24 Nontraditional Wedding Dress Ideas

If you don't feel like yourself in a traditional white gown, go for something unexpected.
by Andrea Fowler

Just because brides that came before you have worn white doesn't mean that you have to wear white, too. Trust us, even if you're wearing a modern multicolor gown, no one will be confused who the bride is. 

Opt for a style that's really true to your personality. A vintage champagne-colored sheath? Go for it. A chic black and white ball gown? Yas, Queen. What's most important on your wedding day is that you feel beautiful inside and out and that you're comfortable with the formalwear you choose. Here are some of our favorite nontraditional wedding gowns and a few designers you should keep on your radar if you want to pull inspiration from one of these unique and totally personalized styles. 

  1. Blush Pink

    Light pink fit and flare wedding gown by Leanne Marshall
    Tim Ryan Smith Photography
  2. Scarlet Red

    Red Vera Wang fit and flare red wedding dress
    Marie Labbancz Photography
  3. Yellow Florals

    Strapless yellow and white Romona Keveza​ wedding gown
    Sylvie Gil
  4. Bright Boho

    Alice & Olivia floral multicolored wedding gown
    Willow Noavi Photography
  5. Pink Watercolor Design

    White strapless wedding dress with pink watercolor design
    Ashley West Photography
  6. Sheer Panels

    Elie Saab wedding gown with sheer panel details and crop top bridesmaid outfits
    Levi Stolove Photography
  7. Black and Nude Hues

    Black and taupe wedding gown by Vera Wang
    Derek Chad Photography
  8. Art Deco Beading

    Unique wedding dress with gold art deco beading designs
    Emma Cleary Photo and Video
  9. Metallic Embellishments

    White wedding gown with bold metallic detailing
    Jenna Lee Pictures

    Wedding gown purchased off the rack in New York City, NY

    From: A Gold-Studded Country Wedding at a Private Residence in Meeker, Colorado

  10. Two-Toned Ball Gown

    Black and white nontraditional wedding gown by Vera Wang
  11. Gold Sequins

    BHLDN wedding gown with a gold sequin ombre design
    onelove photography
  12. Coral Detail

    Blac Mera beach wedding dress with a red coral pattern
    J Photography by Jessi Caparella
  13. Vintage Back Detail

    Blue by Enzoani vintage-style wedding dress with embellished back detail
    Mary Brunst Photography
  14. Vintage Tea Length

    Demetrios tea-length white wedding gown
    Ryan Price Photography
  15. Art Deco Embellishments

    Jenny Packham wedding gown with art deco embellishments
    Gayle Brooker Photography
  16. Blue Blooms

    Francesca Miranda wedding gown with a blue floral design
    Jen Lynne Photography
  17. Boho Vibes

    Nontraditional boho wedding dress by Amanda Wakeley
    Imagen Photos
  18. Black Tulle

    Nontraditional black tulle wedding gown by BCBG
    Sasha Chou Photography
  19. Pastel Blue

    Pastel blue wedding gown by Tara LaTour
    Adrienne Page Photography
  20. Green Gown

    Green wedding gown by Carmen Marc Valvo
    Amy Karp Photography
  21. Bright Yellow

    Bright yellow wedding gown by Monique Lhuillier
    Adonye Jaja Photography
  22. Gilded Details

    Embellish Designs white lace wedding gown with gold embellishments
    Powers Studios
  23. Unique Structure

    Off-white structured Roland Mouret​ wedding dress
    Jarrad Lister Photography
  24. White and Gold Color Block

    Truvelle wedding gown color blocked with white and gold sequins
    Nine Photography
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