Wedding dress alternatives
Left to right: Pink Tartan ‘Flocked Clara’ dress, Michael Kors ‘Origami Sheath’ dress and Adam Lippes asymmetrical satin-twill maxi skirt and cropped pleated top.

Finding the perfect wedding dress can be stressful. There are endless options in all different prices ranges. But one thing to consider is that it doesn’t always have to be about a big formal wedding gown. These days there are more and more weddings that don’t call for a traditional wedding dress. And there’s an increasing amount of brides looking for chic alternatives to walk down the aisle in something that’s still memorable for all the right reasons. 

Whether the wedding is a smaller stylish gathering at a restaurant, a summer garden party or for a second marriage, there are many options to finding that perfect look for your wedding other than the big white dress. And because white is growing in popularity for formal evening wear (tons of stylish celebs are opting to go white on the red carpet), it’s easy to find alternative and slightly more carefree looks ideal for the big day. And don’t forget the bonus of maybe spending a little less and actually being able to wear it again.

So, when looking for the right wedding dress, consider thinking outside the box and going for something chic and fun without the drama and fuss of a formal wedding gown. Below are some fancy wedding dress alternatives to help you get inspired by.

Michael Kors

This Michael Kors Collection ‘Origami Sheath’ dress is super chic and good looking. A knee-length fitted frock feels fresh for a bride looking for a simple yet strong and confident look. And the applique detail is perfect for a wedding. Pair it with dramatic earrings and sparkly bracelets. Michael Kors Collection can be found at Holt Renfrew.


This Marchesa ‘Peony’ strapless silk cocktail dress is a showstopper. It’s a statement making dress and perfect for a bride who wants to feel sexy, glamourous and like a movie star – Jennifer Lopez would wear this dress. And it could be worn again to a chic party later on. The only place in Calgary to find Marchesa is Ette.

Rachel Gilbert

This beautiful Rachel Gilbert ‘Marique’ sleeveless is so elegant in its simplicity. A three-quarter length A-line gown is fresh and feels less formal for a wedding. And the slight high-low hemline is modern and unexpected. A dress like this could also be accessorized in different ways depending on the bride’s personality. Rachel Gilbert is also available at Ette in Calgary.

Pink Tartan2

Love this Pink Tartan Italian lace suit. It has a very Carrie Bradshaw feel and would be great at a small stylish wedding for a bride who’s definitely not interested in a traditional formal gown. And to make it dresser (and sexier), it could be worn without a top and with the jacket buttoned. You can find this suit at Holt Renfrew.

Pink Tartan1

This Pink Tartan ‘Flocked Clara’ dress is light and the beautiful embroidered organza gives it s a vintage feel. It would be lovely for a bride looking for soft and light look that’s also well priced. I’d keep the jewellery elegant and simple to maintain such a feminine look. Also available Holt Renfrew.

Adam Lippes

A two-piece ensemble, like this one from Adam Lippes, also works well for an alternative wedding look. It’s a nice way to achieve something less structured with movement. And the asymmetrical skirt is made for showing off statement-making shoes. You find Adam Lippes’ designs on

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