Not every bride has the desire to bedeck herself in a full-skirted white ball gown on her big day. In fact, plenty of brides go all out to avoid a traditional wedding dress.
Whether it’s because you just don’t feel right in white; you’re going for an alternative wedding or you want to stay true to yourself – or maybe even rebel against the norm – a colourful, quirky wedding gown is likely to be more up your street. And why not? You are the bride, so you are allowed to wear what you want to wear – and that is the law!
So, what IS a ‘quirky’ wedding dress?
What does quirky actually mean? Some wedding attire commentators would answer modernity, sensuality and surprise. Whilst there is some substance to this, surely there has to be more to quirky than all of this? Come on, let’s challenge it!
“Surely there has to be more to quirky than all of this? Come on, let’s challenge it!”
The element of surprise and colour for example. Ooh – look – her wedding dress is peach or pastel blue rather than white. That’s different, but quirky? Not really. So what is?
How about dip-dyed fabrics that surge through a mini kaleidoscope of colours? Think Bohemian meets vintage with a splash of on-trend glamour. And if you want a real surprise, how about a dip hem that reveals a back-end colour contrast that no one was expecting? Check out this fantastic dip dye wedding dress gallery.
But colour isn’t the be all and end all of wedding gown quirkiness. Features like detachable trains – the ultimate beach bride accessory – are right up there in the eccentric stakes. And what about some of these ideas… let’s take a look at the REAL quirky.
Detachable sleeves – well, why not? A more formal look for the ceremony - sleeves-on; then throw caution to the wind for the after-party with sleeves-off – and keep cool on the dance floor. Genius!
Long to short – dip hems are great for creating a fluid, cascading wow-them look, but how about a dress that converts from long to short? Perfect for party girls who want to keep it relatively formal for the ceremony, then free themselves Bucks Fizz style to dance the night away without the long train trip hazard getting in her way!
Trouser dress – not every bride wants a ‘dress-dress’, so how about a ‘trouser gown’ that gives you that comfortable feel but still looks oh-so sophisticated?
A dress to match your hair – what a great idea! Quirky bride, quirky hair! Whether it’s pink, blue, purple or green, what better way to highlight your crowning glory than to splash a little more of the same into your wedding dress? The dip-dye approach is perfect for this, allowing you to really make a feature of the colours you adore from head to toe.
How to get your hands on the ultimate quirky wedding dress?
Often the best way to get what you really want in terms of an outfit that sings your personality and excites your senses is to go tailor-made. This will allow you to experiment with different fabrics, styles and colour techniques so you can find precisely what suits your passions. It really is as easy as booking an appointment at a recommended alternative bridal boutique and taking it from there.
“Often the best way to get what you really want in terms of an outfit that sings your personality and excites your senses is to go tailor-made”
Lucy Can’t Dance is one such boutique. All Lucy’s dresses are handmade in their friendly Essex studio with every gown made to measure and crafted with pride. The entire collection is all open to alteration to suit personal style - fabrics, colours, necklines, sleeves and shapes can all be changed to create the perfect quirky wedding dress just for you.