Gone are the days when you and your bridesmaids went to the bridal boutique together so they could all try on the bridesmaid dresses you picked out for them. While that might still be the case for a lucky few of you, the rest of us are forced to make our selections online and then hope that everything gets delivered on time. And in the right size. And in the right style. And in the right color.
To be honest, I found that picking the right bridesmaid dress was one of the more difficult decisions I made when planning our wedding. I wanted to find a dress that I thought they would all wear again (no easy feat), and a color that worked with our wedding venue and my wedding dress. I ended up going with the now discontinued line of Vera Wang bridesmaid dresses, and while they worked out perfectly there were a couple of hiccups in terms of the ordering process. Even though it worked out great in the end, it really became clear to me that shopping for a bridesmaid dress online can be harder than it looks. Which is why I think the trend of giving your bridesmaids a color swatch and having them pick out the dress they want (at any store they want) has caught on. Not only is it fun to mix and match bridesmaid dress styles, but it’s a way easier option.
That doesn’t mean, however, that you shouldn’t look online for your bridesmaid dresses (and that you can’t mix and match from what you find on any given website, either). There are more and more sites out there today (way more than when I got married 5 years ago), that specialize in online ordering and even dress rentals. And with easy return processes and fast shipping, buying a bridesmaid dress online is better than ever.
I’ve compiled a list of the best websites to buy bridesmaid dresses from, below, to hopefully help you start the search process. This is by no means definitive (we might have missed a website or two), but for the most part these are our favorite, tried-and-true sites for finding everything from a classic bridesmaid dress to something completely unique. And while these stores do not all specialize in bridesmaid dresses, they’re a great starting point for finding a style or color you like and then going from there. Hopefully your bridesmaids will feel the same! (And if they don’t, have them read the 12 Rules Every Bridesmaid Should Live By! Lol.).
Have you found your bridesmaid dresses? Let us know where in the comments section!
For Classic Bridesmaid Styles
Budget: From $99-$270
Weddington Way makes it super easy for you to shop and collaborate WITH your bridesmaids for their dresses. Figure out which dress is right for you by picking out your colors, theme, and desired style, then choose from their exclusive line or other bridesmaid dress designers such as Watters and Alfred Angelo.
Budget: From $79 (on sale) to $365
The J.Crew wedding shop is a savior for a lot of brides and bridesmaids looking for a classic look from a brand they know and love. Shop by color, fabric, and silhouette to find the perfect bridesmaid dress (and even look for a J.Crew wedding dress while you’re at it!).
Budget: From $150-$365
The store you’ve known since you were a child (I remember my mom taking me to their section in a department store ALL THE TIME) also has a nice selection of bridesmaid dresses. Their prices tend to be a little on the higher side, so be on the lookout for their sales. Your friends could also consider opening an Ann Taylor credit card for an extra 15% their purchase the day they sign-up.
For a Huge Variety of Designers
Budget: From $121 to $630
Shopbop has a decent selection of bridesmaid dresses in interesting styles, though they are definitely on the pricier side. They can be limited in their sizes, so be sure to coordinate with your bridesmaids beforehand and make sure they all purchase as soon as possible (and that their size is available before you decide on a dress). Free 3-day shipping (2-day if you have Amazon Prime!) and free returns mean if something does happen and a style or size doesn’t workout, you and your friends are covered.
Budget: From $30-$2,500 (for black-tie gowns)
I’m a big fan of using Shopstyle as a search engine for great dresses (in fact, I find most of the bridesmaid dresses I feature there!). You can search by price, style, color, and designer, and it will display your top choices at an array of stores like Nordstrom, BHLDN, Neiman Marcus, Asos, and more. So it’s a great way to filter through a lot of selections without having to stop at each store’s website. As with Shopbop or other shops that don’t specialize in bridesmaid dresses, you’ll want to make sure you coordinate with your bridesmaids to make sure everybody gets the size they need (and on time).
For Something They’ll Definitely Wear Again
Budget: From $160-$370
Featuring designer exclusives and truly unique styles, this is where your bridesmaids shop for a bridesmaid dress that they can easily wear to another wedding, cocktail party, or formal event.
