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There’s something undeniably special about a classic, white wedding gown. That said, we can’t help but find it pretty rad when a bride pushes the envelope and goes for something a little bit different — in a good way. Who says the dress has to be white, or even floor-length? A bride’s look should be a reflection of her style and who she is, and a cookie-cutter white ball gown certainly isn’t for everyone (or even considered traditional across cultures).
So, we've rounded up the best alternative dresses from the coolest real brides we’ve featured. Whether you’re planning your own big day or you'd just like to ooh and ahh at a few gorgeous frocks, the 25 picks ahead will not disappoint. From pinks and blues to sparkly, cropped, sheer, and dip-dyed, these are unique choices that really turned heads.
Thank you to our commenters for pointing out that some of these are modern interpretations of traditional dresses. There is nothing “offbeat” about cultural history and we apologize for framing this piece that way.