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Casual vs. Black-Tie Weddings: Your Ultimate Bridal Party Dress Guide

These bridesmaid dresses are everything.

Black-Tie Bridesmaid Dresses

What to wear to black-tie weddings? Start by searching for floor-length dresses with added details like long sashes, allover beading, and heavier fabrics. Start right here with inspiration from five of our favorite dresses for formal weddings, then shop all long bridesmaid dresses right here.

1. This Black-Tie Bridesmaid Dress in Deep Ocean Blue

It doesn’t get more black-tie than a structured fabric in a fitted silhouette with off-the-shoulder sleeves. In a dark ocean blue color like this one, all you really need are the tuxedos.

2. This Black-Tie Cranberry Bridesmaid Dress

Black-tie dresses don’t have to be structured or fitted. Style this long flowy chiffon bridesmaid dress (pictured here in “cranberry”) with sparkly earrings and polished hairstyles (up or down!).

3. This Black-Tie Petal Pink Bridesmaid Dress

For a black-tie wedding in the summertime, try a soft petal pink color like this dress by Kleinfeld Bridal Party. The beading on the bodice makes it special, while the higher waistline is totally forgiving and easy to wear.

4. This High-Neck Burgundy Dress with a Lace Bodice

The lace bodice on this long burgundy bridesmaid dress is sophisticated enough for even the most formal wedding while the open back detail gives it that modern edge that your bridal party will love to wear.

5. This Long V-Neck Black Satin Bridesmaid Dress

Fitted, formal, and easy to wear–the perfect formula for a black-tie bridesmaid dress! (You’ll also love the super open back on this design by Kleinfeld Bridal Party.)

Casual Bridesmaid Dresses

What to wear to casual weddings? Our advice: Start your bridesmaid dress search by looking to patterned fabrics and lighter, casual colors like dusty blues and pinks and pastels. Start right here with inspiration from five of our favorite dresses for casual weddings. Then shop for a flattering bridesmaid dress by style right here.

6. This Short, Casual Bridesmaid Dress in Skyway Blue

Casual weddings call for laid-back bridal party looks, like this knee-length chiffon bridesmaid dress with a halter straps and a sweetheart neckline.

7. This Casual Vine Printed Dress with Off-The-Shoulder Sleeves

For somewhere in between cocktail and casual, try a tea-length hemline. The silver and ivory vine print on this style gives it that something special that you won’t see at every wedding..

8. This Casual Black Floral-Printed Bridesmaid Dress

Talk about a wear-it-again bridesmaid dress style. This long, black, flower-printed dress with flutter sleeves and a V-neckline would be just right for a casual wedding in late summer or early fall.

9. This Pink Floral-Patterned Bridesmaid Dress

This one is easy to wear and just right for a summery ceremony and reception. Send a link of this pretty, patterned bridesmaid dress to your besties as your top pick, and they’ll love you forever.

10. This Casual One-Shoulder Bridesmaid Dress in Denmark Blue

It’s the asymmetrical neckline that gives this bridesmaid dress a casual vibe. Get it in this dusty blue hue for an outdoor casual wedding in spring or summer.