25 Non-Traditional Wedding Outfits For The Fashion-Forward Bride

This article was originally published on March 30, 2016.
Cultural traditions have a funny way of becoming widely adopted, without actually being understood. The idea of wearing a white wedding gown, for example, has only been around for about 160 years, when Queen Victoria opted for a cream lace look for her 1840 wedding. Before that, brides wore dresses that spanned across the entire color spectrum, mostly choosing from whatever was already hanging in their closet. And if you ask us, we prefer that approach a whole lot more.
So, if you're not into that whole "white gown" thing, who cares! So many of today's brides are looking beyond the pristine princess dress and are turning to indie labels, interesting cuts (and colors), and other non-traditional takes on what you wear when you say "I do." Ahead, we’ve rounded up 20+ options, from a colorful embellished number to the ecru jumpsuit your heart has been searching for.
Fashion-forward women, look no further: The pieces here are the furthest thing from being classically "bridal" — in the best way possible, of course.
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Sometimes, your showstopping outfit is a simple, slinky slip dress.

Lily Ashwell Gia Dlip Dress, $250, available at Lily Ashwell.
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Simple, elegant, and special. Need we say more?

Roksanda Strapless Cotton and Silk-blend Dress, $3,155, available at Net-A-Porter.
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This allover lace number is the ultimate fashion girl's wedding dress thanks to its flattering fit, high-low hem, and semi-sheer silhouette.

BHLDN Nessa Gown, $2,200.00, available at BHLDN.
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Who says a wrap dress is only for casual events?

Hackwith Design House Lorraine Gown, $950, available at Hackwith Design House.
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Especially if your wedding is outdoors, we dare you to try a timeless floral pattern. You won't regret it.

Christian Siriano Petal Dress, $980, available at Farfetch.
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This blush dress is a perfect substitute for off-white.

Erdem Raisha Lace Dress, $10,150 $6,090, available at Moda Operandi.
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Matches perfectly with the retro meets modern wedding trend.

Rachel Antonoff Melissa Column Dress, $251 $125, available at Rachel Antonoff.
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A dress you can actually wear again, and again...and again.

& Other Stories Flower Lace Mini Dress, $95, available at & Other Stories.
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A high-low dress that gives the illusion of a train while remaining short and sweet.

Madiyah Al Sharqi Lace Dress with Long Back, $1,430, available at Fivestory.
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Why not throw a hint of black into a wedding dress fit for a black-tie affair?

Gucci Viscose Jersey Gown with Lace Trim, $2,900, available at Gucci.
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We're digging the cape-like detailing on this gorgeous gown.

Rosetta Getty Split-front Cloqué and Satin Maxi Sress, $2,500 $1,250, available at The Outnet.
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Grab your dress here, then direct your entire bridal party to the site for Fame & Partners' extensive and affordable bridesmaids collection.

Fame & Partners Briley, $199, available at Fame & Partners.
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While traditional bridal gowns do vary in shades, from crisp white to off-white shades, you can stray from the norm with light pastels.

Bill Blass June Apron Dress, $1,888, available at Bill Blass.
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You won't even need to change for your reception.

Zimmermann Silk Flutter Long Dress, $580 $350, available at Zimmermann.
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For the bride on a budget.

Mango Embroidered Long Dress, $199.99, available at Mango.
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There's something timeless about this jacquard gown. We're into the "royal wedding" vibes it gives off.

Rochas Jacquard Off-The-Shoulder Gown, $2,195, available at Moda Operandi.
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Two-piece dresses allow you the versatility to mix the pieces into your regular wardrobe post-wedding.

Reformation Gemini Two Piece, $428, available at Reformation.
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For the comfy casual bride.

Victoria Beckham Racer Front Fitted Flare, $2,595 $779, available at Victoria Beckham.
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Vintage lovers, prepare to fawn over this darling bell shaped dress.

Nikki Chasin Darling Fete Dress, $575 $300, available at Nikki Chasin.
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A gown that's dripping in elegance.

Elizabeth and James Josephine Pleated Dress, $379, available at MatchesFashion.
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This cut-out column dress offers a nod to tradition while being ever-so-slightly rebellious.

Alexander Wang V-neck Fishline Gown, $1,150, available at Alexander Wang.
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If you're looking for a non-traditional wedding dress that still has a traditional feel, try a two-piece. The different silhouette feels special and classic.

Stone Fox Bride The Astrid, $3,750, available at Stone Fox Bride.
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A jumpsuit that's wedding-day worthy.

Stella McCartney Malorie All-in-One, $2,725, available at Stella McCartney.
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A versatile dress for the tough and girly.

Rochas Flower-Appliqué Sleeveless Midi Dress, $2,305, available at Matchesfashion.

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