Unique Ideas for Colorful, Non-Traditional Wedding Gowns

There's no rule book that says a wedding gown must be white. Modern brides are embracing color, a trend possibly first sparked by Gwen Stefani's custom dip-dyed and hand-painted pink ombre wedding gown by John Galliano for Christian Dior back 2002. After Gwen's rule-breaking move, Reese Witherspoon got married in a pale pink gown by Monique Lhuillier and Jessica Biel wore a blush-toned Giambattista Valli creation for her marriage to Justin Timberlake. Sure, white and ivory will remain the wedding gown go-tos, but many other colorful dresses have us swooning, particularly for summer weddings. Here, we've rounded up a variety of wedding dresses in shades of blush, metallics, yellow, blue and beyond from David's Bridal, Neiman Marcus, Nordstrom and more. It's our ode to the rainbow, and we think you should go for it!

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Gold Wedding Dress: Mac Duggal V-Neck Sleeveless Empire-Waist Metallic Ball Gown

Looking for something lavish? Then look no further than this fantastic ball gown from Mac Duggal. Though an American dress designer, Duggal's birthplace of India inspires him to infuse his designs with the opulence of his native land. The stunning metallic fabric of this ball gown is fit for a queen. The design flatters with a sexy V-neck and an empire waist accentuated by a wide band. The floor-sweeping trim features a modified train. Here comes the bride, indeed. ($598; neimanmarcus.com)

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Shades of Gray Wedding Dress: White by Vera Wang Tiered Organza T-Back Ball Gown Wedding Dress

This dramatic gown by White by Vera Wang comes in a color called fog, which is a dove gray the shade of dramatic Parisian skies. It's an incredibly sophisticated color that plays well with this runway-ready gown. The fitted bodice is wrapped in a layer of pleated tulle and features a plunging V-neck for a bit of sex appeal. The skirt, cut like a ball gown, is covered in bias-cut organza tiers. We love the modern T-back detailing on the back, which is enhanced by floral appliques at the nape of the neck and covered buttons that go down to the hem, which finishes in a sweeping train. You'll wow them coming and going in this gown, which we also love in lavender. ($1,118; davidsbridal.com)

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Rose Wedding Gown: Needle & Thread Dreamers Lace Gown in Rose Quartz

We're simply gobsmacked by the beauty of this rose-toned maxi gown from Needle & Thread, a British label known for its beadwork and sequin embellishment. Such intricate handiwork, created by artisans in India, is in full evidence on this gorgeous gown. Crafted from the label's signature point d'esprit tulle, this stunner of a gown features floral embroidery and light-catching sequins. The silhouette is a romantic melange: an empire waist, a tiered skirt and fluted three-quarter length sleeves. If you want to look dreamy on your wedding day, this is the dress. ($579; shopbop.com)

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colorful wedding gowns Rock 'n Roll Wedding Gown: Tadishi Shoji Leif Tulle Embroidery Gown in Midnight davids bridal photo

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Rock 'n Roll Wedding Gown: Tadishi Shoji Leif Tulle Embroidery Gown in Midnight

We know this gal: She grew up listening to the Ramones and has been known to body surf the mosh pit. Now she's all grown up and glamorous, but she wants a dress that reflects her punk-rock roots. If your style is gothic, punk or rock-n-roll, then hit your wedding in this Tadishi Shoji gown crafted from embroidered tulle in the deepest tone of midnight over nude. The latticework pattern is topped by hand-stitched floral appliques while the plunging illusion neckline, flowing elbow sleeves and grosgrain waistband add to its elegance. Yes, you are bold enough to wear this ― but maybe skip playing the Clash tune "Should I Stay or Should I Go?" as you walk down the aisle. ($588; davidsbridal.com)

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Silver Wedding Gown: Aqua Belted Sequin Gown

A star is born in this belted sequin gown that Aqua produced exclusively for Bloomingdale's. If you're a bride who dares to shine, then this opulent gown is for you. Bedecked in luxe sequin embellishments that create a geometric pattern, this silver gown features a round neck, short sleeves and a deeply plunging back. We love that the silhouette is classic, because it keeps this style from getting unnecessarily intense. Instead, it's a glam alternative to a traditional wedding gown. ($278; bloomingdales.com)

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Watercolor Wedding Dress: Inesse Dress

Designer Jenny Yoo, the creator of this dress, takes pride in creating uniquely stylish, quality wedding dresses that can actually be re-worn again (gasp!). Her philosophy takes root in this dress, crafted in a color called "mist multi," a watercolor-type pattern that looks like the sky over the ocean. This flowing gown is understated and classic, yet still catches the eye with its blouson top, V-back and airy chiffon fabric. We think it would be perfect for a summer beach wedding. ($218; anthropologie.com)

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colorful wedding gowns La Femme Embellished Mesh A-Line Gown dove gray pale pink nordstrom photo

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Multi-Hued Wedding Dress: La Femme Embellished Mesh A-Line Gown

