Everyone loves a wedding and planning your own can be one of the most exciting things you’ll ever do. From flower arrangements to cakes and everything in between, your big day is the perfect opportunity to show off your creative flair. If you’re considering putting a modern twist on your wedding, you might be ditching tradition when it comes to your bridal look in favour of something more ‘you’.
Our guide to alternative bridal outfits has everything you need to make sure you look your best as you grace the aisle. Before we get started, here are three important things to consider when planning your bridal look:
1. What is the colour scheme? If you’re a non-traditional bride who gets the ick at the idea of an all-white bridal look, playing with an array of hues and finishes could be for you. Choose something daring by dipping into darker tones and colours that complement your flower arrangements.
2. Can I wear this again? As we try to move away from fast fashion, buying pieces that can be worn time and time again becomes more important. Instead of leaving your dress to gather dust, opt for something more versatile and practical to avoid a single-use situation.
3. Will I be comfortable? Although the images of ivory gowns with traditional boning and layers of tulle dominate the pages of wedding magazines, these pieces are hardly the comfiest option – especially when paired with heels. Consider how you want to feel as well as look on your big day.
BRIDAL SUITS AND CO-ORDS
For those looking to maximise their wardrobe – wedding or not – a stylish co-ord is a great option. Available in a wide range of styles, colours and fabrics, finding a two-piece to suit your personal style is easy and will help you look your best on your big day. Choose matching sets from occasion wear brands like Galvan and 16 Arlington, completing the look with accessories such as a bedazzled headband or statement jewellery. If you’re leaning towards something more boho, be sure to look at romantic co-ords from labels like Bird & Knoll, which are perfect for country or beachside weddings.
If you’re after a more tailored look, selecting a statement suit to tie the knot in is a wise move. From padded shoulders that exude androgynous excellence to tapered trousers that look killer with a pair of stilettos, there’s something to suit every style and preference. To add a touch of softness to your look, you can play around with no-makeup makeup or introduce an element of playfulness by adding a pair of bold earrings. To take your ensemble through to the evening, consider having a box-fresh pair of designer trainers to slip into. Designs from the likes of Jimmy Choo or Alexander McQueen will look great with bottoms that skim the ankle.
BRIDAL JUMPSUITS AND PLAYSUITS
For those who want the ease and practicality of a suit but want something a little more put together, a bridal jumpsuit is a great option. Going down a more tailored route will allow you to show off your figure on your big day, making the most of all eyes being on you as you walk down the aisle. Whether you’re going for short sleeves, long sleeves or a cut in-between, be sure to accessorise with a designer bracelet to set off the rest of your look.
If you’re proud of your legs and want to make a true entrance, go for a stylish playsuit that can be worn with heels and trainers. Looking for something extra? Complement your playful look with an eye-catching hair accessory such as an oversized scrunchie or embellished headband.
ALTERNATIVE WEDDING DRESSES
If your wedding day feels incomplete without a gown to mark the occasion, fear not. Many designers now create fashion-forward dresses that are ideal for the alternative bride, allowing you to create an effortlessly chic look. Here, it’s all about the cut and the fabric – satin, cotton, velvet – the choice is yours. Go full glam and reach for a feather-trimmed piece that accentuates your body’s natural curves or play it more low-key with a maxi-length poplin number with subtle cut-out detailing.
To keep your ensemble versatile and comfortable, look out for something that can be dressed up for future occasions and dressed down with flats to take you through the night. For an extra contemporary twist that oozes coolness, why not throw on an oversized blazer with your dress?
Seeking more inspiration? Be sure to browse our alternative bride edit to discover a curated selection of designer goods that will have you looking your best.