A Guide for Choosing Alternative Wedding Dresses
The man of your dreams has finally popped the question – congratulations! Now you’re sporting a gorgeous engagement ring, and it’s time to plan the wedding. After choosing a vision for the big day, you’ve chosen a venue and now it’s time for possibly the most fun and fabulous of all your wedding planning decisions – it’s time to say yes to the perfect dress. But which dress to choose? For the past few decades, wedding dresses have had a similar look and feel – the fabric is a heavy formal fabric, and they are usually in a traditional silhouette. Traditional wedding dresses also usually consist of the following characteristics: they are white, simple, floor-length, and are quite often a ballgown or mermaid shape strapless dress. But what if the traditional look simply isn’t your style? Don’t worry, we’ve got your back. Jovani has plenty of stunning styles that have traditional elements, but we also specialize in designing unique, stunning, and out of the box styles that are perfect for a bride seeking an alternative wedding dress. Read on for our favorite five picks that are beautifully bridal while bucking the traditional trends.
White Lace Sheath Illusion Dress – JOVANI Style #21226
If you love lace but still want to be unique and sexy, Jovani’s white lace sheath illusion dress is the perfect pick. This non-traditional wedding dress is great because it looks revealing and sexy without actually showing a lot of skin. The bodice of the dress looks like a lace off-the-shoulder sleeve, but is actually lace applique mounted on top of a mesh illusion fabric that goes up to the neck. This means that you still get to enjoy an off the shoulder look without having to worry about pulling up and readjusting straps throughout the night when you are tearing it up on the dance floor.
This unique wedding dress is also a fantastic pick if you want to wear a floor-length gown for your wedding but have great legs you like to show off. Thanks to the peek-a-boo mesh window in the lace fabric, you still see a peek of thigh from the front and back of the dress. And unlike with a dress that is actually short, the layer of fabric will still help hide a multitude of imperfections like cellulite or stretch marks while still giving a sexy peek-a-boo effect – it’s a win-win.
Our final favorite detail from this lace sheath dress is the back. Creating wedding ceremony dresses that are not only gorgeous coming but also going is a specialty of Jovani’s – we think a dress should be stunning from any angle, and this one is no exception. The back of the dress is open with the applique lace at top reaching together from the sleeves to form an inverted tear drop shape. It’s a truly lovely detail, and will make your wedding photos from behind look extra spectacular. This alternative bridal dress also comes in blush, navy and black, making it a great pick for a special anniversary vow renewal celebration or second wedding.
Two Piece Illusion Lace Wedding Dress – JOVANI Style #31050
Two piece wedding dresses are a huge trend lately, and are being donned by fashion-forward brides. While we adore the look of a two-piece wedding dress, we also recognize that it can be a little tricky to pull off this style. Even the most slender of women can be concerned with baring their midriff, especially after indulging in wedding day food and beverages.
If you, too, love the two piece style but are worried about the comfort and belly-baring issue, consider the genius design of our two piece illusion dress. The beauty is that it looks just like an illusion dress, but it actually all one dress connected by a nearly invisible mesh fabric. The mesh fabric that connects the top and bottom of the white dress is created to blend in with most skin tones for a fashion-forward look.
What’s even better is that the skirt of the dress hits high in the waist, making it a very flattering and leg-lengthening silhouette. The dress also has a beautiful back opening like the first gown we profiled, making it a stunner from the front and the back. What’s not to love?
Two Piece Scalloped Alternative Wedding Dress – JOVANI Style #36500
If you have ever looked at traditional wedding dresses and thought that they look dowdy, boring, plan and unsexy, this two piece scalloped alternative wedding dress might be right up your alley. It’s the absolute antithesis to boring and traditional thanks to its cutting edge design, sparkles, and sexy silhouette. This dress would be absolute perfection for a glitzy, sultry Las Vegas wedding.
Unlike our first two piece wedding dress that featured an illusion mesh connecting the top with the skirt, this dress is truly a 100% two-piece gown. Both the top and the floor-length trumpet skirt are covered in lovely beading that give the dress a sparkle, pop and shine under the lights. This pick is definitely a nighttime wedding dress – between candlelight and any lighting you add at your wedding venue, you’ll be the belle of the ball when the beading catches the light. It’s perfect for ladies who have worked hard on their wedding body and are proud to show off a toned midriff and arms. Even the peek-a-boo tulle trumpet skirt gives a sneak peek of your gorgeous gams.
White Two Piece Wedding Jumpsuit – JOVANI Style #49925
For more casual weddings, style savvy brides may want to consider making a statement in a white wedding jumpsuit. This alternative bridal trend is catching on quickly with brides who are getting married at the courthouse, and nontraditional brides who want to embrace their personal style. If you don’t love wearing dresses and tend to feel uncomfortable in one, consider going with who you are instead of fighting it. This two piece is a great option for looking fancy without sacrificing your personal comfort.
What we love about this alternative wedding dress option is the oversize ruffle flounce at the top. There is something inherently feminine and pretty about a ruffle, and we love how this one softens the whole look of the outfit. Despite the ruffle, the rest of this look is so chic and simple that trendsetters are sure to love the style statement it makes. It’s bold without being over the top, and simple without being boring. The outfit can be dressed up with some beautiful sparkling jewelry, fabulous heels and an updo, or dressed down by keeping hair loose and flowing and sticking with quiet, minimal jewelry pieces – perfect for a beach wedding or destination wedding.
Short Pencil Dress with Ornately Beaded Shrug – JOVANI Style #2713
The last dress we’re featuring today on our alternative wedding dress list is this pretty little number. It’s a knee-length pencil dress with a simple, classic strapless silhouette. This dress may not seem all that unique until you factor in the fabulous ornately beaded shrug/collar that comes on the dress. What we love about this shrug is that the sparkles and details at the top bring eyes up to your beautiful, glowing face on your wedding day.
This dress is a beautiful option for brides who are having warm weather outdoor weddings, as well as more casual, cocktail-party style indoor weddings. It’s also a fabulous option for a second wedding dress of the evening – shed your large, uncomfortable ballgown and slip into this sassy little number to cut a rug on the dance floor all night. Many brides also choose to keep their large wedding dress on until it’s time to make a getaway to their honeymoon – changing into this darling dress makes it easy to get into the getaway car and be whisked away to somewhere fabulous.
Which alternative wedding dress on our list is your favorite? Let us know, and stay tuned for more wedding-related content right here on Jovani’s blog.