While we often look to celebrities for wedding dress inspiration, we seem to forget that even stars are sometimes the bridesmaids and not the bride. So today we’re rounding up our favourite famous wedding attendants (think Cara, Jessica Alba, Kate Bosworth and the Olsens), along with the stylish, not-so-bridesmaid-y dresses you need to get each of the looks.
But there is one thing that every A-lister has to bear in mind when being a bridesmaid for a friend (especially one who isn't a celeb themselves): Don’t show up the bride. Thankfully, all these bridesmaids have managed to look elegant and pretty without taking away the spotlight, which is good news if you’ve got a famous friend. Keep scrolling for our guide to the best celebrity bridesmaid dresses.
Having your own fashion brand comes in pretty handy. It certainly did for Harley Viera-Newton in 2017 when her bevvy of beautiful bridesmaids (including her sister Rio and Joséphine de La Baume and Cassie Coane) got to wear flattering, pretty printed dresses from her label, HVN. Love how each girl chose different shoes—take note, brides.
Pippa Middleton definitely had her “bridesmaid moment” when Kate and William got married, but it was the DoC’s turn this year to choose an equally gorgeous look—and that she did with this elegant, understated bespoke piece from Alexander McQueen. Along with her daughter, Princess Charlotte, they blended into P-Middy’s English countryside theme splendidly.
We don’t need to ask if you think this is the chicest bridal party you’ve ever seen because we know the answer. As well as the Olsen twins being a part of Gomelsky creative director Cassie Coane’s big day, Harley Viera-Newton was also one of many bridesmaids all wearing incredible gowns. We can’t even start to pick a favourite.
Emily Ratajkowski was a bridesmaid in October 2016 for a friend’s wedding. Fun fact: She designed the dress herself with Christy Dawn. Only 75 were made, with all proceeds going to Planned Parenthood.
When you have a lot of bridesmaids, having them stick to a theme (but not wear the exact same dress) looks incredible. Rachel Bilson was part of this team of bridesmaids this year (if you need help spotting her, she’s in the top right).
Yep, Rachel has been a bridesmaid for a few of her friends. This light blush gown was a chic way to not upstage the bride.
As one of the coolest brides of all time, Rihanna wore a lilac dress to her assistant Jennifer Morales’s wedding in 2015.
At the end of 2016, Miranda Kerr’s brother Matty Kerr married Jimmy Wright. The model wore a gorgeous white lace gown.
In her brother’s 2011 wedding, Keira Knightley and the other bridesmaids opted for a shorter hem in purple.
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Serving as maid of honour for her sister Poppy’s wedding last year, Cara stunned in a white Chanel gown.
Back in 2008, Kate Bosworth was a bridesmaid for her former assistant’s beachside nuptials.
At her best friend’s wedding, maid of honour Kirsten Dunst looked boho-chic in a pink slip dress and flower crown.
As maid of honour in her sister’s wedding in 2012, Katharine McPhee took the plunge in a pale pink halter gown with a deep V.
As part of the wedding party for a friend’s 2010 ceremony in Beverly Hills, Jessica Alba opted for a blue chiffon dress which matched husband Cash Warren’s tie.
For her friend’s wedding in Ojai in 2014, Lauren Conrad wore one of her own designs—a long, cream-coloured gown from her Paper Crown line.
Back in 2007, the twins went barefoot as bridesmaids in a Cabo San Lucas beach wedding.
The actress, along with the other bridesmaids, wore a chic, satin strapless gown for her friend’s 2006 wedding in Montecito.
For her sister Chloe’s wedding in early 2014, Cara opted for a simple and flattering black sheath dress.
Just one month before her own wedding, Poppy also played bridesmaid in sister Chloe’s wedding, wearing a mermaid-shaped gown with white embellishments.
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Long before her nuptials to Justin Timberlake, Jessica Biel was a bridesmaid in another Italian wedding, wearing a strapless, plum-coloured gown with a matching shawl.
Next up! 29 of the best wedding guest dresses that stand out from the crowd.
This post was originally published on Who What Wear U.S. at an earlier date and has since been updated.