Unconventional brides, we’re calling your name—we’ve got a piece of sage advice (and a few ideas) for you: there’s no need to embrace tradition if it’s not your thing, especially when it comes to your bridal style. Maybe you’ve never dreamed of the whole white princess ball gown wedding look, or maybe you want something a little more bold and fashion-forward than your average fit-and-flare—that’s okay. Know what? You’re not alone. As more brides seek a look true to their everyday style and complementary to their own personality, designers have been offering up a slew of non-traditional looks to accommodate them—and we promise, they’re right up your alley. Whether you want color, a different hemline, or fun add-ons, there’s something out there with your name on it. These brides weren’t afraid to be different—and you shouldn’t be, either.
Who says you can’t be superwoman on your wedding day? Last year’s runways swooned underneath trailing capes, and real brides have been taking the look to the aisle. This stunning Cherry Williams gown heightens a cape’s regal effect with soft drapery of airy fabric for some ethereal romance.
More brides have been departing from the traditional white in favor of something a little more colorful, whether it’s a light lavender, baby blue, or millennial (read: blush) pink. Real bride Diana opted for the latter, and Vera Wang’s Holly gown looks absolutely stunning on her. She even based her wedding décor colors off of it!
Unconventional, yet still bridal thanks to their romantic nature, floral wedding gowns can be incredibly versatile. Real bride Catriona’s Oscar de la Renta dress breaks the light, springtime stereotype of florals with a more sophisticated black and white look featuring a hibiscus print.
A white canvas is pretty and all, but a good print never ceases to add some unexpected beauty—and it’s a great way to flaunt your personality. This gorgeous bride did just that with a customized gown created by Miklosko Fashion Design. From its off-shoulder bodice and pink waistband to its majestic printed skirt, it’s safe to say it’s a masterpiece.
Typically reserved for city hall, a higher hemline has been having a moment, and we couldn’t love this chic look more. Bride Ella always new she didn’t want a traditional dress and found this off-the-shelf simple shift at Edit. Maybe it’s the burgundy shoes or matching bouquet, but she still made it look seriously bridal.
Two pieced wedding dresses have become an increasingly trendy look, the perfect way to flaunt just the right amount of skin. And for this bride, it allows her to rock more than one unconventional style, pairing a dramatic floral brocade skirt of blue and silver with classic white up top.