The most awesome alternative wedding dresses for the non-traditional bride

The most awesome alternative wedding dresses for the non-traditional bride


Whether you’re a fashion forward dresser or a relaxed, fuss-free bride-to-be…

alternative wedding dresses

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…

Wedding Jumpsuit

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 Stella McCartney 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).

Shop now: STELLA MCCARTNEY Peplum-hem crepe jumpsuit for £635 from Selfridges

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 – a strappy silky dress is always a great idea and it’s an utterly timeless piece for the minimal bride.

Shop now: JASON WU Satin gown for £644 from The Outnet

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.)

Shop now: ZIMMERMANN Castile crochet-trimmed linen dress for £715 from MatchesFashion.com

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. This dramatic Elie Saab cape dress has some serious Solange vibes about it and is guaranteed to turn heads.

Shop now: ELIE SAAB Cape-effect embellished silk-blend crepe de chine gown for £5,537 from Net-A-Porter

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.)

Shop now: Balmain Embellished Side Split Dress for £2,350 from Harrods

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The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now

The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now


The high street has some exquisite style finds to offer any blushing bride.

high street wedding dresses

High street wedding dresses just keep getting better and better. Stylish brides on a budget now have their pick of an ever-expanding selection of high street wedding dresses – and we’ve got them all here for you to admire.

From floor-length gowns to sleek lace minis and everything in between including some rather gorgeous beaded boho dresses – there’s something for every style.

And for the spring/summer wedding season, there has never been a better selection. With Ted Baker, Whistles, French Connection, ASOS, and Self-Portrait now offering bridal collections, the price-conscious brides-to-be have never had it better. And quite frankly, when you se this amazing array of dresses you’ll wonder why anyone would ever go over a £1,000 budget.

Traditional high street wedding dresses

For the traditional brides, there’s gorgeous fishtails and caped sleeves gowns from the likes of Phase Eight and Monsoon. While for the vintage lovers and soon-to-be boho brides, Monsoon and ASOS have all your embellished and floaty lace dreams covered.

Alternative high street wedding dresses

And for something altogether more contemporary then some of our favourite high street stores, French Connection and Whistles, have launched lust-worthy collections to make you stand out on the aisle. Think off-the-shoulder lace, asymmetric necklines, on-trend midi dresses and minimalist silk slips, which are exactly what the modern stylish bride needs for the new season.

High street wedding dresses for every shape

As well as all of these, we’ve found dresses to suit all shapes and heights – from Twenties bias-cut to full-skirted prim variations. Not keen on your arms? There are some great long-sleeved wedding gowns that will solve your bridal dilemmas. Want your waist to stand out? Try a cinched style with an embellished belt. Petite figures will suit all the lovely ruffle dresses that are so in at the moment too.

So with that in mind, it’s time to pick your dream dress from the best high street wedding dresses available now…

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What does a fashion designer wear to get married?

What does a fashion designer wear to get married?


Hint: you don’t design it yourself. (Because who needs that kind of pressure?) Step inside the stylish nuptials of hot London fashion designer Alice Archer and steal a few tips for yourself…

wedding style Alice Archer

wedding style Alice Archer

When it comes to wedding style and you’re a young designer building a reputation for designing pieces that make perfect wedding dresses you’d have thought wearing your own design would be a no-brainer for your trip up the aisle.

London-based Alice Archer is an embroidery specialist, who worked for designer Dries van Noten in Antwerp. She also – fabulously – worked for artist Tracy Emin, producing the embroidery for Emin’s artworks. Archer graduated from RCA in 2013, having studied fine art at Goldsmiths and Central St Martin’s. She began designing her collection in 2014, and now has fans including Pippa Middleton, Camilla Rutherford, P Diddy, Ellie Goulding, Susie Bubble and Pandora Sykes. Her labour-intensive designs are exquisitely made in Como, Italy, and are a combination of print and specialist embroidery techniques.

Wedding style Alice Archer

Alice Archer AW18 photo by James Mason/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Her wedding style perfect pieces are often chosen by other brides: “Some of my clients have bought my pieces to get married in but they weren’t conventional ‘wedding dresses’, she tells us. “Even before starting my own label, I embroidered dresses for two of my best friends’ weddings.”

Wedding style Alice Archer

Alice Archer AW18, photo by James Mason/WWD/REX/Shutterstock

Now Archer is building on her rep, with the launch of a dedicated bridal collection (hitting Browns Bride in October): “It will be a small collection of embroidered pieces, including dresses and a trouser suit. Each piece is embroidered with flowers that symbolise love, loyalty and hope,” she says.

