Superstar celebrities don’t just walk red carpets; sometimes, they walk down the aisle as bridesmaids for their best friends, sisters, brothers, and for their fellow reality show stars. They shine (but not too much!) and when they’re pregnant bridesmaids, they look fabulous, fresh and ready for a fun celebration.
Here are some of the top lessons that your bridesmaids can learn from the best celebrity bridesmaids:
1. Sarah Jessica Parker: People magazine called SJP an ‘enthusiastic bridesmaid,’ since she Instagrammed a lot from the wedding she was in, calling the day ‘perfect.’ The Bridesmaid Lesson: Take and share lots of fab photos and video from before, during and after the wedding. Your being right in the middle of the action gives you a fantastic perspective, and the wedding couple will love your enthusiasm, and the photos they might not otherwise have gotten from their pro photographers.
2. Eva Longoria: Eva was snapped holding the hand of an adorable ringbearer when she was a bridesmaid. The Bridesmaid Lesson: Pay attention to the little ones. To them, you’re a wedding celebrity.
3. Jessica Simpson: She’s often been a bridesmaid, and she’s rocked the pregnant bridesmaid look from time to time. The Bridesmaid Lesson: If this is your fifth time being a bridesmaid, treat it like your first time ever, with lots of confidence and excitement. Each time is completely new, and it would be a disappointment for the bride if you were to compare or mention your other walks down the aisle.
4. Jennifer Lawrence: Jennifer’s recent celebrity bridesmaid experience showed her in subdued hair and makeup, and minimal jewelry, and her natural beauty made her a lovely addition to the bridal party. The Bridesmaid Lesson: Be subdued and elegant, with natural makeup and minimal adornments, letting the bride shine.
5. Brooklyn Decker: Bridesmaid Brooklyn gamely played along for one of those ‘silly’ bridal party photos, making a goofy face and then social media-ing her cute comment about ‘wrecking the wedding picture.’ Not possible, Brooklyn! The Bridesmaid Lesson: No matter how cheesy the photographer’s suggestion for a shot – from that ‘jump up in the air’ wedding photo to ‘make a silly face’ photos, or ‘run away screaming’ for one of those viral wedding photos of the group scrambling to escape a dinosaur or Sharknado – play along. It’s all in good fun, and you don’t want to be the scowling bridesmaid captured forever in that photo.
6. Lady Gaga: As a bridesmaid, Gaga skipped the meat dress and wore an elegant gown, with an oversized flower in her hair and glam makeup. The Bridesmaid Lesson: Look like you. An accessory that’s so ‘you’ gives your bridesmaid look an authentic feel, when it fits in with what the bride wants for your ensemble.
7. Selena Gomez: Pretty Selena Gomez jumped for joy at a wedding, in a dress that didn’t show too much cleavage, and she properly held her skirt down to avoid any unfortunate exposure. The Bridesmaid Lesson: Mind your cleavage and your skirt in any wedding photos, and while dancing, bending over, or jumping in that silly bridal party group photo. The camera sees all, all the way through the wedding, so your every move has to be guarded against indecent exposure.
8. Keira Knightley: Keira says she was clumsy during her first-ever time as a bridesmaid. She says she spilled food and drinks down the front of her dress. The Bridesmaid Lesson: Pack your own emergency bag, or stow some stain sticks in your handbag, so that you don’t wreck your dress (making it unwearable again in the future) due to a cocktail spill or foodie flop.
9. Emily Blunt: Bridesmaid Emily Blunt broke that ‘only the bride wears white’ wedding etiquette rule, but that’s okay – the bride decided to wear color, and have her bridesmaids wear the white. The Bridesmaid Lesson: If the bride chooses a dress color that’s out of the ordinary (white, black, leopard print,) just go with it. It’s her day, and you’ll make it look fabulous!
10. Katherine McPhee: Katherine’s plunging neckline could have been a bridesmaid dress disaster, but she kept her look safe with quality fabric tape. The Bridesmaid Lesson: If you’re uncomfortable with a more daring bridesmaid dress neckline, have the dress shop seamstress show you how and where to apply fabric tape to keep yourself covered up…and bring extra rolls of fabric tape with you to the wedding to refresh yourself, and to help other bridesmaids out if they need coverage help.
11. Ali Larter: Celebrities know the best way to stand when photos are taken, so that they look their best, their legs look longer, and they look thinner. When Ali Larter was a bridesmaid, she positioned her legs just so, and looked ultra-confident, classy and dazzling in her bridesmaid dress. The Bridesmaid Lesson: At your bridesmaid dress fittings and before the wedding, practice different ways to stand – such as the popular crossed leg stance – to find out which celebrity photo pose stance flatters you best. When you find your best look, take that knowledge with you into the future, so that you look great in every photo you pose for.
12. Ashley Greene: Ashley wore a vibrant pink dress when she was a bridesmaid, and she knew enough NOT to wear a matching shade of lipstick. Her lipstick hue was subtler, and her eyes styled beautifully, for a pretty look that balanced out her brightly-colored bridesmaid dress. The Bridesmaid Lesson: If you won’t have your wedding day makeup done by a professional makeup artist on the big day, make sure you bring your dress, or a swatch, to a makeup artist (such as a free makeup consult at Sephora or a department store!) to have an expert help you choose the perfect makeup shades, and help you perfect your smokey eye or subtle makeup look.
13. Lauren Conrad: We just saw her as The Bride, but when she’s a bridesmaid, she always rocks a pretty accessory, from handbag to designer sunglasses. The Bridesmaid Lesson: Think of every accessory as just as important as the dress. You’ll be on display every minute of the big day, so if you slip on a pair of outdated sunglasses, or carry a clashing handbag, that’s not your best look. Choose well, and perhaps borrow a friend’s or sister’s clutch if you must, but make sure every accessory makes you look like a celebrity bridesmaid, as well.
14. Jessica Biel: Bridesmaid Jessica’s dress showed off her famous, toned arms. The Bridesmaid Lesson: You might not feel the need to sign up for bridal bootcamp classes to tone up for your friend’s wedding, but you might add a few extra reps to your arm workout at the gym, to feel confident in how your arms look in your dress. Arms are very often on display in bridesmaid dresses, and bridesmaids say they’d feel more confident wearing a strapless, sleeveless or halter dress if their arms looked fit and toned. Spanx can take care of tummy bulge, but those arms are out there.
15. Tia Mowry: When her twin sister Tamera married, Tia was a glowing pregnant bridesmaid who showed off a stylish, one-shouldered bridesmaid dress and danced all night long. The Bridesmaid Lesson: If you’re a pregnant bridesmaid, nursing bridesmaid, or just busty, support is important. So add straps to a strapless dress, or opt for the trendy one-shouldered look – adding on an extra measure of support, so that you’re not tugging your dress up all night, or showing too much cleavage.
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16. Pippa Middleton: No one will ever forget how fabulous she looked from the back during her sister Kate Middleton’s royal wedding. The Bridesmaid Lesson: Banish panty lines from your bridesmaid look. Try on several styles of natural line undergarments or shapers until you find The One that makes your own back view look amazing.
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