“Always a bridesmaid, never a bride” was once a lament as much as it was an adage, but these days, stepping out as bridal support—with a signature beauty look fitting of the occasion, naturally—seems to be a rite of passage for many of our favorite celebrities.
Just last week, Margot Robbie served up bohemian vibes with the help of a floral crown and loose waves at a close friend’s Hawaii nuptials. It-Brit Georgia May Jagger walked mother Jerry Hall down the aisle in a look reminiscent of her mom’s ’70s cool-girl bohemian influence: orange-bronze eyeshadow, a plummy pout, and long, layered bangs. Solange Knowles enlistedBeyoncé’s sisterly services for her big day in New Orleans, where Beyoncé upped the ante on her usual waist-skimming, honeyed waves with the addition of an understated flower crown.
Mary-Kate and Ashley Olsen served as bridesmaids and designers for longtime friend Molly Fishkin’s ceremony, raking their trademark baby blonde waves into low, polished knots that offered a bit of supplementary style to the affair—and kept hair out of their eyes while they focused on the dress’s final additions. When Rihanna’sassistant chose April 20 as the date for her beachside vows in Honolulu, the singer made sure to stay on theme, echoing the carefree nature of the event with tousled auburn lengths piled high, surprisingly relatable purple lips, and eyes as smoky as her signature accessory.
And while Kate Middleton wasn’t technically a bridesmaid in her sister Pippa’s English wedding today, she performed at least one of the role’s key duties—holding her sister’s train as she prepared for her walk down the aisle, and conveying royal elegance in a polished chignon, blush-colored hat, and matching dress.
As wedding season approaches, here’s a quick lesson in how to be a celebrity bridesmaid, courtesy of those who know best.