When bestowed the occasionally dubious honour of being in the bridal party, the first concern for every woman who still looks into the mirror in the morning is: ‘What on earth will the bridesmaid dress will look like?’

It's the butt of endless jokes and a spate of recent hit comedy films – the commonly occurring event in which a bride designates some nightmare gown or another to her unsuspecting friends.

This is where Cheryl, Vanessa and Gabrielle Manning of Manning Cartell have swooped in to make the big day special for more than just the bride. Indeed, bridesmaids of Australia can finally rejoice with Manning Cartell recently launching a range aimed at bridesmaids to ensure sure that they look and feel beautiful too. As long as it's not more beautiful than the bride that is.

To demonstrate this new line, the girls have enlisted illustrator Pippa McManus to showcase their gorgeous visions for the bridesmaids of Australia on paper.

Manning Cartell will be offering customers an appointment only service in a dedicated VIP area in their Sydney and Melbourne stores. All of the dresses can be ordered to suit the wedding, with an in-store stylist on hand to help make those important decisions concerning style, size and colour, and in case you did need another opinion to back up your case for your choice of dress. Or may you forever hold your peace.