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The Alternative-Bride Wedding-Dress Guide

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    You might always be ready to gush accordingly when you accompany best friends and sisters alike to Vera Wang or Kleinfeld (OK, the latter is a bit stressful for this author) to help pick out that perfect, white wedding dress. Yet, while you know those traditional gowns look absolutely stunning on your BFF, perhaps you've got a little something, well, different in mind for your own big day.

    But, that's okay. We say, have fun with your ensemble, and take a personal approach! After all, the wedding itself is about the union, so make the wedding-day outfit about you. And, luckily, there's some standout, unique, nuptials-appropriate attire waiting in the wings at your favorite non-bridal boutiques, online vintage haunts, and in emerging designers' lines ready to be scooped up.

    So, if your Pinterest board isn't filled with tight bunches of vendela ivory roses, you don't plan on discussing American- versus French-bustling options at length, and you're not coordinating the color of the groomsmen's ties to your bridesmaids' empire-waist crinkle-chiffon lineup, read on. Or, if you do have those thoughts brewing but you're thinking about something with a more modern twist when it comes to your own ensemble — or you're even looking for a second change of clothes — this one's for you, too! From under-$100 frocks to bodacious beach-babe vintage gowns, the 27 getups ahead are certain to get you in that "I do" mood.

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