Finding the right bridesmaid dress to suit everyone is a difficult job for a bride. With different shapes, sizes, and preferences, it is no wonder there is always one unhappy bridesmaid. However, they should consider themselves grateful after seeing these vintage horrors.
Inspired By Rachel
Almost like when Rachel from Friends had to wear a hideous poofy-sleeved bridesmaid dress to her ex’s wedding, these women had to suffer wearing a dress of a similar style. Thank god puffy shoulders are no longer in fashion.
The bridesmaid’s face on the bride’s right perfectly sums up how horrific these dresses are. Looking as if someone had vomited flowers all over them, these bridesmaids put on a brave face for their best friend’s wedding. Even the little child has learned the skill of faking it. Aside from the hideous dresses, the matching hats and colored gloves are unexplainable. The pain does not stop there, if you look carefully enough, you will see their shoes match the color of their gloves!
The Snow Queens
There is nothing better than a winter wedding. Snowflakes on the floor, hot chocolate on tap, and other winter decorations sprawled all over the tables and centerpieces. There is nothing more romantic than a seasonal wedding…until this one happened! Covering your bridesmaids in purple satin, fur-trimmed dresses topped off with fur muffs and headpieces is far from romantic. Matters are not improved when half your bridal party has poodle curls in their hair and braces on their teeth.
The Curtain Dress
Everyone knows weddings are an expensive ordeal and there are some couples who try to budget in every way they can to keep costs low. There are many areas where you can cut down, such as making your own flower arrangements, having a buffet-style dinner, or having a friend make a cake. However, this bride chose to cut down on her bridesmaid dresses. She decided to make her own bridesmaids dresses out of her living room curtains! Someone should tell the bride she would have been better off saving on the cake.
Blessed Be The Fruit
With serious faces and wearing hooded robes down to the floor, these bridesmaids look like they are dressed in the wedding version of the handmaid’s outfits from The Handmaids Tale. Appearing to have been made from curtain fabric, this bride also wanted to make some cuts in her budget. While there is usually a rule that no one wears white to a wedding apart from the bride, it seems the entire bridal party is in the color, even the groom.
A Wedding And Five Funerals
Most bridesmaids struggle with what to do with their bridesmaids’ dresses after the wedding, as they are usually fit for one purpose. Luckily for these ladies, their bride has provided them with multi-purpose dresses which can be worn again for Halloween or a funeral. This could explain the reason why the bridesmaids look a lot happier than the bride does. Almost like a scene from a vampire movie, this wedding snap is certainly different from the norm.
Pretty In Peach
Looking like a row of fruity bubblegums, these ladies could not be more camouflaged in peach. Their dresses even almost match their skin tone. This bride had a slight obsession with the color and made sure it was known, much to the disappointment of the bridesmaid on the far right. For some interesting reason, rather than giving her bridesmaids a cute bouquet of flowers to hold, they were required to carry an ugly arrangement of flowers in a bucket.
Return To Neverland
Another win-win situation for the bridesmaids, as they have their outfit sorted for Halloween or a fancy dress party. It is unclear whether the bride wanted them to resemble the fairy Tinker Bell from Peter Pan or she just simply loves nature and butterflies, but these ladies definitely do not look a though they are going to a wedding. The bride, on the other hand, has stuck to a more traditional dress, making her ladies stand out even more than they already do.
Sun Bonnets And Prairie Dresses
These poor women look like they have rolled out of the ’80s television series, Little House on the Prairie. A lot of credit is given to them as they rock their floral summer dresses and plastic-looking large hats. Meanwhile, the two younger bridesmaids don’t look entirely happy as they are strangled by their matching bonnets, blending in with the flower arrangements. It is very important to protect yourself from the sun, but since they are inside we are not entirely sure the purpose of these awful hats.
