I was recently chatting to a friend who is currently planning her wedding, and I became aware of an issue facing many brides-to-be: more often than not, brides looking for untraditional or unusual wedding dresses, have no idea where to begin their search!

Here’s my guide to help you find your elusive, uniquely perfect gown, whether it’s due to pregnancy, for a destination wedding, or simply because you want something a bit special.

Where to Find Uniquely Beautiful and Unusual Wedding Dresses

I surprised myself by being a difficult bride in the sense that there was very little I liked in the shops. If your heart is set on something very specific, or very specifically different at least, then you need to know where to begin looking…

1. Coloured Wedding Dress

For coloured dresses, you can widen the net as you don’t have to stick to wedding gowns at all!

If you are already planning to flout tradition, then why not simply look for a dress you love – irrespective of whether it has been designed specifically as a wedding dress? You’ll probably save yourself a few quid too! Here’s a really great piece for inspiration.

Coloured Wedding Dresses
Coloured wedding dresses.

2. Maternity Gown

If you will be carrying something more than a bouquet up the aisle on your wedding day, you can absolutely still look fabulous. There are many styles available to showcase your beautiful bump and keep you looking elegant whilst blooming.

Shop Maternity: Tiffany Rose; Seraphine

3. Wedding Dresses For the Beach or Winter

Do not make the mistake of underestimating the volumes of fabric used in creating some traditional dresses, and the weight and warmth this equates to. For exotic beach weddings, you will be seeking a lightweight, cooler dress.

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Alternatively, if you’re planning a winter wedding in New York or Iceland, you will be looking for a coat worthy of your wedding snaps. The following websites will give you some options:

Shop Beach: Aisle Style

Shop Winter: Bridal Knot

4. Vintage Wedding Dresses

Vintage Wedding Dresses

For a vintage vibe, the following will help you to shop for your dress:

– 1920s Wedding Dresses

Think flapper: this look includes loose dresses with dropped waists that skim the frame, the intention being to achieve an androgynous, prepubescent look. Typical of the period were satin and sheer fabrics, scalloped patterns, and lots of heavy beading.

Inspiration: Twenties-Inspired Wedding Dresses; Art Deco Wedding Dresses

Shop: Luella’s Boudoir; Jenny Packham

– 1930s Wedding Dress

Think Old Hollywood glamour: this look is more sophisticated and sleek than the previous decade, with the emphasis on accentuating a thin waist and a slender figure; the thirties reclaimed femininity. Backless, floor-length gowns in silky fabrics were popular.

Inspiration: Thirties Wedding Inspiration

ShopHeavenly Vintage Brides

– 1940s Wedding Dresses

Think Gatsby glamour. The forties also saw military-inspired fashion. Skirts and dresses were knee-length, with the waist often belted, and accentuated with darts in the fabric. Separates became more common, and evening attire would often combine a satin skirt with a lace blouse.

Inspiration: 1940’s Wedding Dresses

Shop: Heavenly Vintage Brides; Belle and Bunty

Unusual Wedding Dresses

– 50s Style Wedding Dresses

Think Marilyn Monroe: low-cut tops with A-line skirts  that came just below the knee were fashionable in the fifties. A full petticoat would often be worn to emphasise a small waist – this decade was all about the hourglass.

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Inspiration: 1950’s Wedding Inspiration

Shop: FairyGothMother; Honeypie Boutique

5. Authentic Vintage Wedding Dress

There are so many fabulous imitations available, but i your heart is set on hunting down an authentic vintage gown, try Abigail’s Vintage Bridal.

Keep in mind that your dress, while symbolically significant, is not the most important thing about your big day. You will find a dress that you love, but, in the end, your wedding is really about the person that you love.

After all, you’ll wear your dress just once, while your marriage will last a lifetime.

Here are some ideas for what you can do with your dress after the ceremony.

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An award-nominated blogger and author, Kate is an experienced breastfeeding advocate, and expert baby sleep chaser. Her writing has appeared on Mothercare, Huff Post, and BritMums.

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  2. Kate Reply

    Thanks for your comment, I’m glad it has helped you!

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