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
Size Range: Custom sizing | Length: Floor-length | Material: Tulle, organza
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
Size Range: 00-24W | Length: Floor-length | Material: Tulle, illusion tulle, poly lining
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 a Black-Tie Wedding
Sachin & Babi Clarissa Gown
Size Range: 0-20 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Mikado
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 from Sachin & Babi. The oversize half-bow and box pleats at the waist add drama to this unforgettable look.
For the Unexpected Bride
BHLDN Bexley Gown
Size Range: 0-14 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Cotton-silk
This stunning strapless gown features cascading gray bias-cut pleats for days. It's fun, unexpected, and very easy to dance in.
For the Romantic Bride
Reem Acra Love Story Gown
Size Range: Contact brand | Length: Floor-length | Material: Silk
This couture silk ballgown is blooming with beaded floral appliqués in a range of colorful pastels. Metallic champagne fabric is an eye-catcher while the sweetheart neckline and a pleated skirt offer softer, romantic details.
Best Plus Size
BHLDN Odalis Cape-Sleeve Deep-V Lace Wedding Gown
Size Range: 0-26W | Length: Floor-length | Material: Graphic lace
You'll feel oh so dramatic in this figure-defining graphic lace gown. The plunging V-neck and long train come second only to the flutter sleeves that transform into a cape detail to frame the wide-open back.
Naeem Khan Jaffa Gown
Size Range: Contact brand | Length: Floor-length | Material: Silk, raffia
This unique wedding dress is a total head-turner. Tonal thread embroidery overlays silk lining and raffia details adorn the bodice and tiered skirt.
For a Sexy Bride
Justin Alexander Signature Style #9894 Plunging V-Neck Allover Beaded Fit-and-Flare Gown
Size Range: Contact brand | Length: Floor-length | Material: Mesh
Another gown boasting allover opulent beadwork, this fit-and-flare dress features a hand-beaded Sabrina neckline with a plunging V-neck and an illusion back for a touch of sheerness.
For the Petite Bride
Naeem Khan Woodstock Dress
Size Range: Contact brand | Length: Mini | Material: Lace
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 Fairytale Wedding
Monique Lhuillier Valencia Gown
Size Range: Contact brand | Length: High-low | Material: Tulle
This strapless, white dress with pink floral print features a flamenco-style skirt and a ruffled hem. The tulle underlay adds volume, creating an utterly enchanting fairy-tale ballgown effect.
For a Glamorous Wedding
Morilee by Madeline Gardner Kori Plus Size Wedding Dress
Size Range: 16-32 | Length: Floor-length | Material: Tulle
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 Courthouse Wedding
Erdem Ivory Austin Cape-Effect Chiffon Midi Dress
Size Range: 6-22 | Length: Midi | Material: Ivory sequined chiffon
Take your courthouse wedding look to the next level with this allover sequin midi dress from Erdem. The illusion-cape is an elegant and romantic addition to this glam look.
For the Fashion-Forward Bride
Danielle Frankel Avery Dress
Size Range: 0-12 | Length: Mini | Material: Wool, silk
You'll feel like you just stepped off the runway in this stylish number from Danielle Frankel. The pearl-colored fabric paired with the unique draping and lace accents makes for a truly luxe look.
Best 2-In-1 Look
Sachin & Babi Poppy Jumpsuit Set
Size Range: 0-26W | Length: Jumpsuit | Material: Crepe
Why settle for one wedding day look when you can have an ensemble that combines two glamorous looks into one? This jumpsuit set features a Mikado skirt that can be removed to reveal a sleek jumpsuit.
Best Feather Accents
Markarian Jeanette Ivory Sequin Puff Sleeve Dress
Size Range: 0-14 | Length: Midi | Material: Viscose, silk
This flapper-esque dress is certainly a unique and memorable wedding dress option. We adore the ostrich feather embellishments and the all-over sparkle.
For a Garden Wedding
Markarian Petal Floral Applique Strapless Mini Dress
Size Range: 0-16 | Length: Mini | Material: Silk, floral appliques
Opt for a playful, garden wedding look with this mini dress from Markarian. The dress is made up of pastel and white petal floral appliques.
What to Look for in a Unique Wedding Dress
When shopping for a unique wedding dress, you'll want to focus on matching your personal style and not just one that makes the most eye-catching statement. Unique wedding dresses don't have to be grand ballgowns. Distinctive elements, such as fabric, appliques, embellishments, neckline, and hemline can take a dress to the next level and make it truly one of a kind.
Also, keep in mind that even though you are searching for a unique dress, you will still want to make sure it's a dress you will love in years to come. Ask yourself, will I love this dress in 20 years, or do I want it because it's trendy? You may also consider having a unique wedding dress as a second or third outfit change on your wedding day and stick to a more traditional look for the ceremony.
What increases the price of a wedding dress?
Typically hand-beading or embroidery tend to increase the price of a wedding dress. Expensive fabrics, such as 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 10 months before the wedding date, so there is enough time for unanticipated delays and alterations. Special orders or more unique styles might require even more time.
Does the bride pay for the wedding dresses?
Typically, yes. Family members can pitch in money, too, if they can afford it.
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Sophie Moore has worked in the fashion industry for over seven years. With over five years of experience in bridal, she is an expert on all things fashion. Her access to bridal designers and experience in the market has prepared her to bring the Brides reader not only the latest wedding dress trends but also a view of the ready-to-wear and accessories market from the lens of what a bride is looking for.