But for her wedding to Henry, a UX (user experience) designer, she went for something completely different. Here are all the stunning steal-them-now details from her bridal look…

wedding style Alice Archer

The location: St-Martin-in-the-Fields, London – with a reception in the Crypt afterwards.

Wedding dresses Alice Archer

The proposal: “One evening last August, Henry texted me to ask me to come home early from the studio. When I arrived back at our flat there were candles everywhere and he had cooked a delicious three course meal, including an incredible chocolate cake. I am a chocoholic so this was perfect!”

The dress:  “Our wedding was quite soon after finishing a collection, so I didn’t have much time. I went to Browns Bride to look at potential dresses and completely fell in love with a Viktor & Rolf dress, and then I couldn’t get it out of my head and couldn’t imagine anything else…”

Wedding style Alice Archer

The look:  Duchesse satin on top, with a tulle skirt featuring 3D organza flowers on the skirt, from the Viktor & Rolf bridal collection. “The top was almost like a sporty polo shirt – very structured, while the skirt was romantic and ethereal. I chose it because it made me feel strong and it was unusual – romantic, innocent and modern,” says Alice.

Wedding style Alice Archer

The shoes: Gucci blue satin round-toed mules with crystal bows for the ceremony, and flat white jewelled Manolo Blahniks for the reception. “I’ve always loved shoes, and your wedding is a once-in-a-lifetime opportunity to buy a fantasy pair! I’m always browsing online. When I saw these Gucci mules, I thought they were fun, bold and beautiful. But I couldn’t resist the chance to wear another pair, too – Manolo makes surprisingly comfortable, elegant pumps.”

Wedding style Alice Archer

The rings: “Henry went to Hatton Garden before cooking the engagement dinner and chose my engagement ring instinctively. It has a deep blue sapphire in the centre and diamonds on either side. He loves sapphires, his mum has one in her engagement ring and they represent September, his birth month.” The couple bought their wedding bands from a hand-crafted jewellery shop called Ruberg in Islington’s Camden Passage.

Wedding style Alice Archer

Hair and makeup: “My hair stylist Carolina Crona did a beautiful chignon, which we practiced about a month before the wedding. Ariel Yeh, who does the make up for my Fashion Week presentations, did my makeup. She’s amazing at glowing skin and ‘natural’ beauty looks.”

Wedding style Alice Archer

Wedding vibe summed up in a sentence: “An explosion of happiness and love!”

Wedding style

Congrats, Alice and Henry….now we’ve got some wedding style inspiration, can we borrow those Gucci mules please?

 

 

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The vintage wedding dresses that’ll never go out of style

The vintage wedding dresses that’ll never go out of style


Especially when you look back at those wedding pictures

vintage wedding dress

Vintage wedding dresses are a trend that will never go away. The classic and timeless cuts and fabrics are a sure way to look elegant and ethereal when you walk down the aisle.

Just look at Meghan Markle’s Givenchy wedding dress, which reminded us of Audrey Hepburn’s one, which was also by the French Couture house.

They’re especially a good solution if you’ve seen all of the minimalist bandeau bridal gowns with their contemporary cuts and structures and haven’t been wowed, or just aren’t keen on the fashion-forward separates and sexy fishtail gowns.

But make no mistake, opting for a vintage style doesn’t mean you’ll look like you’ve borrower your granny’s wedding dress. This season’s spin on antique gowns isn’t all frumpy ruffles and ruching – think delicate lace, embroidery and silk with a variety of trains, necklines and cuts.

1950s wedding dress

A good way to start is to look at which style eras you fancy the most, to get an idea of what shape you’ll go for. The 1950s tea-length full skirts are often a popular choice, that goes especially well with a Hollywood wave and a red lip. Or like Meghan’s, a simple floor-length silhouette can look very modern if you keep details minimal.

If it’s a sleeker silhouette you’re after, 1930s and 1940s silk dresses and fitted styles are a sure way to add a touch of understated elegance to the aisle.

1920s wedding dress

If you’re a bit less traditional, then 1920s cuts have made a surprising comeback this year, and it’s all about the beading. Our love of all things 70s also shows no sign of going away any time soon, and we’ve seen brides opt for bohemian off-the-shoulder designs and even crochet dresses for a beach wedding.

Vintage lace wedding dresses

Of course, you’ll never go wrong with a classic fishtail champagne lace dress either – we guarantee you’ll never look back at wedding pictures and regret your sartorial choice.

