While many of Hollywood’s leading ladies are accustomed to taking center stage, the stars are certainly prepared to step aside to tackle the all-important supporting role of bridesmaid. The Knot looks back on the stars who’ve served in bridal parties, ranging from Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen to Taylor Swift, and many more.
The Vampire Diaries alum served as a bridesmaid in Julianne Hough’s Idaho nuptials to Brooks Laich, even rehearsing and performing a choreographed dance to one of Sia’s hits.
😂 When @kristysowin approached me about surprising @juleshough at her wedding with one of her favorite numbers I choreographed for her tour, I was so excited. I immediately called up @ashley_gonzo and @paulinemata to meet me and Kristy in the dance studio to help recreate it for Julianne’s bridesmaids and closest friends. I was standing right behind Jules watching the performance so I didn’t get to see her expression until now and it just makes me smile nonstop. There’s absolutely nothing like watching pure happiness. And to think… only one person tripped during the whole dance! 💃🏽 Ps. Thank you @hayley.erbert for reviewing with the girls. You’re a rockstar. Haha. Read the whole article in @people magazine! http://people.com/tv/inside-julianne-hough-brooks-laich-wedding-photos/
The Grammy winner has proudly served as the maid of honor in two weddings within the last two years. In February 2016, Swift served as the MOH in childhood best friend Britany Maack’s nuptials. The singer stunned as maid of honor in a flowy, blush, custom gown by Reem Acra with a beaded bodice. “I’m the happiest maid of honor ever,” she shared alongside a post-ceremony Instagram snap.
That stint was followed by the Reputation singer accompanying high school best friend Abigail Anderson down the aisle for her Martha’s Vineyard ceremony in September 2017. Swift coordinated with the other bridesmaids in oxblood, floor-length gowns, and even posed for some hilarious photos later posted to a fan account.
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Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen
It takes two… or in this case, dozens. The Olsen twins have served as bridesmaids in the past, but they were particularly floral and festive for a friend’s Hudson Valley nuptials in July 2017. The bride asked her 18 bridesmaids to all wear derivatives of floral prints. Both designers managed to infuse their sophisticated and original style into the wedding party, completing their outfits with oversize dresses and floral crowns.
The designers doubled up as bridesmaids at their friend’s outdoor wedding in Mangwhai, New Zealand in February 2017. Both girls wore mismatched black dresses for the occasion and styled their hair comfortably.
It was a Laguna Beach reunion for the Paper Crown designer, her high school best friend Lo Bosworth, and Christina Sinclair (nee Schuller) in an August 2017 wedding at the Ojai Valley Inn and Spa.
The Baldwin models served as bridesmaids in Alaia Baldwin’s upstate New York wedding in September 2017. The bride’s younger sister, runway model Hailey Baldwin, served as the maid of honor and expertly took on her duties. “Thank you @haileybaldwin for stepping up and slaying as my maid of honor,” her sibling later wrote on Instagram.
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Perhaps one of the most famous bridesmaids ever, the younger sister of the Duchess of Cambridge made a splashy debut at the royal wedding in 2011.
The star served as a bridesmaid in the rustic wedding of a close friend held at a ranch in Susana, California. Bilson–and more than a dozen other bridesmaids–all wore derivatives of blush. This wasn’t Bilson’s first time serving in a wedding–she was also in her brother’s wedding in summer 2016.
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Five months after marrying Tom Ackerley, the Suicide Squad actress served as a bridesmaid in a friend’s wedding in Hawaii.
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Bachelorette JoJo Fletcher
Before the sweat, champagne, and embarrassing dance moves turned formal dining tables into full on dance floors #sorrynotsorry (Also s/o to @austendor and @krisdaswani for the bad ass dark blue tux Gosling inspired, custom made and designed in Dallas for a trim look with plenty of flexibility to shred the dance floor #notanad)
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The Simple Life star served as the maid of honor in her younger sister Nicky’s wedding in London, England, in July 2015.
The supermodel was a mesmerizing bridesmaid at her brother Matthew Kerr’s outdoor Australian wedding in December 2016. Kerr proudly stood beside her sibling as the groom exchanged vows with his partner James Wright in front of 280 guests. In her supporting role, she donned an ivory, sleeveless gown, and swept her long, dark hair into an elegant updo, complete with a flower crown.
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It was a gleeful occasion when Agron stood in as bridesmaid at friend Megan Mitchell’s nuptials in September 2016. The actress was radiant in a dusty pink-colored, sleeveless piece by Reformation. “Always so honored to be by your side @chefmeganmitch,” Agron gushed in an Instagram post. “I love you. Yesterday was perfect.”
In April 2015, Beyonce’s mother, Tina Knowles, married her beau on-board a yacht. The “All Night” singer wore a form-fitting lace dress and a floral crown to stand beside her beloved mom.
