Welcome to Aisle Style, a week-long series that features the most untraditional wedding fashion trends, bridal designers behind the coolest wedding looks, and brides who walk to the beat of their own “Canon in D.” Buck the tradition and say I do to personal style — the aisle is yours.
If we’re talking about nuptials in the Western world, “traditional” wedding dresses tend to have a certain silhouettes — the usual shapes being ball gown, A-line, sheath, and mermaid — designed with standard dress materials like tulle, lace, satin, and silk. These traditional wedding dresses might also have a touch of pizzazz like beading, sequins, and rhinestones. And, often, these dresses are very expensive. And generally speaking, traditional wedding dresses are always white, maybe ivory.
But, let’s say you’re a different kind of bride. That’s right. You’re a nontraditional bride! And you’re specifically seeking a nontraditional wedding dress. Perhaps a dress that isn’t floor-length and will show off your unique bridal shoes? Or a dress that incorporates fun colors. Maybe you’d like an under-$100 dress that isn’t going to throw you into financial ruin? Or you’d prefer a wedding jumpsuit or pants instead. There are myriad ways to veer off the traditional wedding dress path — and however many degrees of uniqueness you’d like to take your wedlock look, we’re here to help.
Ahead, shop some of our top picks for the best nontraditional wedding dresses and alternative bridal options that the internet has to offer. If anything, we promise you’ll stand out among the cookie-cutter Pinterest brides this wedding season.
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Morphine Fashion Strapless Tiered Tulle Asymmetric Gown
Bring on the flounce, the drama, and the legs! If you’re planning to make a grand statement with your wedding dress, go ahead and pump up the volume in this gown’s mint, pink, or black options.
Morphine Fashion Strapless Tiered Tulle Asymmetric Gown, $, available at Anthropologie
Reformation Sabine Silk Two Piece
If the phrase “simple elegance” were in the dictionary, it’d probably look like this minimal two-piece. We think it’d be perfect for the easy, breezy, unfussy bride getting hitched in the summertime.
Reformation Sabine Silk Two Piece, $, available at Reformation
Bridal by Eloquii Mini Dress With Puff Sleeve Cape
Say goodbye to the traditional tulle veil and say hello to a unique tulle cape instead. This mini dress features a stunning detachable puff-sleeve cape perfect for walking down the aisle. Then, of course, you can whip it off when it’s dancing time.
Bridal By Eloquii Mini Dress With Puff Sleeve Cape, $, available at Eloquii
& Other Stories Babydoll Tied Sleeve Detail Dress
When people picture nontraditional wedding dresses, many immediately think of black. While you could opt for a black ballgown, you can also opt for a more casual or cropped option for your nuptials.
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& Other Stories Babydoll Tied Sleeve Detail Dress, $, available at & Other Stories
Superdown Madeline Blazer Dress
If you want a blend of feminine and masculine bridal details, you can have the best of both worlds with a suit dress. And at just $90, this Superdown option is a steal.
Superdown Madeline Blazer Dress, $, available at Revolve
Rococo Sand Low Long Dress
This fluttery boho dress is designed with a train in the back, which will allow for an extravagant entrance as you’re heading down the aisle. It’s both casual and chic.
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ROCOCO SAND Low Long Dress, $, available at Free People
Azeeza Lucas High Neck Asymmetrical Dress
Don’t you just hate the idea of “sizes” and fitting into such a fixed number? Well, this tent-like gown is available in just one size — that’s how free-flowing it is. The bright pink color, the asymmetric hem, and the halter neck are cherries on top.
Azeeza Lucas High Neck Asymetrical Dress, $, available at Shopbop
Banana Republic Lido Sculpted Italian Wool Blazer & Bermuda Shorts
For the bride who’s skipping the big wedding to-do and opting for City Hall affair instead, a suit set is the perfect option. These classic yet relaxed-fit suit separates can be dressed up or down depending on the top, accessories, and shoes.
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Banana Republic Lido Sculpted Italian Wool Blazer, $, available at Banana Republic
Banana Republic Lido Italian Wool Bermuda Shorts, $, available at Banana Republic
Elliatt Times Dress
Questioning what your “something blue” should be? Why not go all out and wear a blue wedding dress? While the colorway is bold, this midi dress still has traditional lace and floral bridal details.
