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The coolest alternative wedding dresses for non-traditional brides

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  • More and more brides are ditching traditional white gowns, in favour of alternative wedding dresses, especially in these Covid times of smaller ceremonies. There’s just something inspiring and jaw-dropping about a bride walking down the aisle in a sleek suit or feather-trimmed dress.

    The beauty of choosing something a little less ‘bridal looking’ is that you’ll likely be able to wear it again: think oversized suits, fluid jumpsuits or sequin dresses, perfect for any kind of occasion dressing.

    The best alternative wedding dresses

    No matter your budget, there’s a style out there to suit your tastes, be it a colourful dress, mini dress or jumpsuit. The best bit about choosing a less bridal style is the fact that you’ll be able to rewear it, making the cost much more justifiable.

    Luxury designers like Roksanda, Gabriela Hearst and Les Reveries are a great shout for modern brides who want to push the envelope, while Halfpenny London, Bernadette and Galvan’s unfussy designs are definitely steered more towards those with a minimal aesthetic.

    Romantics should opt for vintage-inspired pieces from the likes of Needle & Thread and Rixo or bring the drama in a sweeping Marchesa ball gown or bold Oscar de la Renta.

    If you’re on a tight budget, that’s more than ok, because high-street labels are coming out trumps with some beautiful pieces. ASOS, Monsoon and Whistles have beautiful pieces that still look expensive, but thankfully keep your bank account out of the red. Shop my edit of the best high-street wedding dresses here, and finish off your look with these wedding shoes.

    If you’re unsure of which style to pick, let your venue guide you. Town hall ceremony? Try an oversized cream suit. Barn wedding? A puff-sleeve boho style will look amazing? Beach wedding? Opt for a slinky slip dress or an off-the-shoulder number.

    From jumpsuits to crop tops and minimalist frocks, shop my edit of the best alternative wedding dresses below.

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