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The best alternative wedding dresses under £325

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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 £325. Boutique bridal on a budget? We do! Plus, you can pick them up at Westquay now. 


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 Karen Millen ivory dress. Its lace overlay detailing will photograph beautifully and get your guests oohing, while the delicate cap sleeves and flared hemline 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.

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Our pick: Floral lace dress, £280, Karen Millen


If you don’t want to stray too far from the classic bridal look, then ignore the taffeta and turn to embellished sequins instead. You can go as delicate or all-out as you like but, either way, sequin wedding dresses in shimmering silver shades will add extra glam and sparkle to your big day. Plus, you won’t look out of place beneath the disco ball later! This Phase Eight dress, with its sequinned stripes, really twinkles and catches the light (great for those wedding photos). The batwing sleeves and blouson bodice makes for an incredibly flattering silhouette while feeling ultra-modern and relaxed.  Instead of classic satin courts, pair this dress with strappy silver sandals. After all, a sparkling frock deserves ballroom-worthy heels!

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Our pick: Mariana sequin maxi dress, £325, Phase Eight – order online and try in store


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 blush pink. This stunning blush pink jumpsuit is from occasionwear hero, Coast. It’s made from a floaty crepe-style material that hangs beautifully and, thanks to its wide leg silhouette, ruched bodice and cold shoulder sleeves, it’s incredibly flattering too.  A traditional veil may be out of the question, but how about adding a Bianca-inspired veiled wide-brimmed hat instead? Strappy sandals or high pointed courts work well with this trouser style.

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Our pick: Coast Larissa wide leg jumpsuit, £169, John Lewis & Partners


So you’ve grabbed the girls, you’ve found your dream dress (or jumpsuit). You’ve ticked off their dresses. What now? Time for some refreshments! Head to Bill’s. With delicious dishes and drinks galore, you can carry on your wedding planning in style. Prosecco, anyone? To book, visit the website.