Alternative wedding dresses and non traditional bridal outfits

Finding the one is hard, we hear you! Especially for our alternative brides. Wanting something modern and stylish but unique and full of personality.

Finding the balance is a tough one. We have done all the hard researching for you though, below you will find the best non-traditional wedding dresses and outfits by the best alternative wedding designers we know you will love!

We love an alternative bridal outfit, from a jumpsuit to a black dress we’re sure there is something non-traditional that works for you. We have had the privilege to work with some of the best alternative bridal designers, and there are so many more we admire.

So we have you covered. We have rounded up our favourite non-traditional wedding dresses, bridal shops, and designers worldwide for modern brides.

Head to our complete guide to planning and alternative wedding. 


Alternative wedding dresses

Where to buy an alternative wedding dress?

Luckily these days you have so many options to find your perfect, fun, quirky, vintage, modern, or whatever style alternative wedding outfit you are looking for.

You can shop online at places like Etsy, Asos and a few other online retailers. We will share some of our favourite online finds below.

If you still want that in-person dress shopping experience then there are lots of alternative wedding dress shops and designers worldwide. Get searching in your local area if you don’t see one below.

You can also find a non-traditional designer you love and then head to their stockist page to find a bridal shop near you.

Have your dress and looking for an alternative to a veil? Head to our wedding cape blog. 


The best online non-traditional wedding outfits


Asos Alternative wedding dresses

Asos is a great place to find non-traditional alternative wedding dresses there is something to fit everyone’s alternative style. Asos has a wedding shop and it is a great place to head as they have a mix of designers and a great price range if you are looking for a cheaper alternative wedding dress.

Here are our top 3 alternatives Asos wedding dresses but head over to their site for many more great options.

ASOS EDITION mini shift dress with 3D floral embellishment in white

The best if looking for a short non-traditional wedding dress.

Why not do something daring, unexpected, and creative with this ASOS Edition mini shift dress that will make you stand out!

Featuring white 3D floral embellishments all over the garment and a V-neck style, it highlights your shoulders while still fitting true to size.

ASOS EDITION Lisa drape sleeve plunge wedding dress with floral embellishment

With cascading drape sleeves and a plunging neckline, this ASOS EDITION wedding dress is as stylish as it is chic.

The design features intricate detail, with floral embellishment all along the hemline of the dress and around the keyhole back closure for a gown that captivates every eye.


Y.A.S Bridal maxi dress in boho lace in white

The perfect wedding dress for a relaxed beach wedding.  It’s made from comfortable lace, is fitted in all the right places, and has long sleeves for those breezy summer days. The deep V-neck, pleated panels, and tiered skirt of this maxi dress will turn heads all around.

We love that the long, flared sleeves are wearable, yet traditional—perfect for any bride!

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Non-traditional wedding designers you will want to check out


Etsy is the perfect online place to find your non-traditional wedding outfit. There are some incredible designers on Etsy, you will be blown away with the options.

Most offer worldwide shipping. You can get a couture alternative wedding dress for a fraction of the price.

Here are some of our favourite non-traditional wedding designers to check out on Etsy.

Eclectic Brides

Electric Brides is a popular bespoke dress designer with an eclectic collection of bridal dresses that also sells off-the-peg dresses. 

Offering something for everyone, her current passion is adding colour with hand Ombre dip dye style options – you can pick from any colour! 

We love the options Bex has on her Etsy page. We love an Ombre or dip-dyed dress and Bex has some stunners.

Stylish Bride Accs

For every bride who dares to dream a little bigger, Stylish Bride Accs is for you. Using quality fabrics and detailed couture work Stylish Bride Accs designs are fashion-forward and made to make you smile!

We have fallen head over heels for their black bridal dress options! But they have a huge range you will love!

My Wony Bridal

My Wony believes in the power of self-expression – a delicate balance between femininity and modernity. Their line is dedicated not only to the most passionate, individualistic bride, but also for those who desire something special and unique.

We love the modern ethereal feel of their bridal designs. My Wony is definitely the best alternative wedding dresses for the fashion-forward stylish bride.

Abigail of Gardenia

Abigail of Gardenia is a modern couture dress line, made with high-quality fabrics and sustainable practices in order to make the most ethical gowns available.

Their designs are timeless, yet always making a lasting impression with their unique details. Every Abigail of Gardenia bride will enjoy her perfect gown while knowing that she has purchased a product from support environmentally-friendly companies and workers who have been paid fair wages.

These are the best bridal gowns for the whimsical bride looking for a floral, stylish design.

Julia Miren Dresses

Julia Miren dresses are sewn with love and pride. All of her work is made to make you feel special! She loves the finest lace, flowing fabrics, luxurious silk tulle and sophisticated embroidery.

No detail is overlooked in all of these beautiful fabrics that she assembles with a touch of her expert hands into a one-of-a-kind outfit for your most important day. Her styles are exclusive and she gives each order individual care.

