Alternative Wedding Dresses: 14 Statement Styles

Be a bold, fashion-forward bride – and create a gorgeous talking point – by choosing one of these stunning alternative wedding dresses

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If you want to move away from tradition, there are limitless wedding dress options for alternative brides. We’ve chosen 14 of the latest alternative wedding dresses from a range of bridalwear desiners to tempt you: be as bold and outrageous as you dare…

Mirror Ball Dress - Temperley London

A designer wedding dress is a great option if you’re looking for an alternative to tradition – and Alice Temperley’s beautiful, statement-making gowns are among the most coveted in the world. With a high neckline and plunging back, this glittering gown is bound to turn any bride into a disco diva - with lashings of elegance: it’s no wonder Kate Middleton favours Temperley’s designs.

Temperley Alternative Wedding Dresses

Kenzi - Enzoani

This show-stopping satin gown from the 2016 Enzoani collection puts a whole new twist on the mermaid wedding dress silhouette. While the main structure of the Kenzi wedding dress is a simple column style with a sweetheart neckline, clever tulle layers create a mermaid effect at the skirt, enhanced by statement beading.

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Ariel - Claire Pettibone

With its illusion neckline and long tulle sleeves, this stunning dress by Claire Pettibone will take the congregation’s breath away. Truly unique, it sparkles thanks to silver and gold sequins and a jewelled gold waist. The back is equally opulent and the gold cuffs add a final touch of originality to a fascinating wedding gown.

Claire Pettibone Alternative Wedding Dresses

Style 8846 - Justin Alexander

With intricately beaded sleeves, a V-neckline and a fit and flare silhouette, this Justin Alexander spring/summer 2016 gown, in alabaster and nude tones, is glamorous in every way. Inspired by a painting, the most alternative aspect of the style is the unusually intricate butterfly back: wear it with your hair piled high to show off this unique detail.

Justin Alexander Alternative Wedding Dresses

Daria - Badgley Mischka

Beautiful hand-beaded embroidered lace with structured, pleated tulle gives this Badgley Mischka spring 2016 design a truly alternative silhouette. Contrast the zigzag shape of the dress with poker straight hair – or echo the style with geometric earrings and sharply pointed bridal shoes.

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Marilyn - Sassi Holford

Choosing a wedding dress with a print is a sure-fire way to make an alternative statement. Taken from the Sassi Holford 2016 Signature Collection, Marilyn is a breathtaking gown with a bold rose print that starts from the waist but is given added interest – and a touch of subtlety – by a sheer overlay. The delicate rose at the shoulder simply adds to the charm.

Sassi Holford Alternative Wedding Dresses

Hazel with Hazel Overlay - Sanyukta Shrestha

It’s the addition of the pleated, overlay skirt that turns this simple, traditional Sanyukta Shrestha dress into an alternative wonder. Romantic and classic, the high V-neck and cap sleeves contrast perfectly with the A-line skirt. Made with dreamy pleats of organic silk and fair-trade cotton, it cascades to the floor creating a true sense of fantasy.

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Stle 2y1y7873 - Halfpenny London

An alternative wedding dress may still take inspiration from the past: Kate Halfpenny’s vintage-inspired design is certainly aimed at the modern bride. This beautiful scoop neck dress with cap sleeves has a simple 1930s elegance at the top, cascading into an ethereal feather-effect skirt. Enhance the look with a bold floral headdress in a pop of colour.

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Style 9306 - Allure Bridals

The alternative credentials of this gorgeous gown from Allure Bridals’ spring/summer 2016 collection come courtesy of the unusual keyhole detail at the back. From the front, the fit-and-flare gown gives a bride a beautifully flawless shape; gorgeous crystal beading at the back flatters the contemporary, triple keyhole design.

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Rihanna - Donna Salado

A timeless classic for an alternative bride, the gorgeously gothic Rihanna gown from Donna Salado has an amazing full-length cape for extra glamour and an out-of-the-ordinary bridal finish. The look is very edgy, so stick to the theme with pulled back hair or huge 80s-style waves. The cape does all the accessorising for you, so avoid jewellery and headdresses.

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Amaze - Tobi Hannah

Tobi Hannah specialises in short and tea length dresses – a simple and effective way to make an alternative bridal statement. This classic design has a 1980s feel with its structural tulle layers, but there is a nod to 50s fashion too thanks to the bateau neckline and knee-skimming length.

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Style MJ202 - Madison James

From the 2016 Madison James collection, this strapless column gown creates an eye-catching, alternative silhouette. Elongating the body, the ruched bodice and bodycon cut over the hips is in bold contrast to the ultra-textured ruffles, giving this gown a very modern and dramatic impact.

Madison James Alternative Dresses

Style 6391 - Lillian West

With its all-over floral embroidered skirt, and a splash of colour, this unusual design from Lillian West creates a romantic wedding day look. Taken from the spring/summer 2016 collection, the sweetheart ruched bodice and natural waistline give the dress a traditional foundation, while the flower adorned belt and statement organza skirt create a whimsical, alternative look.

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Style 9315 from Allure Bridals

An unusual use of colour and texture gives a fairytale wedding dress by Allure its alternative impact. There is a more than a hint of Marie Antoinette drama about this ballgown, with the blush hues and 3D ruffles across the full skirt sitting in contrast to the simple bodice and sash. Choose a colour pop, or multicolour, bouquet to give this look even more edge.

Allure Alternative Wedding Dress

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