Alternative Wedding Dresses

For many brides who got engaged over the summer, it is full on wedding-planning time. For those in gown-shopping mode, why not take things in a little less traditional direction? Since there are so many options for wedding dresses, you don’t have to stick to the same white organza and tulle they’ve been pushing on us for years. If you want to look beautiful and elegant without looking like every other bride, here are a couple of alternative options:

Try a skirt

Or shorts. Last July Olivia Palermo got married in shorts covered in lace tulle and a cashmere sweater. She looked casual with a ponytail to top it all off, but was also effortlessly beautiful. When Mia Farrow married Frank Sinatra, she perfectly dressed her thin frame in a loose fitting white skirt suit. You can even try the Yoko Ono look by dressing up a mini skirt. Just loose those high socks.   

Add some colour

It’s time to think outside the white. If you want to be truly unconventional on your wedding day, take a page out of Elizabeth Taylor’s handbook. When she married Richard Burton in 1964 she wore a bright yellow silk gown, complete with cape and empire waist. Or do it like Gwen Stafani, who dyed the tips of her white gown pink in her marriage to Gavin Rossdale. 

Try a suit

A suit is a more professional look, but with the right styling it can be very sexy. With perfect tailoring and a plunging neckline, you might achieve the look of Bianca Perez-Mora Macias in her 1971 marriage to Mick Jagger. Gorgeous.

Go old school

Kick it old school on your wedding day, and I don’t just mean Victorian. Try the Edwardian look like Audrey Hepburn in her marriage to Mel Ferrer. She went with long gloves, a collar, and a bow in the back on her wedding day. And despite the lack of skin, she was radiant.

Put a coat on

Probably the most elegant and glamourous look of all, Billie Piper arrived at her wedding in a long black overcoat. Yes, she probably needed it for the English rain, but it’s the perfect wedding style for the fall season. Her husband Chris Evans even wore one to match!

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