Alternative Wedding Dresses: 21 Unique Bridal Options

Not everyone wants a traditional white wedding dress, and that’s totally fine! We’ve rounded up some of our favourite alternative wedding dresses to inspire you.

Here at Confetti we love it when couples decide to use their wedding day to express their personalities, and an alternative wedding dress is the perfect way to do this.


You can always browse our edit of the best wedding suits for women too for a bridal look that is unique to you.

21 Alternative Wedding Dresses

Star Print Wedding Dress – E&W Couture

Stars and celestial prints are one of our favourite wedding dress trends and this starry beauty from E&W Couture is sure to delight brides looking for something different. We love the black spaghetti straps and sparkling gold detail – how do we put a heart-eyes emoji here?!

Alternative wedding dress with star print

ZB284 – Zavana Bridal

This beauty from Zavana Bridal is ideal for brides who want something a bit different but don’t want to rock the boat too much – we love that incredible and unusual back detail!

Wedding dress with unique back detail

Violette & Roxy – Jenny Packham

If you’re a fan of Olivia Palermo’s style, we think you’re going to love the Violette and Roxy combo from Jenny Packham – feathered wedding dresses are everywhere and this cute combo is an ideal way to break from tradition, especially if you love short wedding dresses.

Alternative wedding dress separates by Jenny Packham

Colourful Wedding Dress – Victoria Sanders

Using colour is a great way to guarantee you’ll join the alternative wedding dresses hall of fame! This gorgeous gown by Victoria Sanders features fabulous coloured embroidery and will appeal to folky brides looking for a boho option.

Colourful unusual wedding dress

Two Piece Wedding Dress – E&W Couture

Separates are definitely the cool girl’s option when it comes to alternative wedding dresses – you can mix and match your look to create something truly unique. The sparkly top in this E&W Couture combo perfectly offsets the more low-key skirt.

Alternative bridal top and skirt combo

Ophelia – Claire Pettibone

Another subtly coloured wedding dress for brides searching for the perfect alternative option – the Ophelia from Claire Pettibone’s timeless collection is proof that an alternative wedding dress can still be delicate and beautiful!

Pale pink alternative wedding dress

69426 – Ronald Joyce

If you love the idea of making a statement with a pink wedding dress, you’ll love the 69426 from Ronald Joyce – that dark coloured embroidery makes such a statement.

Pink alternative wedding dress with flowers

Poissy – Eliza Jane Howell

More stars! We just can’t get enough. If you’ve been searching for a vintage style wedding dress you’re going to fall head over heels in love with the Poissy by Eliza Jane Howell, who specialises in the most fabulous gowns inspired by a bygone era.

Ruffled and star print alternative wedding dress

6903 – Hayley Paige Bridal

One-shouldered wedding dresses are an emerging trend on the bridal scene, and this beautiful Hayley Paige creation is the ideal way to make sure you’re ahead of the crowd. How amazing is that back detail too?

One-shoulder wedding dress

Vojtech – Crystal Bride

If Carrie Bradshaw is still your style icon (no shame here, she’s ours too!) and you’re looking for an alternative wedding dress with a fun, fashion feel, make sure you check out this stunner from Crystal Bride.

Shorter alternative wedding dress

Daisy & Harper – Elbeth Gillis

Separates are big news in the world of alternative wedding dresses – they allow you to mix and match your look to create something that is unique to you. We adore the Daisy and Harper combo from Elbeth Gillis – that lace top is something else!

Alternative bridal separates look

Alternative Wedding Dress – Danit Levi

If you want an alternative wedding dress with a sexy edge, consider Danit Levi’s designs. The plunging neckline and sparkly fabric are guaranteed to be like nothing you’ve ever seen before – pair with some blue wedding shoes to really offset the look.

Sparkling alternative wedding dress

1908 Jojo – Blush by Hayley Paige

Are you searching for an alternative wedding dress because you’ve done the whole traditional wedding dress thing before? If so – you’ll love this shorter bridal gown from Blush by Hayley Paige! It would look amazing as an evening party dress or even at a Vegas wedding.

Short alternative wedding dress in lace

Caped Wedding Dress – Jadore Bridal Design

Capes are definitely having a moment. Whether you’re planning a superhero themed wedding or you just want an alternative flair on your wedding day, consider this gorgeous caped wedding dress by Jadore Bridal Design.

Alternative wedding dress with cape

Kaws Jacket, Mayfair Skirt, Iris Slip – Halfpenny London

Remember what we said about separates? We mean it! This combo by Halfpenny London includes the Kaws jacket, the Mayfair skirt (unlined) and the Iris slip.

If you love Kate Halfpenny’s creations, you’re in good company – MIC alumni Millie Mackintosh wore an alternative Halfpenny wedding dress for her 2018 celebrity wedding to Hugo Taylor.

Alternative wedding outfit by Halfpenny London

3915 Veronica – Lazaro

This incredible wedding dress from Lazaro is the perfect definition of an alternative wedding dress. If you want to go all out with an alternative choice, you can’t do better than a black wedding dress. And that feathered jacket is to die for!

Black wedding dress

Alternative Lace Wedding Dress – Danit Levi

You can have a lace wedding dress and still put an alternative spin on it, as demonstrated by this Danit Levi beauty which is daringly sheer but adorned with a beautiful pattern.

Wedding dress with alternative neckline style

Margeaux – Jenny Packham

This feather trimmed wedding dress might be the cutest we’ve ever seen – and we see a LOT! Trust Jenny Packham to totally nail it with one of the hottest wedding dress trends for the year ahead.

Alternative short feathered wedding dress

Marlowe – White Lilly

Wedding dresses with sleeves will always be popular, but if you want to give the look an alternative spin, go for the Marlowe by White Lilly, which has optional sleeves allowing you to mix up your look from day to night.

Wedding dress with detachable sleeves

One Shouldered Alternative Wedding Dress – Peony Rice

Remember earlier when we tipped one shouldered wedding dresses as a new trend? Here’s some further proof from Peony Rice! This simple, sleek dress is ideal for minimalist brides who don’t want to conform.

One shoulder alternative bridal gown with ruffles

Eloise – Timeless by Claire Pettibone

Who needs a something blue when your whole wedding dress can be your something blue? Colourful wedding dresses are really coming into their own right now and this beauty from Claire Pettibone will leave a lasting impression on everyone.

Pale blue alternative wedding dress

Still looking for something a bit different? Check out our edit of bridal jumpsuits – they’re bound to float your alternative boat! Otherwise, if you’ve found your perfect dress why not browse our round up of the best alternative wedding cakes – there’s something out there for everyone.

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