Many women dream of a grand, white wedding, puffy Cinderella gown and all.

According to a survey done by Samantha’s Bridal, a Kenyan wedding costs an average of 3.5 million. Some couples even go into debt trying to have a wedding that meets society’s high standards, with the bridal gown taking a big chunk of the budget.

However, some well-to-do women, have shunned this practice and opted for simpler, non-conventional dresses.

From President Kenyatta’s daughter-in-law Fiona Achola to Kirinyaga Governor Anne Waiguru, Wambui Kamiru Collymore and Wahu Kagwi, these brides prove that you don’t need a Cinderella gown to make your wedding day magical.

Wahu Kagwi

 Wahu and Nameless on their wedding day (Photo: Courtesy)
 The bride opted for a traditional theme for her big day (Photo: Instagram)
 The bride chose brass accessories to compliment her dress (Photo: Courtesy)

Fiona Achola

 Jomo wed Fiona in traditional attire (Photo: Courtesy)
 The bride opted for traditional Kikuyu bridal-wear for the occasion (Photo: Standard)

Anne Waiguru

 Governor Anne Waiguru wed Kamotho this month (Photo: Standard/George Njunge)
 She too wore traditional Kikuyu bridal-wear for her wedding (Photo: Standard/George Njunge)
 The wedding colours were brown with a touch of gold (Photo: Standard/George Njunge)
 White cowrie shells added a pop of colour to her outfit (Photo: Standard/George Njunge)

Wambui Kamiru Collymore

 When Wambui and Bob Collymore wed, many were stunned by the bride's unconventional dress (Photo: Standard)
 As the bride of the late Safaricom CEO, she had at her disposal enough money for the gown of dreams (Photo: Standard)
 But it was because of it's simplicity that Wambui Kamiru Collymore turned heads (Photo: Standard)
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