Monique Lhuillier: Affordable Bridesmaids, Evening + Cocktail Dresses

Monique Lhullier bridesmaid dresses pink blue greenThree of Monique Lhuillier's bridesmaids dresses. Photos courtesy of Monique Lhuillier

Now not only can brides wear Monique Lhuillier's swoon-worthy creations down the aisle, but the whole bridal party -- and even the guests -- can get in on the action, too.

Thanks to a licensing agreement with Group JS International, the famed Los Angeles-based bridal designer is launching three new bridge collections for the 2011 market at relatively affordable prices.

"To bring my design sensibility to a larger demographic of women who seek glamorous, modern eveningwear is an important milestone for me," Lhuillier, who recently designed Carrie Underwood's wedding dress and Reese Witherspoon's wedding dress said in a statement.

The first two wedding-themed collections -- including ML Bridesmaids -- will be devoted to outfitting one's bridal party. The collection will retail under $200 exclusively at Nordstrom. The third new line, ML Monique Lhuillier Evening Collection, is filled with evening gowns (starting at $595), cocktail dresses (starting at $395), and separates ($295 and up) and will be sold at major department and specialty stores worldwide in early 2011.

One strapless bridesmaids stunner comes in iridescent moss green with a bow-cinched waist and delicately pleated neckline, while a chic navy version has a halterneck (á la new bride Anna Paquin's wedding dress) and beautiful crisscross draping on the bust. Others come in more girly hues, including a pale pink V-neck frock with origami folds. (all shown above)

Of course, this isn't the first time Lhuillier has tread in more affordable waters. Check out her lower-priced (well, $2,500-$3,500) bridal line, Bliss by Monique Lhuillier.

Happy planning {and window shopping!}

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