Via Huffpost Weddings: It's Really Not All About White -- A Twist on the Traditional Wedding Dress

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By Deborah Lindquist You're getting married and friends and family members all seem to have opinions about what you should wear and how to plan everything. How do you accommodate tradition and the opinion of loved ones while satisfying yourself with the dress you want for your wedding? The modern bride has so many options today. From a traditional religious ceremony to a bohemian barefoot ceremony on the beach at sunset, the ceremony itself has traditional roots. The sacred bond of love, intimacy, and unity is the integral part of the tradition, no matter what your cultural roots are. The following ideas get you out of a "white-dress-only" mindset and into some interesting alternatives. Long to Short Some brides are choosing a more traditional dress for the ceremony, then changing into a piece that's more fun, maybe a shorter dress, for the reception in order to be free to dance without everyone stepping on the train. A budget-conscious way of making this formal-to-fun transition is to choose a two-piece look. For instance, this beaded muga silk and vintage lace bustier is worn here with a long hemp/silk bustled skirt. Swap the long skirt for a flirty mini for the reception. The Convertible I love items of clothing that morph into multiple looks. An interesting idea is to choose a dress that has a convertible aspect. Perhaps one with a detachable train or overskirt that can be completely removed, unveiling a slim, body-conscious silhouette underneath. Or a more covered-up bodice with sleeves that can be removed to reveal a sexy, strapless, shoulder-baring look for later. Read more here: