The best alternative wedding dresses under £230

Say yes to the dress! Here are three of the best alternative wedding dresses.

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 jumpsuits, these beautiful high street wedding outfits are non-traditional but super stylish. And the best bit? They’re all under £230. Boutique bridal on a budget? We do! Plus, you can pick them up at Silverburn now. 


Midi length dresses have taken over our everyday wardrobe, and now they’re taking over the bridal closet too! Whether it falls just below the knee or hits the calf, 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. What’s wrong with a blushing bride wearing blush pink instead of white? Absolutely nothing, that’s what. Apart from loving the ridiculously reasonable price tag, this Zara pleated dress has got our hearts racing for other reasons too. There’s the fine pleat skirt that’s made for first-dance twirling, the sheer lace fabric top and the flattering three-quarter length sleeves. Swoon.  We’d recommend styling this dress with strappy white heels or courts and gold statement earrings. They’ll both add a lovely contrast to the beige-pink hue of the dress.

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Our pick: Contrast pleated dress, £39.99, Zara


We’ve seen many classic wedding dresses using sequins as a form of delicate embellishment, but why not take it to the next level? Heavily sequinned dresses in shimmering metallic shades will add extra sparkle and glamour to your big day. Plus, you won’t look out of place beneath the disco ball later either! This Sarina sequinned dress, in an alternative bronze hue, has a glitzy 70s vibe to it. The sheer layering and long-sleeved design gives you the best of both worlds: an alluring hint of bare shoulders, while keeping you covered at the same time. And we love its sweeping, gently flared maxi silhouette, too.  Instead of classic satin courts, pair this dress with strappy metallic sandals. After all, a sparkling frock deserves ballroom-worthy heels!

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Our pick: Sarina embellished sequin maxi dress, £140, Monsoon


For all you fashion-forward brides, this one’s for you: the bridal jumpsuit. There’s no better way to stride down the aisle! It’s perfect if dresses aren’t your thing – and you want to invest in a wedding outfit that you’ll actually wear again. Look for jumpsuits in light hues such as white, ivory or champagne.  This stunning tailored ivory jumpsuit is from occasionwear hero, Hobbs. It’s made from a satin-crepe material that hangs beautifully and, thanks to its wide leg silhouette, wrap-style bodice and waist tie, it’s incredibly flattering too. Add a delicate necklace to emphasise the neckline. 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.

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Our pick: Shanice jumpsuit, £229, Hobbs


Next on the list: bridesmaid dresses! We can help with that too. Debenhams offers 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.


So you’ve grabbed the girls, you’ve found your dream dress (or jumpsuit). You’ve ticked off their dresses. What now? Time for some refreshments! Head to Zizzi. Its tempting Italian-inspired cuisine and drinks menu mean you can carry on your wedding planning in style. Prosecco, anyone? To book a table, call 0141 261 1453 or head to the website