Beyonce and Jay Z’s adorable daughter Blue Ivy was precious in a white, tulle dress and tiara.
The actress has remained close to many of her childhood friends, and they all want her in their weddings! The Hunger Games star has already played the part of bridesmaid on four separate occasions. In October 2013, Lawrence was part of her big brother Blaine’s wedding party.
Recently, she vowed to never be a bridesmaid again. “If anyone asks me again, I’m going to say, ‘No,’” the A-lister said in a 2016 interview with Vanity Fair. “That part of my life is over. I appreciate the ask.”
This proud big brother served as his sister Meredith’s “man of honor” in her November 2016 wedding. The On Air host and his sibling even fit in a pre-wedding workout on the morning of the nuptials. Seacrest was a handsome addition to the bridal party. He looked dapper in a crisp, blue suit and casual shoes.
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When Dancing With the Stars pro Witney Carson married her high school sweetheart, Carson McAllister, on New Year’s Day 2016, she enlisted fellow dance friends to play a special part in the bridal party. The ladies wore fawn Amsale gowns with matching wraps to keep warm during a snowy, outdoor photo shoot. Carson gifted her gals with leather, monogrammed clutches.
She wrapped filming in Hawaii just in time to serve as her friend Tara Fitton’s bridesmaid in August 2016. Schumer appeared to have a great time with boyfriend Ben Hanisch by her side. The actress wore a long, strapless dress, and her hair in an updo. “Congratulations to @tara_alana and @rustolleum [on] the best wedding ever. Very proud to be a bmaid.” she captioned a shot of she and her beau with the newlyweds.
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With her long, black, strapless gown and chic ponytail, Rowland made a breathtaking bridesmaid during Ciara and Russell Wilson’s July 2016 wedding in picturesque Cheshire, England. After the ceremony, the 35-year-old singer shared a group shot in front of Peckforton Castle, where the newlyweds exchanged vows. “This was a magical day for my dear friends!” she captioned the artful image. “CONGRATULATIONS to these lovebirds!”
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The Sex and the City icon, who looks amazing in just about anything, showed up in a flowy, plum-colored dress as a bridesmaid in her former assistant Melinda’s wedding in August 2014.
Parker proudly showed off her look prior to the nuptials, posting a photo of the gown on Instagram.“A quick disco nap before heading towards church and a very joyous day and night,” she captioned the shot.
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It was a tropical celebration when Szohr joined her sister Meg in Jamaica for her seaside nuptials in late 2016. The Gossip Girl alum dazzled in a sparkly, sea-foam green dress.
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While recalling her 2016 highlights recently, the actress shared photos from the destination wedding. “I can’t explain the emotions and laughs that occurred on this trip!” she captioned an image of the siblings. To the newlyweds, she added: “Love you both… let’s make 2017 another great year.”
In June 2015, Vergara could hardly stop smiling when she was part of a friend’s bridal party. The Modern Family star looked gorgeous in a strapless, pale yellow gown.
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“It’s bad luck if you don’t eat wedding cake,” the actress jokingly captioned a photo of herself dining on a piece of cake. She then shared a group shot, which included her now-husband, Joe Manganiello.
The actress-turned-producer was effortlessly beautiful during Alina Peralta and Manuel Gutierrez’s May 2015 nuptials–who also knew how to have a good time. Longoria ran barefoot through the streets of Cordoba, Spain, in her tulle, strapless gown. The Desperate Housewives alum posted several Instagram snaps of the post-ceremony celebration, including a candid shot of a friend whose hair got stuck in Longoria’s belt.
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Back in March 2015, the “Million Reasons” singer traveled to New Orleans to take part in her best friend’s wedding. She wore a lavender gown and kept her long, blonde hair down.
“Watching your best friend get married, these are the specialist times in my life. Seeing happiness in the lives of all my friends,” the artist captioned an Instagram photo of her pink heels.
In September, 2016, Gaga played the role of bridesmaid once again for another friend’s nuptials in Cabo San Lucas, Mexico. This time, she donned a champagne-pink, halter-style gown and a giant flower in her hair.
Knightley made a lovely bridesmaid at her brother Caleb’s nuptials in April 2011. The 31-year-old Collateral Beauty actress donned a short, plum-colored dress with a full skirt to the ceremony in Glasgow, Scotland.
Dunst’s stylist friend Leith Clark got married in 2012, and for the occasion, the actress wore a peach and white, floor-length gown paired with a wildflower crown.
The newly-engaged actress will step into the main role of bride in her upcoming wedding.
In 2006, Garner proudly took part in her assistant’s bridal party. The Mother’s Day actress donned a silver, strapless gown and simple jewelry to the ceremony in Santa Barbara.
Sarah Michelle Gellar
Rocking a pretty, pink dress and carrying a matching bouquet, Gellar was a picture-perfect bridesmaid at a friend’s wedding back in 2006.
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