Fed up with the white ballgown style gown? We’ve got some ideas for you if you’re looking for something a little more… alternative…

Go colourful

There are some designers using colour in really creative ways to make gorgeous gowns. Chrissy Wai Ching creates beautiful bespoke gowns, combining an Asian flair together with contemporary textile design to create unique art with her pieces.

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Or maybe you’re tempted by a dip dye – combining traditional white with a burst of rich colour.

You can dip dye many different styles to personalise your dress
You can dip dye many different styles to personalise your dress

Show a little front. Or back.

Sheer fabrics are so en vogue right now. Done well they can look really sophisticated. Don’t be afraid to be a little daring. All eyes will definitely be on you.

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Try a dropped back and add some intricate detail.

Stunning lace work - Image: Beryl Couture Store
Stunning lace work – Image: Beryl Couture Store

Or a deep V for wow factor.

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Try a chunkier lace and plain skirt for a deep V gown

Play with the hemline

A traditional long skirt is fine, but why not play with the height of your hemline? Team it with a little surprise shoe, or a luxurious Louboutin – really show off those toes.

Fancy a high-low hem? Try this cute number.

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Classic from the back, something a little different from the front

A handkerchief hem adds movement and texture.

Create gorgeous texture with a handkerchief hem

And we simply adore this ballerina-esque short dress.

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Forget the dress

Gone are the days of a traditional dress being the norm. Trousers are a completely acceptable option and can make a stunning bridal outfit.

Ever considered a jumpsuit?

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Or how about a twist on a traditional suit?

A beautifully detailed suit can look stunning
A beautifully detailed suit can look stunning

Or both trousers and a skirt?

The best of both worlds. Photo: Krikor Jabotians
The best of both worlds. Photo: Krikor Jabotians

Pick a theme

If you’re choosing a theme for your wedding, it’s a really good idea to make sure your dress fits as well. This will ensure a seamless story running throughout for your day.

There’s something so pretty about a bohemian style bridal gown. We love the little details and relaxed embellishment.

Charming bohemian bride
Charming bohemian bride

Always dreamed of being a Disney princess? You’ll be needing a Cinderella gown then! Layers of soft tulle and a sparkling bodice, this one’s perfect for the princess in you.

When you wish upon a star…
When you wish upon a star…

And if you’ve chosen an ethereal, heavenly theme with fluffy white décor and feathers, this cloud-like creation will be an ideal choice.

Ethereal beauty
Ethereal beauty

If, however, you’re after something a bit more traditional, take a look at our wedding dress pages over on the directory. And keep an eye out for our review of Galia Lahav’s latest collection later on in the month.

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