When the classic white dress simply isn’t you, stun your wedding guests with a non-traditional wedding gown. Alternative wedding dresses don’t detract from the bride; if anything, they let your personality and beauty shine!
Want to wear a black ensemble? Why not?! Prefer a pantsuit? Go for it! Whether it’s a colorful dress, a short gown, or not even a dress at all, we’re all for brides pushing the fashion boundaries with their wedding attire.
About Non-Traditional Wedding Dresses
Did you know that you don’t have to wear a wedding dress to get married? Just because it’s tradition to wear a long white dress doesn’t mean you have to follow suit. Unconventional brides have been charming the wedding world with their gorgeous wedding day wardrobe choices.
A non-traditional wedding dress is usually worn to complement a non-traditional wedding at which the couple decides to do things differently to showcase their personalities. Another scenario in which a bride may not wear the classic wedding gown is a second wedding. She might choose to wear a skirt and blouse, a jumpsuit, or simply a more mature dress.
What makes a wedding dress non-traditional? There can be many factors. The color and silhouette are typically what people recognize as classic or alternative; think of the standard white princess ball gown.
However, patterns, details, length, and shape can also make a wedding dress non-traditional. Some brides choose to really show off their originality and forgo a dress altogether, opting for pants and a top, a two-piece skirt ensemble, or even a swimming suit!
Just because your bridal wear isn’t conventional doesn’t mean you can’t pay homage to tradition. Wearing a veil can be a nice nod to classic wedding customs. Brides can still wear jewelry, heels, and other popular wedding accessories. You do you!
28 Non Traditional Wedding Dresses
1. Sachin & Babi Poppy Jumpsuit Set
This jumpsuit is the best of both worlds!
It has a non-traditional flair thanks to its gorgeous trim pants attached to the square-neckline top. However, the removable dramatic full-length skirt offers just a hint of traditionality. Its sheer corset back is the perfect detail to give it a bit of edginess.
2. Flower Wedding Dress
by Etsy: floraandlane
Stunning is the first word that comes to mind when you see this flower dress.
So many elements make this lovely dress unique, from the gorgeous hued floral embroidery to the flowing split sleeves and the plunging v-neck. You won’t even need a flower girl with all the breathtaking foliage on this gown!
Vintage non-traditional brides will adore this masterpiece.
A sleek silk slip is overlaid with a sheer dress covered in a delicate floral pattern. The end result is a dainty and feminine gown with pops of originality, courtesy of the lime greens and peaches on the vines and flowers.
4. Boho Wedding Dress
by Etsy: floraandlane
While the standard boho dress has become a little mainstream, this boho dream certainly isn’t!
Crafted with an alluring deep blue overlay, the colorful floral embroidery truly stands out. Underneath is a nude satin chemise with a sweetheart neck and a drop waist. Even from the back, the deep V of this gown will make everyone stop and stare.
5. Needle & Thread Annie Mini Dress
What could be more modern than a bridal mini dress?
While the short length lends a bit of contemporary charm, the lacey design has an old-school feel. We love the flowy bell sleeves and the gauzy ruffles that give this gown whimsical vibes. To top it off, it’s decked out in sequins!
6. Mestiza Georgiana Gown
Looking for colorful, non-traditional wedding dresses?
Consider this cool, blue beauty. Its strapless square neck is oh so modern, as is the full high-low skirt. From top to bottom, it’s covered in brilliant cobalt florals. It’s the ideal white gown for your wedding, just with a touch of pizzazz!
7. V. Chapman Naomi Dress
This short dress is the gown of our summer wedding dreams.
Its short length is highlighted by the dainty lace trim peeking out from beneath the hemline. The sheath midi design is complemented by the spaghetti straps and feminine bow belt. A corset back is a beautiful final touch to this all-over lace ensemble.
8. Mac Duggal Yvette Dress
Those on the hunt for non-traditional plus-size wedding dresses surely won’t want to pass up this ethereal gown.
We adore that it isn’t a white gown. Instead, using silver, pinks, and peaches on a glamorous gray bodice and skirt. The sweeping train works so well with the capped sleeves and modest neckline; we just can’t take our eyes away!
9. Embroidered Gown
by Etsy: jordanderuiter
White wedding dresses move over; there’s a new bridal gown in town!
This eye-popping ensemble is completely covered in the most brilliant florals. Lovely flowers in every size, shape, and color make this dress look like it was designed by mother nature herself. A 3D bouquet is certainly non-traditional wedding attire in the most beautiful way possible.
10. Mac Duggal Evonna Dress
We think this would be the perfect choice for a more mature bride, a second wedding, or a vow renewal.
The soft pink is a great color choice that is neither too traditional nor edgy. We love the modesty of the high neckline and flowing sleeves paired with the see-through back. All over beadwork is the shimmering icing on top!
11. Marchesa Notte Sequin Embroidered Tulle Gown
We’re getting regal Queen Victoria vibes, but this is far from her satin cream wedding gown.
Rich hues on a bold black background are the perfect colors for this stunning gown. Intricate patterns play well with the plunging neckline and high side slits. Sparkling embroidery creates a beautiful illusion that adds to the allure.
12. Monique Lhuillier Lace Embroidered Pleated Mermaid Gown
Edgy brides rejoice; this gown is for you!