We are obsessed with her Ombre bridal skirt, I mean obsessed!!!

sweet Caroline styles

With stylish, bohemian silhouettes and a smattering of modern romance, sweet Caroline separates are for the individualistic bride who knows what she wants. Whether you’re into trendy light colors or edgy black and whites, they have something for every style.

Their trend-savvy styles will make any bride feel confident walking down the aisle with her story to tell. 

We love bridal separates and Sweet Caroline has one the best collections we have seen! This is definitely the designer for our fun brides looking for a non-white dress.

Online alternative wedding dresses for non-traditional brides.

Temperley London Bridal dress

Temperley London

This is one of my favourite designers and their bridal range does not disappoint.

A great non-traditional option, especially for a floral wedding dress.

They have a great range full of florals, sequins and embroidery. True to the traditional Temperley style they are known for.

Check out Temperley London’s Bridal range. 


alternative bridal pantsuit


BHLDN is not just for traditional bridal wear. They have some great non-traditional options.

They have bridal suits, jumpsuits, black and coloured wedding dresses and even patterned options.

Check out their range for yourself. 


bridal jumpsuit with train

Net A Porter

This is a great option for ready to buy designer pieces for your alternative wedding day.

Buying a designer dress is a great way to get high quality but still of the peg wedding outfit.

There are some bridal options with some lovey pantsuits and jumpsuits.

Go check out net a porter


Non-traditional wedding designers, we love and have worked with!



Legend bridal

The team at legend bridal are amazing! They are super lovely and insanely talented. Their dresses are named after goddesses and deities, celestial beings and immortals because we want to help you feel like your own kind of legend.

They love folklore and ancient tales so that is the inspiration for their designs. Every dress is one-of-a-kind designed off your specific dreams; each individual’s end result will be their very own untamed legend on their wedding day!

Check out Legend Bridal



Lucy Can’t Dance

We have used Lucy can’t dance dresses a few times in shoots with Rock the Frock Bridal. The queen of dip-dye we call Lucy can’t dance.

If you are looking for a simple silhouette but with the added wow then Lucy can’t dance is defiantly for you.

Check out Lucy Can’t Dance


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Alyce Jayne Bridal

We haven’t worked with Alyce Jayne Bridal yet, but we plan to in the near future. All communication has been lovely and they definitely like to go above and beyond with helping out!

“Magical, dramatic, whimsical luxurious pieces for the modern romantic rebel.” Corsets and tulle, dramatic sleeves! The non-traditional bride is covered with bridal separates! They have a modern take on historical style features to design ethereal feeling dresses. They have made to order collections and bespoke available 

Check out Alyce Jayne Bridal


Fiona Elizabeth Couture

Fiona is a couture dress designer for alternative brides! She offers the full bridal designer experience for brides wanting a non-traditional dress or outfit. She is also super lovely and her dresses are to die for!

Check out Fiona Elizabeth Couture 

blue non traditional wedding dress by fiona

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Curvy custom Bride

We wanted to cover this designer as they are the best we could find for curvy brides. we love that they are a couture brand but their focus is for those of us who have some curves.

All above I know will cover any size bride but we do have to give them a shout out for helping women love their curves with a tailor-made bridal outfit.

Check out Curvy custom Bride


Alternative wedding dress shopping guide and FAQ


Do I have to wear white on my wedding day?

No, definitely not. For non-traditional brides, the sky is the limit. You can wear whatever colour you want! If you are getting married in a non-religious ceremony then this means you are not bound to wear any colour or traditional outfit.

Most popular non-white wedding dress colours?

For non-traditional brides, there are no real rules. That said, we do find that the most popular non-white wedding dress colours for non-traditional brides is pink, blue and one of our favourites is black.

Do I have to wear a dress as a bride?

Absolutely not. If you are non-traditional, you can wear a wedding dress or you can wear a suit. Many non-traditional brides end up getting married in non-traditional outfits such as suits and pantsuits.

What is a non-traditional alternative wedding outfit?

Non-traditional alternative wedding wear is just what it says on the tin. non-traditional wedding dresses and non-traditional outfits. They are clothes you can wear for your wedding ceremony and day but with non of the traditional restrictions. You make the choice based on your personality and style. 

How much does non-traditional alternative wedding dresses cost?

Non-traditional alternative wedding dresses or outfits can cost as little or expensive as you wish. Head to your favourite high street store or have a couture outfit made by a designer. The price will vary largely depending on your choice.


The best alternative bridal wear for the non-traditional bride 

Non-traditional wedding dresses and non-traditional outfits are clothes you can wear for your wedding ceremony and day but with non of the traditional restrictions.

In this blog post, we covered some of our favourite designers that offer non-traditional alternative bridal wear as well as an FAQ to help answer any questions about non-traditional marriages or attire.

If these alternatives sound perfect for you, keep in mind that each dress will vary greatly depending on what type of outfit you ultimately want (i.e., high street store vs couture). We hope it was helpful!

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