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Unique Wedding Dresses: Special Wedding Dress Styles

For all my unique brides sitting up the back, this article is for you! Whilst classic styles do have their charm, unique wedding dresses offer a way for brides to truly showcase their individuality. In this article, we will journey into the world of unique wedding dresses, exploring some non-traditional bridal gown styles that celebrate diversity and allow brides to express themselves authentically.


The Lou-Lou & Joni wedding dress by Karen Willis Holmes Bridal is a mikado strapless draped bodice with an A line skirt in organza. Sinead chose to style her gown with KWH Bridal sheer tulle Maddison Wrap.


Embracing Individuality in Wedding Dress Styles

When it comes to choosing a wedding dress, going for something out of the box can be an empowering decision. Rather than conforming to traditional expectations, some brides choose to embrace their individuality and select a gown that truly reflects who they are; stepping away from the mainstream and exploring unconventional silhouettes, fabrics, colours, and designs to help express their personal style, make their day even more special and reflect who they truly are. 


KWH real bride Abbie wears the Blake & Prea gown by Karen Willis Holmes, a modern structured wedding dress in satin mikado featuring a corseted bodice


Showcasing Unique Wedding Dress Styles

There is something for every unique bride seeking a distinctive look, the options are so diverse and exciting. From options of lace gowns with intricate detailing to modern pant suits or ethereal romantic dresses, For example, the “Audrey gown” is an incredible creation that features delicate spotted tulle detailing all over this exquisite gown Audrey is a sweetheart bustier style neckline and bodice with and a cascading tulle skirt. This gown takes on whatever unique style you have as a bride. This dress is a perfect choice for brides who want to exude romantic elegance on their big day.

Other unique wedding dress styles by KWH include the “Lillian gownwith its sleek and minimalist design Lillian showcases something timeless yet modern. Lillian is for the fashion forward contemporary bride. Each of these dresses offer a one-of-a-kind look that will make any bride feel extraordinary on her wedding day.


Pre loved by Karen Willis Holmes - second hand Taryn & Elizabeth gown

Lillian is a minimalist wedding dress for the classic modern bride featuring an asymmetric one shoulder design with detachable bow by Karen Willis Holmes 2023 Bridal Campaign


Exploring Unique Wedding Dress Fabrics

In addition to non traditional wedding dresses, the choice of fabric also contributes to a unique bridal ensemble. Non-conventional fabric choices include crepe, sequins, velvet or even leather or fun feather features can add an unexpected exciting twist to a wedding dress for a fashion forward bride. These luxurious fabrics create visual interest with their texture and the way they reflect light, allowing brides to make a bold fashion statement with their dream dress. Similarly, opting for unique colours, like blush pink or gold, can further enhance the overall uniqueness of a wedding dress and reflect the bride’s personal style.


Karen Willis Holmes Bridal Arabella crepe gown. A simple minimalist modern fitted wedding dress with statement low V neck and low square back


Personalising Your Unique Wedding Dress

One of the most exciting parts of choosing a wedding dress is the opportunity for customisation. Brides can collaborate with their stylist and seamstress to bring their vision to life! Customisation options may include altering the neckline, adding sleeves or straps, or incorporating unique embellishments or hem lengths. This process is what truly reflects a bride’s personality and allows her to feel like her dress is a one-of-a-kind on her wedding day.

Adding sentimental details to your dress is another way to personalise it too. For example, incorporating a piece of a loved one’s wedding gown can create a meaningful connection to the past while embracing your future ahead with your partner. These sentimental ideas add a touch of emotional significance to the dress, making it even more special for the day ahead.


The Lou-Lou & Joni wedding dress by Karen Willis Holmes Bridal is a mikado strapless draped bodice with an A line skirt in organza. Sinead chose to style her gown with KWH Bridal sheer tulle Maddison Wrap.


Finding Your Dream Unique Wedding Dress

Finding the perfect unique wedding dress requires some research. Brides can start by researching bridal stores and designers who specialize in unique styles. Visiting these boutiques and making that initial appointment allows brides to try on dresses, seek expert advice, and find the perfect ‘One’. Pinterest is wonderful for inspiration as is Instagram and TikTok. Online platforms such as these offer a large range of ideas for brides looking for something different. Taking the time to browse through these platforms can unveil amazing ideas that perfectly match a bride’s unique vision.



Navigating the Shopping Process

When it comes to trying on and selecting a unique wedding dress, it’s important to keep a few things in mind. Firstly, brides should book appointments with stylists to ensure a personalised and focused experience. Secondly, considering the wedding theme and venue when selecting a dress ensures cohesiveness for your day. Lastly, working closely with your stylist will help you find the perfect fit and a dress that accentuates your best features.


The Jacqueline and Mila gown by Karen Willis Holmes jayyyy-Whitevine Photography


Complementing Your Unique Bridal Look

To complete your unique bridal ensemble, you can choose accessories and jewellery that enhance your overall unique look for the day. Whether it’s wearing some beautiful statement earrings or gloves, accessories like these can add an extra touch of personalisation. Coordinating the hairstyle and makeup with the dress also contributes to a cohesive and harmonious look, ensuring that you are a vision of beauty on your special day.


Emma wedding dress made from Silk Shantung paired with our pearl Erin gloves.

Choosing a unique wedding dress is an opportunity for you to express your individuality and personal style. By embracing non-traditional styles, exploring unique fabrics, personalizing your dress, and finding the perfect fit, you can create a one-of-a-kind look that makes you feel not only beautiful but unforgettable. The journey to finding your dream unique wedding dress is only a click away.
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