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The Best Nontraditional Wedding Dresses & Bridal Alternatives

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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, embroidery, and rhinestones. And, often, these lavish 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 gown that incorporates fun colors or minimalistic black wedding dresses. Maybe you'd like an under-$100 dress that isn't going to throw you into financial ruin? Or you'd prefer a comfortable wedding jumpsuit or breezy wide-leg 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 under $2K 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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