BOW awards: the best bridesmaid dress looks of 2014

Gorgeous purple jewel toned strapless bridesmaid dress idea

Candi Coffman Photography

As we wrap up the year, I’ve been looking back on the best wedding trends of 2014 (like this post on the best wedding dresses of 2014). Because there was so many great new and unique wedding trends that cropped up in 2014, I’ll be wrapping up each type of trend with the BOW (best of wedding) awards. Cute, right?

Today, let’s take a look back at the best bridesmaid dress looks of 2014. This was a big year for unique for unique bridesmaid style, with the bridal party stepping out in surprising colors, unexpected combinations, and LOTS of sparkle. Keep a wary eye on these chic looks, brides! Which trend will inspire your bridesmaid look in 2015?

It was a big year for jewel tones! With bridesmaids in rich and flattering shades of emerald, sapphire and plum, these gorgeous jewel tone bridesmaid dresses proved there really IS a color out there that will look good on all your bridesmaids.

mismatched bridesmaids in emerald. Love this look!

Anita Martin

Blue lace illusion neckline wedding dress. So pretty and unique!

Lana Ivanova via Polka Dot Bride

I'm head over heels for this dark rich ruby bridesmaid dress color!

Azuree Wiitala

These long black bridesmaid dresses are so elegant and perfectly mismatched!

Graham Terhune Photography

While pastels seem like the natural bridesmaid shade go-to for weddings, these bridesmaids were able to take pastel shades and make them feel fresh and pretty again.

Gorgeous long bridesmaid dresses in peach and pink shades

Lime Green Photography

Pretty pale blue long bridesmaid dress idea

Into the Light

These bridesmaids in shades of gray and blue are perfectly mismatched!

Brett Heidebrecht

Who says that bright, bold colors have no place in a wedding? These bridesmaids proved tradition oh-so-wrong with these bold shades that flattered every bridal party member and provided a surprisingly delightful pop of color.

Awesome bridesmaid look: a bold long skirt with a mismatched white top!

Callie Hobbs

Bright orange bridesmaids dresses actually look stunning!

Kate Robinson Photography

It’s official: 2014 was the year of the sparkle. With bridesmaids showing off in shades of silver, gold and bronze, shimmering dresses were all the rage this past year. And for good reason! The glam touch these sparkly shades bring to the overall wedding look makes quite the statement.

This sparkly adriana papell dress is the perfect bridesmaid  look

Troy Grover Photographers

Glam gold sequined bridesmaid dresses for this elegant southern wedding

Ariel Renae

Short pretty mismatched sequined gold bridesmaid dresses

Christine Lim

My favorite new trend of 2014: bridesmaids in bold prints! That’s right: weddings aren’t just about solid and pastel colored dresses. Brides and bridesmaids were mixing it up with unexpected and fun printed dresses, and it looked SO amazing.

Beautiful watercolor printed bridesmaid dress idea

Ali Harper

Gorgeous peach printed long bridesmaid dress

Kristyn Hogan via Borrowed and Blue

Pin your favorite bridesmaid look to bookmark the inspiration for later… you never know which trend will be perfect for your upcoming wedding!