Chances are, your maid of honor is an incredibly important and special person in your life. Maybe she helped your fiance pick out an engagement ring she knew you’d love, or was the first friend you called to share the news. Whatever your relationship–little sister, that best friend you’ve had since you were in diapers, intimidating future sister-in-law, that cousin you commiserate with about your crazy family, wild sorority sister,–she’ll likely be by your side during the wedding planning process. From helping plan bridal showers to bachelorette parties, to literally standing by your side on the big day, she’s got a lot on her plate, so it’s only natural that she should stand out in your wedding party.

One special way to let everyone know how special  she is to you is to choose a beautiful statement gown that’s just a bit different from what your other bridesmaids are wearing. An added bonus? You can choose the dress together, with her input, so you know it’s something she’ll fall in love with. As you begin to think about styling your wedding party, you can use these bridesmaid dress tips to give your maid of honor the standout look she deserves.

 

 

You Don’t Need Embellishments to Steal the Show: Sorella Vita Style 9088

This full-length gown has a double deep V neckline in the front and back and delicate spaghetti straps. This dress is a fabulous choice for a maid of honor because it features a lustrous satin bodice and a dramatic, full chiffon circle skirt–great for dancing and walking down the aisle. While the dress is one solid color, the contrast between the satin and the chiffon adds an interesting and elegant touch. And the two fabric combination means you can pair with with other Sorella Vita bridesmaid dresses in either full chiffon or full satin. Because this is a solid color dress with no embellishments, you can accessorize your maid of honor to set her apart. Pair this dress with special jewelry made especially for her.

Draw Inspiration from Art Deco Designs: Sorella Vita Style 9064

Meet the modern neckline that pairs perfectly with golden age flair: the Nouveau Sequin dress. A long column skirt is flattering and falls at the natural waist, making this gown refined yet trend-worthy. This bridesmaid dress feels comfortable and easy to wear, yet stylish and on-trend with its unique and artful matte-sequin pattern. The sequin pattern is unlike anything that other bridesmaid dress designers are designing, and creates a unique, scalloped pattern from head to toe.

The sequins might be the first thing you notice about this dress, but the special details don’t end there. This gown comes in gorgeous modern hues from rose gold to onyx, and its open back with bold criss-cross straps in right on trend. This style, color palette, and one-of-a-kind embellishments work well for a bride who wants her maid of honor to make a statement.

This dress, shown below right,  has major standout vibes–pair her with classic chiffon and satin styles to balance the bridal party look.

 

 

Say Yes to Sequins: Sorella Vita Style 8994

If you want your maid of honor to *literally* shimmer, the modern metallic dress is the one for you. This all-over sequin dress , featured above center, quite literally radiates light. The sheath silhouette is adorned with sequins from head to toe, but it’s not overkill. The matte finish of the sequins makes this dress look more metallic-y than sparkly–it’s an elevated take on the traditional sequined gown. A high halter and cutout details in back keep the dress playful and modern.

It’s available in neutral colors that coordinate perfectly with many color palettes. For a pared back look, put your maid of honor in modern metallic and balance the rest of the bridal party look with other sleek fabrics. If you want to go full glam, dress the full party in modern metallics. Put your maid of honor in rose gold sequins, and have the rest of your girls wear traditional gold so she stands out.

 

 

Go for a Dramatic Neckline: Sorella Vita Style 9122

You don’t have to get fancy to make your maid of honor stand out. Instead, put her in a statement gown that will subtly set her apart from the rest. The off-the-shoulder bridesmaid dress isn’t overdone–in a sea of spaghetti straps and high halters, this neckline looks fresh and new.

9122’s chiffon fabric and a-line silhouette make it easy to coordinate with other bridesmaid dress styles. Its unique, fluttery shoulder details set it apart without making it difficult to pair with other looks. Add a statement  necklace or dramatic teardrop earrings to make your maid of honor look and feel special.

 

 

There are other ways to make your maid of honor stand out. While some elements of her gown style will inevitably be similar to the other bridesmaids, adding unique embellishments to the maid of honor’s gown will set her apart from the party. Complementary colors and rich fabrics make a bold statement. Your #1 will look stunning!

 

Let the world know how amazing your maid of honor is by giving her a chance to look and feel her best at your wedding. Ask her to help you choose a dress that’s just for her, so she knows you have her preferences and best interests at heart. Ready to put together your perfect maid of honor and bridal party looks? Sign up to meet your free Brideside stylist. She’ll help you find the best statement bridesmaid dresses, and create a look your entire bridal party will love.