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You’ve seen the dreamy designer dresses, you’ve cooed over the low-cost ones, but what if you’re looking for something other than a wedding dress to wear on your big day?

We hear ya, so we’ve hunted down the hottest alternative wedding dresses that’ll have you looking equally gorgeous on your nuptials without the nauseating frills.

From high street steals to can’t-believe-it’s-not-a-wedding-dress gowns, see below for our edit of the best alternative wedding dresses around for easy elegance on your big day.


(More after the jump)


Green Bow Lace Gown

Decidedly bohemian but deliciously decadent, this vintage-inspired dress by Tracy Reese is crocheted in lace with globe buttons and a grosgrain ribbon waist for an understated but utterly charming alternative to a frou-frou wedding dress.

$600 (£360.57), available at BHLDN. BUY NOW!


Temperley Aliza dress

Temperley had some of the best alternative wedding dresses we’ve ever seen we popped along to its AW11 press day, and even though they’re not available yet, its spring offerings aren’t half bad either. We love the Aliza dress with its hand-cut embroidery – the perfect ethereal option for summer weddings.

£695, available at Temperley London. BUY NOW!


Paradisa Cascade Low Back Maxi

A simple but strikingly elegant cut, we love the floor-length fluidity of Reiss’ Paradisa dress, and its asymmetric split skirt and cascading front ensures it remains fresh as well as classic.

£195, available at Reiss. BUY NOW!


Shelby’s summer maxi dress

French Connection’s floorlength crepe dress is a stunning summer alternative to heavy wedding gowns, and with its sweetheart bandeau neckline and plisse pleats, you’ll have everyone fooled into thinking it’s designer.

£155, available at French Connection. BUY NOW!


Vintage Jersey Maxi Dress

Looking for something less traditional? Make a statement in Amanda Wakeley’s nickel vintage jersey maxi – its plunging neckline and ruched detail is nothing short of wow.

£895, available at Amanda Wakeley. BUY NOW!

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