Non-traditional wedding dresses are the ideal option for a bride who is looking to do something a little out of the ordinary on her wedding day. While the classic flowing white bridal gown is still the overwhelmingly popular choice non-traditional wedding dresses are definitely growing in popularity. Deciding to go with a non-traditional dress can help set your wedding apart. It can also open up a whole new world of options when you’re shopping for your dress. More and more bridal shops and boutiques are starting to cater to brides looking for something less typical but how far you want to stray from the norm is entirely up to you. Here are a few quick options to get you started.
Sometimes, non-traditional wedding dresses are a radical departure from the classic white gown (we’ll talk more about those in a moment), but sometimes it’s just a small jump. The gown in the photo above is absolutely beautiful and manages to be unique without being a complete departure from what many expect with wedding dresses. The slight change of color gives this dress a classic and traditional feel but with a modern update. This shade is great for the earthy bride and for peaceful outdoor ceremonies.
Like the cream/beige colored dress we talked about a moment ago, this pink number is a great example of how to give a classic wedding dress style a modern twist. When looking for non-traditional wedding dresses, it’s a good idea to go into your search with no preconceived notions about what you’re looking for. While light pink might be a little too close to the traditional white wedding gown for some brides, it might be just right for others.
You can choose to have a beautiful non-traditional wedding dress by choosing to stay from white but by still sticking with a lighter color. The above photo shows a beautiful example of that. It’s classy and elegant but by choosing the lightly blue color, you still have something unique and out of the ordinary. What makes this dress so special is that it combines tradition with creativity for a beautiful yet memorable wedding gown. It’s also a bit further away from what one tends to think of when they think of traditional wedding dresses than the ones we’ve talked about thus far.
I’m not a huge fan of black wedding dresses. They generally seem so solemn but I have to say the black wedding dress in the photo above really gets it right. It’s classy and elegant, sticking with a classic wedding dress style but still unique and unusual thanks to the color. Many people looking for non-traditional wedding dresses look at black as the first option and when it’s done right, it can be a fantastic option especially for an evening formal wedding.
Of course brides looking for non-traditional wedding dresses who like the idea of a black dress but don’t like the idea of dressing all in black can choose a design like the one in the photo above. I have to admit that this is one of my absolute favorite non-traditional wedding dresses. The gray and white work beautifully together, especially when complimented with the black detailing on the bodice and around the hips. This is a classic wedding dress with a non-traditional twist and its pulled off flawlessly. This would be an idea dress for any formal wedding.
Red wedding dresses are also gaining popularity among brides looking for non-traditional wedding dresses. They’re bold and attention grabbing – perfect for a modern bride. A red wedding dress ensures all eyes are on the bride and creates an exciting, memorable vibe when the bride makes her entrance. Of course, red isn’t right for every bride but it can be an option worth considering. I love the addition of the white veil in the above photo. It helps add a little bit of tradition to a very non-traditional dress. Old meets new and it’s a very happy union.
As with black dresses, some brides aren’t necessarily willing to commit to an entirely red wedding dress. The above dress – while likely very expensive – is a great compromise, offering glimpses of tradition mixed with a more modern idea. While the actual dress in the picture is probably quite expensive, you can get the same effect for much less if you choose something a little more basic. Red over white makes for a beautiful non-traditional wedding dress that may be the perfect compromise for a woman who likes the idea of non-traditional wedding dresses but also wants to keep a bit of tradition.
Sometimes a little splash of color is all it takes to make a non-tradition wedding dress out of a traditional one. The above photo perfectly illustrates that. By taking a very classic style wedding dress – flowing, elegant and white – and dressing it up with a little bright blue around the bust, this dress is transformed from ordinary to extraordinary. This basic principle works with any color as long as it’s bright enough to contrast the pale white of the dress.
Moving beyond color for a moment, let’s talk about style. While many brides, regardless of whether they’re looking for traditional or non-traditional wedding dresses prefer longer styles, choosing a shorter white dress like the one in the photo above can be a refreshing change. While the example here might be a little too retro for some brides, it serves as an example that non-traditional wedding dresses can be white. What can set them apart from the others is the style and length of the dress. I like the dress above, to be honest. It’d be perfect for a retro sort of themed wedding.
This brown and white number isn’t going to be every bride’s dream dress but it very well could be the ideal choice for the bride on the hunt for non-traditional wedding dresses that combine a unique color with a unique style. It would be absolutely perfect for a beautiful outdoor wedding especially if the bride is an earthy, natural sort of woman. This particular design really emphasizes how unique non-traditional wedding dresses can be, combining color and style for something really special that speaks to who the bride is as a person.