New Zealand's Best Bridesmaid Dresses

September 23, 2020

As if choosing your own dress wasn't hard enough, you've now got to turn your focus to finding outfits for your closest pals. No doubt someone in your I Do crew hates wearing dresses, someone is pregnant, another has double D's and at least three of them live in different the hell do you manage that?


The last thing you want is your bridesmaids feeling uncomfortable in front of a large group of people. Variety is the spice of life and you'll struggle to find a dress/jumpsuit/pantsuit/kaftan that works for all. Bridesmaid outfit etiquette is a lot more relaxed these days and we are seeing a trend away from uniformity – separates and pants are coming into the mix, and styles and colours are often varied. As long as you have some commonality threaded across the outfits, you can keep each bridesmaid beaming and feeling themselves.


Finding unique, quality and affordable bridesmaid dresses in New Zealand can be a challenge, but lucky for you, The Curator is on hand to navigate the matrix of how to find the best bridesmaid dresses, saving you time, stress and sanity!


Blak continues to dominate when it comes to the bridesmaid dress scene, largely due to their affordability and generous range of styles (16) and colour ways (26 shades in two different materials). Simple, pretty, touches of femme will have your maids feeling unflappable. If you can't make it into their Newmarket showroom, Blak offers an at-home try on service -for a small fee, four dresses are delivered to your door for you to try in the comfort of your own home.   


Leave Her Wilder

Leave Her Wilder excels in boundless relaxed romance. If you are looking for boho-elegance, free spirited silhouettes and beauty in simplicity, these outfits will ensure your maids are stunningly comfortable and feeling lush. LHW offers eleven rich, earthy, neutral hues pulled from florals and landscapes. Their fabric is 100% natural, hand dyed and available in either a matte or sheen finish. 

Woman wearing woven straw hat and white silk jumpsuit with two women wearing green silk bridesmaid dresses


Penny Sage (designed by Kate Megaw)

For the non-traditional fashion statement that will endure decades, look no further than Penny Sage. PS hosts a modest selection of contemporary classics that will have your maids looking effortlessly cool, modern and put-together (think utterly sophisticated, to-die-for 90s). You'll find organza, linen, shaped bodices, fitted waists, deep skirt splits, keyhole backs, and many more foundational features in Kate's work. Strong pattern making and an undeniable affection for craftsmanship shine through in every piece. PS has racked up a cult-like fan base and we confirm it is certainly worthy of your worship. 


Bridesmaids wearing patterned floral long sleeve dress and short purple silk dress

Celine Rita

Celine Rita continues to be held in high esteem in the bridesmaid world due to their simple, suave and ceremonious designs, which exude understated elegance. A modest range of seasonal colour options and styles ensure there is plenty of variety minus the overwhelm. High quality silks, crepes, linens and georgettes are at your fingertips to provide balanced silhouettes and fresh lines. Oh and over all, very bra-friendly (bless you, Celine).


Amber Whitecliffe

Blissful, laid-back, modern bridesmaid dresses. AW has nailed the art of the wrap dress and offers a range of other styles that have proven to work for many body types (including some great ‘full coverage’ options as well as slips and wraps on the daintier side). Soft floating skirts and subtle feminine details present a relaxed and timeless beauty that will have your maids beaming. Very co-operative on the undergarment front – margins of error are slim to none.    


Striking, dynamic and highly refined options rife with drop backs and shoestring straps. Knaufermann cultivates a sleek, goddess glamour that's daring, contoured and poised. Several of their styles are multi-way wearing - perfect for continuity amongst the flock and for post-wedding longevity. Your maids will continue to wear these outfits for cocktail and black tie events to come. 


Bridesmaid wearing sleeveless khaki ankle length dress and black silk multi style dress

All the While 

Blurring the lines between daywear, evening-wear and lingerie, ATW dresses are delicate and intimate. You'll find dreamy drops and lustrous profiles throughout their collection, which also includes intimates, robes and low key bridal options. Inspired by previous eras and designed for the modern lass, embossed fabrics, layered chiffon, satins and lace appliques will tempt you to no end. 


Bridesmaids wearing pastel colour silk dresses and white dress


Maggie Marilyn 

Looking for a touch of flair? Maggie is here to bring the sophisti-cool, the sublime and the cheek. If your budget is on the fuller side, splurge on fluted hems, knot detailing, cross body frills and ruched busts. Strong, regal forms with a kick of femme will transcend the ordinary bridesmaid outfit options and your maids will reign supreme. 


Ruby & Liam

Appropriate, always. The Liam range continues to feature considered outfits that are chic, zesty and spirited. Committed to enhancing life's important moments, taking Ruby & Liam along for the ride will build a fresh, artisanal bridal party aesthetic. Flexible, clean lines will have your guests style crushing all day, and these highly covetable outfits will be a cherished keepsake for your maids. 

Bridesmaid wearing black ankle length dress and dark green dress

Baby's Breath Bridesmaids 

The embodiment of bridesmaids dresses - soft, floaty and feminine; BBB is your one stop shop for everything bridesmaid. Their extensive range of styles and colours (and we mean extensive) are sure to fit all of your requirements. BBB pride themselves on flexible fits to favour and flatter all sizes and accentuate curves in the right places (wherever they may be). And the best thing? Totally affordable. BBB also offers a try at home service - pick four styles and they'll send your picks direct to you, for free! 

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