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Got Engaged Over the Holidays? We Found 12 Alternatives to a Traditional Wedding Dress

Big ball gowns not your thing? We found wedding dress alternatives that are sure to fit your unique style. From jumpsuits to mini-dresses, we’ve got the most impeccable options for your wedding day.

Wedding Dress Alternative for the Bride Who Wants to Show Skin: BHLDN Bella Vista Two-Piece Set

Two-piece embroidered set in champagne featuring gossamer appliques

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If covering up isn’t your style, this two-piece dress is a tasteful way to show some skin and keep grandma from having a heart attack. Flirty and feminine, this ‘60s-inspired Bella Vista number from BHLDN has a three-quarter-length top and ivory mini-skirt, with an overlay of metallic threaded gossamer appliqués and pearl embellishments.

Get It! BHLDN Bella Vista Two-Piece Set Champagne, $470

Photo: BHLDN

Wedding Dress Alternative for the Bride Who Wants to Keep It Simple: Reformation Minerva Slip Dress

Floor-length ivory slip dress with slight scooped neckline and open back with spaghetti straps

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Refined and elegant, the Reformation Minerva dress is a true testament that less is, in fact, more. Made from a medium-weight silk charmeuse fabric, this floor-length slip dress will glide over your frame and gleam with your every step. Keep the rest of your look clean with nude strappy heels, statement earrings and pulled-back hair for an uncomplicated bridal style.

Get It! Reformation Minerva Dress, $498

Photo: Reformation

Wedding Dress Alternative for the Bride Who Prefers Suits: & Other Stories Satin Blazer and Pants

White tailored blazer and high-waist pant suit with a black tank top

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Don’t feel obligated to wear a dress if that’s not how you roll. You’ll look and feel like a million bucks when you walk down the aisle in this & Other Stories tailored satin suit. The blazer has structured shoulders, no lapels and cool zipper wrist closures that can be worn or flared, while the slim-fit pants are high waist with zipper detailing on the center back calves.

Get It! & Other Stories Straight Fit Satin Blazer, $179; Slim Fit Satin Pants, $129

Photo: & Other Stories

Wedding Dress Alternative for the Rock-and-Roll Bride: Alice and Olivia Regina Tie Neck Halter Dress

Ivory halter-neck midi dress with exposed back zipper and thigh high slit

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Think Meghan Markle’s reception dress, but edgy. This Alice and Olivia halter-neck midi number is giving us serious wedding dress envy. The ladylike dress features a back tie neck and midi length, with an exposed back zipper and thigh-high side slit, aking this number equal parts sugar and spice—just like you!

Get It! Alice and Olivia Regina Tie Neck Halter Dress, $395

Photo: Alice + Olivia

Wedding Dress Alternative for the Casual Chic Bride: Adrianna Papell Crepe Jumpsuit with Cape

White, full-length, crepe jumpsuit with attached cape sleeves

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Say your “I dos” in a comfortable fashion with Adrianna Papell’s structured jumpsuit. The stretchy crepe fabric is amazing, breathable, moves with you and stays wrinkle free. The look is fabulous for a city hall ceremony followed by an intimate gathering with close friends and amazing food and drink.

Get It! Adrianna Papell Crepe Jumpsuit with Cape, $179

Photo: Adrianna Papell

Wedding Dress Alternative for the Bride Who Wants Some Frills: Byron Lars Carissima Sheath Dress

White lace sheath dress with a black bow tied grosgrain ribbon waist

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All of the details, sans a gut-wrenching price tag. Don’t think you have to go simple if you don’t have the budget for more costly, intricate work. This expertly designed Byron Lars sheath dress has a sensuously cut silhouette filled with meticulous lace and appliquéd floral work. The waist-defining black grosgrain ribbon is the cherry on top of this unbelievably inexpensive number.

Get It! Byron Lars Carissima Sheath Dress, $258

Photo: Anthropologie

Wedding Dress Alternative for the Bride with Great Shoulders: Amanda Uprichard Cherri Strapless Jumpsuit

White, sweetheart neckline, strapless, tailored jumpsuit

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We know, straps vs. strapless can be a touchy subject for brides. The key to not constantly yanking up your top is a well-fitted bodice, and this jumpsuit has got it. The bodice is darted and seamed at the waist to ensure a snug fit that will stand tall all night long. The bottom portion has a crisp pleated front and side seam pockets to carry along any of your wedding day essentials.

Get It! Amanda Uprichard Cherri Strapless Jumpsuit, $233

Photo: Bloomingdale’s

Wedding Dress Alternative for the Boho Bride: Eliza J Off-the-Shoulder Balloon Sleeve Gown

Ivory full-length dress with off the shoulder balloon sleeves decorated in 3D floral adornments

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A bohemian beauty, this full length, off-the-shoulder Eliza J gown is giving us a major outdoor summer wedding vibe. With airy balloon sleeves featuring feather-light 3D floral appliqués, this ethereal gown is made for the nonconformist bride. Wear with a floral crown or a stiff, wide-brim ivory hat to complete this boho bridal moment.

Get It! Eliza J Off-the-Shoulder Balloon Sleeve Gown, $228

Photo: Dillards

Wedding Dress Alternative for the Bride Who Loves Great Gatsby Style: ASOS Fringe Maxi Wedding Dress

Ivory, midi-length, all-over fringe wedding dress

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You won’t be able to sit still when you slip into this roaring ‘20s-style flapper look from ASOS. The ivory, midi-length, all-over fringe dress is made for dancing the night away. Grab a pair of heels you can move in, pin back your hair, and hit the dance floor!

Get It! ASOS Fringe Maxi Wedding Dress, $261

Photo: Asos

Wedding Dress Alternative for the Bride Who Doesn’t Want to Wear White: Veronica Beard Fogg Dickery Jacket and Renzo Pants

Light pink suit with a white tank underneath and heels

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Wedding white not your color? Try a blush suit instead. It warms the skin, brings out the pinks in your cheeks and lips, and won’t make your teeth look yellow against it. This skinny fitted Veronica Beard suit in light pink is an excellent wedding option, with detailed front flap pockets and buttons galore that will make your fiancé fall in love with you all over again.

Get It! Veronica Beard Fogg Dickery Jacket, $645; Renzo Pants, $395

Photo: Shopbop

Wedding Dress Alternative for the Bride Who Likes Lace: For Love & Lemons Luna Maxi Dress

All over floral lace dress, with a lace, zigzag hemline and back cutout

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Though this formfitting For Love & Lemons dress is covered in allover lace, you won’t feel anything like a doily. The maxi-dress has a modern, fitted zigzag hem and a subtly sexy back cutout. Plus, you can’t beat that price!

Get It! For Love & Lemons Luna Maxi Dress, $246

Photo: Shopbop

Wedding Dress Alternative for the Bride Who’s into Vintage: ASOS Petite Midi Dress with High Neck Crop Top

Cream, midi-length, chiffon dress under a beading embellished crop top

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Finally, a midi-length dress that won’t drown a petite frame. Designed with short-in-stature ladies in mind, this cream alternative ASOS wedding dress is filled with timeless details that make it look vintage! The mid-calf-length chiffon dress features an elaborately beaded, high-neck crop top in a cream shade that will flatter all skin tones.

Get It! ASOS Petite Midi Dress with High Neck Crop Top, $127

Photo: Asos

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