Are you looking to show off your unique sense of style at your wedding? Forget the idea of the big white dress and find some inspiration in these alternatives. The latest trend is towards a bold, graphic lace which feels modern and fresh, yet is still feminine. Here are a few ideas offered to us by renowned designer wedding dress brand Riki Dalal.
Not willing to commit to all-over colour? Then you can go with the on-trend Ombre option in a light hue. The effect will be softened with fully-skirt gowns with layers of billowing tulle or ruffled organza but if what you prefer is a bold statement, try less textured fabrics and bright shades.
For a look that is timeless, yet unexpected, opt for a sheer panelled dress with a basket-weave-style or netting effect. From extreme modern convertibles with sheer skirts and illusion necklines to the more subtle, classic silhouettes featuring delicate sleeves, a unique touch can really be added with a little lattice.
With a contemporary take on the column gown, you can really make a dramatic statement. It is awesome the way in which designers have given a bold new look to this classic silhouette, with a flattering asymmetric neckline and a highly structured shape. The perfect accessory that will tie it all together is a sleek, futuristic belt.
Intricate embroidery provides traditional, feminine silhouettes with a whole new life. Gold details and elaborate geometric patterns go above and beyond the customary sequins and floral lace.
When you think of fringe, flappers or motorcycle gangs probably come to mind - wipe that thought from your mind for a second. Right now fringe is in fact on trend and has even found its way onto bridal runways the world over. So that the look is kept wedding appropriate, chose a silhouette that is classic with high-quality materials such as silk fringe that are expertly draped and with delicate details such as pearls and crystals.
Where does it say that you must wear white? Use a fresh pop of colour to shake things up a bit. An obvious choice is blush, however, nowadays you can find gowns in just about every shade in existence, from hot pink and bright blue to gold, pistachio green, and even red -I'm serious!
For the past few seasons, a staple on runways has been crop tops and they are even making a statement in the bridal world. From Sophia Kokosalaki to Hayley Paige and Theia, providing a cheeky peek at your midriff is the new way of showing off a bit of skin. If bold is what you are feeling, go with a cropped bustier, however, if you are unsure about baring it all, pair a high-waist skirt with a boxy top for a super-chic look.
Get excited- rompers and wedding have now become a thing, and not only for guests. The seal of approval was given by Watters on this summer must-have with the creation of a really gorgeous lace number which is ideal for the bride looking to stand out.
Do you believe that all ball gowns are the same? Well, think again. We are not talking about poufy princess dresses - ball gowns have received a major makeover in ways that were unexpected. Instead of corseted sweetheart bodices, think more along the lines of button-down collared shirts accompanied with bold belts.
Looking to show off your amazing legs and awesome shoes, yet are not sure if you want to take the mini dress route? With an asymmetric silhouette, you are able to have the best of both worlds. Longer in the back and shorter in the front, this style is playful yet it contains all the classic elements you want. However, with added texture and depth that gives the dress a more modern and fresh look.
Look over Emma Watson's style book and opt for a super-cool, yet completely unexpected look - a dress over pants. We have seen the jumpsuit, the romper and the pantsuit. However, this statement-making combo, that the bridal runways have made popular, will take your style to completely different level.