Fresh Alternatives to the White Bridal Gown

The white wedding gown is a symbol of a traditional western bride. However, it is a symbol that was conceived a long time ago in much simpler times. Women today have many freedoms of which they’d never dreamed in previous generations, and one such freedom is expression. Many women today can wear what they like to express whatever they wish, even if their attire doesn’t fit in with the conventions of the day. Without getting political, if you are the kind of bride-to-be who likes being a little unconventional, then why not try an alternative to the traditional white wedding gown? With the creative visionaries currently in the wedding dress design industry, the stunning alternative dress options we have available are endless. Here are five fantastic non-white (and some non-dress) options for the alternative bride-to-be. 

1/ RED

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Image by Anna's Photography

In many Eastern countries, red has long been considered an auspicious colour associated with luck and, therefore, has been commonly worn by brides in marital celebrations. Its popularity as a wedding dress colour has been increasing in Western countries in recent years, and with good reason. Red is a bold, eye-catching shade; its wearers may be perceived as being less restrained when it comes to their relationship. The fact you love your partner unreservedly is a pretty beautiful thing for a dress to be able to communicate.


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Images by Christy Wilson Photography 

Pastels have the visual levity for the gown to maintain the whimsical and pretty characteristics for which the classic white dress is so loved. This year, runways all over the world were bursting with the pastel-toned musings of leading bridal designers. Pinks, lavender, periwinkle, mint, and other dreamy hues are having their moment as a bridal trend that looks like it isn’t going anywhere soon.


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Images by Rustic White Photography sourced from Green Wedding Shoes

Incorporating black into your wedding attire is always a bit of a statement. The complete opposite of white, black conveys initiative and sensuality. However, don’t assume that a black wedding dress means you have to necessarily opt for a goth aesthetic. Many of the world’s finest haute couture ateliers are producing timeless and elegant black gowns for brides willing to defy tradition. If a black dress entire seems too dark for you, there are numerous ways of working some black into your outfit - crop tops or bodysuits made of black lace can be worn under a white skirt for the best of both worlds.

4/ SILK GOWNS / Embroidered Gowns

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Image by Jérémy Boyer 

Silk gowns, or gowns with embroidery and other ornate detailing can make for a wedding dress that is more than sufficiently exquisite to serve as the dress in which you tie the knot. They’re atemporal and elegant in an almost other-worldly way, so you’ll never look back at photos and think the dress looks dated. The dress above is a handmade design being worn by the designer herself. Puyan Saheb Djavaher handcrafts her designs with vintage lace and locally sourced material. A dress like this would certainly make you feel special and unique on your big day.


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Image by Mandee Johnson Photography

It was in the twentieth century that women began to wear pants as leisurewear, and eventually pants became symbolic of female emancipation and empowerment. Bridal pants and jumpsuits are therefore the perfect way to infuse the traditions of a wedding with more contemporary values surrounding gender equality - all while exuding an incomparable level of sophistication. You can opt for pants that have a layer of organza or lace overlaying them to pay homage to the styles of more conventional wedding dresses. Jumpsuits are all about the beauty of the silhouette. No matter which design you choose, bridal pants and jumpsuits always come with the added benefit of being comfortable so that you can fully enjoy every aspect of your big day.

This article is a piece from our sister site Auckland Weddings - written by Maria Yeonhee Ji.


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