with the shortest friendships on the end—is a fairly foolproof way to avoid hurt feelings.


Arranging from oldest to youngest is another good way to do it—since age is something that can't be negotiated. The oldest of the group can stand closest to you, and the baby of the group can go on the outer edge of the lineup.

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