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It’s time to pick your besties’s outfits to be part of your bridal squad! Better find out all about the bridesmaid dress etiquette and what’s hot and what’s not!

Mix-and-match your bridesmaid dresses by bringing them together with a neutral palette. Love these short dresses in different styles!

Mix-and-match your bridesmaid dresses by bringing them together with a neutral palette. Love these short dresses in different styles!

Choosing bridesmaid dresses should not be – but it generally is – a source of stress for the bride AND her wedding party. Having a few bridesmaid dress etiquette rules handy will help everyone navigate this time with ease. And have a little fun in the process! It’s shopping time after all! 😉

General Bridesmaid Etiquette

While the general duties of a bridesmaid vary from bride to bride, know that your BFFs are there to help you with your wedding duties. Well.. some of the duties… like helping address the invites, running small errands for you and the like. But there is one thing for sure the bridesmaids have to do: stand by your side at your wedding.

That means having to wear a cohesive look on your wedding day. Let’s go over some bridesmaid dress etiquette tips before diving into the fash trends!

Who Pays For The Bridesmaid Dress?

This is a very good question! Traditionally, a bridesmaid is expected to pay for her own dress, including the shoes, accessories, hair and makeup for the big day – minus the bridesmaid bouquet, of course. That’s on the bride.



The bridesmaid dress etiquette and this year's trends. We love these colors and styles as they are so versatile they will look beautiful both at outdoor and indoor weddings. Dresses by Jenny Yoo.

The bridesmaid dress etiquette and this year’s trends. We love these colors and styles as they are so versatile they will look beautiful both at outdoor and indoor weddings. Dresses by Jenny Yoo.

Embrace the new trends and create an ethereal vibe for your bridesmaids with sequin tops and soft chiffon skirts for a beach wedding. Photo: Lucija Ros.

Embrace the new trends and create an ethereal vibe for your bridesmaids with sequin tops and soft chiffon skirts for a beach wedding. Photo: Lucija Ros.

Now that we covered who traditionally pays for bridesmaid dresses, let’s go over a few alternative ways of handling this. The bride covering this expense for her bridal squad is becoming more and more standard, or at the very least, they cover part of the cost. Some brides are helping their friends meet their bridesmaid dress etiquette by loaning them the money over time.

Let your bridal squad rock with these bridesmaid dress etiquette tips and trends, the ones you need to know.

Let your bridal squad rock with these bridesmaid dress etiquette tips and trends, the ones you need to know.




How Much Do Bridesmaid Dresses Cost?

Bridesmaid dresses do range in cost. The average cost of a bridesmaid dress this year in the U.S. is $150 according to Brides magazine. But that price can go up if you need to have any alterations done. Plus, you need to factor in the shoes and any accessories and other expenses. Being a bridesmaid is not for the faint of heart! (or pockets!)

We know these are your bae people, but as the bride, keep it on the affordable side. Be creative – you’ll see many options that are totally lit here – and let them know how highly you think of them often.

Every bridesmaid dress has a different style. That way when they get together again they can still wear them, minus the flower bouquets, of course!

Every bridesmaid dress has a different style. That way when they get together again they can still wear them, minus the flower bouquets, of course!

How to Ask Bridesmaids to Pay for their Dress (Nicely)

First of all, it is good manners and of course perfect bridesmaid dress etiquette to include them in the search for “the” bridesmaid dress.

Share with them your vision of the wedding, the colors, shades or wedding theme. Furthermore, show them a specific dress you found and its price and ask them if it fits what they were planning to spend. There. you’ve done it.

If they expected you to pay for their dress, explain that it’s customary for the bridesmaids to pay for their own dresses. If they can’t afford the dress, this is the moment to let you know! Maybe you’ll decide on a cheaper alternative and even help them pay for the dress. Even though it’s your big day, discuss the dress issue with your friends and come to a good understanding on dresses that work for everyone’s budget!

One great idea is gifting them the shoes or the jewelry. Your bridal squad will appreciate that. You were going to thank them with a gift after all, right? Make it something useful for all of you!

Bridesmaid dress etiquette: who pays for the dress? Kennedy Blue.

Bridesmaid dress etiquette: who pays for the dress? Kennedy Blue.

When Should you Order the Bridesmaid Dresses?

For off the rack dresses, get them when you find them. You never know when they will go out of stock. If you’ve chosen designer outfits, think six months in advance. Three months for them to arrive and three for any alterations needed.

