Big, poufy princess dresses are perennial, of course. But not everyone is keen to imitate royalty on their big day. Some prefer to go the fashion-forward bridal dress route, with options that include bardot sleeves, higher hemlines, sheer panels, appliqué and a whole host of other fashion takes on the traditional wedding dress. If you're a modern bride, looking to catch eyes on the aisle for something other than the volume of your giant skirt, then this shopping gallery is for you.
The 'Isla' crochet maxi has a really cute racerback detail at the back and would be a very cool way to approach a beachy, casual destination wedding.
Celebrate the recently departed super-designer Alaïa with a wedding dress homage.
The 'Girl Like You' smock dress is perfect for that low-kay bride who'd rather walk barefoot through the soil than don a pair of sparkly stilettos.
The Selena satin jumpsuit is brilliant for a relaxed bride and perfect for an evening event.
Country wedding? Planning on literally riding off into the sunset? This western-inspired dress is for you.
Rebecca Valance is just turning out brilliant modern wedding dresses for the sort of city brides that can't see their way to tulle and sequins.
If you can pull it off, a camisole bridal dress is the perfect modern vibe. The V-neck and hint of mermaid at the skirt make it a little more flattering than the average slip.
The contrast topstitch at bodice and hem almost has a suiting feel to it, but the cut out, bow front and off-the-shoulder design make it a super fun and flirty dress.
Tiered, long, spotty and super cute.
The bonded crepe 'Klara' dress is bang on trend for this year. Interesting shapes, asymmetry in the hem line and a high structured neck.
Off the shoulder, V-neck and a wrap dress = super flattering.
Pockets on a formal dress are one of life's greatest luxuries. A brilliant cross over between casual dressing and serious fashion.
Why the heck wouldn't you want to add some feathered fun to your big day? No-one said it had to be a stuffy affair.
Ok, so this dress is absolutely lovely for a chilled, small beach wedding.
The Adelia strapless jumpsuit treads closely to the 'figure skater' line, but the outfit is made modern and fashionable by the asymmetrical peplum and the little slits in the trouser hems.
The Venecia dress is great because it comes in such a luxe fabric that the cut-outs look really haute.
The ULTIMATE city fashion girl wedding dress, Ellery is our go to for modern tailoring and clever sleeves.
Tiers and mixed-materials for the win.
Embellishments and appliqué were literally everywhere at bridal fashion week. So if you want an homage to Lhuillier or Marchesa, then this trapeze dress from ASOS Bridal could be the one.
This dress is ace for its treat in the back. The lace-up feature lends a little surprise to what is a relatively demure dress from the front.
Whimsical ruffles, soft pinks and tulle were basically the vibe of choice at this year's bridal fashion week. Why go for traditional white when you could complement your skin tone with something a little warmer?
Roksanda is something of a 'designer to own' at the moment, with her seasonal shows going from strength to strength. A Roksanda wedding dress would be a cool coup.
If you're keen to hop on the pastoral trend at the upscale fashion end of the spectrum, this Merchant Archive maxi is totally perfect.
This embellished maxi is part sheer, part luxe - ideal for a city fashion girl who doesn't want to go near a full skirt.
The 'Eve' silk wedding dress.