13. Mac Duggal Angelica Midi Dress
Perfect garden wedding dress? Is that you?
We’re going to go ahead and say yes! We love everything about this fun floral frock, from the midi length to the lovely, cheery colors. Plus, the beautiful blooms and shimmery embroidery on the long sleeves remind us of a dewy garden at dawn.
14. Lillian Rose Ankle Gown
This ankle gown is more than the ideal way to show off a really great pair of shoes.
It’s a work of art! Blossoms inspired by the artwork of a victorian fan adorn this flowy frock. Layers of tulle and net create an elegant silhouette that hints at romance without having to hug your curves. We are swooning over the long sleeves and the Victorian-esque fringed collar.
15. Helen O’Connor SuperNova Dress
Looking for a stellar gown at the height of bridal fashion?
Say hello to the supernova dress. A lot is going on here, so let’s unpack. Superfine straps hold the bodice with a plunging neckline and interesting geometric cutouts. A voluptuous skirt features a high front split with a shorter skirt peeking through. It’s definitely a head-turner!
16. The Original Red Gatsby Dress
by Etsy: SewRomanticDesignsUS
Why did no one tell us we could wear red to our wedding?
This breathtaking ruby red gown would have been a top pick for sure. Fascinating features like a low neckline and a thigh-high slit work so well with the art-deco pattern. You can’t not love the delicately trimmed sleeves and sequin embroidery.
17. Marchesa Notte Lianne Gown
This tiered confection would suit a variety of wedding themes, from woodland to seaside.
18. Terracotta Tulle Evening Gown
Make a statement with this fiery alternative wedding dress.
Tulle in the most head-turning shades forms an ethereal gown, complete with a billowing cape. We adore the movement of this dress and the unique side slit that makes itself known only when you’re walking down the aisle.
19. BHLDN Calypso Top & BHLDN Calypso Skirt
Free-spirited and flowy, an edgy bride will love this alternative white wedding dress, though anything but stuffy and standard.
The skirt is positively voluptuous, made of cascading organza layers. A dramatic flair at the bottom is cinched nicely at the waist. There’s a modest amount of bare midriff before the top, which also features layers of organza bands fashioned into a strapless piece that zips at the back.
20. Appliqued Asymmetrical Gown
We adore how much movement and drama this dress has.
While the color is subdued, the design definitely isn’t. There’s a skirt composed of two layers, each with a high-low cut and bold edge. Underneath, a mini-slip barely peeks through the sheer overlay. A gorgeous floral applique tops off the gown.
21. BHLDN Cordelia Gown
Whimsical, ethereal…basically, if you want to float down the aisle, then this gown’s for you!
Light and airy layers of chiffon, complete with a raw edge, drape, and flow. From the high, halter-esque collar to the stunning chapel-length skirt. Shimmering beading, metallic threads, and sparkling appliques appear heaven sent.
22. Marchesa Notte Glitter-Tulle Tiered Gown
This confection couldn’t get any sweeter.
23. BRONX AND BANCO Megan Lace Gown
A flattering A-line with lilac lace all over.
This dress scores high marks when it comes to alternative wedding gowns. The color is romantic and original with a touch of bold. We also love the traditional A-line silhouette and the intricate lace detailing. It’s a win-win for both the alternative bride and her tradition-loving family.
24. Ronny Kobo Glozell Vest & Ronny Kobo Stelffi Short
Maybe your alternative wedding gown isn’t a gown at all!
Check out this super cute vest and shorts combo. You’ll look both feminine and elegant in white soft, textured fabric even though it’s shorts. The high waist, pearl buttons, and full collar add a classic feel for a wedding, reception, or bridal shower.
25. Helen O’Connor Crest Dress
Look no further for a wedding dress with puffed sleeves.
This nostalgic ensemble is fantastic! From the enormous sculptural bow that gives the illusion of a puffed sleeve to the ruched mini-skirt. It’s an abstract ensemble that is sure to make a statement on your wedding day.
26. Andrea Blazer Dress
by Sau Lee
Blazer dresses are bold, edgy, and charming.
We particularly love this chic white one. It’s fully lined for comfort yet breathable and light for beachy brides. Slim lapels, a button front, a deep-V neck, and pleats keep it feeling feminine and fresh.
27. Audrey Embroidered Maxi Dress
by Free People
If you prefer casual and laid-back, this gown has your name on it.
28. Lame Floral Lace Dress
In this eye-catching champagne dress, you’ll look like a vision.
This is fitting because it’s the vision of a designer who desired to merge maximalist fashion with the minimalist vibes of gowns from the 90s. We say he nailed it with a sheer lace dress overtop an exposed tonal bra!
Terrifically Non-Traditional Dresses
These days, an alternative bride has so many options! You have your pick of dresses that are edgy and Avante-Garde or original but with a nod to tradition. There’s something for every personality and preference, which is excellent because your big day should reflect what makes you, you! After all, your uniqueness is what drew in your fiancee.
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Megan’s wedding experience began over a decade ago when planning her dream ceremony. Since then, three kids have been added to the mix. Megan wholeheartedly embraces all things baby, childhood, and family. When she isn’t writing or chasing little ones you can find her running, hiking, or reading.