When it comes to buying your wedding dress and finding “the one” it can be really easy to lose yourself in a sea of giant tulle and rib-crushing corsets. Traditionally the style of choice for the big day – and still loved by many, including Kate Middleton herself – if you’re style savvy or a super relaxed boho bride, you’ll want to dive into one these alternative wedding dresses.
There’s been a huge boom in wedding dresses that aren't white. A tricky colour to wear for some skin tones, so why stick to it if it doesn’t work for you? The Spring Summer ’18 catwalk shows proved this with the most non-white runway bridal gowns coming down the catwalk to date. From Ulla Johnson to Valentino, pale pink hues proved most popular.
Alternative Dress Shops
The first stop for a style-savvy bride should be Net-a-Porter.com. Their bridal section consists not only of just-off-the-runway gowns but everything else from ivory silk jumpsuits and two piece combos... Who said it had to be a dress? With no need to even leave the house, this alternative wedding dress online store will be your one-stop shop for pretty much the whole look.
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Ever since Kate Middleton stepped out of the car in that Sarah Burton for McQueen wedding dress, chantilly lace has been pretty much everywhere (in the bridal world at least), which has made it tricky to find something a bit different. That’s why we love this gem of a wedding dress designer, who does pretty battenberg cotton and trims of hand-corded lace. Boho wedding gown perfection.
If you love the idea of wearing a vintage wedding dress but can't find anything right from the period you love, then try British designer Charlie Brear. After she started sourcing vintage bridalwear in 2005 she decided to create her very own vintage-style collection. All of her dresses are made in the UK and she also does beautiful ready-to-wear for your wedding guests.
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Don't want to spend a bomb? Head to ASOS.com for a fuss-free, super affordable dress. With just about everything from super-chic simple silk slip dresses to little white lacy numbers, if you want to boycott the floor length gowns.
For those seriously fashion-forward brides it’s got to be designer. And it isn’t just the usuals like Oscar de la Renta and Alice Temperley that are nailing the bridal gowns. This season we’re also looking to the non-traditional, cutting edge fashion designers such as Rosie Assoulin, The Row and Simone Rocha. These guys are ensuring there’s an ivory, neutral or off white bridal piece within their SS18 collections that are made to grace an aisle.
Needle and Thread are becoming seemingly popular for brides on their big day and it's easy to see why: their embellished tulle gowns are priced, very reasonably, below the £500 mark.
Shop a few of our favourite alternative wedding dress styles that have just dropped online...
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Available at Net-a-Porter | £400