In the past, elopements conjured up images of impulsive romances and couples running off to marry in secret - but that's changed over the years. Whether you're foregoing tradition to save a few bucks or to save yourself the stress of planning a bigger affair, more couples are taking this less formal route to matrimony. But doing away with a lavish ceremony doesn't mean you can't still have the perfect wedding look. Below are big-white-dress alternatives that are just begging to be worn to a cool courthouse ceremony or destination wedding.
If you are still looking for a traditional bridal look but don't want to wear white, softer pale shades are the best way to go. Ivory, champagne, and blush have taken modern brides by storm since many of us realized that we don't look good in stark white! It's science...
Pale complexions will look best in soft, vintage ivory while rosy brides will stun in a creamier shade like warm taupe. Brides with olive skin will dazzle in champagne! Softer hues are perfect for a romantic wedding, especially with a classic silhouette.
A well-tailored white or ivory suit can make you feel like an elegant bride without the formalities of an actual wedding dress. This Bridal Pantsuit is all about modern sophistication, with a classic feminine collar and structured pleating, and the elegant flower-embroidered veil adds a classic touch of wedding tradition.
METALLICS AND SPARKLE
The easiest way to punch up any bridal look is to sparkle! Gold and silver have come back in popularity - they were commonly worn by royalty before the Big V made white the go-to shade. Complement your skin tone's natural warmth with antique or dazzling gold, or play up cooler tones with frosty silver. Keep things sleek to avoid full on princess mode, while allowing the gown's embellishment to take center stage.
SLINKY WEDDING DRESS
Your elopement can still have a glamorous, black-tie feel if you wear a sleek and sexy beaded number. With a deep V-neck front and open back, this slinky wedding dress can always be worn again as an elegant New Year's Eve outfit.
Soft blues and grays are a romantic choice while adding a modern touch. Blondes will look amazing in dusky blue hues for a fun but dreamy look. Brunettes complexion ladies are perfectly suited to soft cloud gray or pewter for a more ethereal wedding day style.
One of our favorite trends for modern weddings has to be patterned dresses! Brides in prints always seem like the kind of fun, exuberant ladies that we would want to hang out with - and they look pretty fabulous too.
ROCK YOUR OWN STYLE!
Go ahead and throw all of the rules out of the window and wear something that makes you happy on your wedding day. If you're not a dress kind of girl, why not wear a crisp, tailored suit to ensure you look incredible but feel comfortable.