When you ask your best friends and close relatives to be members of your bridal party, they grin with "happiness." Yes, yes, it's an honor — but, c'mon, you know you can see right through that plastered-on smile. While wedding prep can be fun, there's one aspect of the big day that can squash a bridesmaid's positivity: the dress. Any woman who's ever had the
pleasure of walking down the aisle in an ill-fitting, oversized, fuchsia tragedy knows all too well the humiliation that comes with the wrong bridesmaid dress.
So, to prevent eye rolls and potential digs behind your back, just let your people wear something they like, please
. Ahead, we're highlighting 16 stylish frocks in popular bridal-party color schemes — from pretty pastels to jet-black. Click through to scope the dresses your main crew will actually want to party in — and there's nary a hot (pink taffeta) mess in sight.
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