A Guide for Choosing Alternative Wedding Dresses

Jovani embellished bridal jumpsuit

It’s the moment you’ve been dreaming of. The man of your dreams has finally popped the question – congratulations! Now you’re sporting a gorgeous engagement ring, and it’s time to plan the wedding. After choosing a vision for the big day, you’ve chosen a venue.

Now it’s time for possibly the most fun and fabulous of all your wedding planning decisions. it’s time to say yes to the perfect dress. But which dress to choose?

For the past few decades, wedding dresses have had a similar look and feel. The fabric is a heavy formal fabric. They are usually in a traditional silhouette.

Traditional wedding dresses also usually consist of the following characteristics. They are white, simple, floor-length, and are quite often a ballgown or mermaid shape strapless dress. But what if the traditional look simply isn’t your style?

Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Jovani has plenty of stunning styles that have traditional elements. However, we also specialize in designing unique, stunning, and out of the box styles. These are perfect for a bride seeking an alternative wedding dress.

We want to make sure every bride finds ‘the one’ for her special day. A design that suits her personality and makes her feel special and unique. Not everyone has the same idea of the perfect dress, so of course, we’ve created many original alternative options.

Read on for our favorite five picks that are beautifully bridal while bucking the traditional trends.

The Best Alternative Wedding Dresses

White Lace Sheath Illusion Dress – JOVANI Style #21226 

You may love lace but also want to be unique and sexy. Jovani’s white lace sheath illusion dress is the perfect pick. This non-traditional wedding dress is great because it looks revealing. However, it doesn’t actually show a lot of skin.

The bodice of the dress looks like a lace off-the-shoulder sleeve. Instead, it’s lace applique mounted on top of a mesh illusion fabric that goes up to the neck. This means that you still get to enjoy an off the shoulder look without having to worry. No pulling up and readjusting straps throughout the night when you are tearing it up on the dance floor.

This unique wedding dress is also a fantastic pick if you want to wear a floor-length gown for your wedding. You may have great legs you like to show off. Your legs will be on display thanks to the peek-a-boo mesh window in the lace fabric.

You still see a peek of your thigh from the front and back of the dress. Unlike with a dress that is actually short, the layer of fabric will still help hide a multitude of imperfections like cellulite or stretch marks. It’s about creating a sexy peek-a-boo effect – it’s a win-win.

Our final favorite detail from this lace sheath dress is the back. Creating wedding ceremony dresses that are not only gorgeous coming but also going is a specialty of Jovani’s. We think a dress should be stunning from any angle, and this one is no exception.

The back of the dress is open with the applique lace at the top reaching together from the sleeves. This forms an inverted teardrop shape. It’s a truly lovely detail and will make your wedding photos from behind look extra spectacular.

This alternative bridal dress also comes in blush, navy, and black. That makes it a great pick for a special anniversary vow renewal celebration or second wedding.

Two-Piece Illusion Lace Wedding Dress – JOVANI Style #31050

Two-piece wedding dresses are a huge trend lately. They are being donned by fashion-forward brides. While we adore the look of a two-piece wedding dress, we also recognize that it can be a little tricky to pull off this style.

Even the most slender of women can be concerned with baring their midriff. That may be especially true after indulging in wedding day food and beverages. If you, too, love the two-piece style but are worried about the belly-baring issue, consider the genius design of our two-piece illusion dress.

The beauty is that it looks just like an illusion dress. It’s actually all one dress connected by nearly invisible mesh fabric. The mesh fabric that connects the top and bottom of the white dress is created to blend in with most skin tones for a fashion-forward look.

What’s even better is that the skirt of the dress hits high in the waist. That makes it a very flattering and leg-lengthening silhouette. The dress also has a beautiful back opening, making it a stunner from the front and the back. What’s not to love?


Two-Piece Scalloped Alternative Wedding Dress – JOVANI Style #36500

You likely have looked at traditional wedding dresses and thought that they look dowdy, boring, plan and un-sexy. This two-piece scalloped alternative wedding dress might be right up your alley. It’s the absolute antithesis to boring and traditional thanks to its cutting edge design, sparkles, and sexy silhouette.

This dress would be absolute perfection for a glitzy, sultry Las Vegas wedding. It’s different from our first two-piece wedding dress that featured an illusion mesh connecting the top with the skirt. This dress is truly a 100% two-piece gown.

Both the top and the floor-length trumpet skirt are covered in lovely beading that gives the dress sparkle. It will pop and shine under the lights. This pick is definitely a nighttime wedding dress.

You’ll be the belle of the ball when the beading catches the light. It’s perfect for ladies who have worked hard on their wedding bodies and are proud to show off a toned midriff and arms. Even the peek-a-boo tulle trumpet skirt gives a sneak peek of your gorgeous gams.

White Two-Piece Wedding Jumpsuit – JOVANI Style #49925

For more casual weddings, style-savvy brides may want to consider making a statement in a white wedding jumpsuit. This alternative bridal trend is catching on quickly. It’s perfect for brides who are getting married at the courthouse.

It may also suit non-traditional brides who want to embrace their personal style. It’s the perfect option if you don’t love wearing dresses and tend to feel uncomfortable in one. This will let you be who you are instead of fighting it.

What we love about this alternative wedding dress option is the oversize ruffle flounce at the top. There is something inherently feminine and pretty about a ruffle. We love how this one softens the whole look of the outfit.

Despite the ruffle, the rest of this look is so chic and simple. Trendsetters are sure to love the style statement it makes. It’s bold without being over the top, and simple without being boring.

The outfit can be dressed up with some beautiful sparkling jewelry, fabulous heels, and an updo. Dress it down by keeping hair loose and flowing and sticking with quiet, minimal jewelry pieces. Perfect for a beach wedding or destination wedding.


Short Pencil Dress with Ornately Beaded Shrug – JOVANI Style #2713

The last dress we’re featuring today on our alternative wedding dress list is this pretty little number. It’s a knee-length pencil dress with a simple, classic strapless silhouette. This dress may not seem all that unique until you factor in the fabulous ornately beaded shrug/collar that comes on the dress.

This shrug sparkles and the details at the top bring eyes up to your beautiful, glowing face on your wedding day. This dress is a beautiful option for brides who are having warm weather outdoor weddings. It also suits more casual, cocktail-party style indoor weddings.

It’s a fabulous option for a second wedding dress in the evening. Shed your large, uncomfortable ballgown and slip into this sassy little number to cut a rug on the dance floor all night.

Many brides also choose to keep their large wedding dress on until it’s time to make a getaway for their honeymoon. Changing into this darling dress makes it easy to get into the getaway car and be whisked away to somewhere fabulous.

Which alternative wedding dress on our list is your favorite? Let us know, and stay tuned for more wedding-related content right here on Jovani’s blog.

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