Space Blanket Or Ferrero Rocher
These matching gold lamé bridesmaid dresses are the opposite of subtle. If mean girls Regina, Gretchen, and Karen had been “The Plastics” back in the early ’90s, we are sure this is something they would have chosen to wear to their prom. However, metallic gold most likely wouldn’t be the chosen color. However, even the meanest of brides from the chick flick certainly wouldn’t dress her bridesmaids in what seems either a Ferrero Rocher wrapper or space blanket.
The Icing On The Cake
The saying “The icing on the cake” tends to describe something that makes a good situation even better. Unfortunately, the saying does not apply here, as for these ladies it looks as though they have been painted with icing from a cake. The layers on their dresses almost resemble tiers and they even are fashioning headpieces just like a cake topper. At least there are no hard feelings as the bride doesn’t look much better herself.
With only their faces showing, these women are covered to the floor in splashes of purples, blues, and oranges, resembling retro curtains from the ’70s. Sort of complementing the groom in his baby-blue tux, complete with ruffle-front shirt and bow-tie, the combination of colors is enough to give anyone a headache. Let’s be honest, more like a migraine! I think we can look at this picture and sigh with relief that these ’70s style dresses have not made a comeback!
Real Life Emoji
Just like the dancing lady emoji in a flamenco red dress, these women look like they’re ready to perform to the folkloric music of Southern Spain. Although red is generally the color of love, there is nothing about these dresses that screams romance. It feels like any minute this bridal party will break out into song and dance, as if from a Spanish musical. We just hope there are no other red and white wedding decorations or these bridesmaids might go missing.
Hold Back On The Accessories
This bride thought better than to put her bridesmaids in puffy, bright-colored, patterned dresses and kept to a chic, neat, and simple straight blue and white dress. The dresses seem quite elegant for their time and, luckily for the bride, suit and fit the ladies perfectly. However, she seemed to have a bit of a hiccup when she chose the accessories. Throwing a blue mosquito net over their heads with a silk bow and putting giant ribbon corsages on their upper arm was a recipe for disaster.
The sighs of relief are almost deafening when seeing this picture and knowing that the poofy-shoulder dresses are no longer in style… for now, anyway. The cheeky reveal of ankles at the front of the dress is an interesting design, to say the least, making the bridesmaids and maid-of-honor look short and stumpy. But the most ridiculous part of these bridesmaids’ outfits is their headbands. Resembling ’80s workout girls, these ladies look like they are about to squat and jump any minute.
Headgear From Hell
Here we go again with the poofy-shoulders, except at least this time the dresses are much more flattering. While the bride is provided with a cute garter to wear on her leg, her choice of accessories for her bridesmaids are much more questionable. Their matching pink headpieces with a bow and strange tentacles hanging down are not the most common bridesmaid accessory that you would see at most weddings. Maybe when you pull the strings confetti pours out, who knows!
This bride couldn’t pick a color scheme so chose them all. Using nearly every color from the rainbow, her bridesmaids looked as though they had a bucket of paint splashed over them. Needless to say, they took Mr. Roy G. Biv to a whole new level. These unflattering dresses smothered them from neck to toe, and not all of them look very happy. This bride was determined to keep to a pastel palette scheme and the photographer made sure to even organize the ladies in complementary color order.
Santa Clause Is Coming To Town
This is when a winter wedding is blown out of proportion and taken too far. These poor women have to endure a day dressed like Santa’s little helpers as they assist Mrs. Clause down the aisle. For the most part, themed weddings can be great when done correctly. Whether this wedding fell on Christmas Eve or even Christmas day, it feels like this bride wanted to torture her bridesmaids. We don’t think they will ever enjoy the winter holiday ever again.
Despite the awkward positioning of the straps (it takes a while to notice), these dresses are not so bad. Light and flowy, the perfect style to feel comfortable for a summer wedding. Despite the comfort, they could easily pass off as pajamas. Not looking too different to the bride herself, these bridesmaids seem very happy in their attire, or maybe they are delighted at the fact they don’t even need to change when they get into their beds tonight.
