26 Gorgeous Non-Traditional Wedding Dresses for the Unconventional Bride

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Dress by Vera Wang; Photo by Samm Blake

Who says the bride has to be dressed in white—or even in a dress? Weddings are not cookie-cutter and neither are brides, today. Non-traditional wedding dresses, minis, suits, and jumpsuits still scream bridal and we say, I do, to that. 

Are you considering wearing a non-traditional look down the aisle? Let this be your sign to be bold and break the "rules." Color, sparkle, separates, floral prints, feathers, organza, and tulle are all fashion-forward options to consider for your big day—and none of your guests will expect it! Modern brides are ditching classic white wedding dresses and choosing more unconventional styles for their wedding day looks.

Ahead, we’ve rounded up our 26 favorite non-traditional wedding dresses for the bride who wants to make a statement at her nuptials.

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Best Skirt: Ines Di Santo Wondrous Dress

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Courtesy of Ines Di Santo

The plunging neckline and low back are balanced out by the extra-long bodice and full textured skirt. Asymmetrical lingerie straps criss-cross on the back, creating stunning lines. 

02
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For the Vintage Bride: Katherine Polk Gwen Gown

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Courtesy of Katharine Polk

This beautiful taffeta gown is fit for a princess thanks to its dramatic, short, ballooned sleeves and crystal-lined cut-out back. The minimalist dress has vintage charm. 

03
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Best Black Dress: White by Vera Wang Crepe-Back Satin Gown with Encrusted Bandeau

black wedding dress

Courtesy of David's Bridal

The bride in black is modern and chic—and this gown from the Vera Wang collection at David’s Bridal is exactly that. The crepe black satin gown has a plunging neckline with an all-around encrusted bandeau. 

04
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Best Pattern: Monique Lhuillier Printed Silk Off-the-Shoulder Gown

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi

This stunning column gown mixes an off-the-shoulder silhouette with puffed sleeves. The all-over floral silk print stands out and can even be your something blue. 

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Best Pink Dress: Fame and Partners The Oscar Dress

pink wedding dress

Courtesy of Fame and Partners

Wipe out white and pick pink for your big day. This pale blush matte satin maxi dress has a cutout back and removable armband ruffle sleeves.

06
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For the Boho Bride: Needle & Thread Butterfly Meadow Bodice Cami Maxi Dress

floral wedding dress

Courtesy of Shopbop

Carry flowers—and wear them, too! The floral embroidered bodice is dainty, while the tulle skirt is playful and romantic. 

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Best Silk Dress: BHLDN Cali Satin Charmeuse Midi Dress

blue wedding dress

Courtesy of BHLDN

An elegant, slip dress is a sought-after look for a bride, but it’s the color that truly stands out here. The draped cowl neckline and midi silhouette are modern.

08
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Best Blush Dress: Willowby Galatea Dress

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Courtesy of Watters

Named after a sweet, summer wine, this blush-colored gown features an oversized Dalia-inspired floral design and A-line silhouette. Two rows of velvet ribbon wrap around the bodice, cinch at the waist, and come together in a dainty bow. 

09
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Best Mini Dress: Carolina Herrera Gathered Silk-Poplin Mini Dress

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi

So short, so sweet, and so bold. The sweetheart neckline and constructed mini silhouette from Carolina Herrera are so fashion-forward.

10
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Most Unexpected: Wardrobe by Dulcinea Estelle Celestial Wedding Dress

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Courtesy of Etsy

This two-piece wedding dress features a bodysuit with cape sleeves and an A-line skirt dotted with allover sparkling silver and gold sequin stars. 

11
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For the Casual Bride: Jonathan Simkhai Fira Ruched Cotton-Linen Open-Back Maxi Dress

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Courtesy of Moda Operandi

If you’re on the hunt for chic comfort, this ethereal white cotton-linen frock from Jonathan Simkhai is for you. The stunning ruched silhouette features an open back that gives off subtle romantic vibes perfect for your wedding day.

12
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Best Details: Valentine Avoh Sunset Boulevard Dress

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Courtesy of Valentine Avoh

Valentine Avoh is a go-to for a romantic dress, but this gown amps up the fun factor with all-over silk crepe and embroidered tulle. The design is reminiscent of white raindrops and promises to turn heads. 

13
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For the Romantic Bride: Marchesa Notte Tish Gown

pink wedding dress

Courtesy of BHLDN

Not only does this gown from Marchesa sway away from classic white or ivory, but the dimensional blooms also cascade down the airy soft pink tulle in a truly stunning dance. The romantic off-the-shoulder neckline and leg slit complete the look.

