10 alternative wedding outfits for non-traditional brides

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Harriet Davey
Wedding dresses

Looking for an alternative to a traditional wedding dress in 2019? Try these dress and outfit ideas on for size.

From Emily Ratajowski’s mustard yellow Zara suit to Zosia Mamet’s black Givenchy gown and Solange Knowle’s cream jumpsuit, in the past couple of years we’ve seen a string of stars opting for alternative wedding looks. Some, like Meghan Markle are even choosing to have an outfit change and wear a second dress for the evening reception. 

Marking a shift in millennial attitudes towards wedding wear, more and more brides are choosing something that reflects their own personal style. 

Whether that means shunning a veil, donning a suit, opting for sneakers, or choosing a shorter skirt, when it comes to being a bride in 2019 anything goes.

And while we’ll always be a fan of a white dress, we also love a bride who’s willing to make a major style statement. This year, there are plenty of alternative designer options to pin on your mood board: why not try the Preen floral dress from a modern fairytale, a De La Vali colour-pop slip or the Ghost dress of dreams. 

For brides on more of a budget, the high street has really stepped up its game in recent years when it comes to wedding attire. ASOS, Zara and & Other Stories all have a myriad of options that look way more luxe than their price tag suggests.

Scroll down to shop our edit of the best alternative wedding outfits…

For a bride that doesn’t like dresses…

Haney one-sleeve hammered silk-satin jumpsuit

Image of Haney cream jumpsuit

A chic jumpsuit is the perfect alternative for a bride that may not be too keen on dresses, or just wants something that little bit different. The one shoulder style with sleek belt tie is the perfect outfit. 

Haney, £1,165

For the fashion bride… 

Erdem Cassandra floral organza gown

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A go-to for the fashion crowd, Erdem’s designs are always memorable. Of course there’s not a day we don’t dream about wearing one of their dresses, so why not on the big day?

Erdem, £3,950

For the bride that loves dancing… 

Zimmermann Amari Paisley lace maxi dress

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Australian brand Zimmermann is a go-to for dreamy dresses. This slightly shorter than the average wedding dress style will mean you can dance away without fear of tripping up on your frock. 

£895, Zimmermann

For the bride who hates white… 

De La Vali pepe silk-satin maxi dress

Image of De La Vali yellow dress

If you’re not a fan of white or cream then why not opt for a colour-pop bright. This dreamy yellow slip dress will still work for a more traditional veil and pearl accessories. 

De La Vali, £495

For the ultimate romantic… 

Grace Loves Lace Orla Dress

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Fresh from the new La Bamba collection, this lace beauty from Aussie brand, Grace Loves is the dream dress. Keep it simple at let this winning design do all the talking. 

Grace Loves Lace, £1,820

For a fuss-free look… 

Image of Asos wedding dress

Keep it simple with an elegant maxi dress. Ivory, halterneck and a sleek satin fabric – ASOS has taken the grown for the chicest high street wedding dress we’ve seen in a while. Apart from these 10 other amazing styles, of course. 

ASOS, £120

For the party bride… 

Ghost Valentina dress

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Seen as love is in the air, hearts seem appropriate. Look to Ghost for dresses that you’ll not only want to wear on your wedding day for when the DJ arrives but also for every occasion going forward. 

Ghost, £185

For the ultimate statement maker… 

Oscar De La Renta embroidered lamé mousseline kaftan

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A floor length silver gown with sheer and embellished detail is of course Oscar De La Renta. You’ll never ever forget wearing this wowser of a dress.

Oscar De La Renta, £5,763

For a summer bride… 

& Other Stories gathered halter dress

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A slinky dress that isn’t too clingy is a summer favourite. The sleeve-free cut and backless style will keep you cool in warmer climates. 

& Other Stories, £75

For the bold bride… 

Zara short polka dot jumpsuit

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Wearing black to any wedding let alone your own is a statement. Add to this polka dots and a short jumpsuit and you get a whole new bridal look that’s very 2019. 

Zara, £59.99

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