The other day, I was chatting to a friend who is currently planning her wedding, and I became aware of an issue facing many brides-to-be. I was surprised that it’s not something to have occurred to me before now, and I simply put that down to the wedding industry being what I know. My epiphany? More often than not, if a bride is looking for an untraditional dress, she has no idea where to begin her search!
Naturally, this became immediate post fodder; so here’s my guide to help you find your elusive, perfect, untraditional wedding dress…
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: Love My Dress.
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.
Destination Wedding Dress
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. Alternatively, if you are 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
Genuine Vintage Gown
If you are intending to hunt down and acquire an authentic vintage gown, try the following site:
Shop: Abigails Vintage Bridal
For a vintage vibe, the following will help you to shop for your dress:
Twenties Inspired – 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.
Shop: Luella’s Boudoir; Jenny Packham
Thirties Inspired – Think Gatsby Glamour
If you are unsure of the characteristics associated with thirties fashion, 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
Shop: Heavenly Vintage Brides
Forties Inspired – Think Gatsby Glamour
The forties 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
Fifties Inspired – 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.
Inspiration: 1950’s Wedding Inspiration
- Guide to Vintage Wedding Style Through the Decades
- Guide to Vintage Groom Attire and Where to Find It
- Create Beautiful Vintage Wedding Table Centres, On a Budget
There are so many stunning options available, it’s a little sad to have only one gown. But then having more than one means less time wearing each outfit, and that too is lamentable! Here are some ideas for what you can do with your dress after the ceremony.