10 Alternative Wedding Dress Ideas for Creative Brides

Once upon a time, only pure white dresses were accepted as proper attire for a bride on her big day. While white dresses remain popular and traditionally beautiful, times certainly have changed! Today’s brides are tossing out the rule book and embracing their unique style. From dip-dyed to ombré + buttercup yellow to black (as well as everything in between!), these alternative wedding dress ideas will have you yearning to get in touch with your creative side.

A Peek of Print

A Peek of Print

Want to add an element of surprise (and a flash of color) on your special day? Here’s a genius idea: From the back, this dress appears to be a traditional, crisp white gown – cue a gentle breeze, however, and suddenly there’s a whole world of vibrant colors and print underneath.

Bold Florals

Bold Florals

Sure, floral elements on wedding dresses aren’t anything new, but take a look at this bold blue and white number! Very elegant and eye-catching indeed.

Cheer Up Buttercup

Cheer Up Buttercup

Buttercup yellow is one of those colors that instantly boosts your mood and brings a smile to your face. They say that your wedding day is one of the happiest days of your life, so imagine celebrating it in this cheery shade?

Dashing in Dip-Dye

Dashing Dip-Dye

Dip-dye has been trending for a while now, but the good news is that it’s here to stay! This gorgeous bride shows us how to embrace the trend with this dainty dress that has been dip-dyed to perfection.

Go For Gold

Go For Gold

Gold is a color that’s popular for wedding accessories and décor, but why not go all the way and shine in a dress of the same dazzling hue? This is one way to ensure that all eyes are on you!

Ombre

Ombré

Similarly with dip-dye, ombré is a fun and easy way to embrace color while still opting for a mostly-white dress. It’s also a great style to really bring your wedding photographs to life – how stunning are these images?

Pretty Polka Dots

Polka Dots

Although this style is a more popular choice for bridesmaids, it’s slowly being embraced by creative brides looking for a fresh and fun alternative to more traditional gowns. Black and white spots keep it neutral, while color can also be incorporated for that one-of-a-kind look.

Rouge

Rouge

Did you know in many cultures red is still considered the traditional color of a wedding dress? Color-loving brides are choosing this eye-catching shade for their own big days and when it makes you look this dashing and glamorous, who could blame them?

The Dark Side

The Dark Side

Forget the color black’s negative connotations with funerals because this dark and daring shade is now being embraced by brides who like to throw out the rule book and opt for comfort and style! A white bouquet is a great option for those who still want a hint of the traditional color.

Wear the Trousers

Wear the Trousers

There is one other option of course… you could forget about wearing a wedding dress altogether and instead choose to wear a pantsuit! Whether you’re simply not a fan of dresses or you’re one for setting your own trends; the bride above looks stunning in hers and so too can you!

 

{ Photo credits, from top: Melissa McCrotty Photography via The Frosted PetticoatAlixann Loosle Photography via Ruffled BlogLara Hotz PhotographyJonathan Canlas Photography via Style Me PrettyKate Grewal Photography via The Flower BridePhillip Van Nostrand via The Budget Savvy BrideDaniel Kim Photography via Style Me PrettyHeather Hester Photography via Ruffled Blog / Emilia Jane PhotographyClayton Austin Photography via Style Me PrettyJose Villa Photography }

 

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Enchanted Forest Engagement Shoot: Jill + Jacob

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Adorable couple Jill + Jacob hoped to capture their engagement with timeless photos that had an enchanted, vintage quality – and we think Krista of Krista Lee Photography succeeded in doing just that! Set in the shady woods of Tennessee’s Stone Rivers National Battlefield, this sweet and simple forest engagement session is awash in gorgeous afternoon light – and love. Thanks to Krista Lee Photography for sharing – and congratulations to Jill + Jacob!

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{photography: Krista Lee Photography / location: Stone Rivers National Battlefield}

 

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DIY Vintage Chic Wedding: Chloe + Ethan

homemade vintage chic outdoor wedding DIY barn wood wagon bathtub flowers chandelier canopyChloe + Ethan’s rustic DIY wedding could easily pass for a styled magazine shoot! From the intricate details to the antique props (check out the clawfoot bathtub!), you’d swear this sweet couple’s nuptials took a ton of money to put together – but we’re happy to report it didn’t! Chloe + Ethan elicited the help of their mothers and friends to “hot-glue” almost all of their decorations. Table runners, silverware holders, centerpieces and even the bride’s lovely birdcage veil were all created for their big day! We love all the effort that went into this wedding – not to mention the looks of pure joy on the faces of the bride and groom. Thank you to Jessica Yates Photography for the gorgeous photos, and congratulations to Chloe + Ethan!

From the bride: My mother expressed that she didn’t want anyone, including my fiancé and I, to see the reception hall until right before we all went in. After the wedding was over, Ethan and I were able to finally see the big reveal. I cried. Everything was beautiful! You couldn’t even tell any of the very minor flaws in all of our homemade decorations. The food was great, the drinks were cold, the music was loud, and the dance floor was busy. It was truly one of the best days of my life. I couldn’t ever want it any other way!

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{photography: Jessica Yates Photography / venue: CreedsTown Weddings & More / dresses: Karl’s Bridal / tuxes: Paul Phillips Formal Wear / dj: Hits and Grins}

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