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Best Alternative Weddings Dresses at Liberty

Wedding Dresses for Rule Breakers

For a day like no other, blaze your own sartorial trail by wearing one of the best alternative wedding dresses
By: George Elliot

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Wedding Dresses for Rule Breakers

Wedding Dresses for Rule Breakers

For a day like no other, blaze your own sartorial trail by wearing one of the best alternative wedding dresses

By: George Elliot

If we’ve caught your attention with this, our edit of the best alternative wedding dresses, you’re probably among the growing number of brides-to-be that want to rebel against the status quo, who see rules and traditions as there to be broken. And why wouldn't you? After all, weddings are one of life’s momentous milestones. So, if there’s a beautifully unconventional dress that’ll ensure yours is remembered for its originality and personal touch, one you'll actually wear again for other occassions rather than stow away in the hidden depths of your wardrobe, you’re going to want it, right? Here are our favourite wedding dresses that rewrite the rulebook. Expect to fall in love at Liberty.

The White One

If you’re thinking about breaking from tradition - but want to do so with subtlety - a white wedding could still be on the cards. As with your hair and makeup, just steer away from any clichés, like fitted bodices, meringue-style skirts, and conventional floral lace. Instead, try Aje’s Bonjour Asymmetric Midi-Dress, £560; it’s still white but with its sculptural ruffle on one shoulder, pair it with some equally scene-stealing jewellery and it'll anything but ordinary. Inspired by 1930s Hollywood - the Golden Age of glamour - Rixo’s Liza Dress, £595 is another refreshing take on the time-honoured white gown. Asymmetric in cut and trimmed with ostrich feathers, you’ll no doubt glide down the aisle.

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The Colourful One

If you prefer dressing in vibrant colour, the prospect of a white wedding dress probably fills you with dread. The antidote? Tie the knot in something that reflects your maximalist sense style, and boy have we got the gown for you. Enter: Inspiration Mini-Dress, £350 by AJE. A celebration of cobalt blue and dramatic volume, this dress is probably more you, right? You’ll be happy to know that for the modern bride, prints aren’t off limits either. With an off-the-shoulder neckline, ruffled sleeves and patterned with blooking florals, La DoubleJ's Breakfast Corte White Dress, £545 is just the thing to wear if you’re looking to venture off wedding-wear’s beaten track.

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The Sparkly One

On your biggest of days, all eyes will be on you. But this isn't something to be nervous about, dear unconventionalist; if anything, it’s the ultimate opportunity for you to shine in the limelight, literally. Aligne’s Gavid Dress, £150 is cut from a lustrous, champagne-coloured foil fabric rather than white tulle so - like your engagement ring - will glisten with every slight move you make. In other words, this midi will ensure you remain rightfully at the centre of attention, no matter what any rogue, etiquette-defying guests of yours wear. For even more glitz, RIXO’s Lara Dress, £395 features a high-neckline, bouffant sleeves and a graceful open-back, clad in reflective sequins.

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The Dress that Isn't a Dress

Is there a wedding dress that breaks more rules than one that isn't a dress at all? We think not, that’s why either a tailored two-piece or a trousers and standout shirt combo are both worthy of your consideration. For fans of sleek suiting, look no further than Stella McCartney's Single-Breasted Blazer, £990 and matching Straight-Leg Trousers, £590. Cut for a svelte silhouette from a soft linen-blend fabric, pair both with some mega jewellery. The best bit: unlike most wear-once wedding dresses, you can repurpose both pieces into a going out-out look in the months after you’ve said “I do.” Looking for extra edge? Dries Van Noten's Floral Bilas Sleeveless Jacket, £850 and voluminous Pamplona Trousers, £625 are a perfect match for wedding season’s balmier climes.

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The Black One

If the above are not quite out of the box enough, might we suggest breaking with current customs by reviving a tradition of old: black wedding dresses. Dating back to at least the 19th Century, these once frugal frocks were chosen for their reusability, but have now been reinvented, making them perfect for the chicest of minimalists. Crafted from textured cornelli lace and complete with voluminous sleeves, AJE's Patina Lace Midi-Dress, £485 has all the hallmarks of a couture gown, so promises to be awe-inspiring. While RIXO's Lena Mini-Dress, £265 is an elevated take on the little black dress and embellished with ostrich feathers. A dress to remember.

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