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Colored Wedding Dresses for the Non-Traditional Bride

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Traditionally brides wear white or ivory wedding gowns but we love the idea of colored wedding dresses for brides looking for a pop of color.


One of the most common traditional wedding customs is the bride wearing a white wedding gown, thanks to Queen Victoria setting the original trend. However, brides shouldn’t feel limited to one shade. Feel free to skip ivory, cream, and pearl, too for that matter. Colored wedding dresses are an exciting bridal trend that continues to make a splash on the runways. From ombré to full-color saturation, the possibilities are endless when it comes to selecting a colorful wedding gown. 

A non-traditional bride may opt to infuse her special day with a colored wedding dress – because who says you must wear white? There are no rules when it comes to what color a wedding dress should or shouldn’t be. What matters most is that the bride feels comfortable in her own skin and the dress she selects to walk down the aisle. 

Opening the door to alternative wedding dresses also opens the door to the idea of using unique textures, patterns, and fabrics that wouldn’t normally be used for wedding gowns.  Some brides choose to wear the same color as their wedding party or flip the switch and put their bridesmaids in white and rock the wedding color themselves.  

Add a Pop of Color with these Colorful Wedding Dresses

Purchasing a colored wedding dress means more options from a variety of retailers, not to mention a cheaper price point! Consider a colorful dress from one of these favorite online sellers below when shopping for non-traditional wedding dresses.

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Rose Gold Sequin Fringe Dress

LuLus • $98

Dip your toes into the colored gown idea with this stunning golden wedding dress. It has a stretchy mesh construction, decked out with sparkling rose gold sequins that flow into a fringey design. V-neckline tops the fitted bodice while long straps lace up and tie at back. The mermaid silhouette flows into a maxi hem.

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Embroidered Floral Maxi

ASOS • $88

We love this perfectly floral embroidered designed dress with a seventies vibe for an alternative wedding dress. The soft sea glass green pairs well with the round neck and open back.

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Long Tulle Skirt

YULUOSHA Store • $59.99

For a double whammy non-traditional wedding dress look, opt for a two-piece colored choice. We love this long tulle skirt paired with a lace bodice. Pick from over 14 different skirt colors.

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Floral Ruffle Sleeves

Ever-Pretty • $59.99

This white and floral print evening dress with ruffle sleeves makes you look like a walking bouquet. The flattering a-line silhouette and ruffle sleeves will complement any figure.

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Ariya Ballgown

Azazie • $439

Make your day extra special by wearing something blue – this captivating lace and tulle wedding gown. Featuring an illusion V-neckline, the plunging sweetheart shape is decorated with hand-appliqued lace that also finishes the cuffs of the full-length long sleeves.

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Hannah Velvet Dress

Birdy Grey • $99

For the bride who loves a cozy velvet in a deep wine color we present the Hannah Dress. With an empire waistline and romantic, ruffled sleeves. She features a plunging V front & back, a sexy slit, and a body-skimming silhouette that hugs in all the right places. A perfect non-traditional wedding dress for winter times.

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Dip Dyed Bohemian Wedding Gown

WardrobeByDulcinea • $998

Xylona is a two-piece alternative wedding dress, that has the most perfect balance between elegant and bohemian. The top and bottom can come in four colors.

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Leather and Silk Gauze Gown

Cleo and Clementine • $1,840

You’re a little bit bridal and a little bit rock ‘n roll.  This edgy wedding dress features two contrasting fabrics blended together for a sweet and sassy look. Blend the textures of soft silk and strong leather to create a unique alternative wedding look.

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Gradient V-Neck Ballgown

Saks Fifth Avenue • $398

This MacDuggal ballgown features a V-neckline and a voluminous skirt with a gradient design. Elevate the ombre look with this peekaboo pink and lavender gown.

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One Shoulder Dress

David’s Bridal • $149.95

With a figure-flattering crisscross waistband and a full skirt with an extra-wide sweep (meaning: totally dance-worthy), this mesh one-shoulder dress is a party-pleasing pick. Not a fan of red? Don’t worry there are over 40 colors to choose from.

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Ruffle Tiered Colored Wedding Dresses

Merrielforyou • $180.34

This non-traditional wedding dress mixes edgy design choices with romantic tulle and tiered layers.  This custom dress will fit you like a glove and the dusty blue or eight other color options will take your guests breath away.

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Sequin Star Alternative Wedding Dress

Shein • $68

You’ll feel out of this world in this gorgeous strapless a-line gown. Metallic and sequins shimmer across this dress making you the ultimate star of the show.

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Marigold Burnout Floral Maxi Dress

LuLus • $79

Once you catch a glimpse of yourself in the Lulus Love and Beyond Marigold Burnout Floral Maxi Dress, you’ll never let it go! This flowy dress has a woven chiffon composition, with a burnout floral design throughout, that shapes a modified halter neckline with wide tank straps and a sleeveless princess-seamed bodice.

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Geometric Illusion Plunge Dress

David’s Bridal • $349.99

This plunging A-line non-traditional wedding dress gleams from every angle. A glitter organza-embroidered geometric motif sits atop cashmere crinkle chiffon, creating multi-dimensional layers of sparkle, while intricate crystal and bead embellishments add even more shine to the waist and illusion neckline.

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Rainbow Wedding Dress

DreamsDresses • $247

Don’t limit yourself to just one color! Instead, choose every color of the rainbow with this gorgeous colorful bridal dress. This handmade gown will brighten up any bride’s day in these soft layers of tulle dyed in every hue. 

Will We See the End of White Wedding Dresses?

For decades, many women felt they could not wear a white dress if it wasn’t their wedding day due to tradition and superstition. With so many other colors to choose from, do you think more modern brides will consider wearing a color other than white for their big day? Depending on your wedding color palette, you could make any number of choices for your dress color!

Our motto is always to do what feels best for YOU! Your wedding dress should reflect your taste, flatter your skin tone, and align with your personal preferences. Whether that means wearing champagne, yellow, or a black wedding dress – have your day, your way, babe!

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