9 Wedding Dress Trends For Anti-Princess Brides

We'd be silly to deny that planning a wedding puts everyone in a pressure-cooker situation. You're searching everywhere for the perfect details to celebrate your commitment. But, when it comes to fashion, we’re firm believers in the go-with-the-flow approach. After all, some of the most beautiful and inspired big-day looks we've ever seen are ones that feel like a sartorial extension of the bride herself. They're you — not the fairytale-princess, too-precious-to-move version of you.
With that in mind, we tracked down nine different types of brides-to-be at New York Bridal Fashion Week. Or, rather, the perfect looks for the unconventional, outside-the-corset ladies whose idea of a dream dress is one they can two-step in or wear with lug-sole shoes. Or, well...one that might actually be pants. Click ahead for our favorite non-traditional looks that still make wedding-day eyes all misty.
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Photo: Courtesy of Houghton.
The Coachella Bride
You and your boo probably met a few years ago in the desert and bonded over Arcade Fire and your love of In-N-Out. Think of this asymmetric Houghton creation as an ode to keeping that initial spark alive for the long run.
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Photo: Courtesy of Vera Wang.
The '90s Bride
You're keen to wear the white dress, but you prefer the sleek, slip variety like this Vera Wang design — nothing that can be misconstrued as a cupcake. And, should you need any further proof that you're the anti-precious, sweet-but-not-saccharine kind of bride, the sturdy boots help drive the point home.
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Photo: Courtesy of Naeem Khan.
The Dance Floor Queen Bride
If you have a dresses-be-damned philosophy 364 other days of the year, than there's no need to leap outside your comfort zone today. After all, Naeem Khan's separates are not only fancy with head-to-hem beading, but this set also lends itself to seriously cutting a rug.
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Photo: MCV Photo.
The Tiers Of Joy Bride
Much like the new shape of peplums, this layered Claire Pettibone dress is one that droops down instead of pushing out and forcing all your friends and family to stand at arm's distance. It's the answer for the bride-to-be who's all for the big, statement gown, but in a modern and not-too-frilly way.
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Photo: MCV Photo.
The Awkward Hands Bride
Save for the exchange of rings and holding hands with your new husband or wife, the awkward bride's fingers may not find a comfortable place to fall when it's her day in the spotlight. In this case, Dennis Basso's crystal-embellished pocketed gown provides some security for the shaky-handed lady of the hour. Just be sure to remove them come Champagne-toast time.
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Photo: Courtesy of Reem Acra.
The Side-Splitting Bride
The strapless dress may be the silhouette of choice for many, but you prefer something that's sexy and won't require all-night tugging. This Reem Acra side-peeking silhouette satisfies the not-so-blushing bride's taste for comfort — and also a bit of skin.
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Photo: Courtesy of Delphine Manivet.
The #CozyBride
You never really understood what dream weddings had to do with corseted and too-puffy-to-move dresses. Your big-day ensemble of choice is an elevated version of what you always feel your best in. And, Delphine Manivet's combination of the quirky sweater, ankle-length skirt, and flat lace-ups is so on-point.
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Photo: Courtesy of Theia.
The Way She Moves Bride
You're the absolute furthest thing from a stiff. So, naturally, you expect nothing less from your wedding dress. Thankfully, Theia made a look that's especially fitting for your day and your first dance...which, no surprise, is much more of a jive than a waltz.
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Photo: MCV Photo.
The Two Is Better Than One Bride
You're the very practical kind of bride, and certainly not the one who buys a dress for one purpose only. The two-piece ensemble, like Monique Lhuillier's romantic lace set, is ladylike and party-ready but can also be broken apart. Wear the full set to walk down the aisle (or to City Hall) and break it up on the special nights to come with your new partner-in-crime.