By Rachel Besser

Published on March 12, 2017

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Photography by ALESSANDRA RICH

Today’s bride wants something absolutely unique. With the internet at her fingertips and thousands of wedding-appropriate white gowns at her disposal, the classic, tried-and-true dresses are starting to seem a bit sleepier than they have in years past. No, she’s not intentionally scoffing at tradition, but with each passing year, bridal trends are moving in a more playful and alternative direction, and away from the conventional wedding dresses we’re used to.

The best part about the alternative dresses in the slideshow ahead? You might just be able to wear them more than once. How’s that for a win-win?

Wrap-Effect Crystal-Embellished Lace Gown

While this awesome metallic lace dress is an unexpected and daring choice, the lace keeps it wedding-appropriate. 

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Photography by GIVENCHY

Floral Lace Asymmetric Dress

While not technically bridal, this special Givenchy gown sure looks the part. 

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Photography by FAME & PARTNERS

The Katharine 

Fame & Partners is changing the game with affordable bespoke bridal. Customize your gown (or jumpsuit), and save money for your party. It sounds almost too good to be true. 

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Photography by mango

Linen Blend Midi Dress

Low key wedding? This easy and chic dress might be your answer. 

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Photography by alexander wang

V-Neck Fishline Gown

Sheer panels take this too cool dress to the next level. 

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Photography by JONATHAN SIMKHAI

Ruffled Silk Satin Midi Dress

White doesn’t do it for you? Stand out in a fashion-forward ivory dress instead. 

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Photography by rachel comey

Lemos Dress

Leave it to Rachel Comey to concoct the prettiest, low-key dress. 

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Photography by NILI LOTAN

Silk Maxi Dress

For the simple bride. Jazz it up with fun accessories.

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Photography by asos

T-Shirt Fishtail Maxi Dress

If a T-shirt and jeans is your daily uniform, you may want to consider an all too chic T-shirt-meets-wedding-dress. 

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Photography by GALVAN

Tie-Dye V-Neck Sleeveless Silk Satin Gown

Don’t feel tethered to a solid white dress. If you love the dress, go for it anyways. 

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Photography by reformation

Eliana Dress

Leave it to Reformation to make an on-trend wedding gown that won’t break the bank. 

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Photography by SELF-PORTRAIT

Eva Backless Silk Wedding Dress

Looking for something traditional that shows a little skin? Look no further. 

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Photography by TIBI

Shoulder Tie Dress

Consider a short dress for the ceremony, or as something to change into for the reception. 

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Photography by whistles

Juliet Wedding Dress

Whistles’ new wedding line effortlessly blends trendy silhouettes with traditional materials.