14
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Most Fashion-Forward: Odylyne the Ceremony Mini Caspian Dress

mini wedding dress

Courtesy of Odylyne the Ceremony

If your goal is to have a magical wedding day, look no further—Odylyne the Ceremony has you covered. This angelic dress is made of soft, light silk organza. The ruffle high neck collar, paired with their iconic sheer puff sleeve is as non-traditional as you can get on the big day.

15
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For the Statement-Making Bride: Kaviar Gauche Cloud 9 Couture Dress

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Courtesy of Kaviar Gauche

Kaviar Gauche aims to create wedding dresses for the modern bride, and that is certainly achieved with the Cloud 9 dress. You will literally float down the aisle in this feather-light dress thanks to those organza tiers and exaggerated sleeves.

16
of 26

Best Bridal Separates: Free People Yesenia Set

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Courtesy of Free People

So sexy and cool, this crochet set features a long-sleeve cropped top with bell-style sleeves and a matching high-rise, tiered maxi skirt for an effortless wedding day look.

17
of 26

Best Blue Dress: Azazie Rowe BG Dress

blue wedding dress

Courtesy of Azazie

If you’re a Disney fan, this dress just happens to give off major Frozen vibes (hello Elsa!) and will also check off your something blue. The sweetheart neckline gown also features tulle, lace, and a chapel-length train.

18
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Most Playful: I'm All Yours Cream Ruffled Maxi Dress

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Courtesy of Lulus

Available in two perfect wedding colors, cream and blue, this gauzy woven chiffon dress with ruffled short sleeves and a plunging V-neck and backline is absolutely out-of-the-box.

19
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Best Gold Gown: Oscar de la Renta Tulle Sleeveless Sheer Neck Embroidered Gown

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Courtesy of Oscar de la Renta

You will look like a glass of champagne in this Oscar de la Renta gown thanks to layers of liquid lame fabric. This fizzy gown is unforgettable and the cinched waistline and sheer neckline create a gorgeous silhouette. 

20
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Best Jumpsuit: Eloquii Lace Wide Leg Jumpsuit

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Courtesy of ELOQUII

Looking for the perfect jumpsuit for your wedding day? Found: This long-sleeve look features a high neckline and wide legs. The geometric lace is equal parts bold and flattering. 

21
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Best Sleeves: Danielle Frankel Studio Rosalie Dress

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Courtesy of Danielle Frankel

This empire waist gown from Danielle Frankel pairs a sweetheart neckline with puffy, crinkled sleeves. The corded lace and silk organza are timeless and elegant.

22
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For a Backyard Wedding: Free People Beatrice Maxi Dress

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Courtesy of Free People

This stunning, vintage-inspired silk maxi dress in champagne features a plunging V-neckline and flutter sleeves in an A-line silhouette. It is laid-back and lovely.

23
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Best Corset Bodice: Suzanne Harward Pearl Gown

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Courtesy of Suzanne Harward

This silk white dress features a corset bodice and is belted at the waist. Dainty pearls cover the entire gown. 

24
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For a Garden Wedding: LoveShackFancy Shoshana Dress

Wedding Dress

Courtesy of LoveShackFancy

Ideal for an outdoor wedding in a garden, the antique mesh with intricate floral and swirl-accented threadwork is a true fairytale gown. Long, strappy ribbons are an unexpected detail that make this dress more laid-back, yet oh-so-lovely.

25
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Best Cape: Jenny Packham Elspeth Dress

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Courtesy of Jenny Packham

Jenny Packham packs the drama with this gown. The cut-out back and structured beaded shoulders look sharp. 

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Most Sparkles: StylishBrideAccs Mermaid Bridal Dress

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Courtesy of Etsy

This transparent, glittering dress is covered in all-over sequins. Plus, it comes with either a bodysuit or slip dress to wear underneath.

FAQ
  • Do I have to wear white on my wedding day?

    No! Although white is a bridal tradition, it is most definitely not a rule.

  • What are the most popular colors to wear as a bride other than white?

    Some of the most popular alternatives to white are champagne, blush, red, blue, and black—but you can wear any color you desire. We also love when brides choose to wear patterns down the aisle, too!

  • What can I wear to a wedding besides a dress?

    If gowns just aren't your thing, opt for a stylish jumpsuit, a chic suit, or a top and skirt set.

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