When it comes to weddings, we all have an immediate image in our head of that classic, traditional white dress…
When it comes to weddings, we all have an immediate image in our head of that classic, traditional white dress with a long train and veil. However, not everyone dreams about celebrating their big day in conventional fashion. More and more frequently, women are choosing to set their day apart by option for unconventional fashion choices.
This could mean selecting a tailored jumpsuit in place of a dress, a two-piece or a unique color instead of white or ivory. Blush dresses are particularly a rising trend, as this soft color has a delicate feel that is still very feminine and soft for a wedding day.
Celebrities are leading the way with new bridal trends that are actually so chic and unique. This includes everything from minimal, understated bridal choices to fantastical bold colors and wedding themes. To inspire all the brides-to-be out there, we’re looking at some of the best celebrity alternative wedding dresses to date. Get inspired to do something different and make your special day a sartorial moment to remember.
Solange Knowles – Bridal Jumpsuit
Solange Knowles is nothing short of iconic when it comes to style. She never fails to make a big impact with her fashion choices, and this remained true on her wedding day. When tying the knot to Alan Ferguson, the couple rode away from the ceremony on matching white bicycles. Solange stepped out in a stunning minimal style white jumpsuit with a plunging neckline and matching cape.
This perfect bridal look encapsulated her personality and style so well, putting her own unique stamp on bridal fashion. She teamed her look with a bright red lipstick and natural afro hairstyle.
A well-tailored jumpsuit makes for a stunning bridal choice. It can look sharp and sexy, with a masculine twist if desired. This can include many rich details and still have a bridal twist such as lace or floral embroidery.
Cindy Crawford – A White Lace Slip
This throwback remains one of the most original and romantic alternative wedding dress choices! When Cindy Crawford married her husband Rande Gerber in 1998 (in the Bahamas!), she chose to reflect the beach location with her dress choice. She decided against a lavish ball gown style and selected something care-free and fun.
The supermodel opted for a simple white lace slip dress, wavy beach hair and natural makeup. Walking barefoot in the sand for their wedding photos, the couple created a relaxed and original special day.
This is a great dress choice for a casual beach wedding. The model still has a bridal look with her white bouquet and the lace detailing of her beautiful little white dress.
As 90s slip dresses return back into fashion, it’s now the ideal time to steal a piece of Cindy’s look for your own beach nuptials. A simple white spaghetti strap dress also pairs up so well with tan gladiator sandals and a floral crown for a boho twist on Cindy’s alternative bridal look.
Olivia Palermo – Cashmere Sweater + Shorts
Fashionista Olivia Palermo is known for her take on the biggest trends. She somehow makes fashion-forward outfits appear simultaneously timeless. For her wedding day to model Johannes Huebl, she once again exceeded expectations with her brilliant and quite alternative style choices.
Olivia chose a cream crew neck cashmere sweater (with a few ostrich feathers!) teamed with a pair of tailored cream shorts. These were worn beneath a voluminous tulle over-skirt. The statement skirt included floral detail with a silk layered belt, bringing in her waist.
Olivia’s decision to wear a classic white sweater is so different – and she made it completely her own. She completed her bridal look with pearl earrings and a smoky eye. The couple was both dressed in crisp shades of cream, also perfectly working in tune with their countryside theme.
An overskirt is an original way to make your bridal look unique. This has the power to transform a dress from sleek to dramatic. It also means you have two dresses in one. Remove the over-skirt following the ceremony and you’ll have a completely different outfit for your reception. This is becoming a popular alternative option for many brides. It means you get to wear a traditional gown and then also switch into something more form-fitting by removing the skirt.
Shenae Grimes – Black Ballgown
Canadian actress Shenae Grimes brought some gothic drama to her wedding day as she married singer Josh Beech. She decided to go against the classic color choice of white in a big way – by instead choosing black!
Shenae did things her way, as she walked down the aisle in a layered black lace ball gown teamed up with a red and white bouquet. The dress design was sleeveless with a plunging neckline and voluminous skirt. She wore her hair up with a dark smoky eye.
The event took place at The Boys Hall in Kent – a location that is said to be haunted, so her outfit choice echoed the historical and slightly spooky theme. The couple chose to go against tradition with very modern music choices and held the ceremony outside under a gazebo on the grounds.
While black may be an extremely different color choice for a wedding day, Shenae let her personality guide her style choices rather than tradition. She made her wedding day original and out of the ordinary, making it extra memorable.
Many modern brides are now considering going against white for their wedding. Black may be too far on the spectrum for some, but soft tones such as champagne, gold, blush and silver are great options for those who don’t feel at home in classic white or simply want to choose something less traditional.
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