Unusual Wedding Dresses

Amy Hoover

Elegant Unusual Dress

An unusual wedding dress is sure to make a memorable statement at your wedding. Every bride has her own personality, so show off your unique fashion sense with a dramatic dress.

Wedding gowns that feature a twist on the traditional look are unexpected yet stunning. A skirt composed entirely of wine red roses is unusual while still being elegant. Gold accents on the bodice add to this lovely style.

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Punk Gowns

Brides who want to add a little punk or goth element to their weddings can also incorporate their style into their dress. Soft pastel pinks, blues or greens contrast with a black latex top. Continue the style with a headpiece that adds flair to your look.

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Use Color Creatively

Bold colors are a popular trend seen in many modern bridal gowns. Color itself isn't necessarily unusual, but how you incorporate it into your dress can be. Large orange sleeves add a retro feel to a traditional white dress. Combine a matching patterned waistband or bow and you're sure to have a dress that looks as great as you feel.

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Unusual Gown Accents

Many people unfairly equate the word unusual with weird or ugly. If you want an atypical dress sure to be remembered, consider finding a more traditional gown with unusual accents. Fringed sleeves, shredded hemlines, a detachable tulle cape, mesh bodice, feathered train, or a crazy high collar reminiscent of royalty add an element of extraordinary without going overboard.

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Patterned Wedding Dresses

While colored gowns have been on the bridal market for several years, patterned gowns are still relatively new. Look for a wedding gown made with material in floral, plaid, polka dots, stripes or paisley patterns.

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Wear Pants Instead of a Dress

No one says a wedding dress has to be an actual dress. If you're uncomfortable wearing a skirt, don't don one for your wedding. Plenty of sharp pant options are available for women who want to feel comfortable on their wedding day. For a sexy look, a fitted pantsuit is best; for a more traditional look, flowing pants with a corset style bodice is the perfect pair.

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Unusual Hemlines

Short, tea length and long ball gowns are common in today's bridal fashions. For an uncommon twist look for a gown that incorporates two lengths into one style. Dresses with a snazzy short skirt look flirty and festive from the front, while a longer back creates the traditional bridal style as you walk down the aisle.

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Funky Fashionable Gowns

Add a funky, fashionable twist to a traditional bridal ensemble by choosing something edgy. Choosing a gown with a trendy skirt adds a hip element to a wedding gown. Alternatively, consider purchasing a more traditional skirt and wearing a nice cotton t-shirt or button-down blouse as the top.

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Themed Wedding Gowns

If you're planning a destination or themed wedding, look for an unusual wedding dress that reflects the wedding itself. Skip wearing a full ball gown on the beach and instead don a beautiful white bikini and cover up. Wear a lacy Western gown for a country wedding in a barn (complete with boots and hat) or a beautiful Renaissance gown if you're planning a medieval wedding in a castle.

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Unusual Wedding Dresses