In terms of accessories, we encourage you to have a bit of fun and stick to a vintage theme, whether that’s a dazzling brooch in side-swept hair, a pearl sautoir, velvet bow belt, or, if you want a really dramatic effect, white opera length gloves like the ones Sophia Amoruso wore with her vintage Alexander McQueen gown on her wedding day. The choice is yours.

From Grecian cinching to Hollywood silhouettes, we’ve rounded up the best of the more classic and traditional wedding dress designs. From Vivienne Westwood and Marchesa to Ghost and Monsoon, here are the timeless styles that you’ll never look back on and question…

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How much will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cost?

How much will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cost?


That’s one pricey DJ…

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle are getting married in May

Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding day is officially here, with the couple tying the knot this weekend at St George’s Chapel, Windsor Castle.

There has been an endless string of rumours since the engagement was announced, from Meghan Markle’s wedding dress designer to who will be making the royal cake. It was even announced that Prince Charles would be walking Meghan down the aisle ahead of the wedding, rather than her father Thomas Markle whose absence is due to health issues.

 

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The big question on everyone’s lips however revolves around pricing, with fans itching to know how much a royal wedding actually costs – especially considering the star-studded guest list, with the Beckhams expected to attend and Elton John rumoured to be performing.

So, how much will Prince Harry and Meghan Markle’s wedding cost?

Luckily for, well, everyone, wedding planning website Bridebook has broken down the big day, offering an estimate for the final bill – and it’s pretty eye-watering.

The site has predicted that the final sum will come to approximately £1,969,873 – that’s 100 times the national average FYI.

And this isn’t even taking the security costs into account, which reportedly added a whopping £30 million onto the cost of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge’s nuptials.

Here Bridebook made some predictions on the separate royal wedding costs:

The wedding dress – £300,000

Flowers – £110,000

Photography and videography- £17,000

Cake – £50,000

Stationery – £20,000

Music – £300,000

Trumpets – £90,000

Decoration and production – £130,000

Wedding rings – £6,000

Bridesmaid outfits – £5,000

Flower girl and page boy outfits – £1,698

Church fees – £175

Groomswear – £8,000

Hair and makeup – £10,000

Entertainment – £55,000

Wedding favours – £3,000

Toilets for guests – £35,000

The honeymoon – £120,000

But, wait, who’s paying? Luckily for the Markles, the Royal Family are insisting on footing the bill – which is understandable considering they are choosing to pay £90,000 for trumpets.

If there’s one thing that’s for sure, we officially cannot wait for this wedding.

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The most awesome alternative wedding dresses for the non-traditional bride

The most awesome alternative wedding dresses for the non-traditional bride


Whether you’re a fashion forward dresser or a relaxed, fuss-free bride-to-be…

alternative wedding dresses

In case you didn’t notice from the wedding dress trends at Bridal Week, alternative wedding dresses are getting bigger every year. Whether you’re a fashion forward dresser or a relaxed, fuss-free bride-to-be, there are plenty of alternatives to the standard wedding dress to cater to your every bridal need, and most importantly, your budget.

Sure, Kate Middleton-style gowns look incredible on, and meringue creations are perfect for church weddings, but should you not fancy something ultra-traditional, and the white wedding look just isn’t for you, you’re sure to find something super-stylish in our round-up of the best alternative wedding dresses.

Boho brides should look to the high street for relaxed, vintage-inspired gowns, that come in beautiful fabrics with intricate detailing, and won’t break the bank, price-wise. We particularly love the 70s revival trend, featuring lots of off-the-shoulder styles. With so many high street brands now producing wedding lines, you’ll be spoiled for choice too. Head to Topshop, ASOS, Whistles, Free People, Ghost or March11.

Style savvy brides should head to Net-a-Porter.com where new designers have taken on the LWWD (little white wedding dress, should you not be aware), resulting in some seriously chic styles that can be worn again and again. The Victoriana trend is having a bit of a moment, so if you’re into your button-up collars and ruffles, this one’s for you.

If you want something more fashion forward, look no further than the stunning Self Portrait, Rosie Assoulin and Roksanda for original and chic designer styles, all favoured by the style set. Or, for something picture perfect, Valentino, Oscar de la Renta or Simone Rocha is where the magic happens for beautiful embroidered designs which will make you stand out when you’re walking down the aisle.
Check out our edit of the chicest alternative wedding dresses to buy right now….

