Being invited as a bridesmaid or maid of honor to the wedding of a dear friend is always something very special. After all, this is how the bride shows you that you mean a lot to her and that she wants you to be a close confidant by her side on her big day.
The first rule for bridesmaids, maid of honor and all other (female) wedding guests: Do not steal the show from the bride and her dress. Because on this day she is clearly the center of attention. Of course, your outfit can still be elegant and feminine, after all, a wedding is always a welcome occasion to get dressed up. The bridesmaid's dress is based on the bride's look - not the other way around. Ideally, the bride has already found her dream dress for the wedding or even wants a uniform look for her bridesmaids.