23 Unconventional Wedding Dress Styles That Are Pure Eye Candy

Though spring is often credited as being wedding season, let us assure you that matrimony is definitely on the mind following the collections that came down the runway this fall, especially with a slew of new ideas that’ll appeal to the non-traditional bride-to-be.

Unconventional wedding dress style ideas speak to some of the biggest of-the-moment trends in the ready-to-wear world as well, such as statement sleeves (both in length and volume), elements of classic tailoring (especially appealing to the bride who prefers pants), and lots of colors, the very least of which includes something blue. And though timeless elements of bridal design can still be found in spades, it’s the convention-challenging styles and unexpected details we most appreciate.

Ahead, peruse all the unique new styles we think you should consider that will surely make their way down many aisles in the years to come.

Zuhair Murad wedding dress

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Zuhair Murad’s all about a balance of frills and restraint.

Vera Wang wedding dress

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Vera Wang challenges all the bridalwear conventions with this colorful, metallic exposed-bra creation.

Elie Saab wedding dresses

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While Elie Saab is a purveyor of epic gowns, this clean, simple wrap dress feels so refreshing for a modern, nontraditional bride.

Cushnie wedding outfit

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Cushnie's first bridal collection had a strong debut, to put it mildly.

Viktor & Rolf wedding outfit

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This Viktor & Rolf creation really makes a case for statement cummerbunds.

Temperley London wedding dress

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The shine on this Temperley London design is so pretty, but we're really here for the tiers of ruffles. This dress is party-ready.

Monique Lhuillier wedding dress

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We can't recommend a touch of color, à la this Monique Lhuillier bodice, enough.

Cushnie wedding dress

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Did anyone else just say wow to this triple-cutout silhouette?

Vera Wang wedding dress

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Vera Wang makes the most beautiful case for choosing nude over white.

Monique Lhuillier wedding dress

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Ball gowns might not be new in bridal, but this allover lace-and-sheer motif feels like something truly out of a fantasy.

Galia Lahav wedding dress

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Big slits. Big skirt. You can have both with this Galia Lahav design.

Viktor & Rolf wedding dresses

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If you live in button-down shirts, this Viktor & Rolf design may speak to you on a deep level.

Reem Acra wedding dresses

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Reem Acra is encouraging us to pick a color, any color.

Lela Rose wedding dress

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This pairing of a big satin bow and a dainty lace dress by Lela Rose is perfect.

Tadashi Shoji wedding outfit

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This Tadashi Shoji caped jumpsuit is the ultimate bridal power piece.

Carolina Herrera wedding dress

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This understated Carolina Herrera dress is all about that bow.

Gala by Galia Lahav wedding dress

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The ball gown–pants hybrid from Gala by Galia Lahav is the best of both worlds.

David's Bridal wedding dress

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This David's Bridal piece is having us consider welcoming back the high-low hem trend.

Galia Lahav wedding styles

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The doubled-up sleeves on this Galia Lahav piece kind of act like evening gloves. Count us in.

Lela Rose strapless wedding dress

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Skip the super-body-hugging silhouettes for this playful column design by Lela Rose.

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