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The best alternative wedding dresses under €440

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 suits, these beautiful high street wedding outfits are non-traditional but super stylish. And the best bit? They’re all under €440 Boutique bridal on a budget? We do! Plus, you can pick them up at Dundrum Town Centre now. 

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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.  Our pick: Floral lace dress, €210, Karen Millen

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We’ve seen many classic wedding dresses using sequins as a form of delicate embellishment, but why not take it to the next level? Heavily sequinned dresses in shimmering metallic shades will add extra sparkle and glamour to your big day. Plus, you won’t look out of place beneath the disco ball later either! This Sarina sequinned dress, in an alternative bronze hue, has a glitzy 70s vibe to it. The sheer layering and long-sleeved design gives you the best of both worlds: an alluring hint of bare shoulders, while keeping you covered at the same time. And we love its sweeping, gently flared maxi silhouette, too.  Instead of classic satin courts, pair this dress with strappy metallic sandals. After all, a sparkling frock deserves ballroom-worthy heels! Our pick: Sarina embellished sequin maxi dress, €165, Monsoon

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If dresses aren’t your thing, and you want a wedding outfit that you’ll actually wear again, then enter the achingly chic wedding suit. If Bianca Jagger can don a tux, so can you. Choose light hues such as white, ivory or champagne.  This ivory cape jacket and matching wide-leg trousers make the perfect wedding suit investment. We adore its modern 70s feel. Make sure you check the jacket’s fit is perfect (the handy waist tie will mean you can cinch it in nice and firmly). All you need underneath is a silky camisole and delicate necklace. A traditional veil may be out of the question, but how about adding a Bianca-inspired veiled wide-brimmed hat instead? Platform sandals or high pointed courts work well with this trouser style.  Our pick: Maddie cape, €275, Hobbs; Caroline trouser, €165, Hobbs


So you’ve grabbed the girls, you’ve found your dream dress (or wedding suit). What now? Time for some refreshments! Head to Cookes Restaurant, located on the first floor of Harvey Nichols. Its glamorous setting, tempting locally-sourced menu and amazing drinks list mean you can carry on your wedding planning in style. Champagne, anyone? To book a table, call 01 296 2441 or email