How to Match Your Bridesmaid Dresses to Your Wedding Gown

To get that picture-perfect bridal party look, it’s all in the fabric.
by The Knot
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photo by Erin L. Taylor Photography

There are so many ways to have your bridal party coordinate with each other (the easiest being coordinating dress colors) but what if you want your bridesmaids to match you? The fabric of your dress may be the answer. Whether your wedding dress is lace, tulle, chiffon or satin, most bridal designers have bridesmaid dresses made of the same material for easy coordination. We took three of our favorite wedding dress fabrics to show you just how simple it is.

  1. Lovely Lace

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    While matching a bridesmaid dress to a lace gown can get a little tricky because of the its unique texture, it can be done. You have a couple of options: Either look for a lace bridesmaid dress (it can be made entirely of lace or just have some lace accents) or go for one with embroidery or crocheting, which will mimic the appearance of lace.

    From left: Maggie Sottero Bexley dress, MaggieSottero.comJenny Yoo Jenna dress, $320, JennyYoo.comHayley Paige Occasions cap sleeve and metallic lace and tulle gown, $298, Nordstrom.com; Watters Feodora dress, Watters.com


  2. Romantic Chiffon

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    If you’re wearing a chiffon gown that’s light and breezy, you won’t want your bridesmaids weighed down in something heavy. Keep the look and feel of their dresses equally airy.

    From left: Christos Lainee dress, ChristosBridal.com;  David’s Bridal long crinkle chiffon halter dress, $200, DavidsBridal.com;Joanna August Zola dress, $270, BHLDN.com; Amsale Chesney dress, Amsale.com

  3. Classic Satin

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    This material gives off a luster and is perfect for a more formal fete. If you’re wearing it, your bridesmaid dresses should look just as polished. Choose one with a subtle sheen (think: silk, charmeuse or taffeta).

    From left: Oscar de la Renta Hunter dress, OscardelaRenta.comSorella Vita floor-length bridesmaid dress, EssenseDesigns.com; Dessy Collection matte satin dress, $210, Dessy.comAlfred Sung woven fit-and-flare dress, $198, Nordstrom.com

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