You have your alternative wedding dress, but what about your bridal party?

Well, not to worry if you are wanting something alternative, unique or nontraditional for your bridesmaids we have you covered. We have done the hard work for you and found the best alternatives to traditional bridesmaid dresses.

Why have alternative bridesmaid dresses?

If you are planning an alternative wedding then this may just be the obvious option. If however you are just looking for unique ideas or you have an alternative bridal party then it may be harder to envision the final look.

Not going the traditional dress route definitely adds some uniqueness to your day. It is also a great option if you have a mixed wedding party, whether it is mixed genders or just lots of different personal styles.

Working with your party and what suit them and your wedding can be the best way to not just create a modern look, it allows everyone to feel comfortable and special on your big day.

The best alternative bridesmaid dress ideas

1. jumpsuits

We all love jumpsuits here at Urban! For me, it has to be the best alternative to a bridesmaid dress. It still gives that dressed-up, even formal feel while being modern and unique.

head to our bridesmaid jumpsuit blog for the hottest trends! Here are some of my fave options.

2. pantsuits

The bridal pantsuit is becoming so popular and is a great bridesmaid dress alternative.

Less popular, but I think such a fun unique idea to have bridesmaids in pantsuits.

This is great for a mixed-gender bridal party also.

Image: Melia Lucida

3. Short bridesmaid dresses

When done right short bridesmaid dresses can look so stylish! I would say make sure you ask your party first as some may not feel comfortable in a short dress.

You can go super short with a midi dress, or longer with a mini. Head to our short bridesmaid dress for lots of ideas and to see all the different length options.

Image: Alexander Cohen

4. slip dress

The IT dress right now! I just love the satin slip dresses that are everywhere right now.

They make the perfect modern bridesmaid option. They have a 90s vibe and are very on-trend.

This might not be everyone’s style though so check with your bridesmaids.

5. Go for a bold colour choice

One of our favourite bridesmaid colour dresses is our burnt orange. This is a bold colour choice for weddings, I just love it! It is the perfect autumn wedding colour choice.

Going for a bold bridesmaid dress is a great way to make sure they stand out. Coral is another hot colour right now and is great for summer. Emerald green works are great in winter. Coral bridesmaid dresses for spring or summer.

bride and three bridesmaid in satin burnt orange dresses
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6. patterned dresses

I am love, love loving this trend right now! I definitely see 80s style coming back around in the wedding industry.

We have puff detachable sleeves, ruffles, and floral prints. all very 80s!

A blue and white print is an all year round stunning option. The most popular and easy to find is floral print bridesmaid dresses.

7. mismatched dresses

Another popular trend right now is to mismatch bridesmaid dress styles or colours.

I actually love when both styles and colours are mixed. It is definitely harder to pull off but done right, stunning!

bridesmaids in mismatched orange, coral and red bridesmaid dresses

8. two pieces

This is the perfect choice for when you have bridesmaids of different sizes and shapes.

I love a two-piece so I can get a bigger top or bottom depending on sizing.

crop top and trouser two piece separates
Vasper two-piece

9. all in white

I think this is a super stylish look! It works for any season and style of wedding.

I think to let your bridesmaid pick a style that suits them for a mismatched look but all white.

bride and 3 bridesmaids all in white on wedding day posing
Made with love Bridal

10. all in black

We just love black bridesmaid dresses here at the urban wedding company.

It is a super stylish choice for sure! Head to our black bridal party looks blog for more inspiration.

a bride and her bridesmaid wearing black dresses walking down steps heading to the ceremony

11. all in wedding dress

So this one is definitely a little out there! But why not?

If you want to really show your party off and make them feel special, this is the way!

I have been to a gay wedding and the two grooms had their bridal party in wedding dresses, it was amazing!

bride and 2 bridesmaids all wearing bridesmaid dresses
Made with love Bridal

Bridesmaid dress FAQs


This is different depending on the country and also culture. In the UK is more common that the couple pays for the bridesmaid dresses. Usually, then the bridesmaid may be expected to pay for their makeup and accessories. A lot of the time the couple covers all expenses. I always say to my couples to offer what they can afford and be honest upfront when asking bridesmaids. Head here for all the details.


Again this depends, if you are budget minded or looking for the best quality you will find dresses for all price ranges. You can look at china or sale options for around £50, I would say the average cost is around £150 and if you are looking for high quality then around £300. Head here for some saving tips.


If ordering from a boutique or made-to-measure you do need to give more time, 3 to 4 months. If ordering ready-to-wear dresses online I would still do it as early as possible. Do keep in mind if you have a pregnant bridesmaid you may need to order sooner or later for them.

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