15 JAN - 2023
He’s got down on one knee. Checked engagement party off the list. Started looking at wedding bands, stationary, venues and well, it’s all feeling a little traditional.
If you can resonate with that feeling that the classic white poofy dress is just too stuffy for your style, we can relate. Getting married is kind of a massive deal, so it’s important you look and feel your best when walking down the aisle.
There’s been a surge of the so-called ‘Anti-Bride’ over the past few years, choosing to follow their own path for the big day. Some elope, some wear suits, others opt for unique wedding venues to bunk traditional trends. In the spirit of the closely approaching wedding season, we’ve compiled our favourite brands for those wanting to stray from the conventional.
Alca Line Brides
The Sydney based bridal brand is all about bold and playful silhouettes. The Riley - a simplistic white gown with unexpected details, The Whitley, a sheer metallic fantasy, or the Romu for those who dare to go colourful.
Spell, Byron Bay
For the gypsy among us. Spell Bride is bohemian and romantic, inspired by nature, Fleetwood Mac and travel. You can expect bell sleeve features, lots of lace, and floaty hems. While Spell has their ‘bridal’ section, don’t feel restricted to just those, with some of their other cream and white dresses being the perfect match.
Rock n Veil
Now you might think a veil pushes your ensemble back into the bridal sphere, wait until you see Rock n Veil. Floral, glitter, a little bit of lace. If you’re opting for a cream of white look, a veil with a pop of colour will completely change your look, and be an amazing statement piece for photos!
Still want that bridal feel, without feeling like you’ve just pulled from the rack? L’Eto’s latest collection Into the Night is full of floaty silks for the modern bride. There’s a hint of pearl detailing, delicate draping and timeless silhouettes.
Karen Walker Bridal
Just like everything KW, her bridal range is fun yet sophisticated. The range has expanded to include a dress for everyone, with old-world lace midi-dresses, chiffon babydoll gowns and fun minis with a frill. For those who aren’t feeling a dress, a custom tailored cream suit is perfect. Book an appointment at their Ponsonby atelier to give them all a whirl. We’d love to take home one of Karen’s fun veils too!
Michael lo Sordo
The Australian brand is a master of romanticism and whimsy, creating staple yet unique statement pieces. Michael Lo Sordo’s Silk Bias dresses are detailed with crystal straps and tasteful cutouts. Another brand championing pants, opt for the relaxed satin set for recovery brunch.
Bridal, but different. Honeymoon Studio’s mission is to make bridal for every body, shape and size. The collection is a mix of dresses, sets and separates intended to be worn long after your big day. We love the addition of black dresses!
Carefree bridal that can be re-worn and reimagined for all occasions. We love the addition of Lilia Cass’ sheer blouses, meant to be wrapped over subtle slip dresses, or simplistic gowns. Wear the dress with for the ceremony, and slip it off for the reception for two looks in one.
Anti Bride Bows and Veils
Anti-Bride is our go-to digital bridal hub, showcasing modern designers, photographers and vendors amongst real wedding inspiration that are anything but traditional. Amongst that, they stock a curated range of accessories from beaded headbands and polka dot bows.
Bridal doesn’t always have to break the bank. Shona Joy’s stunning range of satin dresses sit below $500 and are an easy way to achieve the simplistic bridal within a budget. Or if you’re extra like me, these are a great option for a second look for the evening!