Best Suits and Dress Alternatives for Brides

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Want to ditch the skirt and wear pants? You’re in luck! I’ve curated some of the best bridal pant suits across the web with shoes and jewelry to match. Plus I’m answering your top questions about buying a suit to fit your curves, dressing it up for your wedding, and more.

Can A Bride Wear a Suit To Her Wedding?

Any bride can wear a suit to her wedding. A bride can wear whatever she’d like to down the aisle, including a wedding suit.

While a white gown is traditional, it’s your special day. If you would feel more comfortable in slacks, a tux, or converse, go for it. You should wear what will make you feel beautiful, comfortable in your own skin, and what you’d be happy to look at in photos for the rest of your life.

Whether you want to wear these suits down the aisle, to your bridal shower, or on your honeymoon, we have inspiration for all body types, occasions, and budgets. Keep reading for outfit inspiration and other rule-breaking ideas.

We picked 8 off-the-rack ideas for affordable and quick styles you can buy today and have shipped to your home in under a week. If you’d like more information on how buying off-the-rack can save you time and money, check out this post about wedding dresses and why they can take so long to arrive.

Flirty – Under $1,500

collage of lace top, pants, blue heels and earrings for bridal outfit from BHLDN
Flirty options from BHLDN under $1500

Catherine Deane Havana Corset – BHLDN

BHLDN Burton Suit Pant – BHLDN

Seychelles Neve Heels – BHLDN

Nicola Bathie Mayfair Earrings – BHLDN

BHLDN, by Anthropolgie, is for the bride in search of unusually beautiful things. They offer affordable, ready-to-wear styles in sizes 0-26W. You can find gowns, separates, and accessories from shoes, to veils, to jewelry, as well as a number of options for bridesmaids, mother-of-the-bride and other members of the wedding party.

Handmade Romantic – $500

Handmade options from Etsy

Ivory Suit – HaveDressStore on Etsy

The Cowrie Infinity Necklace – OmiWoods on Etsy

Beaded Bridal Mask – HushedCommotion on Etsy

Etsy is the number one handmade marketplace in the world. We handpicked some of our favorites from shops that prioritize diversity in their models and listing photos, or are minority-owned small businesses.

Budget Statement – Under $250

Budget-friendly options from Azazie under $250

Azazie Tamara BG – Azazie

Azazie Guadalupe Lace Tulle Wrap – Azazie

Elegant Touch Bobby Pins – Azazie, a favorite with budget-conscious brides, has sizes from 0-30 in-stock and ready to ship. They also offer free custom sizes based on your measurements, free shipping, and free returns on standard sizes.

Designer With an Edge – $4,300

Edgy designer options from Alexander McQueen

Peak Shoulder Leaf Crepe Jacket – Alexander McQueen

Lace Trousers – Alexander McQueen

Punk Stud Pumps – Alexander McQueen

Alexander McQueen is not without controversy. Lee McQueen’s jaw-dropping looks raised eyebrows and safety concerns when he was alive. And the brand continues to make headlines and draw the attention of celebrities like Lady Gaga who like to be LOUD with their fashion choices. If you’re looking for a designer with an edge and who laughs in the face of authority, you’ve come to the right place.

Can A Bride Wear a Tux?

A bride can wear a tux to a wedding instead of a wedding gown. Wearing a tux instead of a suit should be reserved for more formal affairs.

If you’re looking to find a tux that will fit your curves, start with a designer or retailer who makes custom pieces or menswear-inspired for female-identifying persons. We have inspiration from Kirrin Finch below with ready-to-wear options for women and non-binary folks. Or we like Bindle & Keep for custom made pieces starting at $995.

Made For Them – $1,000

image of a non-binary person in a black suit
Menswear for female and non-binary bodies

The Georgie Black Suit – Kirrin Finch

Kirrin Finch is a Brooklyn-based brand that makes menswear-inspired pieces for all bodies. The gender defying brand was founded by couple Laura Moffat and Kelly Sanders Moffat. They were personally frustrated when they couldn’t find the clothes they preferred – button downs, bow ties and other suit separates – in sizes that fit women. Now their clothing is made to fit female-identifying and non-binary bodies.

Is it OK to Wear Red?

While red is typically worn by brides in Chinese culture as a symbol of good luck, it is not a traditional choice for Western brides. In America, red is a color that symbolizes boldness and sexiness, making it a perfect option for a wedding suit if you feel like bucking tradition.

Red, White, and Suit – $150

collage of red suit, ruched white heels and pearls from asos
A red hot suit mixed with traditional details puts a spin on classic bridal

Topshop Suit in Red – ASOS

Be Mine Bridal Dream Satin Heels – ASOS

Pieces Pearl Necklace – ASOS

ASOS, the beloved fast fashion brand, has a whole selection of wedding dresses. But we raided the suit collection for this look. This red suit comes in sizes 2-14 and ships free with free returns. Pair it with white heels and classic pearls with a modern twist to playfully bring in a hint of traditional bridal.

Is it OK to Wear Boots?

Yes, you can wear boots with your suit. You’ve seen cowboy boots with a gown already. Embrace your inner country girl with a slim fit pant you can tuck into those cowboy boots or crop just above the boot.

Country Dreams – $1,800

a collage of a white wedding suit with white cowboy boots and something blue with a light periwinkle clutch
A little bit country mixed with sweet details like lace and a soft bow

The Tailory New York x BHLDN Westlake Suit Jacket & Suit Pant – BHLDN

Watters Odelia Bodysuit – BHLDN

Loeffler Randall Rochelle Bag – BHLDN

Kanaria Western Bootie – DSW

This white suit from BHLDN is cropped enough to let the western details of these boots from DSW shine. Pair it with a lace bodysuit and a blue bow bag to mix sweet with sassy.

Doc Martens or other boots with a chunky sole are also on trend right now. Create an “off-duty” look perfect for your tasting, bachelorette party, wedding shower, or rock it down the aisle.

Off Duty Bride – $250

collage of white suit pants and happily ever after moto jacket from david's bridal with lug sole boots from asos
Happily ever after with shoes you WILL wear again

Satin Waistband Fitted Suit Pants – David’s Bridal

Happily Ever After Vegan Leather Moto Jacket – David’s Bridal

ASOS DESIGN Archer chunky chelsea boots in black – ASOS

Feeling ready to suit up? Share your outfit ideas with us in our private Facebook group – Bold on a Budget Weddings and join other like-minded brides on your wedding journey. Many of the options above are available to try on at home with free shipping and easy return policies. Based on our research, you’ll probably try on less than 10 before you find the one. We’d love to see what you’re wearing on your big day.

Additional alternatives to wedding gowns

I wrote another article for you if you’re looking for additional alternatives to the classic wedding dress. Check out this article on wedding dress alternatives.


Jaime is the owner of Loud Bride and Coast Designs LLC. She got married in 2017 in Geneseo, NY and designed her own wedding invitations and programs for the occasion. Now, she designs bespoke wedding stationery and affordable templates for other couples. She lives in New York city with her husband and two children.

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