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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Sabina Musayev Rosa Jumpsuit
The Best Nontraditional Modern 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.
Shop Free People Sabina Musayev Rosa Jumpsuit, $, available at Free People
Morphine Fashion Strapless Tiered Tulle Asymmetric Gown
The Best Nontraditional Mermaidcore Wedding 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. The mint option is a designated mermaid-core ball gown with its layered tulle.
Shop Anthropologie Morphine Fashion Strapless Tiered Tulle Asymmetric Gown, $, available at Anthropologie
& Other Stories Babydoll Tied Sleeve Detail Dress
The Best Nontraditional Edgy Babydoll 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.
Shop & Other Stories & Other Stories Babydoll Tied Sleeve Detail Dress, $, available at & Other Stories
Paco Rabanne Embellished Glittered Stretch-Crepe Maxi Dress
The Best Nontraditional Gold Maxi Wedding Dress Look like a chic modern Greek goddess in a shimmering gold maxi. The ruching, thigh-high slit, and gold buttons are a showstopper.
Shop Paco Rabanne At Net-A-Porter Paco Rabanne Embellished Glittered Stretch-Crepe Maxi Dress, $, available at Net-A-Porter
Jonathan Simkhai Jamie Fossil Guipure Dress
The Best Nontraditional Abstract Wedding Dress Be one with the ocean with a fossil motif maxi. The abstract number comes strapless, but there are removable halter straps for additional comfort.
Shop Simkhai Jonathan Simkhai Jamie Fossil Guipure Dress, $, available at Simkhai
Confête Penny Dress
The Best Nontraditional Floral Dress Wedding bouquets are fleeting works of art, but this dainty pressed floral mini-dress will last forever. You can wear it numerous times, and it has all the colorful flowers you’ll need.
Shop Confête Confête Penny Dress, $, available at Confête
Saylor Toula Dress
The Best Nontraditional Barbiecore Wedding Dress Sashay down that aisle in a Barbie-core-inspired magenta number. The striking neon hue is a stunner with its marble pattern and tie strap halter.
Shop Saylor At Shopbop Saylor Toula Dress, $, available at Shopbop
Alexia María Convertible Bow-Embellished Silk Faille Jumpsuit
The Best Nontraditional Convertible Wedding Jumpsuit Is it a dress, or is it a jumpsuit? It’s both. Behold the most comfortable one-piece that mimics a wedding ball gown with a dramatic bow embellishment on the back and a sweetheart neckline. You might not be able to stay cool with a princess-styled wedding dress, but you’ll definitely stay cool in this wide-leg jumpsuit.
Shop Alexia María At Saks Fifth Avenue Alexia María Convertible Bow-Embellished Silk Faille Jumpsuit, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Karen Millen Deco Crystal Embellished Plunge Midi Dress
The Best Nontraditional Futuristic Wedding Dress Cue Beyonce’s Alien Superstar. Deck out in a dazzling futuristic midi dress with blue and silver embellished crystals for an otherworldly look.
Shop Karen Millen Karen Millen Deco Crystal Embellished Plunge Midi Dress, $, available at KAREN MILLEN
Bridal by Eloquii Mini Dress With Puff Sleeve Cape
The Best Nontraditional Caped Wedding Dress 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.
Shop Eloquii Bridal By Eloquii Mini Dress With Puff Sleeve Cape, $, available at Eloquii
Superdown Madeline Blazer Dress
The Best Nontraditional Powersuit-Inspired Wedding 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.
Shop Revolve Superdown Madeline Blazer Dress, $, available at Revolve
Azeeza Lucas High Neck Asymmetrical Dress
The Best Nontraditional Flamboyant Wedding 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.
Shop Azeeza At S hopbop Azeeza Lucas High Neck Asymetrical Dress, $, available at Shopbop
Banana Republic Lido Sculpted Italian Wool Blazer & Bermuda Shorts
The Best Nontraditional Casual Wedding Short Set 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.
Shop Banana Republic
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
The Best Nontraditional “Something Blue” Wedding 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.
Shop Elliatt At Revolve ELLIATT Times Dress, $, available at Revolve
For Love & Lemons Lily Bridal Dress
The Best Nontraditional Sultry Wedding 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.
Shop For Love & Lemons For Love And Lemons Lily Bridal Dress, $, available at For Love And Lemons
Selkie The Fairytale Gown
The Best Nontraditional Fairytale Wedding Dress 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.
Shop Selkie At Revolve Selkie The Fairytale Gown, $, available at Revolve
11 Honoré Collection Alexandra Dress
The Best Nontraditional Black And White Wedding 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.
Shop 11 Honoré At Dia & Co. 11 Honoré Collection Alexandra Dress, $, available at Dia and Co
Self-Portrait Belted Bouclé And Crepe Midi Dress
The Best Nontraditional Preppy Wedding 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.
Shop Self-Portrait At Matches Self-Portrait Belted Bouclé and Crepe Midi Dress, $, available at Matches
Reformation Zenni Dress Es
The Best Nontraditional Mini Wedding Dress We love a mini wedding dress moment, and this ivory Reformation piece available in plus sizes is absolutely stunning.
Shop Reformation Reformation Zenni Dress Es, $, available at Reformation
BCBG Maxazria Corset Tulle Gown
The Best Nontraditional Corset Wedding Dress 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.
Shop BCBG Maxazria At Revolve BCBG MAXAZRIA Corset Tulle Gown, $, available at Revolve
Zhivago An Angel Is Love Beaded Playsuit Romper
The Best Nontraditional Wedding 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.
Shop Zhivago At Neiman Marcus ZHIVAGO An Angel Is Love Beaded Playsuit Romper, $, available at Neiman Marcus
Dress The Population Sidney Dress
The Best Nontraditional Sheer Wedding 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.
Shop Dress The Population At Verishop Dress The Population Sidney Dress, $, available at Verishop
Sau Lee Blair Off-Shoulder Mini Dress
The Best Nontraditional Off-The-Shoulder Wedding Dress While bows are typically placed on the backs of wedding dresses, this dress offers a fresh take on an oversized bow.
Shop Sau Lee At Neiman Marcus Sau Lee Blair Off-Shoulder Mini Dress, $, available at Neiman Marcus
Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Kincso Ruffled Peplum Jumpsuit
The Best Nontraditional 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.
Shop Chiara Boni La Petite Robe At Saks Fifth Avenue Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Kincso One-Shoulder Peplum Jumpsuit, $, available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Victoria Beckham Sleeveless Flared Dress
The Best Nontraditional Flared Wedding 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.
Shop Victoria Beckham At Shopbop Victoria Beckham Sleeveless Flared Dress, $, available at Shopbop
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.
Shop Neiman Marcus 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.
Shop Asos ASOS EDITION Sequin & Pearl Kimono Sleeve Midi Dress, $, available at ASOS
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.
Shop Free People ROCOCO SAND Low Long Dress, $, available at Free People
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.
Shop Anthropologie Hutch Strapless High-Low Bubble Dress, $, 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.
Shop Reformation Reformation Sabine Silk Two Piece, $, available at Reformation
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