Looking Through Rose-Tinted Glasses
Perhaps the few in the middle wearing tinted glasses are hoping that the figurative meaning to look through rose-tinted glasses will become real. The idea of looking at something in a more positive light possibly helped them through their day of regrets, after realizing what an awful choice they made allowing the bridesmaids to wear green dresses with a floral poncho cover. The groom also needed his specs so that the ruffled shirts he made his groomsmen wear didn’t seem so bad.
Ladies In Red
Another Handmaid’s Tale knock-off, these ladies are covered head-to-toe in red. Some may also be reminded of Little Red Riding Hood, but whatever red character these women resemble, they certainly aren’t dressed like traditional bridesmaids. The slit down the front of their capes revealing a patterned underlayer and shiny red heels is the opposite of tasteful. Once you notice the men’s terrible haircuts, there is not much else from this picture that can save this couple’s wedding day.
You Are My Sunshine
There is a children’s sing-a-long song that goes, “You are my sunshine, my only sunshine. You make me happy when skies are grey.” However, the faces of the women in these yellow-as-the-sun dresses make us think of grey skies. From a yellow submarine to The Simpsons to a lemon meringue pie, the list of insults is endless looking at these hideous bright yellow disasters. While the bride regrets her color scheme, at least the little flower girl is putting on a brave face for everyone.
It seems that the wedding venue provided more than the bride bargained for. Taking a hefty chunk of one of the rooms’ wallpaper, this bride managed to dress her bridesmaids. Arguably, this could equally be a pattern from bedsheets or curtains, but it is certainly not one that comes to mind when thinking about bridesmaid dresses. Take a few steps backward and these ladies could easily camouflage in with the bushes behind them, let’s hope none go missing.
It must be the hippie era with these dresses covered in ’60s style flowers. Like many of the others on this list, these bridesmaids are modestly fully covered with almost no skin on show. Potentially the maid-of-honor, the lady all in yellow luckily managed to avoid the enormous flower attack that the other bridesmaids became victim to. Potentially fashionable at the time, the bride still managed to make the girls look like a showcase with matching colorful bouquets.
The End Of An Era
As the bridesmaid sitting at the front is furious at the photographer for making her sit on the floor, displaying unflattering angles, she has other things to think about. How was she going to reveal to her friend, the bride, that they would no longer be friends after this traumatic experience? Their friendship had been great, but after making her wear this bright pink candy wrapper, it was time that it came to an end.
When witnessing her bridesmaids in their blue satin puffy dresses and matching hats, the bride had an immediate panic and left the scene of the crime with much regret. Luckily, her bridesmaids saw the funny side and kept the photographer entertained with numerous photos, including one kissing the groom (much to his delight). For those wondering, the bride did eventually return in a more stable state. But she has not been able to look at her wedding album since.
Colors Of The Rainbow
This bride found it hysterical to turn her bridesmaids into a rendition of the Powerpuff girls or Power Rangers by providing each girl with a different color scheme. Orange, yellow, purple, green, and blue, she chose every color of the rainbow. She even dressed her little bridesmaid in pink. They were also accompanied by a matching hat and ribbon on a bouquet which each bridesmaid is holding in a peculiar way. We sure hope there was a pot of gold at the end of the ceremony.
Maid Of Dishonor
Some brides choose to dress their bridesmaids and maid-of-honor completely differently, or sometimes in matching dresses with a different color scheme. While it is a special “honor” to be chosen for this role, it was not to the liking of this lady, whose face says it all. While the other bridesmaids aren’t much better, the maid-of-honor is suffering in a hideous orange, yellow, and red print that is frankly painful to the naked eye. Maid-of-dishonor is much better suited, as she is certainly bringing shame on this wedding.
Looking like a bunch of Bassett’s cherry drops, these ladies are covered in a deep red dress, even with matching colored stockings. While entertaining the groom for a few snaps, they can’t help but try to enjoy their time together before heading out in front of all the friends and family members who will be envisioning the small sucky sweets that they resemble. Luckily these bridesmaids have been offered the pearls around their neck. Whether it is a generous gift or compensation, we will never know.
