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!



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.



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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How to Find the Vintage Wedding Dress of Your Dreams

There’s just something special about the delicate beauty of a vintage wedding dress, whether it has been unearthed from a vintage market stall or carefully selected at a boutique. With more and more brides opting for a one-off gown that won’t break the bank, it’s proof that was once old can certainly become ‘new’ again!

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Know where to look

Almost immediately after you’ve decided you want to wear a unique vintage dress on your big day, you must keep your eyes peeled. Let’s face it, finding your dream vintage wedding dress might seem like a daunting task, but if you know where to look, it will make your job a thousand times easier! A quick Google search of specialist vintage bridal boutiques will supply you with plenty of places to start your search. Your local charity shop or vintage-themed wedding fair can also be a wonderful treasure trove, as can online destinations such as eBay, Etsy or independently-owned online stores.

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If you can, try dresses on in person

Being able to try on dresses will quickly determine whether a gown is your dream dress or not, especially when it comes to size and style. It will also allow you to closely examine the dress with your very own eyes. If you’re buying your dress online, never fear – just make sure you’re provided with the dress’s measurements (length, shoulders, bust, waist, hips, and sleeve cuffs) and, if possible, high-quality photos that allow you to view the dress from different angles. Here’s another helpful hint: Before you buy your vintage wedding dress online, check to see if the seller has a good return policy in case you determine that it’s simply not ‘the one’.

Photo by Diana Santisteban via Apple Branches Vintage

Know when to walk away

At the end of the day, it’s important to remember that vintage dresses have been worn before – even if only just once! Although some issues with vintage wedding dresses are relatively easy to fix – such as a too-long length, a broken zipper, an ill-fitting size or damaged buttons – others are impossible to repair. It may be best to cut your losses and look elsewhere if your vintage discovery contains any of the following: a dress that is multiple sizes too small or large, noticeable discolorations or very large marks, tears in the netting, ripped fabric in prominent places or rust stains on the material.

Claudia McDade Photography via Parasol Vintage

Trust the experts

When it comes to cleaning or making vintage wedding dress alterations, stick with the professionals. Never send your vintage masterpiece to a dry cleaners, but instead seek out a specialist cleaning company trained in handling such high-care garments. You should also only allow an expert experienced in restoring vintage dresses to make adjustments to your lovely dress.

Photo by Brittany Castanas via Daughters of Simone

Factor it all in

Don’t forget to take any additional factors such as cleaning or alterations into account when creating your wedding budget. These specialist services could be pricey, so don’t let the overall cost of your desired dress exceed your maximum spend!

Photo by Carly Brown via Daughters of Simone

Remember, it takes time

Sourcing the vintage bridal dress of your dreams may take a lot longer than selecting a custom made or mass-produced dress because you won’t have the luxury of your chosen style being available in multiple sizes. If time is not your friend (or the perfect vintage wedding dress is proving difficult to find) then you may need to compromise by incorporating vintage fabrics or styles into a new gown. Designer Kate Edmondson suggests using original vintage lace fabric and recycling it into your new wedding dress – Genius!

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You’ve done it!

Take joy in the fact that your one-of-a-kind dress tells a tale after standing the test of time. If that doesn’t put a big smile on your face, here’s something that will: By up-cycling and wearing a vintage original, you’re reducing your carbon footprint. Not only will you look amazing on your wedding day, but you’ll be helping the environment too!

{ Photo credits, from top: Photo by Maggie May BridalYuna Leonard / Diana Santisteban via Apple Branches VintageClaudia McDade Photography via Parasol Vintage / Brittany Castanas via Daughters of SimoneCarly Brown via Daughters of Simone / Photo by Maggie May Bridal }


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Pastel Bridesmaid Wedding Inspiration

Is anything as sweet as pastel? From soft bouquets to colorful macaroons to delicate flower headpieces, we don’t think it gets prettier than a spring or summer pastel theme wedding.  If you’re on the hunt for something feminine, elegant and a little fun for your bridesmaids, look no further. These gorgeous pastel details are sure to make you swoon!

Wedding Inspiration Pastel Bridesmaids

Photo credits – L to R, from top: Lacie Hansen via Style me Pretty / Matt and Lena Photography via Style Me Pretty / Marvin Tsai Photography via Style Me Pretty / Elyse Hall Photography via Wedding Chicks / We Are Origami Photography via Burnetts Boards / M&J Photography via Love My Dress / Stephanie Williams via Jelanies Shop 

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