We love how the embroidered flowers on this La Femme gown begin on the bodice in a dense pattern, then fall to the hem like blooms falling off a vine. The ethereal mesh overlay creates a lovely effect, especially due to its dove gray color over pale pink. But that's not all that makes this gown gorgeous: It also boasts multiple fashionable details, such as a scalloped neckline, classic cap sleeves and a flattering A-line skirt. ($598; nordstrom.com)

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Pink Wedding Dress: Aqua Cold-Shoulder Embellished Gown

The sophistication of the Art Deco era has been revived in this gown from Aqua that's absolutely pretty in pink. Bring out your inner art historian as you admire the tiny silver beads that embellish this gown: They replicate the starburst and ziggurat motifs of the Roaring Twenties. The cut of this gown is beyond sexy; crafted from a high-stretch fabric, the body-skimming silhouette fits through the bust, waist and hips (but the plunging V-neck is kept proper with a mesh inset). The banded waist and slightly fluted skirt are the finishing touches. ($298; bloomingdales.com)

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colorful wedding gowns La Femme Sleeveless Golden Lace Applique Mermaid Gown Strappy-Back mauve gold neiman marcus photo

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Color and Metallic Wedding Dress: La Femme Sleeveless Golden Lace Applique Mermaid Gown with Strappy-Back

This La Femme gown represents an interesting color combination. The underlay is a mauve the shade of wisteria blooms, but the overlay is crafted from a diaphanous fabric enhanced with a golden lace applique in a floral pattern. We think it's amazing, particularly for a summer wedding when flowers are in bloom. But there's more: Check out that sultry mermaid silhouette, with its modified train. Plus, the gorgeous back is open to the waist, covered up by a criss-cross pattern of spaghetti straps. ($550; neimanmarcus.com)

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colorful wedding gowns Alfred Sung Strapless High/Low Sateen Twill Gown royal blue nordstrom photo

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Something Blue Wedding Dress: Alfred Sung Strapless High/Low Sateen Twill Gown

If this dress looks familiar, then you've probably seen Audrey Hepburn in Sabrina, the 1954 film that introduced the "Larrabee party" dress by Hubert de Givenchy. Unique at the time for its high-low hemline, this gown is iconic for a reason, as is this subtly lustrous sateen twill Alfred Sung dress. The dramatic hemline remains a classic style for its inherent drama and its ability to frame a gal's gorgeous heels (choose wisely). The fitted bodice features a sweetheart neckline, and below the banded waist the full skirt is arranged with inverted pleats, which are universally flattering. The range of colors available is a major bonus: We especially love blush or royal blue. ($242; nordstrom.com)

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Hot Pink Wedding Dress: Rachel Zoe Ami Gown in Royal Fuchsia

Style maven Rachel Zoe is responsible for this vision in fuchsia. While the Hollywood hotshot is known for her "'modern gypsy" look, we love that she studied the classics for this gown: It's so authentic to that 1930s starlet style. The satin flows over every curve, starting with the cowl neck that is pure '30s. The A-line skirt is accentuated by an asymmetrical seam, another 1930s reference, and skims the floor for maximum drama. And don't forget the back; the ruffle details are exquisite. ($595; shopbop.com)

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Go Green Wedding Dress: Marchesa Notte Ombre Tulle Tiered Gown in Emerald

Getting married in a garden? Then outdo the natural greenery in this deep emerald gown from Marchesa Notte, that imaginative maker of dresses inspired by the inimitably eccentric Marchesa Luisa Casati. The design of this gown is breathtaking, beginning with the pleated mesh at the bodice and the cascading sleeves that drape across the arms. The tiered silhouette is beyond glamorous, and even though the skinny black belt is made of velvet, we still think this gown is perfect for a spring or summer wedding. If you are the lucky bride who wears this dress, you'll be a sight to remember. ($1,195; shopbop.com)

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Yellow Wedding Dress: Galvan Yellow Bias-Cut Satin Gown

Which megastar wore a yellow wedding dress? Why, that was Elizabeth Taylor, who donned the now-iconic yellow babydoll dress for her 1964 marriage to Richard Burton (and wore the color again at her 1991 wedding to Larry Fortensky!). Fast forward to 2019 and you, too, can bring out the sunshine in a yellow wedding dress by wearing this fabulous style from Galvan. Cut on the bias (read: sexy), the butter yellow satin is completely figure flattering. The fashion-forward bride will love the modern halter neck and the dramatic double sash that drapes across the back. And let's just face facts: Yellow is a fresh wedding dress color, especially for summer weddings, when the sun is in its full glory. ($1,295; intermixonline.com)

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Pastel Wedding Dress: Floral Watercolor Organza Ball Gown Wedding Dress

What's not to love about an organza ball gown? This is the very fabric that sweeps across the dance floor in theatrical fashion. This organza wedding gown from David's Bridal will transform the bride into a princess, but with a twist. While the silhouette is fully traditional, complete with a full skirt and sweeping train, the fabric features a muted watercolor floral print in pretty pastels for a modern departure from classic white. Clear sequins and beads subtly outline the blossoms on the bodice. ($470.20; davidsbridal.com)

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