Wedding dress shopping ranks high under the “life changing” choices category as there are haircuts and take away options on Sunday after the breakup (the disappointment of doing something wrong is so real).
With Pinterest boards, special wedding magazines, Instagram tracking your school friends’ weddings, and ideas you’ve had about your dream dress since childhood, the options and inspirations are seriously endless.
But what if you don’t want what everyone else has? You’ve seen enough Kate Middleton-inspired lace, enough strapless shapes sold to you as a universal lover of people, enough slip dresses with 10 foot trains, and definitely enough flower crowns. You want something out of the box, something so inspired that people won’t even know how amazing you look (disclaimer: you probably do this whatever you wear but play with).
Fashion insiders have long ditched the traditional dress in favor of something unexpected, and we’re not just talking about a pant suit or skirt and top – these folks are taking wedding gowns to an entirely different realm, and it’s beautiful.
The wedding dress for two people
Monikh Dale wedding dress
Looking as chic as she could, Monikh Dale said ‘I do’ in a tailored, figure-hugging ivory dress supplied by bridal specialist Bon Bride. The brand designed the dress specifically for the pregnant content creator who, after two canceled weddings last year, tied the knot with her long-time fiancé at a “small intimate wedding”.
Dale was not satisfied with a gorgeously simple floor-grazing dress and also used a pleated chiffon ivory jacket from The Row. Head to foot in line on your big day; what would be better?
The dress with a message
Chiara Ferragni wedding dress
Italian influencer and blogging sensation Chiara Ferragni tied the knot with longtime partner Fedez at a wedding that was so deliciously exaggerated. The bride chose two Dior dresses for her big day, opted for a traditional white dress for the ceremony, and then morphed into a signature Maria Grazia Chiuri design for the evening. Dior’s creative director designed a cream-colored couture dress adorned with lyrics from the song that Fedez Ferragni performed at her suggestion, along with symbols that reflect the couple. The term “bespoke” just got a whole new meaning.
The shirt dress like you’ve never seen it before.
Lola Jacobs wedding dress
Born and raised in Paris, Lola Jacobs falls into the “French It Girls” category faster than one could say: “Où est la piscine?” Jacobs, Style Director at the French brand Courrèges, is effortless when it comes to fashion and beauty and opts for a cautious maintenance atmosphere at any time. Like many French women with a fashion influence, her Instagram is not littered with woven basket bags and Breton tops, but with art and photography, which adds to her fascination as a “cool girl”.
The style director took on two very direct and cool outfits for her wedding. The night before the big day, Jacobs opted for a lightly knitted white dress by Jacquemus with a thigh-high side split (worn when playing boules, of course).
Her next wedding moment came over a white mini dress with a simple veil and red suede flat shoes. Repeat: red suede flat shoes. * Applause breaks out * How to make a fashion statement at your wedding.
The bridal veil came back
It is common for your guests to wear hats to your wedding (sometimes towering), but it is not often that you see the bride wearing this accessory. In the case of Danish model and actor Emma Leth, she swapped the traditional veil for the season’s Jacquemus La Bomba hat.
Not only did she take on Instagram’s favorite accessory, but also an almost see-through dress that showed off her purple underwear underneath. The dress, the underwear, the hat, the patented Balenciaga pumps … this is perhaps the coolest bridal outfit we have ever seen.
The pants suit that is not a pants suit
Hanne Gaby Odiele wedding outfit
Model Hanne Gaby Odiele is best known for hosting Balenciaga and Alexander Wang campaigns, walking on every major show, and for her unusual take on wedding dress. Pantsuits for a wedding are not uncommon. Many contemporary brides opt for two pieces instead of a traditional dress. Odiele, however, took her suit to the next level.
The wedding outfit was made to measure by designer and buddy Alexander Wang and consisted of low-slung combat style trousers with lace and a silk hooded cloak for a good bridal measure. Imagine when bride meets fashion meets androgyny meets the coolest couple in the world.
The wedding with all the color
Emily Ratajkowski wedding outfit
Emily Ratajkowski made a number of bold statements at her very private wedding earlier this year. In an unprecedented celebrity move, the bride wore her favorite high street Zara to her wedding. Now Main Street has some pretty amazing wedding options (we’ve rounded them up for you here) but we’re not citing this because it’s Main Street, rather because it was a mustard colored pant suit.
Ratajkowski crowned her alternative wedding outfit with a black, veiled chapeau and taught us all an important bridal hour: don’t take it too seriously.
The first floor wedding disturber
Olivia Palermo wedding dress
Olivia Palermo started her fashion career at The Hills but has since become one of the most successful personalities in fashion. She often found frontline campaigns around the world and front row seated on heavyweight shows. There has been much speculation about what Palermo would wear to her wedding with longtime partner Johannes Huebl: Would it be Valentino, Cavalli or Dior?
Olivia Palermo wedding dress
The answer? None of the above. Instead, Palermo opted for a cashmere sweater tucked into an elaborate skirt embroidered with tulle. In a move that inspired many to break away from traditional bridal options, Palermo brought wedding separations into the mainstream. And of course he revoked every emotion of Sex And The City with a pair of blue Manolo Blahnik pumps.
Images: Instagram / Olivia Palermo