Black Wedding Dress Photo credit: Photo credit: Martina Liana

And the bride wore… whatever the bleep she wanted!

If you’re a fashion-forward bride and really couldn’t care less about what anyone thinks, we’re certain you’ll love at least one of the non-traditional wedding dress options listed below. Remember, this is your special day and you need to own it by truly feeling comfortable in an ensemble that is an honest reflection of your personality and style.

So whether you’re looking for a dress that’s non-white, non-traditional or hey, maybe not even a dress — you’ve come to the right place to get you started on your journey to narrowing down what’s right for you and you only!

See more after the cut!

The non-white dress

  • Be your own “something blue” symbolizing purity, love, fidelity, and modesty.
  • C’mon Barbie, let’s go party in your hot pink get up.
  • Dare to be a red hot mama evoking passion, desire, and love.
  • Any bright, bold color you want, really! (you can even coordinate a bold hue with your boo!)
  • Dare to be different with a gorgeous black swan dress for a couture or edgy effect.
  • With the earliest examples found in Peru, Asia and Africa, tye-die has made its way into bridal.
  • Toast to the champagne life in your elegant champagne dress.
  • Sparkle the night away with a jaw-dropping glittery metallic (golds, silvers) number.
  • Jewel-toned dresses (emerald green, sapphire blue, ruby red) are also stunning.
  • Bridal prints (florals) can look really lovely and romantic. Turn it up a notch with embroidery!
  • We’ve even seen some pretty cool geometric patterns lately.
  • Pretty pastel hues and watercolors are perfect for the dainty bride.
  • Nude can complement a rustic and relaxed wedding to a tee.
  • Ombre it up or choose a splash of color for your petticoat or bridal sash/belt.
  • Experiment with color blocking, especially if a pretty skirt + crop top sounds more like you.

Something Blue Wedding Dress Photo credit: Photo credit: Rara Avis

The non-traditional style

  • Boho chic — light, airy flowing style ideal for beach weddings and trendy new fairy-esque look.
  • In case you haven’t noticed, off the shoulder is all the rage in 2017 and can translate to your bridal look, too.
  • If your legs are your best asset, show them off with a high-low style, deep slit, midi-dress or tea length hem.
  • Or, maybe they’re not your best asset? Never fear, there’s always the maxi bridal dress.
  • Sheer is here because sometimes all that dress can be so overrated. Subtle cutouts can also look tasteful!
  • Channel Great Gatsby vibes by fringing it up.
  • Convertible dresses are so convenient, especially if you want to be able to easily switch up your look.

Non-Traditional Wedding Dress Photo credit: Photo credit: Espana

The non… dress?

  • Sometimes a skirt is just too pretty to wear even if you’re “supposed” to be in a wedding dress.
  • You’ll not only be stylish but comfy in a bridal jumpsuit. (hello pockets!)
  • Or bridal romper for easy, breezy beach nuptials.
  • There’s even a dress-meets-jumpsuit look which effortlessly combines the best of both worlds.
  • Tomboys will also love a comfy and chic bridal pantssuit, making a dramatic style statement.
  • … And yep, bridal shorts are now officially a thing.

Wedding Skirt and Top Photo Photo Photo credit: Sweet Caroline Styles

More different ideas? Share them in the comments below!

WeddingLovely and WeddingForward teamed up to share with couples this partnered list of unique alternatives to the traditional white wedding dress.


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