"Alternative" Wedding Dresses

I've added the quotation marks because I'm sick of looking up countless articles and galleries of "alternative" wedding dresses, only to find every dress in there looking like every other typical wedding dress available.

Is it just me, or making a wedding dress in off-white or pastel colours is not "alternative". Neither is having a short white dress as opposed to a long one.

Can anyone out there recommend actual alternative wedding dresses please? I'd offer examples but I don't know exactly what I'm looking for.

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  • August18August18 Posts: 247

    have a look at Olvis dresses a few of those are short and different colours 

     

    x

  • MrsNolanMrsNolan Posts: 683 New bride

    You may already browse if, but if not, have a look on "offbeat bride". Its amazing for alt/non traditional stuff :) xx

  • SammykateSammykate Posts: 3,799 New bride

    I'm not what what type of alternative you're looking for, but if it's colour try prom dress ranges. My sister had a red wedding dress which came from a prom range.

  • Thanks for the suggestions all :) Not sure if it's a different colour I'm after or a really out-there style.

    It's just annoying when you see 'alternative' in a title and then realise there's nothing alternative about the dresses at all

  • Salimali2Salimali2 Posts: 44

    It seems that if you don't want white/ivory etc you will really struggle. And if you don't like lace, you also have very limited choice in the shops at the moment. I look hideous in lace and ended up with a choice of only 2 dresses in a shop I visited! 

  • HailsHails Posts: 2,455

    What exactly are you looking for?

  • Katherine66Katherine66 Posts: 1,234

    What about a jumpsuit type or crop top and skirt?   Steam punk dresses are amazing and in all sorts of colours and lengths! 

     

    It comes down to what you think constitutes a wedding dress. 

  • LoesjeLoesje Posts: 1

    How about two pieces or convertible wedding dresses?

  • HailsHails Posts: 2,455

    What about needle and thread?

  • MC98MC98 Posts: 211

    Defintely check out the offbeat bride website/blog (although it's predominantly US brides) and the UK website rock and roll bride - I've recently seen them promote some STUNNING colourful embroidered dresses, but they have lots of veils/headpieces/shoes etc that are a little out of the ordinary... good luck!! 

  • I would wear a floral dress for summer or a velvet one with a fake fur cap if its a winter weddingimage.image

  • Thanks for the suggestions. I do like the idea of a two-piece outfit!

    I love Steampunk so will definitely look into that as well.

  • Katherine66Katherine66 Posts: 1,234

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    Two i found while on my search

  • PinguinPinguin Posts: 141

    I look on sites like rock and roll bride constantly and loads of them are just following the current trends and look the same... oh, you have a knee length dress with coloured petticote, groom in converse, paper flowers and cupcake tower with VW topper how unique and alt lol it gets irratating because if thats 'alt' then our weddings going to be really out there (even though I dont feel anythings too wierd)

    I cant find dresses either but find just typing what I like into google image search helps, many are from prom or formal dress sites etc...

  • KlaraKlara Posts: 3

    What do you think of a red wedding dress? Thank you

  • Katherine66Katherine66 Posts: 1,234

    Klaraimageimageimage i think red has been done alot in recent years, i went to two weddings both had red colour themes and red on the dress somewhere!   What about teal blue or purple in stead?  

  • BumpkinCharlotte wrote (see post):

    I've added the quotation marks because I'm sick of looking up countless articles and galleries of "alternative" wedding dresses, only to find every dress in there looking like every other typical wedding dress available.

    Is it just me, or making a wedding dress in off-white or pastel colours is not "alternative". Neither is having a short white dress as opposed to a long one.

    Can anyone out there recommend actual alternative wedding dresses please? I'd offer examples but I don't know exactly what I'm looking for.

    I know this is an old thread now but in case you're still reading I just wanted to say this is EXACTLY how I feel! I'm really frustrated with my search for an alternative dress.

    I don't want anything mind-blowingly wacky and I am quite a girly girl, but i just don't like the typical wedding dress styles and white isn't my colour. I want to feel like myself on my wedding day! Just a more awesome version of me.

    I'm pretty set on red, which is my colour, and for me feels more romantic than white! But at wedding dress shops I've actually been told "ooh no you don't want a coloured dress" and they tried to persuade me just to have some red flowers instead... grrr. They tried to tell me "red had been done before" and all I could think was "yeah... so has white."

    So I'm now thinking of having something custom made, which feels a bit risky, but might be the only way.

     

  • "Red has been done before?"  I should say it has, but not in a bad way! Many cultures prefer red for the wedding dress, and, until Victoria wed Albert, white was not a color people wed in.  They wore all kinds of colours!  After the Queen's marriage in her beautiful white gown, everyone got in on the white-dress bandwagon, if they could afford it.

    I'm not a fan of the white dress either - if you want red, go for it. I don't think going custom-made is risky if you work with the right person.

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