Alternative wedding dresses, for anyone bold enough to rock their own style, can be as colourful or as unusual as your imagination. Here are some of our favourite colours, patterns, shapes and forms to inspire you.
If you’re looking for something different to the ubiquitous long white wedding dress, the sky’s the limit as far as alternative goes. For some brides, a patterned gown like this one above by Savin London is alternative enough, but for others ‘alternative’ means colour or something out of the ordinary when it comes to shape. The truth is, if you can dream it, you can have it because bespoke and couture gowns can be made to your exact design – however unusual that may be.
If you know you want an alternative wedding dress but you’re just not sure what, it’s best to start by considering the following:
1. Your Everyday Style
Do you favour minis over maxis and wear pastels, brights or black? If you never wear white or pastel shades but don’t want a black bridal gown, consider going for deepest red, purple or burgundy. And if you never wear long skirts or dresses and live in mini skirts then a shorter or tea-length wedding dress could be just right for you. This two-tone dress by Marchesa with its unusual short ruffled skirt looks stunning with eye-catching shoes.
2. Your Personal Likes
Do you lean towards Boho or Gothic, or something else altogether? You don’t have to be a fully fledged ’80s style ‘Goth’ in black lipstick to love Gothic style, just as you don’t have to be a ’60s hippie ‘Flower child’ to like the Bohemian look. There are plenty of current designs with the subtlest hint of distinctive styles blended together into a look that’s quite unique. This gown by Narces has a Boho flavour with a distinctly alternative twist making it absolutely unique.
3. Your Body Shape
Is there a style that you know looks great on you and accentuates your positives, making you feel more comfortable and more confident? Knowing that an A-line skirt will skim over wide hips and give you an hour glass shape, or a strapless or wide neckline will balance a pear shaped figure and draw the eye to amazing shoulders can make all the difference. It’s about feeling good about yourself and that makes you look even more beautiful. Find out how to choose the best wedding dress for your body shape. This 1950s-inspired wedding dress by House of Mooshki has a fabulously flattering A-line skirt.
Alternative Wedding Dresses: Classic with a Twist
If you’re a bride who wants a classic long, white bridal gown, but with an alternative twist then choosing a daring, see-through lace dress or a gown with some lace panelling, can be a nod towards alternative, without going too far from traditional colour and length.
If it’s an unusual shape you’re looking for then separates, eye-catching cut-outs, or a trouser-suit can make an interesing change to a customary wedding dress. The sleeves on the cut-out gown below, look almost like angel’s wings, and yet from a distance the gown appears to be quite traditional.
Alternative Wedding Dresses: Patterns
As most traditional bridal gowns are plain ivory in colour, even if they do have beading, crystal or embroidery details, a heavily patterned wedding dress is unusual. Colourful, floral or coloured designs add depth and interest. The pattern or colour can also be continued on into the bridal bouquet, floral headdress and/ or bridesmaid dresses.
Alternative Wedding Dresses: Short
Sometimes less is more. A short ivory wedding dress makes a statement all its own, and as your legs will be on show, you could have even more fun by teaming it with long boots or amazing shoes.
Alternative Wedding Dresses: Jumpsuits
Super stylish and lots of fun, another alternative to the wedding dress is the bridal jumpsuit. We love these two designs for their playful feel and gorgeous fabrics that make a boyish style look suitably feminine.
Alternative Wedding Dresses: Black
Black is a daring, chic and stylish look that could be just right for you. Not that long ago, it was considered to be bad luck to wear black to a wedding, especially your own, as it’s a colour thought to be more suited to a funeral. Brides of today looking for alternative wedding dresses can consider a black bridal gown alongside any other colour or style. If you’re still wondering whether you shouldn’t wear a black wedding dress – if you want to, do it.
Alternative Wedding Dresses: Pink
Romantic and feminine, the colour pink can be a wonderful choice for your wedding dress. Princess pastel pink or blush shades give a soft feel to any bridal style. Hot pink is bolder and more striking.
Alternative Wedding Dresses: Silver
Reminiscent of an alluring mermaid, you’ll catch the light as you walk down the aisle in a metallic gown of silver sequins, each one hand-sewn for eye-catching effect.
Alternative Wedding Dresses: Two-Tone
Finally, if you really want to wow, a two-tone ballgown in deep or contrasting hues will get everyone’s attention!
Whatever you choose to wear on your big day, it’s enough to just have it reflect something of your personality and style. Whether that’s embracing wild contemporary fashion or favouring vintage looks, if you love the wedding dress you wear, that’s all that matters. And just think, future generations may look back fondly at your wedding photos and laugh, just as you have laughed at wedding fashions from decades before!
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