Top 10 Ugliest Bridesmaid Dresses
10. The Repeat Offender
Does this gown look familiar to you? "A lot of women over 40 told me they had one just like it," Buffalo, Minn., bridesmaid Joanne wrote in to PEOPLE. We've definitely seen similar versions of the same dress. They're all shiny, puffy – and despised. "I almost dropped out [of the wedding], that's how much I hated this dress," says Joanne. "I came to my senses and, of course, stuck with it for my best friend!"
9. The Tablecloth
Christine now admits that her flower-power wedding was more hippie chick than hippie chic: "I can't believe, when I look at this picture now, what I was thinking!" the Moorpark, Calif., bride tells us of her 1976 nuptials. "I wanted a simple old-fashioned wedding, and I thought the fabric looked old-fashioned. My bridesmaids hated the material and tried to talk me out of it – but my mind was set."
8. The Rainbow Connection
"The actual dresses aren't really the problem here," admits Amber of her cousin's 1973 wedding. "Instead of picking one color for her bridesmaids, [the bride] decided to have a 'rainbow' wedding." Although the wedding party looked like a package of Skittles, the Madison, Tenn., native admits that an the bridesmaids' hats were an even bigger eyesore. "It was an indoor wedding, but the bride wanted head gear."
7. The Pajama Game
Ah, the '70s. When disco reigned, love was free and brides dressed their wedding party in pajamas. "I found this picture of my mother's wedding," writes Theresa from Rochester, N.Y., of the little blue flowers and tiny bows that overwhelmed her mom's friends at her 1975 wedding. But even more impressive? That the best man was apparently Tony Clifton!
6. The Foil Folly
"This was a big wedding." recalls bridesmaid Janell – and she's not even talking about the gigantic gold gowns worn by the bridesmaids! "Eight attendants each, and all the girls in gold!" Says the White Bear Lake, Minn., native of the frilly foil frock, "These were really shiny, extremely itchy and hot."
5. The Scarlett O'Hara
As God as her witness, she'll never wear this dress again! We do declare our deepest sympathies for Providence, R.I., bridesmaid Jennifer, who was forced into crimson fabric with bows from here to the Mason-Dixon line. As Jennifer says, it's "the worst thing that ever happened to me." True, but remember Jennifer, tomorrow is another day!
4. The Cotton Candy Explosion
Bridesmaid Sammi was not tickled by the dress she wore to her sister's wedding. "My sister is obsessed with pink and had a 'pink' wedding," the Elmhurst, N.Y., resident writes. "Pink wedding dress, pink shoes, pink ties, pink center pieces." The pièce de résistance? "This awful pink bridesmaid dress!" But like a good sister, Sammi held her tongue. "Since she loved the dress and we all love her, we happily donned this dress for her big day." Aww!
3. The Little Mermaid
Yep, this has doubled as a Halloween costume. As bridesmaid Maggie tells us, she won second place in a costume contest for this dress she was forced to wear in an '80s-themed wedding. "My sister has always been a big fan of the '80s – sequins, big hair, gaudiness," the Toledo, Ohio, native tells PEOPLE.com. "She actually found shoes, purses, jewelry, and nail polish to match this thing."
2. The Real Wedding Shower
"The bride's mother insisted on these horrendous iridescent blue monstrosities," says Jennifer, a bridesmaid out of Meridian, Idaho. "The bows, the lace and the fabric itched like crazy." But these maids didn't have to just wear the dresses – they also had to perform! "We had to walk down the aisle with [the parasols] open and then when we got to the altar, we had to do a little choreographed move to close them." You know what they say: When it rains, it pours!
1. The Kitchen Curtain
"I would love to see the dress that can beat this one," writes Ginger of the flowered, curtain-style frock she wore as a junior bridesmaid in her aunt's wedding. Although some came close, this bow-tied number was the clear winner. "There were actually adult women that had to wear the same dress, and I was mortified at the age of 12! I love my aunt dearly, and it may have been the early nineties, but this kind of dress was never in style."