Summery, airy and elegant two piece bridesmaid dress.

Summery, airy and elegant two piece bridesmaid dress.

Bridesmaid Dress Etiquette: The Long and the Short of it

This never ends, does it? Long bridesmaid dresses are perfect for a black-tie affair, winter or an evening reception. On the other hand, short dresses will give a more informal vibe that could be perfect for a daytime or outdoor wedding. If you are having a hard time deciding, go with the time rule: is the wedding before or after 6PM? If it’s after, pick long bridesmaid dresses. But always, always be true to your aesthetic.

Two of the cutest knee-length bridesmaid dresses we have ever seen in ruffled chiffon.

Two of the cutest knee-length bridesmaid dresses we have ever seen in ruffled chiffon.

What’s Trending on Bridesmaid Dresses?

Finally, here are the hottest trends for your bridal party to flaunt and feel gorgeous at your wedding!

The Two-Piece Look that will Capture Everybody’s Heart

Love these flouncy tulle skirts that your bridesmaids will be able to use again and again. Being a bridesmaid is such an investment that thinking of their pockets will be hugely appreciated. If you are not a fan of tulle skirts, any two-piece outfit will do. Get inspired by these bridesmaid dress ideas!

After the wedding, you can wear the sequin top with a knee length skirt or use it to dress up a pair of jeans. Recycle the dress.

After the wedding, you can wear the sequin top with a knee length skirt or use it to dress up a pair of jeans. Recycle the dress.

Break the rules in perfect trendy taste.

Break the rules in perfect trendy taste.

The tutu skirt - a garment and even an accessory that comes from the world of ballet - here with an urban chic vibe.

The tutu skirt – a garment and even an accessory that comes from the world of ballet – here with an urban chic vibe.

Sweet Florals that Fit any Wedding Style

Florals can really pop against a bride’s white (or off-white dress). It’s a very feminine and appealing look that goes well with boho, vintage, garden, urban and backyard weddings! Lighter backgrounds are sweet and flowy and the trendiest darker backgrounds are ultra flattering!

For your special day, and all the days after, a flowy floral boho bridesmaid dress by plumprettysugar.

For your special day, and all the days after, a flowy floral boho bridesmaid dress by plumprettysugar.

Split side floral boho dress for sexy bridesmaids by oshopolive.

Split side floral boho dress for sexy bridesmaids by oshopolive.

More inspo: Trendy Plus Sized Wedding Guest Dresses, Curvy is the New Black

Light up your Bridal Squad with Sequins

If you want your bridesmaids to really dazzle on the day of your wedding, sequin dresses are fire. They will add glitz and glamour of your wedding. This trend works full-length, knee-length or as a sequin top paired with a long pleated skirt. Perfect for re-use!

Dare to go all 2019 with these silver sequin bridesmaid dresses!

Dare to go all 2019 with these silver sequin bridesmaid dresses!

Blush sequined convertible sheath one shoulder bridesmaid dresses from MissZhu Bridal. Ultra glam.

Blush sequined convertible sheath one shoulder bridesmaid dresses from MissZhu Bridal. Ultra glam.

Luxurious and Soft Velvet Bridesmaid Dresses

If you’re having a fall or winter wedding, velvet bridesmaid dresses are perfect! The soft and eye-catching fabric provides some extra flair to the dresses, making them stand out no matter what color you pick!

Tradition dictates that bridesmaids must wear the same dresses. Today a mismatched bridal squad looks even more harmonious and beautiful together!

Tradition dictates that bridesmaids must wear the same dresses. Today a mismatched bridal squad looks even more harmonious and beautiful together!

This is more on trend now than ever, mix and match your bridal party look! Gives your bridesmaids a chance to show off their personal style and pick their most flattering dress silhouette. Just be sure to setup a few guidelines and ask them to check with you before purchasing them so you end up with a cohesive look.

 

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We rounded up the trendiest plus sized wedding guest dresses for our beautifully curvy readers. Pick yours!

Scarlett Johansson never slips on the same tired silhouette. Loving her graphic print dress! Photo: Jonathan Leibson.

Scarlett Johansson never slips on the same tired silhouette. Loving her graphic print dress! Photo: Jonathan Leibson.

Curves are all over the runways, new clothing lines and thank goodness we can proudly say that curvy is the new black. Right?

