The best alternative wedding dresses under £495

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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 jumpsuits, 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 Cabot Circus 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. For a taste of couture craftmanship without the eye-watering price tag, you can’t go wrong with this breathtaking Reiss ivory dress. Its handcrafted lace overlay detailing will photograph beautifully and get your guests oohing, while the deep V neck and fluted fishtail hem gets our hearts racing. Swoon.  Ivory and gold are a match made in heaven, so pair this dress with gold statement earrings and gold sandals. A mid to high heel would be ideal for this length dress.  Our pick: Anastasia lace overlay flute hem midi dress, £295, Reiss

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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, House of Fraser

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For all you fashion-forward brides, this one’s for you: the bridal jumpsuit. There’s no better way to stride down the aisle! It’s perfect if dresses aren’t your thing – and you want to invest in a wedding outfit that you’ll actually wear again. Look for jumpsuits in light hues such as white, ivory or champagne.  This stunning tailored ivory jumpsuit is from occasionwear hero, Hobbs. It’s made from a satin-crepe material that hangs beautifully and, thanks to its wide leg silhouette, wrap-style bodice and waist tie, it’s incredibly flattering too. Add a delicate necklace to emphasise the neckline. 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: Shanice jumpsuit, £229, Hobbs


So you’ve grabbed the girls, you’ve found your dream dress (or jumpsuit). What now? Time for some refreshments! Head to the Second Floor Bar & Restaurant in Harvey Nichols. Its glamorous setting, tempting food menu and amazing drinks and cocktails list mean you can carry on your wedding planning in style. Champagne, anyone? Find out more by calling 0117 916 8898 or visit their website