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Modern Love: Our Top Alternative Wedding Outfits For The New Age Bride

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With less conventional bridalwear proving to be a hit this season, it’s time to defy the traditional wedding dress for something cool and contemporary. From white bridal suits to sleek and low-key slip dresses, we’ve got the perfect pieces for your big day right here…

Whilst some of us may still dream about the perfect wedding with the perfect partner in the perfect church wearing the perfect dress, it’s becoming increasingly popular to pull away from these more traditional wedding values. As realists, we know no one is perfect, whilst big grand churches are becoming less appealing by the minute. And as for the dress? With Jacquemus suits and Whistle’s two pieces trending right now, more women are in fact saying no to the dress.

This idea of a modern, low key wedding is not an old one, especially for celebs, but right now it seems to be at its absolute peak. As incredible as Priyanka Chopra’s extravagant two-gown ceremony was, we’re finding ourselves drawn to the humbler approaches to marriage. Emily Ratajkowski quickly and unexpectedly tied the knot in the most casual, spontaneous wedding of all time – in a courthouse wearing a mustard Zara suit with her short-time fiancé. Miley Cyrus and Liam Hemsworth told none of their guests that a casual home get-together was in fact their wedding – an event we were all eagerly waiting for but didn’t even realise happened until the Insta pics of Cyrus in her stunningly simple Vivienne Westwood gown popped up. There’s something modestly romantic about this modern approach to marriage, and the idea of jetting off to Las Vegas for an impromptu Little Chapel ceremony or a chic City Hall registry is becoming ever more tempting.

But what do you wear to such a monumental yet casual occasion? Well, we can tell you now that you’re not going to be seeing any lace gowns on this page. We’re thinking more on the lines of crisp white power suits, skirt-and-top two pieces, cute Keira Knightly-inspired minis that you can wear again and satin pop coloured slips to suit your colourful choice of wedding…
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White Bridal Minis

Keira Knightly famously wore a sweet mini tulle Chanel dress for her wedding, which she then re-wore not once, not twice but three times on the red carpet, and it was iconic. Moral of the story? If you're going to splash out on such a piece, there's no shame in getting your wear out of it. It's bound to look fabulous every time anyway. 

White Bridal Jumpsuits

Solange did it, and she slayed in it. A white jumpsuit for a wedding is just as chic as a dress, but oozes that modern yet timeless look we're going for - and Solange rarely gets it wrong. Opt for a 70s wide leg, or take your cues from Meghan Markle's reception look with a minimalist high neck.

Bridal Skirt and Top

A chic cheat to the wedding dress that looks just as good, if not better. A sleek skirt and a pretty top to build your own wedding dress-look is the best solution if you want to subtly change it up this wedding season.

White Bridal Suits

The bridalwear that's seriously trending right now - suits. It's no surprise since feminine tailoring is proving to be increasingly popular this year. Emily Ratajkowski sported a less conventional beige Zara suit for her casual wedding last year, but if that's a little too informal for you, then step it up in some crisp and classic white. 

Colourful Slip Dresses

Bring a vibrant burst to your colourful wedding with a sweet and playful vivid slip. From pale pinks to sage greens to pretty florals, people are feeling a lot less inclined to stick to the traditional white dress these days, and if you're jetting off for a hot wedding abroad, then these will look especially good. They're also perfect re-wear pieces!