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If you want to exude red-carpet style on your wedding day, why not go for a totally unique wedding dress? While we always appreciate an impeccable classic gown, bridal designers are having fun creating one-of-a-kind wedding dresses for brides who love to stand out from the crowd.
Wedding traditions are seeing a Renaissance, and the bride's outfit is no exception. Your wedding should be a reflection of you, and an unconventional wedding gown is one of the best ways to show off your unique style and personality. Whether you're curious about trying a bridal jumpsuit, wishing to wear anything but white, dying to be dripping in diamonds, or dreaming of a skirt covered in stars, these experimental designs have you covered.
Below, we rounded up some of our favorite unique wedding dresses that are anything but boring.
Best for Drama: Maggie Sottero Brinkley Lynette Wedding Dress
This isn't your typical mermaid gown. The tiered organza skirt trimmed in horsehair is full of drama, while the tulle bodice is covered in intricately beaded embroidery and Swarovski crystals. Other lovely details include the beaded illusion cold-shoulder sleeves and the bead-trimmed illusion tulle V-back.
For the Otherworldly Bride: Willowby by Watters Stars Align Wedding Dress
Why not wear a wedding gown that reminds you of how the stars aligned when you met your perfect person? This V-neck tulle ball gown, available in 'Misty Violet' and 'Sunbeam', features silver or gold custom shooting star embroidery with seed beads and clear sequins.
For the Regal Bride: Atelier Pronovias Everette Wedding Dress
This utterly regal mermaid gown in crepe and silk organza features a sweetheart neckline and detachable puffed sleeves (but we suggest wearing them for a super dramatic look). The textured lace bodice contrasts with a smooth, fluid skirt that contours the lower body.
For a Flashy Wedding: Novias Bridal Seven Stars Wedding Dress
This dress proves that short doesn't always mean casual. Long sleeves contrast with a plunging V-neck on this unique dress featuring allover illusion beadwork embroidered in stars and streams of light. Long tassels hang from the skirt, sleeves, and back for a shine effect.
For the Modern Bride: Naeem Khan Maxine Jumpsuit
Bridal jumpsuits are totally in right now, and this one is full of glamour. Fitted from head-to-toe and featuring glamorous allover beading, this jumpsuit will shimmer all the way from the aisle to the after-party.
For a Black-Tie Wedding: Sachin & Babi Clarissa Gown
We've established that a bride need not wear white, but what about nixing color altogether? This jet black gown is for the statement-making bride who still appreciates the elegance of a Mikado ballgown. The oversized half-bow and box pleats at the waist add drama to this unforgettable look.
For a Summer Wedding: Francesca Miranda Alina Jumpsuit
This bridal number boasts the best of both worlds. The sheer, sleeveless bodice and high-low skirt with a romantic train grab the eye with their intricate floral details, while the simple straight white pants make for an easy walk down the aisle and first dance.
For a Garden Wedding: Alexandra Grecco Halo Gown
This showstopping A-line gown features a plunging V-neckline and strappy back detail for a hint of sexiness, but the real star is the shimmering metallic fil-coupé along the bodice and skirt. This unique wedding dress is available in Rose Quartz, Pearl, and Ash.
For the Alternative Bride: Wtoo by Watters Clarinda Strapless Lace Gown
The alternative bride will appreciate this striking black wedding gown. The strapless corset bodice is edged in ribbon and features black floral lace over a contrast lining, while the full tulle skirt offers just a hint of classic bridal.
For the Petite Bride: Naeem Khan Woodstock Dress
Bursting with unique floral details at the neckline and hem, this above-the-knee, allover floral embroidered dress is perfect for garden ceremonies.
For a European Wedding: Alyne by Rita Vinieris Warwick Dress
European castles inspired this designer when she created dresses like this strapless sheath with fringed lace. The satin belt detail hugs the waist while the sheer skirt shows off the legs for a barely-there look.
For a Boho Wedding: All Who Wander Ryan Wedding Dress
Vintage lace over nude lining creates a negative space effect on this figure-hugging fit-and-flare boho dress. The gently scalloped choker-style halter neckline gives way to linear cotton-style lace and fringe details on the bodice for a unique touch.
For a Spring Wedding: Alexandra Grecco Verita Gown
Perfect for a spring wedding in a garden or forest, this A-line gown is adorned with intricate, hand-embroidered floral appliqués. The cascading cap sleeves are made of the same illusion tulle that covers the back and beautifully showcases the floral embroidery. Available in Dove Grey and Off White, this gown has a side slit in the skirt and a deep-V neckline for a sexy touch.
For A Fashion-Forward Bride: Kleinfeld Essense of Australia Ballgown Wedding Dress
This dress boasts Old Hollywood glamour. The off-the-shoulder style and ball gown skirt are made of sheer tulle and lace. The tattoo effect of the sleeves creates an extraordinary illusion while the skirt includes gorgeous layers perfect for a fashion-forward moment.
For a Preppy Wedding: Wtoo by Watters Rosalind Dress
Floral patterns are somewhat expected, but plaid is a game-changer. This Caledonia plaid ballgown with optional off-the-shoulder sleeves is available in black on ivory or ivory on ivory for a more subtle contrast. The A-line silhouette is enhanced by a waist-defining grosgrain ribbon.
For a Garden Bride: Mac Duggal Long-Sleeve Floral Lace Jewel-Neck Gown
This floral-embroidered sheer tulle lace mermaid gown is a beautiful, unique option for a garden bride. Details like a jeweled neckline, a beaded waist, and sheer long sleeves add to the intricate design.
For a Flirty Bride: David's Bridal Lace Corset Bodice Tulle Skirt Plus Size Dress
This flirty tea-length wedding dress is casual yet elegant. The corded lace adds a textured effect to the corset style and the skirt ensures a fun time on the dance floor.
For a Glamorous Wedding: Morilee by Madeline Gardner Kori Plus Size Wedding Dress
Intricate design is the best descriptor for this figure-flattering mermaid gown available in white, ivory, and ivory-champagne. Appliquès and crystals adorn the cap sleeves and waist, while the flounced full skirt with ruffles adds extra drama. Just when you thought the look was complete, there's a totally sexy corset-style back.
For a Casual Wedding: Needle & Thread Precious Rose Dress
Perfect for a springtime wedding, this tulle ballerina dress features soft pink, green, and champagne stripe-embroidered florals creating a banding layout. Each stripe is paneled with lace edging for extra textile detail. The subtle volume in the sleeves and ruffled collar are charming touches.
Searching for a unique wedding dress? We've answered three common questions brides have when shopping for them.
- What increases the price of a wedding dress? Typically any hand beading or embroidery tends to increase the price of a wedding dress. Expensive fabrics like silk will also add to the overall cost of a garment.
- When should I order my wedding dress? To be on the safe side, we suggest ordering your bridesmaid dress at least ten months before the wedding date. Special order or more unique styles might require even more advanced notice.
- Does the bride pay for the wedding dresses? Typically, yes. Family members can pitch in money, too, if they can afford it.