Your best friend chooses you to be one of her bridesmaids; cue relentless shopping trips and Google searches for that perfect dress that’s both flattering and subtle. You want to look alluring, but without upstaging the bride, obviously.
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A tricky situation for anyone, we’re sure you’ll agree. Particularly difficult, however, when you happen to be an A-list celebrity trying not to upstage the main lady. Oh yes, even the most famous celebs on the planet have ‘normal’ friends, too. Normal friends who get married, and need their BFF to hold their train.
Which is where these famous faces have come in handy, from Rihanna and Beyonce to Michelle Keegan and Kate Bosworth; all have demonstrated the perfect bridesmaid etiquette, starting with their dresses. And with wedding season almost upon us, it’s the perfect time for us to round up our favourite celebrity bridesmaids to give you some serious inspo.
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If you want to stick to classic hues then follow in the footsteps of the princess of pop herself, Rihanna. She toned down her show stopping style and instead wore a chiffon, embroidered lilac Badgley and Mischka SS14 dress for her assistant, Jennifer Morales’ recent Hawaiian nuptials. Of course, we were treated to snapshots of the wedding thanks to RiRi’s Instagram feed.
Beyonce rightly lived up to her Queen B status by almost upstaging her mum’s celebrations, wearing a plunging white lace dress with a floral hair accessory. And Bey is not the only celeb to break the bridesmaid code; Michelle Keegan was the lady in red when she wore a show-stopping scarlet floor-sweeper to her step-sister’s wedding. Not to forget the ever-stylish Kate Bosworth and supermodel Naomi Campbell, who both broke the rules by wearing black, full-length dresses to their BFF’s weddings.
So whether you want to throw a style curveball or play it safe, these celebrity bridesmaid dresses have just what you need…
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The Saturdays' Rochelle Humes played bridesmaid to BFF Georgina Dorsett at her celebrity packed wedding to England footballer Tom Cleverley in London, and wore a beautiful Pia Michi bridesmaid dress. The singer paired her asymmetric fluted frock with an elegant undo finished off with three white roses. Stunning.
Rihanna looked stunning in her lilac gown for her BFF Jennifer Morales's wedding in beautiful Hawaii last month. Riri and her fellow bridesmaids all coordinated in purple hues, with the pop princess matching her lipstick and nails to her dress too. Rihanna and the wedding party let us in on the wedding antics with instagram and snapchat updates. About the wedding Riri said, "I can't believe this day is finally upon us!!!!! I'm so happy and so proud to see my big sis @jennnrosales and my big bro @the_aa become one today!!!"
It was the dress that got the entire world talking about Pippa Middleton, the Sarah Burton for Alexander McQueen dress, was a perfect fit for the petite sister of The Duchess of Cambridge. All eyes were on Pippa when she followed her sister down the aisle holding her train; the classic cut dress had a simple button detail down the spine, and was accessorized with flowers in her hair.
Michelle was bridesmaid for her stepsister's wedding in the summer 2012 and this strapless scarlet number must have been the talk of the wedding but Michelle wasn’t the only bridesmaids wearing all red, she was joined by fellow bridesmaids in red too. With her own wedding to Mark Wright coming soon we are sure Michelle's gown will be nothing but a showstopper too.
Beyonce wore this beautiful white lace dress for her mother Tina's Yacht wedding to Richard Lawson last month. Beyonce's plunging neckline almost stole the spotlight from the bride herself, and living up to her Queen B status she wore a floral head garland too. Fellow band mate Kelly Rowland, sister Solange, her cousin and stepsister, joined her.
Being a top model you can expect nothing less from Cara, she looked stunning in her white Couture Chanel dress. 17 bridesmaids for her wedding, who also wore Chanel, accompanied Cara. Cara's stayed true to her style and teamed her dress with monochrome accessories and finished off the look with a classic Smokey eye.
For her Eldest sisters wedding Poppy stuck to the Delevingne wedding code and wore a classic Channel frock. She teamed her stunning navy dress with a heavily beaded Chanel jacket for the London wedding. Red lipstick and classic black courts complimented the look.
Having a Supermodel bridesmaid must have been a fashion challenge in itself but for Kristen McMenamy Naomi wore a black floor length Karl Lagerfeld dress with a gold filigree hair ornament. Naomi set aside her signature catwalk strut to be fulfilling her bridesmaids duty for her friends big day.
Mollie and her sister Laura looked beautiful for her sister Ellen's wedding in a grey Grecian number, she teamed her classic dress with a side bun and simple flowers. The ceremony took place at Great Fosters country house in Surrey, which had a really cool buzzer game as part of the post wedding party!
Taking her best friend duties very seriously Lena Dunham tweeted "Potent, emotional, feel someone should make a movie about it. Called 'Wedding Of My Best Friend.'" The wedding was a Midsummer Night's Dream theme and even had a hashtag for the day #inthesewoods! Her dress was a slate grey with a criss-crossed back detail.
Kim Kardashian wore a strapless lilac dress with a flute hemline for sister Khloe's Wedding to Lamar Odom. Channeling the Disney Character Jasmine with her dark locks and sultry eye make up, Kim looked simply beautiful. The dress was sure to show off and compliment her famous curves too.
Wearing a pretty purple dress for her brothers wedding in Glasgow, actress Keira Knightly strayed from the classic floor sweeper and chose this knee length floaty number instead. Which had pretty bow detailing on the shoulders and a deep V neckline.
Being the chic trendsetter she is Kate Bosworth's dress was an A list winner. Her black dress had a twisted halter detail, which was perfect for the beach wedding that took place in Sydney. Pretty pearl earrings and a classic bun completed the look.
Muted tones and pastels are usually the go to shades for bridesmaid dresses and Jessica Biel worked her chocolate toned dress in style. Justin accompanied her to her former co-star from 7th Heaven Lucy Camden wedding in stunning Italy.
Looking like brides themselves, the Jenner sisters Kendall and Kylie wore matching dresses for sister Kim's second wedding to NBA Basketball player Kris Humphries. Both girls who could have been mistaken for twins wore Ver Wang for their sister’s big day.
Fellow mates Theodora and Alexandra Richards joined Georgia May Jagger and Girls star Jemima Kirke for Leah Wood's wedding to Jack Macdonald in 2008. All bridesmaids wore lilac dresses with full skirts and romantic middle part buns. This wedding was a effortlessly cool affair.
Lady Gaga is known for her show stopper ensembles but on a rare occasion the lady left the gaga at home and joined fellow bridesmaids by wearing beautiful cream dresses for her best friends wedding. Just as a finishing touch the 'Born this way' singer wore a statement flower in her side swept hair.
We all loved Rose Byrne in her role as Helen from the hit film 'Bridesmaids', but for her fellow costar Collette Dinnigan's wedding Rose wore a pretty floral white dress. Be sure to check out our Little Mistress for Look collection for a similar dress.
Demi ditched the style rule by wearing this asymmetric purple dress to a museum wedding and teamed it with platform ankle strap shoes. The dress worked perfectly with her petite frame and with purple being the popular dress shade it’s a definite bridesmaid hit.
Being partial to a good frock Katherine Jenkins looked beautiful in her pretty knee length peach bridesmaid dress. The opera singer's dress looked similar to the frock she wore for her sisters wedding the year before, which also had a sheer neckline.