Wednesday, 13 September 2017

Wedding dresses for alternative brides...

Hello lovelies!

I hope this post finds you well!

Today I'm talking about a subject which is somewhat alien to me...that's right, I'm talking weddings!  For those of you that might have missed my little Instagram post, my lovely Mister of twelve years proposed to me whilst we were on holiday in Cannes in August!  It was totally unexpected, private, romantic (at sunset!) and quite emotional!  

Post proposal-when I'd composed myself!

I know what you're thinking...twelve years is a long time to wait to get engaged?!  Well to some it probably is, but to me it couldn't be more perfect.  I love my Mister very much, but I'm quite private about our relationship; tending not to share much about us on my blog and social media. We've lived together for almost seven years and been blissfully happy, and I've never been that big on weddings (they're lovely, I've just never really wanted one!) so I guess I just wasn't really waiting for a proposal! But now I've had one, I've got to start thinking about some sort of *gulp* wedding...eeek!

I use the term wedding loosely because we are most definitely going to elope!  I hate being the centre of attention, so by just having the two of us at our wedding, I know we'll really, really enjoy it and most importantly, get to choose what we want to do.  So whilst we haven't decided where yet (or when for that matter!), my inner fashionista has already started to consider what I might wear to marry my best friend.  This also got me to thinking, I can't be the only bride in the world that begins to shudder at the thought of choosing and wearing a wedding dress, surely?  So, for all of you brides to be out there, that want to wear a nice dress but definitely don't want white (or a wedding gown of any sort for that matter) consider me your new BFF as I take you through my thought process of choosing my alternative wedding attire.

Needle and Thread

I can't be the only girl in the world that loves to stroke these dresses, right?  Needle and Thread dresses are stunning; I've always wanted to own one but I've never had a glamorous enough event to go to that warrants their price tag.  In wedding gown price terms though, they're pocket money.  Expensive and detailed enough to make you feel special but no where near wedding gown or high-end designer dress prices, they're my favourite so far in my dress search.   Coming in a range of styles, lengths and prices, you're sure to find something wedding worthy, even if you're simply looking for a dress to wear as a wedding guest.  Here are some of my current favourites...

Comet embellished midi dress, £300, Harrods

Whisper prom dress, £450.74, Revolve

Whisper Posy Bodice Dress, from £175 via Lyst


Self-portrait dresses are absolutely amazing!  Each dress is flawless and unique, but the brand is instantly recognisable and aesthetically pleasing.  These dresses are for funky brides, a bride who dares to be different.  My main reservation is that many of the styles that I like wouldn't really suit a larger bust (I'm teeny, but my boobs are not!!) but if you're smaller-chested, the dresses with spaghetti straps are to die for (and similar to Needle and Thread, are much more budget conscious than bank-breaking!!).  Here's what I would choose...

Lace embroidered dress, £341, Farfetch

Shoulder Knot Lace Mini Dress, £280, Mytheresa

Blue Peony Mini Dress, £125 via Lyst

Wild cards!

I've looked mostly at the two afore mentioned brands, as they were the first I thought of when I pictured myself in my version of a wedding dress.  But there are so many great dresses out there, just waiting to be found!  As an extra tip, if you use a website like Lyst, and type a brand name, or something as simple as 'wedding dresses' into their search engine, they cleverly find and collate the most gorgeous pieces on sale from stores all across the web, so you might even find yourself a bargain too!  You're welcome!

Thea Dress, £322, Reformation
It wouldn't be my style-but wow this dress is amazing! 

Asos Wedding Frill Shoulder Detail Maxi Dress, £45.50, Asos

Delicate Beaded Bodice Maxi, £85, Asos

With so much choice out there, I'm so glad that I'm taking a non-traditional wedding dress route!  Now the difficult part will just be making a final decision!  All I know is, whatever dress I choose, it's definitely going to be paired with some expensive designer shoes; if getting married isn't a good enough excuse, I'll never have one!  Valentino anyone?

Thanks for reading,

Kayleigh x

*This was a collaborative post, but all opinions are my own.  All images are taken from the corresponding websites for each dress and are not my own (other than the first image).*



  1. OMG I LOVE the idea of a Self Portrait dress, such a great idea to wear a beautiful designer dress for your wedding - as you say in wedding terms it's a very small price and you'll get to wear it again and again!

  2. i love them all but i defs think the Needle & Thread are just that bit more special 😊 xxx

    1. Yeah they're my favourite love love!!

  3. I love your wedding dress picks. I really don't ever want a big wedding or to wear a big white dress either. If I were to get married tomorrow I'd most certainly pick a Needle and Thread dress. They are so pretty. Katie x

    1. A girl after my own heart! I’d just feel like I was wearing a costume to be honest! Yep, it’ll probably be Needle and Thread for me too xx


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