We’re seeing a lot of brides stepping outside of the classic bridal gown tradition and trying more fashion forward, fun and easy dress options.  From Jessica Biel’s layered pink confection…



Or Gwen Stefani’s edgy, pink ombre dress….


…brides are definitely expressing their fashion personalities through their dress choices.  Not sure you’re ready for a pink gown, but also want to stay away from the norm?  Renting your bridal dress is a perfect option.  Not only can you wear a designer dress for your wedding, but you can do so at a fraction of the cost and save the rest of that money for the honeymoon!  Here’s some options to consider.

This Badgley Mischka Ostrich Feather & Cocktail Dress is a great option for an extroverted bride who wants something a bit whimsical.  Pairing it with nude heels, classic pearls and a neutral makeup palette keeps it from being too costume-y.  But, the feather and rose bouquet ties everything together beautifully.


Is your vibe more vintage?  This ivory fringe and beaded dress has a fabulous Great Gatsby vibe.  The  fringe looks amazing when you dance and the crystal beads on the bodice absolutely shimmer in photographs.  This dress pairs perfectly with dangling, sparkling earrings.  We love it with an interesting shoe – something with a t-strap and a bit of gold works well.  A cat eye and deep red lip finishes this entire look.


We wanted to share these beautiful photos of RfR Member, Aliya, wearing this white sequin David Meister dress as her wedding dress.   We especially love how she paired this dress with a vivid blue shoe and a stunning peacock hair piece.  We are so grateful she shared these photos with us!

PicMonkey Collage

For those who still want a gown, but one that’s not the norm, this Badgley Mischka nude chiffon gown with beaded shoulder and cut-out back is supremely romantic, but in a very non-traditional way.  Keep the makeup pastel soft and accessorize with one amazing piece.  We love how the edginess of the cuff is such a contrast to the softness of everything else.  A neutral shoe keeps the flow of the gown going.  But, you can still add a punch of colour in the bouquet.


While many brides go the destination wedding route, what’s becoming even more popular are cruise ship weddings (check out CruiseShip-Wedding out of BC).  Most ships have all the amenities you and your guests need, but with exotic ports to stop at along the way.  Want to do do this in a non-traditional way?  Go for bright, vivid colours that are Caribbean inspired.  We love this Jay Godfrey Lime One-Shoulder Kimono gown paired with bright accessories.  The chiffon gives the dress a very traditional bridal feel, while the bold colour and one-shoulder cut keep it non-traditional.