halter neck bridesmaid sheath in persimmon by J.Crew

One of the hardest decision a bride ever has to make doesn't have anything to do with the venue or flowers or buttercream vs. fondant. Nope. Turns out, what every bride truly fears is finding a dress that all of her friends will love.  And we all know, that's no easy task. If you are having a modern wedding, your bridal party's look can run the spectrum from sleek and minimalist to bold and playful. 

Above, this persimmon-colored, halter sheath dress will be the envy of all of your guests. This is ideal for a bridal party filled with athletic body types with Michelle Obama-worthy arms.  Below, modern brides really don't have to stick to a single hue. For your summer event, dress your friends in floral patterned maxi dresses with a modern, deep v neckline (below).

green and navy floral patterned maxi dress

In fact, who even says you need a dress? Not us. If your bridesmaids aren't really "dress people" anyway, try a sophisticated tuxedo jumpsuit like the one below. This is also a very cool choice if your groom has a woman on his side of the wedding party.

bridesmaid tuxedo jumpsuit in black by Ann Taylor

If your version of modern is youthful and glowing, embrace the 2015 metallic trend in shades of lavenders, blues, and silvers. Especially if your bridesmaids are under 30, they are going to love these party frocks!

sparkly, above the knee bridesmaid dress in lavender blue
short and flouncy bridesmaid dress with shiny silver bodice
flowing bridesmaid dressy in creamy neutral by Lauren Conrad

If you had told me that one day I would be admiring something from Lauren Conrad, I might have scoffed (condescendingly, and without any level of subtlety). But, props to her for creating this beyond-amazing dress above. Light and airy, demure but unconventional, this dress belongs at every beach wedding. Forever.

Modern wedding bridesmaid dresses are also the perfect opportunity for a little surprise. While chiffon dresses are nothing new, this foiled chiffon dress (below) with high cut is more unexpected.

blush and silver foiled chiffon bridesmaid dress

Same goes for this little lace number below. Without that super deep open collar illusion neckline, this lace shift would be right at home at any vintage wedding.

lace bridesmaid dress with cap sleeves and deep open collar front

Those brides who really like the femininity of lace, but want to make it more modern just need to look for touches like above, or interesting tailoring. This mauve lace dress below features tons of pintucks framing the bodice. Especially with this kind of simple styling, this dress is completely modern at its best.

strapless mauve lace bridesmaid dress with pintucks in bodice

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