Adele, Melissa McCarthy, Rosie Mercado and many others are showing off their beautiful curves. No shame here. And even though it may seem difficult to find those TD (to die for) plus sized wedding guest dresses, they are out there. Fortunately, more and more designers are adding dresses for curvy women to their collections. Catwalks are no longer exclusively for size 0 as plus sized supermodels rule!

Related: Chic and Elegant Cocktail Dresses for Weddings: This Year’s Latest Styles

It’s time to rejoice ladies because size is no longer matters when it comes to dressing for any occasion. In fact, the curvier, the better, so it’s time to flaunt what you’re momma gave you and look your best no matter what size you are. If you’re attending a wedding this season, here are some trendy plus size wedding guest dresses that’ll look fab on any size.

Cringe-Worthy Short Plus Sized Wedding Guest Dresses

If your legs are your best feature, short dresses can be the perfect look to attend that wedding. Color blocking is all the rage right now and it’s easy to make it play in your favor.

Also trending are geometric designs and modern leopard prints. Combine colors and textures to drive people’s eyes away from problem areas and towards your best assets.



Now is the time to wear a steal-the-show short frock with lace and frills. Don’t forget the punch of bright pink accessories if you want to make a low-key yet on-point statement.

Long sleeve color block dresses are perfect for the plus figure!

Long sleeve color block dresses are perfect for the plus figure!

Chiffon leopard print plus size dress by Rosegal.

Chiffon leopard print plus size dress by Rosegal.

Plus size fashion has reached the top of cuteness with this pearl embellished dress by shopstyle.

Plus size fashion has reached the top of cuteness with this pearl embellished dress by shopstyle.

Wrap Dresses for Plus Sized Wedding Guests

Accentuate your curves and show off your waistline with a beautiful wrap dress in a bright bold color if it’s a summer wedding. If you want to appear slimmer, then go with a sleek black wrap dress that’ll surely double as your little black dress and will work for a number of other occasions. The great thing about wrap dresses is that you can easily dress them up or down depending on the occasion so they’re super versatile.

Velvet Rules on Plus Sized Wedding Guest Dresses

The aristocratic velvet is on trend this season, mostly in dark shades, such as blue, emerald, burgundy, and black. Many fashion designers are pairing velvet with lace. These outfits are luxurious, so keep accessories to the bare minimum. For a more understated look, pick a sharply tailored velvet suit.

Sultry pinup couture with a sleeved silhouette and a dramatic V-neckline from Steady.

Sultry pinup couture with a sleeved silhouette and a dramatic V-neckline from Steady.

Swoon-Worthy Fit and Flare Dresses

Just as a wrap dress helps accentuate your curves, so doe fit and flare dresses! These dresses are fitted on top and then flare out at the bottom, creating an hourglass figure. Plus, it’ll make your waist appear smaller since the bottom half is so flared out. You’ll have a beautiful, proportionate shape that will flatter any curvy-sized wedding guest. And in case you’re wondering, this style is also considered the empire waist style since it tucks in at your midsection before flaring outward.

Velvet mesh T-shirt dress. Fab plus sized wedding guest dresses.

Velvet mesh T-shirt dress. Fab plus sized wedding guest dresses. Get it here!

Evening Lace Sheath Plus Sized Wedding Guests Dresses with Finesse

Don’t be afraid of wearing anything fitted because you’ve got curves! Instead, show them off by wearing a beautiful summer sheath dress for a wedding. Sheath dresses are flattering because they add structure to your shape and will hug you in all the right places. Plus, these types of dresses give you a polished look, making them great pieces for a wedding. And since they come in a variety of colors, you’re bound to find one in a hue that you love!

Long evening dresses are a classic choice when attending an elegant affair. And when it comes down to curves, lace dresses are fire!

Wear a lace detail on your sleeve for a touch of sheer. Lace can also be worn on the bottom of the skirt’s dress for a glimpse of your legs. And if you are completely in love with this fabric, you can choose a full blown lace evening gown! Sexy yet ultra elegant!

Curve hugging sleeveless sheath lace dress. In love!

Curve hugging sleeveless sheath lace dress. In love!




Curves are all over the runways, new clothing lines and thank goodness we can now proudly say that curvy is the new black! Right?

Curves are all over the runways, new clothing lines and thank goodness we can now proudly say that curvy is the new black! Right?

