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Why You Don't Have to Go for the Poofy Wedding Dress Anymore

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It can be extremely daunting planning your wedding, but even more so when it comes to picking the right wedding dress (and we are talking about the one that makes your heart skip a beat). If there's one thing that the Bridal Spring 2016 fashion shows taught us, it is that there are no rules when it comes to your ideal wedding dress. 

If you have always dreamed of wearing an extravagant wedding gown with lots of tulle and a million layers of fabric, by all means go for it. But if the one wedding dress that made you and your fiancé stop short of a gasp may look nothing like a fairytale wedding dress, we say abandon all thoughts of what a typical wedding dress should look like, if there's even such a preconception. After all, the one IS the one (as most brides would advise you). We take a look at how some celebrity brides ditch the conventional poofy wedding dress look. 

The Boho Look 

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Who: Oracle Fox 

Designer: Sass & Bide 

When it comes to the unconventional wedding dress, Amanda Shadforth of Oracle Fox Blog is definitely THE bride to break all the rules. Nothing frilly, nothing long, and nothing with a veil. The ceremony took place in Bali, and in true beach fashion, the bride went barefoot with coin anklets. 

The Minimalist Look 

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Who: Carolyn Bessette Kennedy 

Designer: Narciso Rodriguez 

There is nothing more classy than the Narciso Rodriguez dress Carolyn Bessette Kennedy wore when she tied the knot with John F. Kennedy Jr. Her understated wedding dress is a visual reminder that sometimes, a no frills approach (and a chic pulled back hairdo) is the way to go. 

The Modern Cut 

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Who: Solange Knowles 

Designer: Humberto Leon 

When Solange Knowles got married to Alan Ferguson in New Orleans, she made headlines with her bridal gown designed by Kenzo's Humberto Leon, much due to her floor-length white cape. But of course, her look is not complete without her statement gold bangles and Stuart Weitzman heels. 

The Minidress 

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Who: Keira Knightley 

Designer: Chanel 

When Peter Copping sent four short wedding dresses down the Oscar de la Renta runway for Spring 2016, we knew that the wedding dress with the ultra long train is no longer mandatory. The tulle Chanel dress Keira Knightley wore for her wedding to James Righton is just one of the many short wedding dresses worn by celebrities (see BHLDN) who are clearly tired of needing a bridemaid to carry their train. 

The Column Gown 

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Who: Hilary Rhoda 

Designer: Carolina Herrera 

The Victoria Secret model opted for a sleek column gown by Carolina Herrera for an intimate wedding ceremony at The Hamptons. On a side note, the bridesmaids also matched the occassion in simple black gowns by Reformation.  

The Classy Look

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Who: Zanita Whittington

Designer: Custom Gown 

According to an interview with The Lane, Aussie style blogger Zanita Whittington cites comfort as her prerequisite to selecting her wedding dress. The cream-coloured custom made gown with a low cut back definitely suits the blond-haired radiant bride and her pastel bouquet. 

The Flowy Gown

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Credit: Bar Refaeli's Instagram

Who: Bar Refaeli

Designer: Chloé

Bar Refaeli got married to Adi Ezra in Israel, and selected a flowy yet modern wedding gown, designed by none other than French fashion label Chloé. For brides looking for something simple but still utterly feminine, Refaeli's gown is the inspiration for you. 

The Sweater & Tulle Skirt Ensemble

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Who: Olivia Palermo

Designer: Carolina Herrera

Olivia Palermo won our hearts with her modern bridal ensemble; a ladylike cashmere sweater with a pair of white shorts overlayed with a tulle skirt. A daring take on modern bridal wear, yet still maintains a touch of femininity. 

The Slip Dress

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Who: Cindy Crawford

Designer: John Galliano

For her wedding in the Bahamas, Cindy Crawford looked perfectly sunkissed in an elegant John Galliano slip dress that will forever remain as the epitome of a relaxed beach bridal look. If the beach is your wedding venue, take a cue from Crawford and lose the silver heels and the updo hairstyle. 

Where to Shop Online 

For vintage-inspired wedding gowns, visit BHLDN

For boho chic gowns, visit Stone Fox Bride.

For classy or minimalist gowns, visit J.Crew