Black wedding dress in castle

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When it comes to your wedding day, we know you alternative brides don't want a traditional white dress - why would you when there are so many possibilities?

In this guide, we'll explore alternative options to the classic white wedding dress and share styling tips to help you create your awesome look.

1. EMBRACE THE DARK SIDE: Black and Coloured Dresses

Step away from the traditional and venture into the realm of darkness. Black wedding dresses exude an air of mystery and sophistication, perfect for the anti-bride. If you're not ready to go all black, consider coloured gowns that reflect your personality. Deep reds, rich purples, or even vibrant blues can add a dramatic touch to your custom dress.

Styling Tip: Pair your black or coloured gown with contrasting accessories, such as silver or metallic accents, to make a striking statement. Opt for bold makeup choices, like a dark lip or smoky eye, to complement your alternative bridal look.

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Raven - from our Dior inspired shoot 

2. PLAY WITH SILHOUETTES: Non-Traditional styles

Traditional wedding dresses often feature A-line or ball gown silhouettes, but alternative brides have the freedom to break the mold. Experiment with non-traditional shapes or even jumpsuits. These silhouettes can accentuate your figure in unique ways and add an edgy touch to your wedding outfit.

Styling Tip: Consider adding distinctive elements to your non-traditional silhouette, such as dramatic ruffles, asymmetrical cuts, or unexpected embellishments, to showcase your edgy style. Don't be afraid to express your individuality!

3. UNCONVENTIONAL FABRICS: Texture and Intrigue

Move beyond the conventional satin and lace fabrics and explore the world of unconventional textiles. Embrace the allure of velvet, leather, sequins or even feathers to add texture and intrigue to your bridal look. These fabrics not only bring a touch of alternative elegance but also create visual interest that will leave a lasting impression.

Styling Tip: Balance the unconventional fabric choice with complementary accessories and details. For example, pair a velvet gown with intricate lace gloves or add a leather harness to enhance an edgy aesthetic. The combination of unconventional fabrics with thoughtful accessories will help you achieve a cohesive and unforgettable look.

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Accessories play a crucial role in transforming your bridal ensemble into a unique reflection of your style. Incorporate statement pieces that showcase your bold personality, such as spiked headbands, chunky jewelry, or a leather jacket. These accessories add an extra layer of individuality and allow you to truly embrace your alternative bridal look.

Styling Tip: Strike a balance between your gown and accessories. If your dress is heavily embellished or textured, opt for minimalist accessories to avoid overwhelming the overall look. Conversely, if you choose a simpler gown, feel free to go all out with bold and attention-grabbing accessories.


5. Be True to Yourself: Confidence is Key

Above all, remember that the most important element of your bridal fashion is your confidence. Embrace your alternative style with pride and let your unique personality shine through. Whether you choose a black gown, a non-traditional silhouette, unconventional fabrics, or statement accessories, staying true to yourself will ensure that your bridal look is a genuine reflection of who you are.

Styling Tip: Don't be afraid to break the rules and mix different elements that resonate with your alternative style. Your wedding day is an opportunity to celebrate your individuality, so embrace it fully and create a bridal look that is uniquely yours.

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