ALTERNATIVE WEDDING DRESSES FOR COOL AND QUIRKY BRIDES
For many brides it’s important to stand out and make a statement, which is where alternative wedding dresses come in – and what better way than walking down the aisle in one of the beauties? Leading wedding dress designers have showcased an impressive mix of unique pieces in their recent collections. These gorgeous styles are extravagant yet classy and are ideal if you want to make a stylish entrance. From modern metallics to feathers and frills, there’s plenty on offer if you're looking for alternative wedding dresses. Still searching for your wedding dress? We explain how to find the perfect wedding dress to suit your shape.
12 Awe-Inspiring Alternative Wedding Dresses
Willowy by Watters
Gorgeously golden dresses can be found in all the hottest collections, and this style from Willowy by Watters adds a unique touch. Created in tulle, this show-stopping design is shimmery and romantic. Featuring a deep V-neck and covered with gold and silver sequin stars, it’s a stunning style that will definitely wow guests and make you shine on your big day.
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Luxury label Savin consistently produces glamorous designs that are perfect for stylish brides seeking an alternative wedding gown. Sumptuous fabrics are a given in Savin’s collections, and the use of silks, fine chiffons and laces means you’ll always find something stunning. Straight off the catwalk at London Bridal Week, this breathtaking style has to be one of our favourites. This unique, sheer statement dress plays with modern and traditional design elements – and the mixture of texture and feathers is completely on trend. This is a definite standout design, and one we guarantee will be a real talking point.
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If there’s one fashion house that knows how to design alternative wedding dresses, it’s Paolo Sebastian. The Australian brand’s dreamy range is perfect if you’re after something a little different. And it’s not just dresses you can choose either. This edgy jumpsuit ticks all the right boxes. Totally trendy with its intricate beadwork and metallic detailing, this striking style is sure to be a sure hit with any bride looking to turn heads.
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Every collection from American fashion designer Claire Pettibone boasts sensational pieces. Renowned for her romantic vintage style and bohemian spirit, it’s no wonder these luxurious designs are a favourite with brides looking for something that steps away from the norm. What’s not to love about this gorgeously feminine style? Beautiful multi-coloured embroidery paired with gold lace give it an effortlessly chic vibe that alternative brides will adore.
Gemy Maalouf Beside Couture
Tailored for the unconventional bride, Gemy Maalouf’s bridal collection has a distinct style that is trendy and romantic. The gorgeous gowns in this high end collection are perfect for daring brides after an alternative wedding dress. The pattern, shape and cut on this style make it really stand out and this is the ideal choice if you’re after something fashion-forward and modern.
The boho chic styles by Australian brand Nevenka are pretty swoon-worthy. In each design it’s all about the detail, and these show-stopping styles really make an impact. For brides who dare to be different, this gown pushes the bridal boundaries with a luxe style that’s sexy and avant-garde.
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Eliza Jane Howell
Known for vintage-style pieces, Eliza Jane Howell is a go-to choice for fabulously alternative wedding dresses. The latest collection from designer Gill Harvey was filled with intricately-detailed designs adorned with feathers and beading. This striking gown has to be one of our favourites though. Whether you’re a vintage-loving bride looking for something iconic with a modern twist, or you want an expertly crafted luxurious design, this could be the one for you.
Halfpenny London – Anchor
We love the dreamy details in Kate Halfpenny’s latest collection and the texture and silhouette of this design make it really striking. The designer’s ability to transform a traditional lace style into a cool and quirky piece is quite a feat – and with its luxury finish and contemporary edge, it’s a great alternative style.
This gorgeous dress from Morilee offers a new take on a traditional lace style with a look that’s feminine and undeniably edgy. Guipure lace is the key feature, and the unexpected print and pattern give a real contemporary feel. We love that this gown is still romantic but with its playful, soft and ethereal design it’s a perfect match for boho brides seeking something a little different.
British designer Sassi Holford offers plenty of stand-out pieces in her latest collection. Her golden design is a particular highlight – and it’s easy to see why. With its full skirt and strapless neckline, this dress plays on the traditional ballgown style. Gorgeous gold textured fabric gives it extra wow-factor though and the added sparkle will definitely leave a lasting impression on guests.
Rembo Styling is a bridal brand that brings stylish, pretty and romantic dresses to the table. These designs are unusual and relaxed, and with their vintage vibe they’re perfect if you’re a boho bride. We love the luxurious fabric and informal styling of this dreamy design in particular. The floaty golden style is gorgeous if you’re after something a little more pared down that steps away from the traditional.
Canadian label Narces is known for its pretty bold offering. This label has some seriously stunning pieces that are sexy, sophisticated and unique. The collection is pretty diverse, whether you’re after lace, sequins, ruffles or feathers there’ll be a style here that you’ll love. This flirty feather style is a fab addition to the latest collection and we reckon it’s an ideal alternative wedding dress for more adventurous brides.
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