tea length ruffled wedding dress

While there are a lot of different wedding dresses out there in a lot of different styles, doesn't it sometimes seem like you are looking at different versions of the same 3 dresses?  I mean, really, how many strapless lace dresses with a sweetheart neckline can a girl really try on?  This collection of dresses is all about slightly less common details. None of these wedding dresses are really nontraditional or alternative, but these little details set them apart from the usual fare.  For example, we've all seen wedding dresses with decadent tiers. But this tea-length one above makes it a little more unique with its shorter hemline.

Interesting Silhouettes

pleated drop waist wedding dress
  
banded fit and flare dress

There's a slightly Victorian edge to this fit and flare gown with ruffly pleats (above, left). For the bride that can't decide between a sweet drop waist and a trendy, flowing gown, it is the perfect compromise. For gals that are a little less curvy, this dress will add shape to your modest figure.  Usually, fit-and-flare and trumpet gowns gently flow from the hips to the flared shape, But this dramatic dress (above, right) features a thick satin band to really emphasize the silhouette.  Brides with hourglass figures will look great in this wedding dress.

All Angles Drama

floor length cape with wedding dress
  
wedding dress with watteau train

Who needs a veil when you can rock a sheer floor-length cape?  This gorgeous cape (above, left) is like something out of a fairy tale--and will make a one-of-a-kind statement.  On the right, this Watteau train (where fabric is attached to the bodice of your gown, flowing behind you) brings the pure 1940s glam.  Either of these dresses would be showstopping amazing at a cathedral wedding.

Play with Color

black wedding dress
  
red wedding dress

Gowns in blush and gray and lavender have definitely dominated the runway for the last few years.  But if you really want to make a bold statement, embrace black or red or blue.  These dresses are truly memorable, no matter how many weddings your friends attend next summer.  But none more so than this red peplum mermaid dress (above, right) with ribbon edgework.

blue and white wedding dress

 

Add Texture

wedding dress with embroidery on hem
  
wedding dress with criss cross strips

Textured wedding dresses are all the rage right now. Especially with a-line and sheath silhouettes, we're seeing lots of raised floral patterns, stripes, and beaded details.  But this is the first dress I've seen with the majority of beading done at the hem of the dress (above, left). At first it seems a little out of place, but then when you think about it, this is going to be stunning down the aisle.  And if you are just not a floral pattern kind of bride, find another textured pattern that works for your style. This dress above (left) features criss-crossed strips in monochromatic tones.  Not only is this super modern, but it will also help elongate your figure. Bonus!

Bodice Details

ruffled wedding dress bodice
 
wedding dress with sash detailing

Okay, (a word of warning) if you are large-busted, just don't try this substantial bodice ruffle. It will not be your friend.  There are so many dresses that will look great on hourglass figures (most dresses, actually) but a giant ruffle over one of your largest features? No thankyouverymuch.  Instead, leave this adorable detail for your friends who find themselves wanting a little extra curve and flounce.  Vice versa on this sash detail above (right). It's going to be stunning on ladies with an hourglass figure because of the wraparound sash-inspired detail (sure to accent small waists and curvy bodies).

It seems like 2014 was consumed with the statement back (and we have all loved this trend, and hope it stays around awhile), but this tiny keyhole neck turns this detail around to the front.  It's an elegant touch to an already sophisticated sheath gown.

wedding dress with small keyhole neck

Speaking of necklines, bolero-inspired jackets (below, left) are starting to come in a variety of designs. This one features a high beaded neck and miniscule cap sleeves, adding tons of glamour to this bodice!  And as we just mentioned, statement backs are somewhat ubiquitous this season, but one completely unique one we spotted was this bejeweled, strappy back on a slinky fit-and-flare (below, right). Definitely for a bolder bride, this would be gorgeous on the beach at sunset.

cap sleeve bolero
 
sparkly statement back

 

Sleeves

wedding dress with bishop sleeves
 
wedding dress with elbow sleeves

Thanks to Kate Middleton, we love the wedding dress sleeve again. From wrist-grazing lace to cap sleeved puffs, they add so much variety and style to today's designs. These cut-out bishop sleeves (above, left) add some retro fun to an otherwise classic sheath gown. And although we have seen an abundance of 3/4 length sleeves lately (especially on a-lines), this option (above, right) is one of the few we could find with elbow length ones, perfect for pairing with long gloves!

Loving the crop top trend, but not wanting to put your torso on full display for this formal occasion?  Create a faux cop look with a lace jacket top. Below, this features a high lace neck and tiny cap sleeves in a silvery shade.

crop top style lace jacket

 

Shine Like a Star

metallic wedding dress bodice
 
wedding dress with gold embroidery

Metallics are everywhere in wedding right now. From shimmery chevon invitations to sparkly cake toppers, gold and silver are dominating the wedding scene.  Here are two next-level dresses for you to take a gander at. First, this silvery fringe is just insane and would be even more jaw dropping at a thoroughly candle lit ceremony.  Next, this golden rose embroidery features a large scale pattern and plenty of slink to the fabric. A completely original bridal look!

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