Alternative Bridesmaid Dresses they'll want to wear again

If the hunt for bridesmaid dresses is starting to feel like wading through a sea of chiffon and diamante (ew!), we're here to save the day. Like weddings, every bridesmaid is different and one size certainly doesn't fit (or suit) all. We've scoured the shops to bring you a sweet selection of alternative bridesmaid dresses for every taste, budget, size and shape. Enjoy!

The Anti-Bridesmaid Dress

If your best gals are a chic lot who wouldn't be caught dead in a 'traditional' bridesmaid dress, striking the balance between appropriate and appreciated will be a challenge. We love the Lorena Dress (€79.95) from Folkster which comes in three colours. We're willing to bet they love it so much, they'll wear it again and again. (And you'll probably end up asking to borrow one!)

Alternative bridesmaid dresses Lorena Dress from Folkster

Or try them with the Yondal Dress (€65) from Cocoa Boutique.

Alternative bridesmaid dresses Ireland Yondal Dress from Cocoa Boutique

Retro Bridesmaids

Retro loving brides with a strong vintage theme will love Stop Staring dresses (€219 - €229) for their 'maids. Shop online at or pop into Anastasia Boutique in Ranelagh, Dublin for a trying on session.

Retro rockabilly bridesmaids dresses Stop Staring dresses

We also love where dresses start from €46, with some styles going up to a size 22.

Rockabilly bridesmaids dresses ireland Retro dresses from Lindy Bop

Destination Wedding Bridesmaid dresses

If you're getting hitched somewhere warm, keep your ladies cool and comfortable in Folkster's Boho Dress (€79) in one of a couple of colours.

Affordable bridesmaids dresses ireland Boho dress from Boho

We also love Debut's Burnout Maxi Dress (€120) from Debenhams in on-trend Rose Pink Floral.

Floral bridesmaids dresses Debenhams Debut Burnout Maxi Dress

Black Tie Bridesmaid Dresses

Black tie doesn't have to be stuffy and formal. What about this two-piece by Jenny Woo Designs at Covet?

rent bridesmaids dresses dublin Jenny Woo from Covet

Or the Jackie Dress from Starla Boutique is an absolute bargain at €50.

Black bridesmaids dresses Jackie Dress from Starla Boutique

Super Sexy Bridesmaid Dresses

Because you're sound, you're not even tempted to dress your gorgeous bridesmaids in frilly 80s meringues to make yourself look better ...Right?!. If they have bods to die for and you're after something slinky, yet wedding appropriate, we love the Coco Gown (€180) from Starla Boutique.

Red bridesmaids dresses ireland Coco Gown from Starla

Or for something sexy and sparkling, what about this Watters ensemble from Beau Bride?

Sequin bridesmaid dresses Watters at Beau Bride

Short Bridesmaid Dresses

We have major heart eyes for the Gloss Sequin Dress (€435) from Needle & Thread.

Short bridesmaid dresses Needle & Thread

And how cute is the Maya Sequin Pencil Dress (€110.60) from Asos in this delicious Bluebell shade? Love!

Short bridesmaid dresses Maya Dress from ASOS

Rock 'n' Roll 'Maids

If tradition just isn't your thing, you could ditch the bridesmaid dress altogether and opt for something completely different. We love the Danity Tulle Skirt (€39.99) from Alila in cream or blush. Pair it with a cute sequin top, or even a sweet cashmere sweater if you're getting married during the winter months.

Alternative bridesmaid dresses Danity Tulle Skirt from Alila

Or go all out and source some awesome, one-off vintage dresses from somewhere like Dublin's Dirty Fabulous or any of the fab online vintage stores like Peony Vintage (pictured).

Vintage bridesmaid dresses ireland Vintage dresses from Peony Vintage

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