Planning your big day? Thought about your dress yet? If a huge meringue wedding dress just isn’t your thing, then take your pick from our alternative wedding dresses and outfits. From slinky silver wedding dresses and midi dresses to bridal suits, these beautiful high street wedding outfits are non-traditional but super stylish. And the best bit? They’re all under £200.
Boutique bridal on a budget? We do! Plus, you can pick them up at Highcross now.
KNEE LENGTH WEDDING DRESSES
Your everyday wardrobe is more than likely stuffed with knee length dresses, but now they’re taking over the bridal closet too! Whether it falls just on or above the knee, this length wedding dress is a refreshing departure from floor-sweeping gowns. It’s a great choice if you’re opting for a more low-key wedding.
The gorgeous bespoke floral lace overlay on this Reiss dress keeps it totally wedding appropriate. Falling to the knee, its body fitting silhouette and striking asymmetric shoulder strap gets our hearts racing. Swoon.
White and gold are a match made in heaven, so pair this dress with gold statement earrings and gold sandals. A mid to high heel would be ideal for this length dress.
Our pick: Sophia one shoulder lace dress, £185, Reiss
SEQUIN WEDDING DRESS
If you don’t want to stray too far from the classic bridal look, then ignore the taffeta and turn to embellished sequins and embroidery instead. You can go as delicate or all-out as you like but, either way, sequin wedding dresses in shimmering silvery shades will add extra glam and sparkle to your big day – great for those wedding photos. Plus, you won’t look out of place beneath the disco ball later!
This Monsoon dress, with its golden embellishment, is a show-stopper that’ll wow your guests. Its deep sweetheart cut lining and sheer sleeves guarantees a flattering silhouette, while its maxi length and fishtail will make for some excellent twirling on the dancefloor.
Instead of classic satin courts, pair this dress with strappy metallic sandals. After all, a sparkling frock deserves ballroom-worthy heels!
Our pick: Monsoon gold Carlita sequin maxi dress, £140, Monsoon at Debenhams
WEDDING SUITS FOR WOMEN
If dresses aren’t your thing, and you want a wedding outfit that you’ll actually wear again, then enter the achingly chic wedding suit. If Bianca Jagger can don a tux, so can you. Choose light hues such as white, ivory or champagne.
Part of the Emma Willis collection, this Next ecru single-breasted tux jacket and matching wide-leg trousers make the perfect wedding suit investment. We adore its modern 70s feel. Make sure you check the jacket’s fit is perfect: you want it snug enough so all you’ll need underneath is a silky camisole and delicate necklace.
A traditional veil may be out of the question, but how about adding a Bianca-inspired veiled wide-brimmed hat instead? Platform sandals or high pointed courts work well with this trouser style.
Our pick: Ecru Emma Willis tux jacket, £68, Next; Emma Willis tux wide leg trousers, £45, Next
BRIDESMAID DRESSES IN HIGHCROSS LEICESTER
Next on the list: bridesmaid dresses! We can help with that too. Debenhams offer a bridesmaid personal shopper service, so you can get the girls together, try on a bunch of dresses all expertly picked out by one of their stylists – all while you relax in the Personal Shopping suite.
To book an appointment, head to the website
LUNCH AT 1573 BAR & GRILL
So you’ve grabbed the girls, you’ve found your dream dress (or wedding suit). You’ve ticked off their dresses. What now? Time for some refreshments! Head to 1573 in Highcross. In the amazing surroundings of a Grade II listed building, you can enjoy some fine grilled dishes while sipping on a few glasses of fizz. Champagne, anyone?