We rounded up the trendiest plus sized wedding guest dresses for our beautifully curvy readers. Pick yours!

We rounded up the trendiest plus sized wedding guest dresses for our beautifully curvy readers. Pick yours!

You are never too old to look your best as shown on the Wardrobe Oxygen fashion blog with this graphic Boden sleeveless maxi dress. Onpoint.

You are never too old to look your best as shown on the Wardrobe Oxygen fashion blog with this graphic Boden sleeveless maxi dress. Onpoint.

Silver is a Hot Trend: Feel Free to Shine!

Be it a dress or trousers and blazers – especially flared ones that flatter the silhouette will make a statement in silver. Keep it simple. Don’t overdo the dress design. If you prefer a more reserved approach, look for long sleeves and high necklines. Ballet flats are also a great way to dress down the boldness.

Go full blown glam with a plus size sequin gown!

Go full blown glam with a plus size sequin gown!

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Elegant metallic dress with pleated skirt and three quarter sleeves.

Elegant metallic dress with pleated skirt and three quarter sleeves.

Chicest Dark Background Florals

Perfect to slim down the figure while dressing up on trend, these plus sized wedding guest dresses are lit. Forget those small Barbie-like flowers, these prints and large and bold. Make sure the florals accentuate your curves and you go girl!

This look is so well put together it has me dripping with thirst. Dark bold floral plus size dress.

This look is so well put together it has me dripping with thirst.

Dark background floral dress with a color blocking play that will make you look 10 lbs. lighter! By Rosewe.

Dark background floral dress with a color blocking play that will make you look 10 lbs. lighter! By Rosewe.

Show off your Sexy Side with an Off-the-Shoulder Dress

This style has been around for a while and it doesn’t look like it’s going anywhere. It’s made to show off your décolletage area and can add weight to your upper half, balancing you out. Plus, opting or an off-the-shoulder dress with an A-line style will also create a very flattering hourglass shape.

No matter what your choice, stick to your personality and style. The most important trend in plus sized wedding guest dresses is to look stylishly comfortable.

Who doesn't love Octavia Spencer style? Get inspired by the star of The Shack.

Who doesn’t love Octavia Spencer style? Get inspired by the star of The Shack.

 

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Allow us to introduce you to an amazing mother of the bride dress designer: Carla Ruiz and her modern approach to dressing up the MOB in style!

Mother of the bride dress designer, Carla Ruiz, plays with different textured fabrics to create astonishing and impeccable outfits.

Mother of the bride dress designer, Carla Ruiz, plays with different textured fabrics to create astonishing and impeccable outfits.

When choosing your attire for the big day, Carla Ruiz is a mother of the bride dress designer you cannot overlook. Weddings are such special occasions, and even though the bride is the center of attention, the mother of the bride should not blend into the background. She deserves to look and feel like the VIP she is. That’s where Carla Ruiz’s dress designs save the day. Check out her 2017/2018 mother of the bride dress designer collection and rejoice!

Who is Carla Ruiz?

This may be a new name for some of you. So here are the basics: Carla Ruiz is a clothing brand based in Malaga, Spain. They’ve been around since 2010 with Rocío Ruiz as their one and only lead designer. Not only is Carla Ruiz one of the top mother of the bride dress designer brands in the region, you can see them at some of the most famed fashion runways worldwide.

Carla Ruiz specializes in wedding, cocktail and mother of the bride dresses. It is impossible to look at her fabulous mother of the bride dress collections and not fall in love with each piece.

Her motto is “refinement, elegance, uniqueness” and they masterfully deliver as her designs look and feel like a million bucks. And guess what? Carla Ruiz collections focuses on affordability as much as they do on quality and style so they don’t cost nowhere near as much!



This dusty blue and cream dress steals my heart. And you?

This dusty blue and cream dress steals my heart.

Why is the Mother of the Bride Dress so Important to Carla Ruiz?

If you’ve been to your fair share of weddings, you’ll notice that the mother of the bride usually looks a bit outdated. Rocío Ruiz says “hell no!” to these aging dresses as she opens the door to sophisticated and modern mother of the bride dress styles.

Furthermore, her creations truly bring out women’s elegance, beauty and poise. The attention to detail that Rocío Ruiz puts into her work is just impressive, and it’s what makes the Carla Ruiz brand stand out. And whether you are the bride, the mother of the bride or a guest you will look breathtaking in one of her creations.

