[alternative wedding dresses]

Think it’s all about the big white meringue dress? Think again. Brides are increasingly opting for coloured gowns, shorter styles and even ditching the dress entirely! So if you’re looking for something a little different on your Big Day, why not get inspired by some of these brides?

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Let’s start with one of the world’s greatest fashion icons, Elizabeth Taylor, who first married two-time husband Richard Burton in 1964 in a hot canary yellow gown with a wild floral headdress. Unconventional? Yes. Beautiful? Absolutely.

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For her second wedding, to the Italian doctor Andrea Dotti in 1969, Audrey Hepburn chose a mini dress, pumps and a headscarf, paving the way for modern brides to show their legs in thigh-high styles.

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Another bride to have gone for a splash of colour on her wedding day was 90210actress Shenae Grimes, who tied the knot with her British beau Josh Beech wearing a black chiffon Vera Wang creation. The wedding is thought to have mixed it up a bit too, with the couple walking down the aisle to house music.

mmonroe_BR_17apr09_pa_592x888Surprisingly Marilyn Monroe chose a demure dark brown suit for her low-key wedding to baseball star Joe DiMaggio at San Francisco City Hall. But the modest event didn’t escape the attention of the world’s press and over 100 paparazzi lurked outside waiting for the happy couple.pmccartney_BR_17apr09_pa_592x888It’s not difficult to see where British fashion designer Stella McCartney gets her keen sense of style from. When her dad, Beatle Paul McCartney married her late mother, American photographer Linda Eastman in 1969 in London, Linda arrived at the ceremony in a sharp, tailored camel coat.bgillespie_gl_5apr11_rex_592x888Stylist Katy England didn’t wear a conventional gown for her wedding to Primal Scream’s Bobby Gillespie – instead she chose a pink and white candy-striped confection, while the groom wore a rose-embroidered tux.lwood_BR_17apr09_rex__592x888As a rock ‘n’ roll child it was little surprise that when Leah Wood married Jack MacDonald in 2008, the bride wore a vintage gown for her Midsummer Night’s Dream-themed wedding. We just loved the ornate detailing around the neckline on this dress, as well as those billowing bell sleeves.keira-knightley_glamour_4dec13_pr_b_592x888Despite being one of the most in-demand actresses in Hollywood, Keira Knightley proved her thriftiness when she wore this Rodarte frock to her 2013 wedding to James Righton in the South Of France. The Brit actress had been spotted in the blush pink dress a number of times before and has since worn it again, as well!

 

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