(Closed) Bees who chose non-traditional/alternative dresses…

posted 6 years ago in Dress
Post # 16
1746 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: October 2017

I think it’s beautiful! 

Post # 17
130 posts
Blushing bee
  • Wedding: July 2017

Thats a beautiful dress!!! If you love it and it fits your personality dont worry about what others say or think…although thats hard I understand!

Post # 18
6266 posts
Bee Keeper

If this dress is your style, you won’t regret it.  It’s just hard not to get lost in what the general population envisions is ‘right’ for a wedding.  Remember in this case it’s about you, not them.

I didn’t break away from tradition completely, so my dress was white, but it was a 50s swing dress with a colored crinoline.  There were moments (well before the wedding) where I worried that I’d look like I was in costume, but I trusted the opinions of my mom and sister and knew I had made the right decision.  Day of, it was perfect. Looking back now, my only regret was not getting it professionally fitted as it bunched under the bust.  But for the rest, it was exactly the right choice for me.

Post # 19
1012 posts
Bumble bee
  • Wedding: March 2016

I love it. My dress was a “proper” wedding dress from a bridal boutique and not too different to yours.

Post # 20
3106 posts
Sugar bee

The Bee does have a very generous interpretation of what is “different”. Whenever a “different/unique dress” post comes up, I would say 90% of them are not that different in the strict sense of the word.  I do not count dresses with other colors besides white/ivory/champagne as different, because usually the silhouettte/style is basically the same as white bridal dresses. I also don’t count dresses that are not specifically bridal as different; in fact, it’s wearing a gown/long or cocktail dress in a wedding context. This obviously does not deny their beauty; it’s just that they are not that different.

A truly different bridal dress is still a wedding dress, but either through the use of an unusual silhouette, embellishment or fabric, it distances itself from the more mainstream bridal dresses.  This type of dress is a risk, won’t be necessarily understood or liked by the majority, but it is a statement.  How conventionally pretty or practical it is doesn’t really come into play when it comes to different. These, in my opinion, are examples of different:

Post # 22
485 posts
Helper bee
  • Wedding: July 2016

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claroquesi:  See, I would consider many of those dresses at least semi traditional because they are formal and white. Just shows how opinions vary.

Post # 23
61 posts
Worker bee

I think that your dress is very unique and elegant. If you’re concerned with it being too ‘alternative’ maybe you could add some more bridal accessories to ease your nerves. 

Post # 24
366 posts
Helper bee

I had a very non traditional wedding dress.  It wasn’t even sold as a wedding dress or even an evening dress or prom dress.  It was purple, tea length, swing style dress.  It was very inexpensive (under $40 from Amazon) and the kind of dress that made be feel beautiful.

I never second guessed my dress.  I saw it and knew it was perfect once I saw how puffy the ruffled petticoat made the 360 skirt! 

Post # 25
10839 posts
Sugar Beekeeper

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Whilst I don’t think it is very ‘bridal’ , I do think it is very beautiful ! Go with your heart, I say.

Post # 26
26 posts
  • Wedding: October 2016

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kkkatieB12:  I’m considering this dress too! I don’t want anything too traditional. 

Post # 27
2144 posts
Buzzing bee

Boom! My nontraditional wedding dress. Ain’t nothing bridal or wedding about it…for today’s standards I suppose. Its short. Its blue. Its silk. It’s 1950s and its got sleeves! Oh thank god.

I never searched for a traditional wedding gown because I dont like American dresses. I found a UK dress I liked but couldn’t get it. Oh well, it happens. I’m all about vintage…and thats what I got. My mother is heartbroken, but it suits me. My grandmother also wore blue on her wedding. She couldn’t afford a proper wedding dress.


Did I have doubts? Sure. Every oncei n a while I think maybe I should have gotten a nice proper bridal dress. But then I look and I can’t find any I love. People will think my choice is odd and strange. Its okay.



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