When it comes to alternative bridal outfits, we’re essentially like your pushy best friend, but in a really, really great way. You’re not comfortable in a traditional wedding dress? So. What. There’s a plethora of options out there to ensure you feel your absolute best self on your wedding day. Your choice should truly showcase who you are as a person. And, if that person wants to wear a bridal separate in bright yellow, then so be it! We’re just here to give you the inspiration you need (and want) to find the perfect wedding dress for you. Now, don’t let us stop you. There’s a world of jumpsuits, coloured wedding dresses and sparkle out there… 

The best alternative wedding dresses 2024

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Whether you're a non-traditional bride and want something stand-out for your main dress, or searching for a stunning second look to enter your reception with a bang - alternative wedding dresses are becoming more popular than ever. We've accumulated our 24 favourite alternative wedding dresses and bridal looks, more generally, to show you all the possibilities out there for your big day. 

While white and off-white tones are synonymous with bridalwear, you can wear anything to your wedding - it's your special day! From gothic-esque black wedding dresses to statement sparkly numbers or elevated wedding suits - rules are out, and what you simply LOVE is totally in for 2024 (and beyond). 

Black wedding dresses

If you’re a bride looking to make a bold statement on your wedding day, a black wedding dress might be the perfect choice for an alternative bride. Black wedding dresses exude elegance and sophistication, all while adding a touch of drama - setting you apart from traditional bridal looks. Whether you opt for a sleek, modern design or a romantic, lace-adorned gown - black dresses work beautifully for evening weddings, gothic-themed ceremonies, or any bride wanting to showcase her unique style. The best thing about a black wedding dress is that they're super versatile! Whether you pair it with striking accessories or minimalist elegance - you’ll make an unforgettable impression as you walk down the aisle. 


Looking to sparkle your way down the aisle? Then a metallic wedding dress is for you. We’re all about the glitz and the glam, and a metallic wedding dress is sure to make you stand out in the best way possible on your wedding day. Whether you're all about the sequins or want something more industrial and metal-esque - the choices are endless! The best thing about metallic wedding dresses is that they're perfect for year-round weddings. From festival-themed affairs to party season-worthy ceremonies in the winter - you can't go wrong with some sparkle! Disclaimer: you may need sunglasses for all the shimmer.


There’s a special place in our hearts for coloured wedding dresses. And whether you’re opting for bright and bold, or subtle and sweet, we’re here for whatever you decide! From gorgeous and romantic tulle pastel gowns to statement vibrant gowns in a commanding satin material - coloured wedding dresses will always be a win for brides wanting something a bit different. Whether you choose to match your dress to your wedding colour theme, trending hues or Pantone's Colour of the Year - inspo is super easy to come by! 


You know we can’t resist a short wedding dress moment. We saw a huge rise in short wedding dresses alongside micro weddings, and we’re so pleased they stuck around! And short doesn’t necessarily mean above the knee - you could always opt for a tea-length gown or a high-low skirt, which adds a little something extra to your look! If you're a fan of short wedding dresses but can't quite give up the look of a traditional wedding dress, why not opt for a mini fock for your pre-wedding events, like a stylish engagement party dress? Mini gowns make for the perfect registry office wedding dresses, too!


Bridal separates are definitely making their way into the forefront of the wedding dress world, and we’re here for it. Whether you’re a boho babe or looking for a more classic look, a bridal separate could be just the thing you've been waiting for! We love the look of a sleek and sophisticated maxi skirt and crop top combo - the proportions are nothing short of stunning. Bridal separates are the perfect option for ensuring your outfit screams "bride!", while still showcasing your personality. 

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BRIDAL SUITS & jumpsuits

If you’re not feeling a dress at all, then a bridal suit is where it’s at. Whether you’re opting for something a little more fitted, or fancy something slightly oversized, we guarantee you’ll find something you love. While you're at it, why not consider a bridal jumpsuit? Wedding jumpsuits are really making their way through the ranks, and we're big fans! Better yet, they're super easy to style and accessorise, ensuring you showcase your individuality. 

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Have we convinced you with our alternative wedding dresses roundup?


If you love the idea of alternative wedding dresses but still want to explore your options, we’ve got you covered. Head to our complete wedding dress guide for all the inspo you need on the best styles out there, or check out our guide to wedding dresses for different body types to ensure your chosen frock fits you like a glove.  It's worth noting that even though alternative wedding dresses are straying from the conventional, that doesn't mean stunning styles are hard to come by! We hope our edit of the best alternative wedding dresses, most of which are high street wedding dresses, might we add, has inspired you to go big for your special day!

Shona Ezimogho-Moran

Written by Shona Ezimogho-Moran

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