12 Unique Wedding Dress Ideas

Want to show off your sense of style on your wedding? Ditch the big white dress and get inspired with these alternatives.
  1. Graphic Lace

    Graphic lace J. Mendel wedding dress
    Photo by Kurt Wilberding

    Say good-bye to the delicate ladylike lace of the past. The new trend is toward bold graphic lace that feels fresh and modern, but still feminine.

  2. Subtle Ombre

    Ombre Lazaro wedding dress

    Can't commit to all-over color? Opt for on-trend ombre in a light hue. Full-skirt gowns with ruffled organza or layers of billowing tulle will soften the effect, but if a bold statement is what you're going for, try bright shades and less textured fabrics.

  3. Sheer Lattice

    Sheer lattice Angel Sanchez wedding dress
    Photo by Maria Valentino / MCV Photo

    For a look that's unexpected, yet timeless, choose a dress with sheer panels with a netting or basket-weave-style effect. From ultra-modern convertibles with illusion necklines and sheer skirts to more subtle, delicate sleeves on classic silhouettes, a little lattice can go a long way in adding a unique touch.

  4. Futuristic Column

    Asymmetric neckline Romona Keveza wedding dress

    Make a dramatic statement with a contemporary take on the column gown. We love how designers have given this classic silhouette a bold new look, with a highly structured shape and flattering asymmetric neckline. A sleek futuristic belt is the perfect accessory to tie it all together.

  5. Interesting Embroidery

    Embroidered Naem Khan wedding dress
    Photo by Maria Valentino / MCV Photo

    Traditional, feminine silhouettes are given new life with intricate embroidery. Elaborate geometric patterns and gold details go far beyond the customary floral lace and sequins.

  6. Fashionable Fringe

    Fringe Inbal Dror wedding dress
    Photo by Maria Valentino / MCV Photo

    You probably think of flappers or motorcycle gangs when you think of fringe — but suspend that thought for just a second. Fringe is on-trend right now and has made its way onto bridal runways everywhere. To keep the look wedding appropriate, choose a classic silhouette with expertly draped, high-quality materials, like silk fringe, and delicate details, like crystals and pearls.

  7. Bold Color

    Pink Vera Wang wedding dress
    Photo by Maria Valentino / MCV Photo

    Who says you have to wear white? Shake things up with a fresh pop of color. Blush is an obvious choice, but gowns today come in every shade imaginable, from bright blue and hot pink to pistachio green, gold and even red (seriously!).

  8. Crop Tops

    Crop top Elizabeth Stuart wedding dress

    Crop tops have been a staple on runways for the past few seasons and are now making a statement in bridal. From Theia to Hayley Paige and Sophia Kokosalaki, the new way to show off a little skin is giving a cheeky peek of your midriff. If you're feeling bold, try a cropped bustier, but if you're not ready to bare it all, pair a boxy top with a high-waist skirt for a super-chic look.

  9. Lacy Rompers

    Lace Watters wedding romper

    Get excited—rompers at weddings are now a thing, and not just for guests. Watters has given its seal of approval on this summer must-have by creating a super-pretty lacey number that’s perfect for the bride who wants to stand out.

  10. Modern Ball Gown

    Ball gown Pronovias wedding dress
    Photo by Kurt Wilberding

    Think every ball gown is the same? Think again. Forget the poufy princess dress—ball gowns are getting a major makeover in unexpected ways. Think: button-down collared shirts with bold belts instead of corseted sweetheart bodices.

  11. High-Low Hemline

    High low Lazaro wedding dress
    Photo by Kurt Wilberding

    Want to show off those amazing shoes (and legs), but aren't sure if you're ready to go the minidress route? You can have the best of both worlds with an asymmetric silhouette. Shorter in the front and longer in the back, this playful style has the classic elements you want, but with added depth and texture that give the dress a fresh, modern look.

  12. Half Pant, Half Dress

    Rosa Clara wedding pantsuit
    Photo by Kurt Wilberding

    Take a note out of Emma Watson's stylebook and go for a totally unexpected but super-cool look— a dress over pants. We've seen the pantsuit, the romper and the jumpsuit, but this statement-making combo, made popular on the bridal runways, will take your style to a whole new level.

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