Shop this Look: Line and Dot Peony Off Shoulder Dress, $96; revolve.com
Some girls have been looking at wedding dresses since they were hanging out with friends at slumber parties, and others — well, they'd prefer an alternative wedding dress. Traditional brides might be shocked to know just how many women aren't all that into the ultrabridal look for their big day. Instead, these women look for something a bit alternative to outfit them for their walk down the aisle. Feel like you can relate? Scroll on ahead for 12 options that are right up your unconventional alley.
The Beachy, Boho Bride: "I don't want to wear a poofy wedding dress in the sand."
Especially if you are planning a destination wedding, nothing sounds more unappealing than schlepping 20 pounds of tulle to the beach. If you still want something bridal, try a style like the airy off-the-shoulder midi dress above. It's light, breezy and casual — and the perfect compromise for women who have traditional moms that want them to wear white.
If white isn't a requirement, then embrace cool colors and patterns. The beaded blush dress above would catch that perfect golden hour light at sunset (be sure to have candles around for extra twinkly effect). Brides looking for something airy, but still unconventional and dramatic, can opt for a floral maxi dress with a ruffle-detail skirt. Just one shot of your gown flowing in the beach breeze will make this pretty pick totally worth it.
Shop This Look: Sandra Mansour Ciel Electrique Sequined Midi Dress, $1500; modaoperandi.com
The Ultra Glam Bride: "I want to look like a glam version of me, not a frosted cupcake."
If you find yourself drooling over guest dresses instead of wedding gowns, why not just buy yourself a cool cocktail dress? You're probably fairly practical and want a dress that you can either wear again or that completely suits your sleek style. Opt for a sparkly dress in a simple silhouette like the chic midi above. Or, if you favor darker, bold colors, we are in love with this navy Truly Zac Posen dress below. It's flattering on a bride of any age and is a dress you can definitely pull out for special occasions.
Shop This Look: Truly Zac Posen Embellished Waist Off-the-Shoulder Satin Ball Gown, $199.95; davidsbridal.com
Another option is to find a chic, sophisticated and "non-cupcakey" wedding dress. Bridal designers have come a LONG way (even just in the last decade) when it comes to creating fresh, modern looks. No one will think of a baked confection when you walk down the aisle in a stunner like the dress below.
Shop This Look: Noel and Jean By Katie May Cowl Back Crepe Gown, $895; nordstrom.com
Shop This Look: Michele Mason Asymmetrical Cocoon Dress, $403; shopbop.com
The Bold Bride: "I didn't give up carbs to wear a princess gown."
You've got a great set of gams and you want to show them off. Or you are really proud of what a little weight lifting has done for your body. Or maybe you just really prefer short dresses. Whatever the reason, you aren't in a hurry to cover up in yards and yards of organza. Instead of searching for wedding dresses, try looking for a "reception" dress. Usually shorter and a little sassier, these dresses were designed so that the bride could be traditional at her ceremony and then a bit less tame at the reception. We say if "less tame" is how you roll, go with it. The formfitting asymmetrical dress above is great for more informal weddings and shows off your shape in a sophisticated way. Below, this tea-length mermaid midi in guipure lace is the perfect mix of bridal and babe.
Shop This Look: Jarlo Off-the-Shoulder Lace Midi Dress, $250; bloomingdales.com
Shop This Look: DB Studio One-Shoulder Crepe Wedding Jumpsuit with Bow, $189.95; davidsbridal.com
The Practical Bride: "I haven't worn a dress since my high school graduation. Why would I start now?"
Are you a bride who wants to wear pants? Well, congrats — your time has officially arrived. There have never been so many stylish options as there are now. Find a sleek jumpsuit with dramatic draping or go for a vintage-inspired satin suit. Either way, with these looks, shoes are everything. Invest in a pair of killer heels to pair with this fashion-forward statement.
Shop This Look: ASOS Edition Wedding Satin Off the Shoulder Full Length Jacket and Tapered Pants, $315; asos.com
The City Hall Bride: "I don't want to wear a wedding dress to the courthouse."
For the record, you can absolutely wear a ridiculously formal wedding dress to city hall. You do you. But if you would prefer not to, there are tons of stylish options for your big day. You could channel your inner Carrie Bradshaw in a label-less vintage suit, but we like the below choices even better. Wear a sheath dress with playful feather trim for a completely updated interpretation of a classic look (below). Or go for a pastel illusion midi dress that can double as your "something blue"!
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