ELLIATT Times Dress, $, available at Revolve
For Love & Lemons Lily Bridal Dress
While going ultra sexy might not work for your wedding (unless you’ve got a very chill family), a tiny, private affair might call for a racier, lingerie-inspired wedding dress like this one with a sheer skirt.
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For Love And Lemons Lily Bridal Dress, $, available at For Love And Lemons
Selkie The Fairytale Gown
Okay, maybe you do want to feel like a princess but don’t want a traditional ballgown. An alternative solution is this whimsical high-low dress.
Selkie The Fairytale Gown, $, available at Revolve
11 Honoré Collection Alexandra Dress
A color-blocked wedding dress is a fun way to mix things up. Bonus points if your partner opts for a black-and-white look, too, for a matchy moment.
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11 Honoré Collection Alexandra Dress, $, available at Dia and Co
Sabina Musayev Rosa Jumpsuit
Wearing a pantsuit or a jumpsuit in lieu of a wedding dress is a power move. If you’ve always preferred pants, perhaps this tuxedo-ish piece is for you.
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Sabina Musayev Rosa Jumpsuit, $, available at Free People
Self-Portrait Belted Bouclé and Crepe Midi Dress
Pastels are a simple way to switch up your bridal look. Tons of texture is also effective. So this sherbet green vintage-inspired dress with tweed, chiffon, and lace is a beautiful conglomeration of that all.
Self-Portrait Belted Bouclé and Crepe Midi Dress, $, available at Matches
Reformation Zenni Dress Es
We love a mini wedding dress moment, and this ivory Reformation piece available in plus sizes is absolutely stunning.
Reformation Zenni Dress Es, $, available at Reformation
BCBG Maxazria Corset Tulle Gown
This best-selling gown at Revolve could absolutely work as a nontraditional wedding dress. The corset detail, the sheer tulle skirt, and the unexpected hue — it’s a vision.
BCBG MAXAZRIA Corset Tulle Gown, $, available at Revolve
Zhivago An Angel Is Love Beaded Playsuit Romper
For the dress averse, you may have considered a bridal jumpsuit, but what about a bridal romper? A leggy option is perfect for showing some skin and dancing the night away.
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ZHIVAGO An Angel Is Love Beaded Playsuit Romper, $, available at Neiman Marcus
Hutch Strapless High-Low Bubble Dress
Red! Not only is it a fiery way to rebel against traditional white, but it’s a hue that also signifies good luck in some cultures.
Hutch Strapless High-Low Bubble Dress, $, available at Anthropologie
Dress The Population Sidney Dress
This dress stands out because, well, it’s completely sheer (save for a slip). The real draw is the appliqué detail of the flowers — it’s classic lace taken to a whole new level.
Dress The Population Sidney Dress, $, available at Verishop
Sau Lee Blair Off-Shoulder Mini Dress
While bows are typically placed on the backs of wedding dresses, this dress offers a fresh take on an oversized bow.
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Sau Lee Blair Off-Shoulder Mini Dress, $, available at Neiman Marcus
Badgley Mischka Sequin Bow-Front Gown
If you’re the type of person who doesn’t “do” white, we think wearing a color that better suits your soul and spirit is in order. Wearing black as a nontraditional wedding dress? How Wednesday Addams of you.
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Badgley Mischka Sequin Bow-Front Gown, $, available at Neiman Marcus
Asos Edition Sequin & Pearl Kimono Sleeve Midi Dress
These kimono sleeves upgrade what a long-sleeve wedding dress usually looks like. Plus, the draped fabric perfectly compliments the straighter column silhouette.
ASOS EDITION Sequin & Pearl Kimono Sleeve Midi Dress, $, available at ASOS
Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Kincso Ruffled Peplum Jumpsuit
It takes a special person to ditch the sweeping, full wedding skirt for a more functional yet chic jumpsuit. Go on and rock this Bianca Jagger-inspired look instead.
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Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Kincso One-Shoulder Peplum Jumpsuit, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Victoria Beckham Sleeveless Flared Dress
There’s something quite elegant and simple about this dress, which would suit a nontraditional bride. We also have much love for the slight sleeves, the midi-length, and the flared skirt.
Victoria Beckham Sleeveless Flared Dress, $, available at Shopbop
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