Those invited to this wedding should have been pre-warned that they should not attend if they are prone to hayfever. Reason being; the obsessive amount of flowers that this bride wanted at her function. Not only were her bridesmaids’ dresses covered in flowers, but they were also holding bouquets made up of the bright yellow things. As much as the color contrast is harmful to the eyes, it was also dangerous. Let’s just hope these ladies did not go outside as it was pollination season.
Another flower power-friendly bride, this one decided to go for a lavender looking style. Slightly easier on the eye, this blue ensemble could potentially pass as nightwear. While the two girls on the right of the picture were plotting their revenge, the lady on the far left found it funny to see the bride so amused knowing what was about to happen to the lady that made her wear this thing. While patterns are meant to be flattering, we can safely say this one is not.
Polka Dot Attempt
While polka dots tend to make comebacks every now and then, we don’t think this is what Carolina Herrera had in mind when she used the style on many of her dresses during the late 1980s and early 1990s. Rather, this used more sporadic spots, as if a child has used finger paint all over the white gowns. These certainly are not a go-to choice for a bridesmaid’s dress. Undoubtedly, these two ladies never wore spots again.
Marching Band Groomsmen
While this bride has actually got it right compared to some of the monstrosities in this article, it is unfortunate that the groomsmen didn’t live up to the same standard. Looking as though they are about to whip out some trumpets and drums, this marching band couldn’t seem any more seventies if they tried. While the ladies aren’t wearing the most conventional type of bridesmaids’ dresses, they certainly look cooler than the rest we’ve seen! Good job, seeing as she has so many of them.
Bridesmaids or groomsmen? It is hard to tell at first, but this bride has dressed her girls in suits. Perhaps a feminist of the time, there is still a level of taste that the bride should try to reach. These skirt suits are an eyesore in every possible way. From uncomplimentary colors to ill-fitting shirts and waistcoats, it is hard to imagine what the bride did to get her friends to wear these. We guess to make them look less masculine she threw in a pretty pink bow.
Hats Off, Please
Through gritted teeth and a lot of strength, it may almost be acceptable to say that these dresses are the “best” on the list. The pink color and cut of the dress are not as bad compared to the other disasters we have come across. Perhaps slightly tighter on the body and less shiny these dresses could pass as “nice.” But the problem comes down to the hats. Why do these brides keep insisting that their bridesmaids wear hats indoors?
Bringing The Outdoors In
Another classic case of having outdoor accessories for an indoor wedding. These ladies not only had to wear a dress made of a shiny blue material, looking almost like something you would use to protect your car from the rain, they also had to carry matching umbrellas all day long, which had pretty blue fabric around the edge. Our main concern is how they can carry the umbrella as well as the bride’s train as she walks down the aisle.
The Shower Curtain
It is not clear whether the bride hates her bridesmaids or wanted to keep her guests curious as to which is pregnant, but these incredibly unflattering dresses sort of resemble a shower curtain. To make matters worse, the bride has provided her ladies with matching hats that could also easily resemble shower caps! Avocado green, orange, and yellow were popular colors in the ’60s and these girls have meshed them all in one with an interesting polka-dot pattern.
Forgot To Get Dressed
These bridesmaids are dressed in what could either be a nightgown or bathrobe. The “dresses” made of silk material with a Chinese collar and rope around the waist make it look as though these bridesmaids forgot to get dressed after their relaxing baths this morning. Perhaps no one had time to get dressed as the bride has also had to throw on a robe. Luckily, however, hers is blue, otherwise we would have not known who the bride was.
We have to apologize for this last one, as it may be harmful to the average eye. The combination of pinks, peaches, and oranges makes these bridesmaids look like they are have rolled out of a cocktail bar. Maybe it is possible the couple getting married met over a tequila sunrise or pink lady cocktail, but they did not need to recreate it on their bridesmaids. While women had to cover their heads in churches in the ’70s, a veil is an interesting choice from the bride.