17 Popular and Affordable Bridesmaid Dresses You'll Love

by Kennedy Blue September 19, 2016

When your family and friends accept to be your bridesmaids, they’re not only agreeing to save the date and join you in such a happy occasion—they’re also accepting to invest their money in the dress, accessories and a myriad of (mostly expensive) details.

The best you can do for your bridesmaids is to help them find affordable and high quality options for their attire—yes, such options exist!

For accessories, makeup, the bridal shower, and pretty much all the expenses the could possibly have, refer your besties to this handy bridesmaid's budget guide. They’ll thank you!

In regards of the dress… well, a few hours browsing through Pinterest will easily overwhelm any bride with what can literally seem like endless options to outfit your ‘maids in. But it’s true—bridesmaids now have more style options than ever when shopping for dresses, so we recommend you narrow down their options in order to ease the selection process.

Finding Affordable Bridesmaid Dress Options

Offering a set of choices to your bridesmaids is way better than a careless “whatever you want” or a constricting “one style fits them all”.  You can do so by using different approaches: decide the color you prefer, the general style, or even the fabric’s appearance.

Then the price tag comes into the equation. By our own experience, most bridesmaids have a dress budget between $100 and $200. Your bridesmaids will most likely have to buy their dresses on their own, so making their options affordable is going to be extremely important… and appreciated!

We want the decision-making to be easy for you, so we’ve chosen dresses between $99 and $195 that are also a good value compared to similar styles!

So, let the choosing begin!

17 Affordable Bridesmaid Dress Favorites

Jessica ($99)

Kennedy Blue Jessica in Marine

This style combines the delicacy of satin and luxe chiffon fabrics in more than 30 color choices. A great strapless, sweetheart cut neckline is joined by a beautiful knee-length skirt to create a sweet style that visually elongates the face—no wonder why it’s a popular look! This dress comes as a great deal at $99.

Stella ($195)

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress Stella in Bordeaux

An A-line style that helps to create a long and lean figure, this dress features a floor length skirt with a fitted bodice that will hug your bridesmaids’ torso while showing off an amazing crisscross halter neckline —and it has side pockets!

Anna ($185)

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress Anna

Its v-neckline and v-back create beautiful symmetry. The pleated fitted bodice and A-line skirt will beautifully enhance any figure, while the self-tie belt helps to create an hourglass shape. You can choose from over 20 color choices.

Camilla ($125)

Kennedy Blue Camilla Bridesmaid Dress

With this style, you get the classic silhouette of a strapless, sweetheart cut neckline and the femininity of a lace bodice that enhances your bridesmaids’ beauty. It has a knee-length skirt that can be adorned with a removable chiffon sash.

Mackenzie ($170)

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress Mackenzie

We’re bringing sexy back (literally!) with this beautiful spaghetti strap design that has gorgeous criss-cross detailing across the back. With its chic floor-length, A-line skirt, this look will surely make wedding guests do a double take!

Luella ($145)

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress Luella

If you’re thinking of something more casual than a floor-length gown, consider the knee-length version of Mackenzie that still has the same eye-catching back detail!  

Violet ($195)

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress Violet

This stunning and flattering style features a sweetheart-cut, halter neckline that flows down to the A-line skirt and reaches the floor for an effortless look.

Kendall Top & Jo Skirt ($175)

Kennedy Blue Kendall Top and Jo Skirt

Your bridesmaids will have more size-fitting options when you choose a two-piece dress for them, especially if they wear different sizes on their top and bottom! This style introduces the ever-romantic tulle for a fun and cute skirt that’s combined with a feminine, lace top. This a perfect pair for a casual wedding look or even for a rehearsal dinner.

Kendall Top & Mae Skirt ($195)

Kennedy Blue Kendall Top and Mae Skirt

Details, everything is in the details. Check out this top finished with scalloped eyelash edging at the bottom. Two-piece dresses are perfect for the mix-and-match trend, as this top and skirt prove. When the top is combined with a floor-length skirt in your favorite color, you get a brand new dress!

Cara Top & Mae Skirt ($195)

Kennedy Blue Cara Top and Mae Skirt

Don’t want to overwhelm your bridesmaids with tight waistlines? Mix this beautiful floor-length tulle skirt with this fresh-looking lace top that could even be paired with jeans for after the wedding!

Chloe ($155)

Kennedy Blue Chloe Bridesmaid Dress

Classic is always good. This doting style combines a v-line neckline with a knee-length skirt. Your bridesmaids will be able to reuse it for any other special occasion as it looks is classic, beautiful and chic.

Sophia ($195)

Kennedy Blue Sophia

Are you looking for a flowing, beautiful style that provides plenty of support? This floor-length dress is perfectly romantic with its scoop neckline and pleated A-line skirt.

Riley ($170)

Kennedy Blue Riley Bridesmaid Dress

If you’re thinking of surprising your guests in more than one way, consider this dress with a left side slit for your bridesmaids. Its beautiful back shows off a V-shaped straps, making this style daring and sexy.

Nova ($160)

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress Nova

Sweet, simple, and classic -- This knee-length chiffon skirt is joined by a unique spaghetti strap neckline that offers a fresh and casual look without losing its elegance. 

Olivia ($185)

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress Olivia

This dress is perfect to show off a beautiful waistline. It combines the elegant spread of an A-line, floor-length skirt with a sweetheart neckline of that’s beautifully pleated. Have your bridesmaids style it with a beautiful necklace — having in mind their budget, of course!

Thea ($170)

Kennedy Blue Thea Bridesmaid Dress

Let’s go boho. Off-the-shoulder sleeves are definitely trending and this dress is the perfect combination of trendy and sophisticated. Its skirt design and waistline are perfect to enhance the natural beauty of all sizes, so don’t worry about your bridesmaids’ differences: embrace them!

Lucy ($155)

Kennedy Blue Bridesmaid Dress Lucy

A halter neckline is perfect to show off the beautiful shoulders of your bridesmaids, as this style proves. Its flirty, pleated knee-length skirt adds up to a fun and casual look.

With all this options in mind—and their affordable price!—there’s no need to worry! In any case, your bridesmaids are your closest friends and family, so you might have more than a clue of what they like.

We want to know: what do you consider an affordable bridesmaid dress? Leave a comment below – we’d love to hear your thoughts!



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Measurement Guide

Taking Your Measurements

For the most accurate measurements, do not measure over your clothing. Your measurements should be taken while wearing undergarments similar to the ones you will wear with your dress. The measuring tape shouldn't be pulled too tight or have too much slack, and should always be parallel with the floor. 

**Wedding apparel is typically sized differently than retail clothing, so keep in mind that it's not uncommon to find yourself requiring alterations.




Bust size: Wrap the tape around your back and under your arms at the fullest part of your bust (not underneath the bust).

Waist size:  While standing up straight, bend at the waist to one side. Take the measurement where the natural crease happens in your side. This should be a few inches above your belly button.

Hip size: Standing with your feet together, wrap the tape around the fullest part of your hips and butt to get this measurement.

Choosing your correct size

Compare  these three measurements to the Kennedy Blue size chart above. It is very important that you order the largest size that corresponds to your measurements. For example, if your bust measures 40.5" (size 12), your waist measures 31" (size 10) and your hips measure 41.5" (size 8), we advise that you order a size 12, and get your dress altered down to custom fit your body. Ordering anything smaller than a size 12 would not fit in the bust area. Please note: Our bridal gown size chart is different than the bridesmaids sizing and is listed below.