SAY YES TO THESE WEDDING DRESS ALTERNATIVES

“First comes love, then comes”…months of fittings, appointments and wedding dress diet debacles. These next five women offer up some inspiration to step outside of the bridal boutique bubble and explore a few alternatives before you say “I Do” to the wedding dress of your dreams. 

MIX, MATCH AND MARRY

Street-style darling, Olivia Palermo, brought her famously unique flare to her wedding day, ditching the dress in favour of a three-piece ensemble by Carolina Herrera. The complete look featured a cashmere cardigan, white shorts, and a tulle skirt boasting layers of satin and silk. Not only was this combination effortlessly chic, but also showed us that a little wardrobe creativity can go a long way on your big day.

Image via oliviapalermo.com
Image via oliviapalermo.com

 

BE PRETTY IN PINK

Image of Jessica Biel and Justin Timberlake via hellomagazine.com
Image via hellomagazine.com

Take a cue from style chameleon, Jessica Biel, and spend your special day in the pink…literally. Blush gowns are a great way to make a departure from the traditional white wedding dress, while still remaining classic and romantic. Complete the look with an undone updo and neutral makeup…but leave your rose-coloured glasses at home.

SAY YES TO THE…JUMPSUIT

Image of Solange Knowles via nuptialbuzz.com
Image via nuptialbuzz.com

Solange Knowles has frequently been known to push the fashion envelope on the red carpet, and her wedding to long time love, Alan Ferguson, was no exception. Solange arrived at the ceremony via bicyclette, and if that wasn’t hip enough, she donned an ultra-chic cream-coloured jumpsuit and matching cape by Stéphane Rolland. Though this look was one of five wedding ensembles she sported that day (three of which were jumpsuits), it was our personal favourite and inspired women everywhere to wear the pants on their wedding day.

HUNT FOR THAT TIMELESS FAVOURITE

Image of Chris Noth and Sarah Jessica Parker via weddinggirl.ca
Image of Chris Noth and Sarah Jessica Parker via weddinggirl.ca

Image of Sarah Jessica Parker via nydailynews.com
Image of Sarah Jessica Parker via nydailynews.com

In the fictional wedding of the century, Carrie Bradshaw (finally) married Mr. Big “in a labeless dress”, accessorized to the nines with the Manolo Blahnik “Something Blue” Satin Pump. Though Sarah Jessica Parker has admitted to favouring the vintage bluebird headpiece that accompanied Carrie’s Vivienne Westwood gown, we think the suit was the true vintage highlight of the film. From a vintage boutique to your parent’s attic, your perfect wedding dress (or accessory) could just be waiting for its second chance at love.

DARE TO DIY

Image of Angelina Jolie via theyesgirls.com
Image of Angelina Jolie via theyesgirls.com

In a wedding of undisputed Hollywood Royalty, Angelina Jolie married Brad Pitt in a custom-made gown and veil by Luigi Massi of Atelier Versace. The twist? These customs creations were covered in none other than precious artwork created by all six children of the Pitt-Jolie brood. Though you might not have such artistry at your disposal, Angie nevertheless offered up some inspiration to add a unique twist onto your wedding accessories and create an extra personal project for your special day.

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Hilary Dean

Hilary Dean is a freelance writer and stylist living in Downtown Toronto. She has a passion for all things fashion and developed a love of vintage fashion and local markets while studying in the South of France. She always enjoys the hunt for pieces inspired by her favourite style stars, including Sienna Miller, Alexa Chung and the Olsen Twins. In her spare time, Hilary avidly practices yoga and since she embarked on a week-long retreat to Costa Rica, she has remained inspired by the importance of dedicated practice and a local, sustainable diet. Follow her daily adventures on her Instagram: @hilaryvdean

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