The spring/summer 2016 collections have finally made its way into the stores, which means that for a bride-to-be, there is an array of ready-to-wear bridal options that are every bit wedding-day worthy.
If you want to walk a different path on your wedding day (because you're a modern woman who believes in individuality), don't be afraid to push the sartorial envelope. Here are five runway inspirations for the unconventional bride who prefers to forsake the traditional, predictable (and fairy tale) for something that is true to your personality.
1. FOR THE RETRO BRIDE
You've grown up idolising Twiggy as your style icon, so take the unorthodox route and opt for a '60s silhouette like a mini dress. Let's just admit: Short skirts rouse the heart.
Style tip: To keep the folks happy and the frowning at bay, go for one that is at a knee-skimming length.
2. FOR THE STREETWEAR BRIDE
It may be the most important day of your life, but you're not going to give up your urban gear just to conform to societal pressure. Who ever said you need to step out of your style comfort zone on your big day? Options are aplenty on the SS16 runways of Alexander Wang and Calvin Klein. Think sporty mesh dresses or slinky slips that are right on-trend.
Style tip: These dreses will look just as good with sneakers as they would heels. Do like Alexander Wang and opt for coloured laces (in gold or silver for a little bling) or pick up a pair of satin plimsolls from Calvin Klein.
3. FOR THE GRUNGE BRIDE
Kurt Cobain and Courtney Love: That's your sartorial couple goals since you first started dating. So why change that for your nuptials? Come as you are in bias cut dresses and a furry cardigan or moto jacket shrugged over the shoulders. The only accessory you really need is a rebellious rock 'n' roll attitude.
Style tip: In tribute of Hedi Slimane's legacy at Saint Laurent, complete your bridal look with a diamanté tiara for that added sparkle — and channel that inner grunge goddess in you.
4. FOR THE MINIMALIST BRIDE
Contemporary and classic are the two words that describe your style and wardrobe. Forget all the tulle and embellishments — you want to get married in something timeless, streamlined and stripped down to simplicity.
Style tip: You don't actually need any styling advice, do you? What you really need is recommendations. Still looking for that low-key dream frock? We propose picking one up from Reformation or Locke Bride.
5. FOR THE BOHEMIAN BRIDE
You're an unpretentious free spirit simply looking for an ethereal dress that will channel your inner flower child . Plus points if you can wear that frock time and time again after because a true hippie recycles.
Style tip: To ace that bohemian flair, top off your hippie look with a folkloric head wreath. While you may think that fake (plastic) flower headdresses are your only option in our unforgiving clime, that's where you're wrong. Simply request that your florist uses wax flowers that have been known to stay fresh and survive the heat for a good eight hours or even more.
Stay tuned for more Buro Bridal Week stories over the next few days.