Any woman would love to wear this original LBD by Carla Ruiz.

Any woman would love to wear this original LBD by Carla Ruiz.

Mother of the bride (and groom!) style is elegant, contemporary and super stylish for 2017.

Mother of the bride (and groom!) style is elegant, contemporary and super stylish for 2017.

In the Carla Ruiz 2017 dress collection, the designer was inspired by the Baroque period, luxury and ostentation with volume in the skirts.

In the Carla Ruiz 2017 dress collection, the designer was inspired by the Baroque period, luxury and ostentation with volume in the skirts.




Mother of the Bride Dress Designer Carla Ruiz Collection

The 2017 Collection is out! And it’s nothing shy of a work of art. The use of both vibrant and nude colors is present to satisfy her clients’ taste. The mother of the bride dress designs are amazing, as are their use of colors, fabrics and accessories that tie the outfit together.

As always, elegance and uniqueness are two of the words that this collection imprints in your mind the moment you see it. Mother of the bride dress designer Carla Ruiz presents floral prints and single colored dresses. The juxtaposition of patterns and colors is exquisite.

Every mother of the bride dress is classier than the next, and the meticulous use of accessories is once again outstanding; nothing is superfluous, it all comes together with great integrity and luxuriousness. Everything about these outfits stands out in just the right way. They scream sublime taste and I just hope the decision process is not as tough for you as it would be for me. But any Carla Ruiz mother of the bride dress design is the right choice!

Modern and unique Carla Ruiz 2017 mother of the bride outfit.

Modern and unique Carla Ruiz 2017 mother of the bride outfit.

Mother of the bride or groom dress by Carla Ruiz. Notice the use of textures.

Mother of the bride or groom dress by Carla Ruiz. Notice the use of textures.

MOB dress designer, Carla Ruiz finds amazing and clever ways to flatter and enhance the female form.

MOB dress designer, Rocio Ruiz finds amazing and clever ways to flatter and enhance the female form.

Mother of the bride dress designer, Carla Ruiz whole focus is on femininity and it shows on every single one of her pieces.

Mother of the bride dress designer, Carla Ruiz whole focus is on femininity and it shows on every single one of her pieces.

Cocktail & Party Dresses for Modern MOBs

These cocktail and party dresses are probably the prettiest, most elegant dresses I’ve ever seen. There’s so much beauty in simplicity. And mother of the bride dress designer Carla Ruiz does a great job of turning simplicity into stunning and stylishly fashionable combinations.

Her magistral use of shapes, bold patterns and subtle details makes these dresses unlike any other at this price range. What stands out in the 2017 collection is the use of flower patterns, textured fabrics and bright, beautiful colors.

Adorable blue floral cocktail outfit from the Carla Ruiz 2017 collection.

Adorable blue floral cocktail outfit from the 2017 collection.

Love the youthful look the texture juxtaposition gives to this short dress.

Love the youthful look the texture juxtaposition gives to this short dress.

This berry-hued cocktail dress will fit perfectly at a winter wedding.

This berry-hued cocktail dress will fit perfectly at a winter wedding.

Carla Ruiz 2017. Her designs really help make an entrance.

Carla Ruiz 2017. Her designs really help make an entrance.

How much does a Carla Ruiz Design Cost?

You can find these gorgeous dresses starting at us$115 with an average sticker price of us$370 (that’s 97 to 320 euros), it really depends on which design steals your heart. You can get them at DHGate.

Do you see yourself in this giant polka dots Carla Ruiz dress? I do!

Do you see yourself in this giant polka dots Carla Ruiz dress? I do!

Mother of the bride dress designer Carla Ruiz use of colors, textures, and shapes stands out in her designs.

Mother of the bride dress designer Carla Ruiz use of colors, textures, and shapes stands out in her designs.

Don’t Miss This Gallery of Mother of the Bride (and Groom) Dresses

If you choose to go with one of her pieces you can rest assured it will be unique, special, high-quality, and most importantly, trendy. Leave us a comment if you enjoyed getting to know mother of the bride dress designer Carla Ruiz! Or check out these Chic and Elegant Cocktail Dresses for Weddings: This Year’s Latest Styles!

Carla Ruiz mother of the bride dresses (and grooms!)

Carla Ruiz mother of the bride dresses (and grooms!)

The latest nude and blush dresses by Carla Ruiz.

The latest nude and blush dresses by Carla Ruiz.

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