Getting married? Thrilled to bits about going to Pronovias, or, if you’ve got the budget, Brown’s Brides? For the majority of brides, the dress is one of the most exciting parts of the planning. But for certain brides-to-be, that excitement isn’t about being laced into a giant confection of white or ivory lace, tulle and corsetry and petticoats.
Some of us never really got over the bit in (most excellent Nineties film) Four Weddings And A Funeral where the all-important garment is referred to as ‘looking like a huge meringue’ and, I’ll admit it, I personally don’t have a model figure and am realistic about the likelihood of shedding half my body weight before my big day – chances are slim, frankly – no pun intended, and I don’t want to wear something that’ll make me look even bigger. Perhaps Keira Knightley's chilled-out wedding day will make more people think about doing things differently too.
Erdem's SS'13 collection was one of the prettiest, most feminine ever - ideal for an alternative bride
However, I’m not so grumpy that I’m not excited about being justified in dropping a thousand quid or so on some frankly fabulous ready to wear, and I’m not ruling out the possibility that I’ll get to wear said frock again in the future, if I get invited to any particularly glamorous events.
When I first got engaged, I was quite apprehensive about having a wedding, not feeling very enthused about many of the aspects of weddings I’d been to as a guest – like bouquets of flowers with trailing ivy, those posed photographs with a puddle of white material on the floor (bridal train?!?) starched linen napkins etc.
Then, during my search for a venue, someone asked, ‘have you been on Rock ‘n Roll Brides? And I discovered this AMAZING blog, all about goth brides, Fifties rockabilly brides and East London and Brooklyn hipster weddings. It was suddenly as if I’d been given permission to do my wedding my way, not worry about convention, and even start getting really excited about planning and shopping. Hurrah! – It’s OK to wear a non-bridal dress, a colourful or a short dress, or even a brilliant pair of trousers.
Click throught the gallery above to see a few different choices, from catwalk fantasy dresses to trouser suits and budget options too...