20 Unusual Wedding Dresses and Outfits for Alternative Brides

Who said brides have to wear white? Who said brides even have to wear a wedding dress? More and more brides are turning away from traditional white wedding dresses in favour of the unconventional, and there are so many amazing, unusual wedding dresses and outfits available for brides looking for something alternative.

Don’t Fancy a Dress?

With so many jumpsuits and trouser suits being included in bridal collections many brides now opt for this modern alternative. Model Emily Ratajkowski recently chose to wear a £120 mustard yellow trouser suit from Zara for her wedding, which she teamed with black strappy heels and a black hat with veil. Kristen Bell’s wedding was so low-key that she chose a simple black top and trousers with a striking statement necklace for a little bit of sparkle.

Customise It

Do you remember Angelina Jolie’s elongated train, detailed with embroidered drawings of her children? This is just one example of how you can customise your wedding outfit to make it unique and meaningful.

Alternative Wedding Dress Ideas

Never dreamt of wearing an oversized princess ballgown or a slinky figure-hugging number? Not content with wearing a traditional white strapless wedding dress on your big day? Then how about one of these unusual wedding dresses or outfits for the alternative bride? Whether you fancy a trouser suit, want to swap the white for full-on colour, or show off your figure, it’s your day, so do it your way!

Journee, Ines Di Santo Fall 2019

Journee Wedding Dress with Emroidered Floral Detail by Ines Di Santo

This stunning dress from Ines Di Santo features a dramatic three dimensional one of a kind floral embroidered strapless sweetheart corset with high-low hem and asymmetrically draped waist. A cathedral train and lace up back finishes this masterpiece.

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Demetrios Starlight 2019 Bridal Collection

Demetrios wedding dresses are romantic, elegant, bold and timeless, and the new Demetrios Starlight 2019 bridal collection is full to the brim with sexy A-line dresses and fabulous ball gowns. Every design pays close attention to detail and quality to give each dress the Demetrios signature touch.

This dazzling 2019 collection features a whole range of breathtakingly beautiful statement designs, including coloured dresses, high-low skirts, classic ball gowns in gold lace, magnificently beaded sheaths, additional long capes and embroidered fit and flares. There are timeless numbers and uber-romantic designs, as well as decidedly fashion-forward dresses.

Demetrios Starlight 2019 Bridal Collection - 823 Wedding Dress

Every wedding dress is dreamy and beautifully constructed with luxurious fabrics for a spectacular finish. The Chantilly lace, organza, floral lace detailing, ornate beading, tulle, lace appliqués and spectacular intricate embroidery give women the freedom to just be who they want to be.

Brides will shimmer down the aisle in a Demetrios Starlight 2019 wedding dress, whilst also making a passionate, daring statement. This is a collection for brides looking for something dramatic and gorgeous to make them feel like a real princess.

Here are just a few of the stand-out designs in the latest collection…

Style 886

886 Wedding Dress with Cape from the Demetrios Starlight 2019 Bridal Collection

This beaded masterpiece features an ornate V-neck fit and flare structure with plunging low back and optional bead embellished cape. One of my favourite coloured wedding dresses in the Starlight collection, I adore the gold embellishment over the blush dress.

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Alexandra Grecco Cloud Nine 2019 Bridal Collection

For Alexandra Grecco’s ninth collection, aptly named ‘Cloud Nine’, she drew inspiration from time spent in Italy in the summer. Captivated by the serene yet vibrant landscapes of southern Italy, she wanted to breathe new life into vivid florals with bold hand embroidery.

Alexandra Grecco designs balance modern elements with effortless style. Striking details in the Alexandra Grecco Cloud Nine 2019 collection include bold floral embroideries, whimsical silhouettes, unique laces and exquisite fabrics. It’s the perfect mix of classic and contemporary. The clean lines and chic silhouettes contrast perfectly with the soft, ethereal details throughout each dress.

Alexandra Grecco Cloud Nine 2019 Bridal Collection - Detail on Verita Wedding Dress

Soft colours are reminiscent of the brilliant sunsets in the hills of Tuscany, with the striking contrast of embroidery against these soft tones inspired by night time strolls through the ancient streets of Matera. One of Alexandra’s personal favourites with this striking contrast is ‘Palermo’, with its bold midnight embroidery on delicate, champagne tulle.

