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24 Nontraditional Wedding Dress Ideas

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

Blush Pink

Light pink fit and flare wedding gown by Leanne Marshall
Tim Ryan Smith Photography

Wedding gown by Leanne Marshall

From: A Modern Pink Wedding at Upper Crust in New York, New York

Scarlet Red

Red Vera Wang fit and flare red wedding dress
Marie Labbancz Photography

Wedding gown by Vera Wang

From: Wine Country Themed Wedding in the Woods at Pomme in Radnor, Pennsylvania

Yellow Florals

Strapless yellow and white Romona Keveza​ wedding gown
Sylvie Gil

Wedding gown by ​Romona Keveza

From: A Painterly Palette Summer Wedding Theme by Type A Society​

Bright Boho

Alice & Olivia floral multicolored wedding gown
Willow Noavi Photography

Wedding gown by Alice & Olivia

From: A Modern, Colorful Backyard Wedding in Kalamazoo, Michigan

Pink Watercolor Design

White strapless wedding dress with pink watercolor design
Ashley West Photography

Wedding gown by Meki Couture

From: A Romantic, Garden-Themed Wedding at Jorgensen Farms in Westerville, Ohio

Sheer Panels

Elie Saab wedding gown with sheer panel details and crop top bridesmaid outfits
Levi Stolove Photography

Wedding gown by Elie Saab

From: A Lush, Ultra-Stylish Wedding at The Foundry in Long Island City, New York

Black and Nude Hues

Black and taupe wedding gown by Vera Wang
Derek Chad Photography

Wedding gown by Vera Wang

From: A Quirky Halloween Wedding at Oviatt Penthouse in Los Angeles, California

Art Deco Beading

Unique wedding dress with gold art deco beading designs
Emma Cleary Photo and Video

Wedding gown by Sue Wong

From: A Vintage Glam Wedding at the Highlands Country Club in Garrison, New York

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

Two-Toned Ball Gown

Black and white nontraditional wedding gown by Vera Wang

Wedding gown by Vera Wang

From: A Black & White Chic Wedding at Hotel Bel Air in Los Angeles, California

Gold Sequins

BHLDN wedding gown with a gold sequin ombre design
onelove photography

Wedding gown by BHLDN

From: A Romantic, Vintage-Inspired Wedding at Ahmanson Ranch in Calabasas, California

Coral Detail

Blac Mera beach wedding dress with a red coral pattern
J Photography by Jessi Caparella

Wedding gown by Blac Mera

From: A Coastal Chic Wedding at the Drop Anchor Resort in Islamorada, Florida

Vintage Back Detail

Blue by Enzoani vintage-style wedding dress with embellished back detail
Mary Brunst Photography

Wedding gown by Blue by Enzoani

From: A Sleek, Sophisticated Wedding at Hyatt Regency Baltimore in Baltimore, Maryland

Vintage Tea Length

Demetrios tea-length white wedding gown
Ryan Price Photography

Wedding gown by Demetrios

From: A New York-Inspired Garden Party Wedding at the Austin Country Club in Austin, Texas

Art Deco Embellishments

Jenny Packham wedding gown with art deco embellishments
Gayle Brooker Photography

Wedding gown by Jenny Packham

From: An Elegant, Outdoor Wedding at Barnsley Resort in Adairsville, Georgia

Blue Blooms

Francesca Miranda wedding gown with a blue floral design
Jen Lynne Photography

Wedding gown by Francesca Miranda

From: A Garden Party Wedding at Chicago Botanic Garden in Chicago, Illinois

Boho Vibes

Nontraditional boho wedding dress by Amanda Wakeley
Imagen Photos

Wedding gown by Amanda Wakeley

From: A Free-Spirited, Rustic Barn Wedding at Cuyahoga Valley National Park in Akron, Ohio

Black Tulle

Nontraditional black tulle wedding gown by BCBG
Sasha Chou Photography

Wedding gown by BCBG

From: An Eclectic Intimate Wedding at Millesime in the Carlton Hotel in New York City

Pastel Blue

Pastel blue wedding gown by Tara LaTour
Adrienne Page Photography

Wedding gown by Tara LaTour

From: "A Midsummer Night's Dream"-Inspired Wedding at the Saint Paul Hotel in St. Paul, Minnesota

Green Gown

Green wedding gown by Carmen Marc Valvo
Amy Karp Photography

Wedding gown by Carmen Marc Valvo

From: A Modern, Unconventional Wedding at Hot Damn, Tamales! in Fort Worth, Texas

Bright Yellow

Bright yellow wedding gown by Monique Lhuillier
Adonye Jaja Photography

Wedding gown by Monique Lhuillier

From: A Colorful Alternative Wedding at the Flying Horse Ranch in Jefferson, Colorado

Gilded Details

Embellish Designs white lace wedding gown with gold embellishments
Powers Studios

Wedding gown by Embellish Designs

From: An Urban Civil Ceremony at the Multnomah County Courthouse in Portland, Oregon

Unique Structure

Off-white structured Roland Mouret​ wedding dress
Jarrad Lister Photography

Wedding gown by Roland Mouret

From: A Romantic Garden-Inspired Wedding at a Private Residence in Caesar's Head, South Carolina

White and Gold Color Block

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

Wedding gown by Truvelle

From: A Colorful Fiesta Wedding at Ma Maison in Dripping Springs, Texas

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