The best alternative wedding dresses under £495

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 suits, these beautiful high street wedding outfits are non-traditional but super stylish. And the best bit? They’re all under £495. Boutique bridal on a budget? We do! Plus, you can pick them up at Centrale & Whitgift now.

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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.  Our pick: Contrast pleated dress, £39.99, Zara

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If you don’t want to stray too far from the classic bridal look, then ignore the taffeta and turn to embellished sequins and embroidery instead. You can go as delicate or all-out as you like but, either way, sequin wedding dresses in shimmering silvery shades will add extra glam and sparkle to your big day – great for those wedding photos. Plus, you won’t look out of place beneath the disco ball later!  This Phase Eight dress, with its delicate beading and sequin embellishment, has an elegant art deco feel to it. The sheer cap sleeve overlay gives you the best of both worlds: an alluring hint of bare shoulders, while keeping you covered at the same time. And we can’t get enough of its flattering fishtail silhouette, too.  Instead of classic satin courts, pair this dress with strappy silver sandals. After all, a sparkling frock deserves ballroom-worthy heels! Our pick: Phase Eight Leonora sequin embroidered bridal dress, £495, Debenhams

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If dresses aren’t your thing, and you want a wedding outfit that you’ll actually wear again, then enter the achingly chic wedding suit. If Bianca Jagger can don a tux, so can you. Choose light hues such as white, ivory or champagne.  This M&S ivory single-breasted blazer and matching wide-leg trousers make the perfect wedding suit investment. We adore its modern 70s feel. Make sure you check the jacket’s fit is perfect: you want it snug enough so all you’ll need underneath is a silky camisole and delicate necklace.   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.  Our pick: M&S Collection single breasted blazer, £69, M&S; M&S Collection wide leg ankle grazing trousers, £45, M&S 


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