We’re well into wedding season, and whether you’ve been inundated with invites or managed to avoid them altogether there is no escaping the endless social media updates from friends, family and celebrities tying the knot as the summer wears on.
As entertaining as stalking the Facebook albums and following the #quirkycouplehashtags on Instagram is, you do start to spot the same tropes over and over again: the personalized place-markers, the thoughtful bouquets, the mason jars of assorted juices and, of course, the traditional, white wedding dress.
So we’ve collected a few of our favorite alternative outfits worn by celebrities at their own ceremony that came as a surprise, to give you some outside-of-the-box inspiration for your own big day (or, like, prom).
If a mullet is "business at the front, party at the back," then Olivia Palermo's wedding dress was the sartorial equivalent. Understated, long-sleeved, cardigan-like thing on the top; fabulous, thigh-high split, floral-detailed, fairytale-dream skirt on the bottom.
This eternally youthful English rose chose a knee-length Chanel tea dress, topped off with a mini flower crown and a pair of killer shades that make her wedding photos look a bit like she and her betrothed are on their way to a school disco.
Can anyone top Solange Knowels' superhero power-woman wedding jumpsuit? No. Just look at that geometric plunge neck, look at that cape. If you were to see any of the photos from Knowles' nuptials out of context, you would 100% believe that she had just swooped in and diffused some kind of international crisis.
Trust Gwen Stefani to take the ombre look to a whole other level. The punk-turned-pop princess rocked an asymmetric, corset-top, pink tinged gown that was the perfect blend of a traditional design, a unique touch and a raspberry merengue.
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There's breaking from tradition, and then there's breaking from tradition. Shenae Grimes threw caution to the wind in a full-length black robe, offset with a bouquet of red roses and a Long Island Ice Tea. It did verge on Victorian-era funeral, with its layered organza skirt, but she still managed to pull it off with conviction.
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