Traditional Wedding Dress Alternatives

Not every bride is looking for that typical white, sweetheart neckline, lace wedding dress… you know what I am talking about! If you are having trouble finding dress that you love, you have permission to break the “rules”. Trust me, there are several traditional wedding dress alternatives to consider!

Black Wedding Dresses

If white isn’t your jam, no problem! You can wear whatever color you want to on your wedding day. Black wedding dresses are one of the more popular colors for people who decide to ditch the white. Luckily there are many options to choose from!

black lace wedding dress
black lace wedding down
black sparkly wedding gown

Colored Wedding Dresses

Okay, I am a sucker for black wedding dresses but black and white are not your only options! You can wear whatever color or pattern you want on your wedding day.

blush wedding dress
green velvet wedding dress
floral wedding dress


White jumpsuits are super in and such a fun alternative for brides who just are not the dress type. This is also a great option if you plan to do a lot of adventuring so you can move around easier than in a long dress.

white wedding jumpsuit
white lace bridal jumpsuit

Short Dresses

Long gowns are not for everyone, and that is okay. There are a lot of beautiful options for a shorter wedding dress whether it be a midi or mini! Depending on where you live and time of year, it can be too hot to wear a long gown. A shorter option is bold and you won’t be sweating for your photos!

short lace wedding dress
short fringe wedding dress
short lace wedding dress


We all know that hats are super in right now, and that is no different for brides. No matter what you choose for your clothing, a hat could really make your wedding attire stand out!

black suede hat


Custom leather or denim jackets are another popular option for brides. Getting your new last name with the word “Mrs.” in front of it, or having a cool design drawn up that says “Till Death” or “Just Married” is so fun! Plus you can wear that jacket after your wedding and it is a great keepsake. Etsy is a great place to start looking for your perfect jacket design for your day!

custom bridal jean jacket
custom black bridal jacket in Sedona

I hope you enjoyed these traditional wedding dress alternatives! Remember, you don’t need to wear a traditional long white gown on your day, be you!

If you are interested in budget wedding dress ideas check out my blogs posts 15 Amazon Wedding Dresses Under $250 or 15 Lulus Wedding Dresses Under $300!

bride in black dress kissing groom

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