Budget: From $168-$1295
BHLDN is great, but it will never replace our love for Anthropologie (the two are owned by the same company). They are still my favorite resource for unique dresses and tops (like this peplum top, which I think would totally work for a bridesmaid outfit). Make your search easier by looking in their Occasion & Cocktail section.
For Dresses No Other Bridesmaids Will Have
Budget: From $40 up (price varies based on independent sellers)
Etsy is a great resource for bridesmaid dresses from indie designers who can customize a look just for you. Be sure to check out each seller’s reviews, and talk to the designer beforehand to let her know your wedding date and ask any questions you might have about fabric, styles, etc.
Budget: From $14.99-$694
The Indie e-retailer features dresses from a variety of designers with a vintage flair. Make sure your bridesmaids act fast if you find something you like on here: they have a tendency to sell out quick!
Budget: From $29-$135
A search through their “Going Out” dresses will yield some fun results (such as this short orange number, which I kind of love). While they’ve got a good selection of sizes, because they don’t have a dedicated bridesmaids section, you’ll be sorting through a lot of styles until you find the perfect one.
For Something Hip and Trendy
Budget: From $22-$499
This is where you go when you’re looking for unique and modern bridesmaid dresses that your friends will definitely wear again (and they won’t break the bank doing it).
Budget: From $248-$368
If you pick a bridesmaid dress from here, trust me, your friends will thank you. They have styles that would be welcome at any party you’d want to be at (and of course your wedding), and their clothes are eco-friendly.
For a Budget-Friendly (and Still Stylish) Dress
Budget: From $29.99-$329
If I could tell any store, “You’ve come a long way, baby,” it would be David’s Bridal. Between their designer collaborations (Vera Wang, Zac Posen) and their low prices, it’s hard not to put them on your list of must-visit websites for bridesmaid dresses.
Budget: From $55-$130
Yes, Target has bridesmaid dresses! If you’re looking for a simple and inexpensive design in a pretty color, this should be your first stop.
For Something Chic and Romantic
Budget: From $124 (for a set of 2 bridesmaid dresses) to $380/each for the couture line
The Plum Pretty Sugar Couture Bridesmaid collection is beyond gorgeous. While it’s on the pricier side, I could see wearing any one of their styles to a wedding or other formal spring/summer event. It’s definitely an investment piece that can get a lot of use! They also sell more casual bridesmaid sets, featuring everything from mini-dresses to shirt dresses in fun patterns.
Lauren Conrad’s Paper Crown
Budget: From $220-$325
While the collection is still growing, Lauren Conrad’s debut line of bridesmaid dresses definitely has a style/color for every wedding theme. I can especially see these dresses being worn at a beach or garden wedding, given their drapey silhouettes and soft colors.
For Dresses You Can Rent
Budget: From $35-$160
If your bridesmaids are super picky and want to wear something stylish without spending a lot of money, this is a good option. Even though I’m still on the fence about spending money on a dress I’ll have to return, there are some inexpensive options here (like the one pictured) which are definitely worth looking at. P.S.,: This probably isn’t the best option if you have more than 3-4 bridesmaids, as they don’t have an unlimited inventory.
Budget: From $50-$75 for rentals, and $150-$185 for retail
The great thing about Union Station (former Little Borrowed Dress) is that your bridesmaids have the choice of renting or buying the same dress. If it’s at least three months before your wedding Union Station can guarantee it will be in stock (and if not they’ll work with you around what they do have). After you’ve selected your dresses you register your bridesmaids, and from there Union Station will coordinate their fit, style, and make sure the dresses arrive on time.
Budget: From $95-$125 for rentals, and $189-$445 for retail
Choose between designers such as Jill Stuart and Nicole Miller for super stylish bridesmaid dresses (and little white dresses that you can wear to a bridal shower or rehearsal dinner). Like Union Station, there is a “rent” or “buy” option. If you decide to rent, you can go with their “Rent With Try-On” option, which will ship you two sizes to try on, then you send them both back and tell them which one fits best. They will then ship the dress back to you one week before your event. Or you can buy one of their dresses like a regular online store.