The idea of wearing a white wedding gown has only been around for about 160 years since Queen Victoria opted for a cream lace look for her wedding in 1840. This tradition has remained for most brides approaching their big day. For others, however, finding a white wedding dress doesn't bring the same feelings of joy. So if you're not into big, white, princessy style gowns – who cares? Many of today's brides are looking beyond the bodice, tulle and the embroidery for something more personality-driven and non-traditional, in every shade of the rainbow. From plummeting necklines to the gold disco suit your heart has been yearning for, scroll below for a few alternative bridal options.
Swooping pearls at Uterque
Dress with pearl buttons, €135 at uterque.com
This romantic midi dress from Uterque is sophisticated and sensual. A string of delicate pearls falls down the front of the dress that's perfect for surprising unsuspecting guests as you walk gracefully down the aisle. alternatively, wear this dress with the pearls to the back instead (as seen above). The dress also features a round neckline, wide straps and fastening in the front. And pockets: it has pockets.
All that glitters IS gold at Topshop
Gold suit by Boutique, €300 at topshop.com
High-street favourite Topshop is a super option if you're restricted by a tight budget or if you're looking for something more wearable day-to-day; after the big day itself, so to speak. Metallics are having a fashion moment right now and this loose, single-breasted, gold shimmery suit just screams party! Wear yours with flashy heels for daytime, and break into flats afterwards for an easy and versatile transition (and to break ALL of the moves on the dancefloor, obviously).
Etherial and whimsical at Zara
Embroidered tulle dress, €69.95 at zara.com
With its swooshing tulle hemline and delicate embellished bodice and half-sleeves, this dress has a touch of tradition without being too 'bridal'. The short hemline and neutral colour is the perfect excuse to go crazy when choosing your shoes (though these silver strappy sandals do the perfect job too, don't they?). Bring the pearl-grey colour of the dress alive with a bright, punchy colour on your lips and nails.
Bohemian disco at Rixo
Long sleeved midi dress, €346.28 at rixolondon.co.uk
This floral Rixo gown is the grown-up party dress your wardrobe has been waiting for. Cut from feather-light silk, this dress is maxi length and features a split in the front of the skirt, which will flow beautifully as you dance with your love. With a soft ruffle around the cuffs and hem, this dress will add a touch of la dolce vita to any wedding; whether you're going for a Studio 54 vibe or a quiet family gathering.
Demi-couture at Rosie Assoulin
Wedding suits are a real thing of beauty. These raspberry pants by NYC designer Rosie Assoulin have a wide leg, high-waisted silhouette and wrestler-style waist belt. Satin-twill fabric adds a lustrous sheen (perfect for party-wear). An explosion of embroidered seashells on white superfine cotton voile calls for sophisticated cosmos on a chic rooftop bar.