The designs in the Alexandra Grecco Cloud Nine 2019 collection flatter a range of body types. Incorporating more structure into the dresses is just one way the brand makes their line more accessible to women everywhere. There is a whole lot of pretty, with plenty of delicate hand-embroidered tulle plus some edgy numbers including a chic bridal trouser suit.

Here are just a few of the designs from the collection that will wow you…

Palermo Dress

Palermo Wedding Dress from the Alexandra Grecco Cloud Nine 2019 Bridal Collection

If you are looking to stray from traditional bridal fashion, dare to make a striking statement wearing Palermo, with its short structure dress with all over embroidered long tulle overlay. The stunning floral appliqué on Italian illusion tulle is made for women looking to make a bold statement, and the detailing is a work of art. The sheer champagne tulle seamlessly blends into all skin tones, and paired with the open back, this dress is not for the faint of heart.

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Elbeth Gillis Luminescence 2019 Bridal Collection

For 2019 Elbeth Gillis proudly presents two beautiful bridal collections. I shared Arniston Blue, a collection of sexy bridal separates, earlier in the week, and today we’re looking at the beautiful Elbeth Gillis Luminescence 2019 collection.

The strapline for Luminescence is “Gowns to make you glow”, and it’s so true of these wedding dresses. Soft and gentle, yet dazzling and alluring, this collection of 10 dresses reveals Elbeth’s masterful ability to curate beauty and style. The dresses dance between diaphanous, tulle-covered skirts with shimmering, hand-beaded bodices, and gently-falling, satin skirts with demur, floral-appliquéd bodices. Necklines alternately plunge or brush the collarbones… just divine.

Elbeth Gillis Luminescence 2019 Bridal Collection - Violette Wedding Dress

Well known for her exquisite shoots, this year Elbeth decided to shoot in Arniston, a small seaside town along the south coast of South Africa. The collection comes alive in the town’s warm sunlight and the dresses shimmer in the light.

Dripping with exquisite details, the Elbeth Gillis Luminescence 2019 collection features wedding dresses with ethereal tulle layers, trendy silhouettes and so much gorgeous lace.

Here are just a few of the styles that will make you swoon…

Erika

Erika Wedding Dress from the Elbeth Gillis Luminescence 2019 Bridal Collection

Erika is the epitome of romance, with sweetheart neckline, light tulle skirt overlay and fitted, nude-look bodice. The pretty scattered beaded 3-D flowers that adorn Erika make this wedding dress so romantic.

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Elbeth Gillis Arniston Blue 2019 Bridal Collection

I am super excited to show you what Elbeth Gillis has designed for the year ahead! We’ll be featuring the 2019 ‘Luminescence’ collection very soon, but first I want to share the stunning ‘Arniston Blue’. The Elbeth Gillis Arniston Blue 2019 collection of modern bridal separates offers a plethora of choices to brides who want to feel sun-kissed and golden.

Seven tops and six skirts make up the collection, and it’ll be hard to choose the best combination because they’re all gorgeous in their own, unique way.

Elbeth Gillis Arniston Blue 2019 Bridal Collection - Tina Bodysuit with Alice Skirt

Skirt options include floaty chiffon, soft mermaid with sweeping trains, and full skirts with embroidered florals. There is also the marvellously exotic, full-length ostrich feather skirt, Fabiana. The tops are romantic and delicate, with appliqué and hand-embroidered floral and leaf motifs.

Using the finest French lace, silk, satin and chiffon, the Elbeth Gillis Arniston Blue 2019 collection offers fashion-forward designs that ooze confidence. It continues the legacy of previous collections of mix-and-match separates, such as Milk and Honey, which have been a real hit with brides looking to create their own look.

How about these beautiful pieces to create your look?…

Edel Bodysuit

Edel Bodysuit from the Elbeth Gillis Arniston Blue 2019 Bridal Collection

Brides seeking a romantic look will love the floral detail of the Chantilly lace Edel bodysuit with 3/4 sleeves, shown here with the Casey Skirt.

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