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16 designer dresses for the modern bride

Whether you consider yourself a classic, modern or more alternative bride, there’s a wedding look for you. Find The One here…

The newly-wed Duchess of Sussex opted for an elegant shoulder-baring gown by Stella McCartney for her evening reception

If you’re looking for contemporary cool rather than frothy princess from your dream wedding dress, then you need to know which brands do it best. Eveningwear professionals like Carolina Herrera, Temperley and Jenny Packham can always be relied on for sophisticated, show-stopping bridal gowns, while contemporary designers like Ellery, Cecilie Bahnsen, Brock Collection and Les Héroïnes are taking a modern approach to the traditional world of wedding dressing. For fabulous non-conformity, look to Danielle Frankel, Gabriela Hearst, Roksanda and Emilia Wickstead; and if dresses aren’t your vibe, head to Brandon Maxwell or Roland Mouret for the perfect two-piece. More of a purist? You’ll love The Row or Galvan’s minimalist dresses. You shouldn’t settle for anything less than your heart’s desire on your big day.



Any bride would look chic in one of these dreamy, timeless styles – and not a meringue in sight. Go for a ’90s-inspired slip dress, peekaboo lace or an off-shoulder gown to show a subtly sexy hint of skin.


Having a chic city wedding? Keep your cool while walking down the aisle in one of these contemporary designs. Look for interesting points of difference: cut-outs, ruffled sleeves, asymmetric necklines and tuxedo details.

Brock Collection and Danielle Frankel


If you consider yourself more of a non-traditional bride, then these chic designs are perfect for your big day – and beyond. There’s also the option of playing with color if the thought of a white dress is definitely not your thing.

Needle & Thread


It’s your day, so if you want to indulge your wildest sartorial dreams, go for it. Try brands like Retrofete and Rasario for minis in jewels and sequins, satin gowns and dramatic sleeves. To finish? Crystal-embellished accessories and party shoes.

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