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Alternative Wedding Dresses You Never Knew You Needed

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Yay, congrats on getting engaged!

Now, before you need to plough through a list of to-dos for your wedding, we know that besides choosing a wedding venue, the next thing you need to worry about is…

Your wedding gown.

Well, weddings are not cookie-cutter affairs and what if… you don’t have a preference and are open to trying unconventional dresses?

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Besides, wedding gown rental can cost you $3,000 to $5,000… so, if you’d like to find ways to save some money, you’re at the right place.

We’ve shortlisted popular, fashion-forward dressing styles and where to get them!


TL;DR: Alternative Wedding Dresses To Help You Save Money & Where to Find Them

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What Can You Wear Instead of a Wedding Dress?

Before we jump into the various styles, you should first learn about your body type as it’ll be easier to narrow down your choices.

Be sure to check out the definition of each body type, the best features of your shape and what flatters it the most.

Bridal Jumpsuits

Source: Bridal Musings

Jumpsuits are wardrobe essentials as they can be worn for almost every occasion!

They are convenient as you don’t have to struggle to put separate pieces together, you can walk easily and match them with exquisite accessories.

What you can do for your wedding is to pay attention to the structural details of your jumpsuit – it could be lace and vintage etc.

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Two-piece Top and Wedding Skirt

Source: Wedgewood Weddings

Getting a two-piece for your wedding?

Yes! Such designs can help to highlight your figure while keeping things light in a fashion-forward way.

Also, as you can mix and match to find a style that suits you, you might be able to save some money!

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Halter Dress

Source: Yahoo News

This is a simple yet elegant style that’s suitable for any formal occasion.

These dresses are great for showcasing shoulders and drawing the eye upward, creating a balancing effect.

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Rustic or Vintage Dress

Source: Etsy

For those who have a thing for vintage or rustic style and plan to have an outdoor wedding, this style fits either a garden or beach setting easily.

What you need to look out for, is the cutting that flatters your figure and the details of the dress.

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Colourful or Non-white Wedding Dress

Source: Love and Lavender

It might seem unorthodox to go with a non-white wedding dress, but who’s to tell you what you wear on your big day?

Go ahead and pick something that fits your wedding theme – whether it’s Disney, wanderlust, pastels etc.

Notable colours and materials that are suited for weddings are champagne colour, satin and chiffon etc.

The fun thing here is that your choice is unlimited here and you can choose based on your size, colours etc.

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Where To Find These Dresses And How Much Do They Cost?

Typically, couples would go to bridal studios for rental.

But, given that this article is about alternative wedding dresses, we’ll skip bridal studios and instead, bring your attention to stores that sell wedding dresses and rent event gowns (including wedding gowns that).

The cost ranges from $63 to $2,100, and is definitely cheaper!

BoutiquePrice RangeStyles
ASOS$200 to $462Wide range
Cocomelody$417 to $2,100Wide range
Etsy$190 to $1,000Rustic, vintage, boho, backless, western, chiffon, lace
Love Bonito$63 to $69.90jumpsuit, halter, tube top, lace dress
Revolve Clothing$239 to $737Wide range (mostly white)
Gown RentalPriceStyles
Style Lease$160 to $980Designer
Rentadella$199 to $680Wide range

If you don’t mind preloved gowns or intend to sell your gown after you’ve worn them, there are places where you can find or sell them:

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Things To Consider When Picking Out Your Dress

Based on collective experiences of those I know, here’s a list of things to consider when picking out your dress

  • What is your wedding reception going to look like?
  • What is your body shape? 
  • Which part of your body do you wish to accentuate the most?
  • What style of wedding dress or evening gown fits your personality best?
  • What colour suits your skin tone?

Weddings are once a lifetime, but those of us who are prudent might not want to splurge too much on a dress that we’ll likely only wear once.

At the end of the day, nobody will ask where your wedding dress was from, or how much it cost. Most importantly, you should be getting something that flatters you, brings out your best and gives you confidence.

And if it’s cheap, that’s even better because you can save for your honeymoon!

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