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How celebrities dress for weddings

How celebrities dress for weddings


See what the stars wear to watch their friends say ‘I do’.

Naomi Watts at the wedding of Emma Cooper celebrity wedding guests
Naomi Watts at the wedding of Emma Cooper

When wedding season comes around the celebrities are as flooded with invites as the rest of us, which is just as good, as it means plenty of chic inspiration for our own wedding guest looks.

When it comes to alternative wedding guest outfits, Kate Moss’s iconic look from the 2006 wedding of friends Bobby Gillespie and Katy England is always go-to inspiration. The supermodel eschewed dresses in favour of a breezy silk short suit, accessorised with a boyish fedora.

Through the years she’s served up plenty more wedding guest outfit ideas, from the pretty coral mini she wore to the high-fashion wedding of Jess Hallett and Pietro Birindelli in 2009, to the high-glamour oyster hued silk floor length gown and sapphire coloured shrug she rocked for Leah Wood’s big day the year before.

More recently, the royals have given us plenty of #inspo. Kate Middleton looked amazing in a custom Alexander McQueen dress to attend sister Pippa Middleton’s nuptials. In fact, the pair are regulars at high society weddings and always nail it when it comes to formal wedding looks. Fascinators, wrap dresses, blazers and LK Bennett courts are a signature wedding look the sisters.

Of course, you can always trust Alexa Chung, Poppy Delevingne and pals to pull out all the stops at weddings. Think floral gowns, chic suits and co-ords, designer heels and accessories. We’re still in love with the ruffle dress Poppy Delevingne wore to the wedding of Pierre Casiraghi and Beatrice Borromeo in Italy in 2015.

It’s not just the UK set that does wedding guest style well though, special mention to Jessica Alba, Jennifer Aniston, Sarah Jessica Parker and Kate Bosworth for always bringing some serious fashion game to the aisle.

Take a look through our favourite ever celebrity wedding guest outfits for some serious sartorial inspiration…

Jennifer Lawrence at Amy Schumer’s Wedding

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Stick with us here, scroll through the gallery and besides adorable photos of Amy Schumer’s big day – you’ll also find J Law cutting a rug in a pastel pink collared maxi. Too cute.

Selena Gomez at David Henrie’s Wedding

It’s the Wizards of Waverly Place reunion we always wanted. Selena showed up to her former co-star and onscreen brother David Henrie’s wedding dressed in a maroon gown with a high neck and cut out details.

Rebel Wilson at Anna Camp’s wedding

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The Pitch Perfect 3 star showed some Barden Bella pride when she showed up to her co-stars Anna Camp and Skylar Astin’s wedding, dressed in a flirty pink frock with a layered hem.

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The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now

The best high street wedding dresses in your favourite stores right now


The high street has some exquisite style finds to offer any blushing bride.

high street wedding dresses

High street wedding dresses just keep getting better and better. Stylish brides on a budget now have their pick of an ever-expanding selection of high street wedding dresses – and we’ve got them all here for you to admire.

From floor-length gowns to sleek lace minis and everything in between including some rather gorgeous beaded boho dresses – there’s something for every style.

And for the autumn/winter 2017 wedding season, there has never been a better selection. With Ted Baker, Whistles, French Connection, ASOS, and Self-Portrait now offering bridal collections, the price-conscious brides-to-be have never had it better. And quite frankly, when you se this amazing array of dresses you’ll wonder why anyone would ever go over a £1,000 budget.

Traditional high street wedding dresses

For the traditional brides, there’s gorgeous fishtails and caped sleeves gowns from the likes of Phase Eight and Monsoon. While for the vintage lovers and soon-to-be boho brides, Monsoon and ASOS have all your embellished and floaty lace dreams covered.

Alternative high street wedding dresses

And for something altogether more contemporary then some of our favourite high street stores, French Connection and Whistles, have launched lust-worthy collections to make you stand out on the aisle. Think off-the-shoulder lace, asymmetric necklines, on-trend midi dresses and minimalist silk slips, which are exactly what the modern stylish bride needs for the new season.

High street wedding dresses for every shape

As well as all of these, we’ve found dresses to suit all shapes and heights – from Twenties bias-cut to full-skirted prim variations. Not keen on your arms? There are some great long-sleeved wedding gowns that will solve your bridal dilemmas. Want your waist to stand out? Try a cinched style with an embellished belt. Petite figures will suit all the lovely ruffle dresses that are so in at the moment too.

So with that in mind, it’s time to pick your dream dress from the best high street wedding dresses available now…

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