Whether you're a fashion forward dresser or a relaxed, fuss-free bride-to-be...
From Emily Ratajkowski’s mustard Zara wedding suit through to Angelina Jolie’s tulle train embroidered with her children’s drawings, more brides are turning away from traditional white gowns in favour of the unconventional. While we’re always going to have a soft spot for traditional lace wedding dresses, we love a style queen who’s willing to make a major fashion statement on her big day and we’ve found a few options that might just fit the bill.
No matter your budget, we’ve done the digging and curated our favourite styles whether you’re keen to channel a menswear vibe, going full rainbow with a colourful wedding dress or want to flash a little leg with a shorter frock.
Luxury designers like Roksanda, Alessandra Rich and Safiyaa are a great shout for modern brides who want to push the envelope, while Halfpenny London, Rime Arodaky and Ellery’s unfussy designs are definitely steered more towards those with a minimal aesthetic. Romantics should shoot for vintage-inspired pieces from the likes of Needle & Thread and Reem Acra or bring the drama in a sweeping Marchesa ball gown or bold Oscar de la Renta.
Working with a budget? ASOS, Monsoon and No. 1 Jenny Packham have beautiful pieces that still look expensive, but thankfully keep your bank account out of the red.
Check it all out below and get ready to break out the Pinterest boards…
If you’re dreading the idea of dragging a heavy dress around all day, a wedding jumpsuit is the ultimate cool girl outfit. We’ve gone for a clean minimal look with this Roksanda one piece with a tie-waist detail, which would look a dream with a pair of cobalt blue BALENCIAGA blade heels (which you can peep in our best wedding shoes gallery).
Priced at £1,399, available at Harrods
Beach Wedding Dresses
Destination weddings are becoming more common and for those of you heading off for some sun and sand – you’ll want something chic, light and that’ll move beautifully with the seabreeze. Bridal designer Rime Arodaky is always a great shout for a beach wedding and this simple strappy dress is right up our alley. With a plunging back and thigh slit, it’s giving us major Calvin Klein vibes and it’s an utterly timeless piece for the minimal bride.
Priced at £512, available at NET-A-PORTER
Short Wedding Dresses
Although we have a soft spot for a long lace wedding gown, there’s something to be said for a fun and flirty dress (especially on a swelteringly hot day). Stray away from cocktail dress territory by choosing a more structured piece like this Zimmermann, which features organza puffy sleeves and a daring cut out back detail that we’re obsessed with. (The buttons on the neckline make all the difference.)
Priced at £2,300, available at Coggles
Red Wedding Dresses
While red might not be what you’d usually expect from a traditional Western wedding, it’s actually a really popular colour for Chinese weddings as the colour signifies good fortune, happiness and prosperity – all things you’d wish for in a great marriage. A crimson gown is a bold choice, but one that’ll definitely set you apart if you’re down to break the mould with a colourful wedding dress. We chose one of Needle & Thread’s signature dresses below, which you’ll definitely be able to wear again and again down the line.
Priced at £960, available at Needle & Thread
Black Wedding Dresses
Not one for floaty white dresses? Go for the exact opposite with a structured black gown. Whether you’re serving gothic Queen of the Night realness or channeling a modern fashion-forward vibe, it’s a strong choice that’ll make for some striking photographs. (We’re obsessed with the idea of a black wedding gown against a string of white bridesmaids dresses.) We chose a beautiful trumpet skirt gown from Rachel Gilbert, which will glide beautifully down the aisle.
Priced at £1,550, available at Harrods
If you want to make an entrance, you won’t find more dramatic than this dreamy Roksanda dress, plus pink is still a big bridal trend.
Forget floral lace, Marchesa’s stepping things up with hand-dyed 3D flower detailing on sheets of tulle. With beads, crystals and faux pearls adorning its hems, you won’t need to go overboard with jewellery on this one.
We’re going dotty for this ruffled dress from Alice McCall, an utterly fun yet sophisticated tiered piece.
Take a pointer from the boys on your big day with this menswear-inspired gown, complete with crystal embellishments.
Cream isn’t a super popular colour for a wedding dress, but we’re 100% behind this delicate piece in the soft shade.
This sweet dress from ASOS is covered in Swarovski crystals for a bit of sparkle on your big day.
You can’t quite tell from the photograph, but the shoulders are actually sheer tulle to add an extra bit of drama and drive the boys (and girls) wild with a flash of shoulder.
Sure, this is a little dramatic, but what a way to shun traditional white.
If you loved Solange Knowles’ wedding look, this dress is for you.
We love this for a chic city wedding.
The statement sleeves make this a great choice for the fashion-forward bride.
A subtle shimmer for a regal feel.
It doesn’t get much more romantic than this gown.
Vintage-style lace is always a safe bet.
No one does wearable separates like Kate Halfpenny, though we’re a little bit in love with this drop-waist crepe dress.
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