If you aren’t into traditional gowns, there’s never been a better time to embrace alternative wedding dresses. Whether it’s for a low-key registry office ceremony or blow-up destination wedding, suits or slinky separates have never been so cool.
There are many reasons to go down the alternative route, but the main factor is being able to wear your look 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 – check out our under-£500 high street wedding dresses guide here – there’s a style out there to suit your tastes, be it a colourful skirt, mini dress or jumpsuit.
Luxury designers like Roksanda, Gabriela Hearst and 16Arlington 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.
The likes of MatchesFashion, Net-A-Porter and Browns all have great contemporary bridal sections that should provide everything you’re looking for to walk down the aisle.
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, Phase Eight and Whistles have beautiful pieces that still look expensive, but thankfully keep your bank account out of the red – and don’t forget to finish off your look with these gorgeous wedding shoes.
If you’re unsure of which style to pick, let your venue guide you. Town hall ceremony? Try an oversized cream suit and hat, a la Millie Mackintosh or Emily Ratajkowski. Barn wedding? An off-the-shoulder or puff-sleeve boho style will look amazing. Beach wedding? Opt for a slinky slip dress or crop top and skirt.
Keep scrolling to shop my edit of the best alternative wedding dresses below.