19 Celebrity Bridesmaids Who Looked Incredible But Didn't Show Up the Bride

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.

Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte
Celebrity bridesmaids dresses: Duchess of Cambridge and Princess Charlotte

Photo:

Getty Images

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. 

Keira Knightley
Celebrity bridesmaids dresses: Keira Knightley

Photo:

Mirrorpix/Splash News

In her brother’s 2011 wedding, Keira Knightley and the other bridesmaids opted for a shorter hem in purple. 

Cara Delevingne
Celebrity bridesmaids dresses: Cara Delevingne

Photo:

Neil Mockford/Alex Huckle/GC Images

Serving as maid of honour for her sister Poppy’s wedding last year, Cara stunned in a white Chanel gown.

Kate Bosworth
Celebrity bridesmaids dresses: Kate Bosworth

Photo:

BIG Australia/Flynetonline.com

Back in 2008, Kate Bosworth was a bridesmaid for her former assistant’s beachside nuptials.

Kirsten Dunst
Kate Celebrity bridesmaids dresses: Kirsten Dunst

Photo:

CPR/Miguel/Premiere/FAMEFLYNET

At her best friend’s wedding, maid of honour Kirsten Dunst looked boho-chic in a pink slip dress and flower crown.

Katharine McPhee
Celebrity bridesmaids dresses: Katharine McPhee

Photo:

CreditPremiere/DMac/FameFlynet Pictures

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.

Jessica Alba
Celebrity bridesmaids dresses: Jessica Alba

Photo:

BUDA/AKM-GSI Media

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.

Lauren Conrad
Celebrity bridesmaids dresses: Lauren Conrad

Photo:

J. Sharma/Bruja/PacificCoastNews.com

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.

Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen
Celebrity bridesmaids dresses: Mary Kate and Ashley Olsen

Photo:

Bigpicturesphoto.com

Back in 2007, the twins went barefoot as bridesmaids in a Cabo San Lucas beach wedding.

Jennifer Garner
Celebrity bridesmaids dresses: Jennifer Garner

Photo:

Flynetonline.com

The actress, along with the other bridesmaids, wore a chic, satin strapless gown for her friend’s 2006 wedding in Montecito.

Cara Delevingne
Celebrity bridesmaids dresses: Cara Delevingne

Photo:

FameFlynetUK/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES

For her sister Chloe’s wedding in early 2014, Cara opted for a simple and flattering black sheath dress.

Poppy Delevingne
Celebrity bridesmaids dresses: Poppy Delevingne

Photo:

FameFlynetUK/FAMEFLYNET PICTURES

Just one month before her own wedding, Poppy also played bridesmaid in sister Chloe’s wedding, wearing a mermaid-shaped gown with white embellishments.

Jessica Biel
Celebrity bridesmaids dresses: Jessica Biel

Photo:

Renato Sarmiento Splash News

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.

Related Stories