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Unique Wedding Dress Styles and Ideas, with Photos

Updated on March 30, 2010

Unusual Wedding Dresses and Gowns

Everybody thinks of a typical long, white, strapless gown when they think of wedding dresses. But I am here to tell you that there are many, many variations on the average wedding gown.

Girls, this is supposed to be the happiest day of your life, so find the wedding dress that best fits your personality and your desires, and don't spare one thought for what your mother / mother-in-law / sister / best friend / whoever thinks of your dress. They're not the ones getting married, are they? (No!)

Find a dress that makes you feel beautiful, and look like the princess/rock star/fairy/model/whatever else that you feel inside on your big day.Enjoy my alternative wedding dress ideas!

Good luck!

Update on March 30, 2010: I added more info on unique wedding dresses with wings!

Turquoise Banded Wedding Dress - Wedding Gown with Turquoise Accents
Turquoise Banded Wedding Dress - Wedding Gown with Turquoise Accents
White wedding dress with color accents - a lovely rosy pink, in this case
White wedding dress with color accents - a lovely rosy pink, in this case

Unique Wedding Dresses with Color

Wedding dresses don't have to be plain, virginal wide. Gowns with color accents, or even in a color besides white entirely, are especially popular with older brides and women who are getting married for the second time. Young women are also choosing this option though, especially because snow white is not the ideal color for women with pale skin.

Ivory wedding dresses are a richer, darker color than normal white, while still being a traditional enough color to avoid stares or surprise. They may be a good middle ground option if you want a color that will be more flattering on you while still avoiding getting grief from the your future mother-in-law over your choice of dress. Delicate pastel colors with white accents still stand out without being blatant about it.

Or, if you want to be really shocking, and are really interested in wedding dresses with color accents, you should consider a black wedding dress. This dress color is usually only braved by the most experienced of dress designers, and you will probably have to pay significantly more for a stunning black wedding dress, but they are definitely out there. This is an option for the truly bold and brave brides out there.

Beautiful ivory colored wedding dress
Beautiful ivory colored wedding dress
Unique black and white tulle wedding dress
Unique black and white tulle wedding dress
Blood-red silk and white tulle wedding dress
Blood-red silk and white tulle wedding dress

Wedding Dress with Fairy Wings

A complete fairy-themed wedding! []
A complete fairy-themed wedding! []

Fairy Wedding Dresses - A Wedding Dress with Wings

A fairly recent style in wedding dresses is the "fairy" wedding gowns, which are usually colorful, unique, delicate designs meant to convey an air of magic and fantasy in a wedding dress. They are usually made with tulle, and many have a rare beauty not found in traditional wedding dress styles.

Fairy wedding dresses can be as traditional or unusual-looking as you desire. They can just involve a little color and tulle, or you can wear a unique wedding dress with wings. The fairy wings and the brightly-colored dress combine to create an unforgettable wedding dress idea. In any form, however, a good fairy wedding dress is lovely.

Fairy Wedding Dress with Fairy Wings. It was sold on Ebay in 2007. For more pictures of this dress, check out this article:
Fairy Wedding Dress with Fairy Wings. It was sold on Ebay in 2007. For more pictures of this dress, check out this article:
A colorful Scottish wedding, plus a wedding dress with wings! []
A colorful Scottish wedding, plus a wedding dress with wings! []
Purple fairy wedding dress. See more at
Purple fairy wedding dress. See more at
Rich red medieval wedding dress
Rich red medieval wedding dress

Medieval Wedding Dresses

Many people have a strong interest in the European Middle Ages era, in everything from dress to events to items that a typical Middle-ager might own. Renaissance fairs are held at many major cities around the United States, and this is a passion for many people that they want to make a big part of their lives, including their wedding day.

Medieval wedding dresses range from traditional white, silky dresses with a few differences from a modern wedding dresses, to brightly colored gowns created in the styles of various periods and countries. Many have tightly laced corset bodices and flowing fabric from the waist down, but not all. Some designers create only Medieval wedding dresses, and some have it as an option among their more traditional wedding gowns.

For many Medieval weddings, it is just the bride who wears a Middle Ages gown, while the groom and guests sport tuxedos or formal dresses. Sometimes, however, the entire group gets in on the fun, with evering wearing medieval era appropriate clothes, even the wedding guests!

Stunning ivory white Medieval wedding dress
Stunning ivory white Medieval wedding dress
Blue corseted Medieval wedding dress. See more at
Blue corseted Medieval wedding dress. See more at
Intricate, detailed, white Medieval wedding dress. Also from
Intricate, detailed, white Medieval wedding dress. Also from
Sleek red cocktail-style wedding dress.
Sleek red cocktail-style wedding dress.

Short Wedding Dresses

Wedding gowns are usually floor-length (at least!), but nothing says a bride can't look stunning in a cocktail dress-length wedding dress. And short doesn't have to mean inappropriate - give them a look before you decide. Here are some of my favorite knee-length wedding dresses.

White, lacy ballerina tutu style wedding dress.
White, lacy ballerina tutu style wedding dress.
Sexy, sleek wedding dress with a long tulle train.
Sexy, sleek wedding dress with a long tulle train.

More Ideas for Unique Wedding Dresses

Remember that the wedding is supposed to be a day of happiness for the bride and groom, and not to make a decision about your wedding to ever please anyone else.To keep looking beautiful and unique, you might want to consider your makeup, and dress up your face appropriately, that could be in the style of the era your dress is, or with colors that compliment your dress. Whether you need Asian bridal makeup to match your kimono-style wedding dress or dramatic green eyeshadow to compliment your seafoam green gown.

Your mother may think your dress decision odd or weird, but guess what, she won't miss her daughter's wedding just because she doesn't like the dress.

In conclusion, choose the dress that makes you happy, even if it is a little different from the normal. I hope these wedding dress ideas and pictures helped you. Have a beautiful wedding!


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      jayla rosso 2 years ago

      YOU CAN check this page it is very interesting and exposes so many great dresses that fits all the tastes

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      Ena 3 years ago

      Wow these are really unique. I always thought about how for my wedding i wanna have personalized dress. That will be in my style, not some everyday dress. I found this one, two pieced but i really like the idea

      What do you think?^^

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      Sarah 4 years ago

      anyone who wants to know who made the fairy dress, check out firefly path on facebook

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      jochell 5 years ago

      wow ,they are all pretty ..

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      Jenni1970 5 years ago

      You have a Gothic Wedding Dress on your page. Is there any way that someone in your office has time to contact me Monday - Friday between the hours of 9am - 5pm please? My daughter is getting marrid and has been looking for this particular dress. Thank you and have a great evening :)

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      Ojewel 6 years ago

      Thanks 4 sharing the fairy gowns .

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      Shannon Paigah 6 years ago from Irvine, CA

      Love the "intricate, detailed, white Medieval wedding dress." Thanks for the hub, great information! ;)

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      NessaMetharam 6 years ago from Manila, Philippines

      I love that ivory colored wedding dress. The elegance and style is just amazing.

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      jamterrell 6 years ago

      Wow! THey are really fantastic, awesome wedding dresses. Never seen them before when I attended some wedding ceremonies.Really cool!

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      mona 6 years ago


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      Amanda 6 years ago

      Can anyone tell me where to find the ivory colored wedding dress with the cap sleeves? I love could be the one! Thanks, Amanda

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      Erika blue 6 years ago

      some beautiful dresses. and wonderful designs. i love it

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      motherbridedress 6 years ago

      beautiful wedding dresses,so many different kinds.

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      mango 6 years ago

      Great dresses. By the way, I especially liked how the photos captured such beautiful moments

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      SHAJEEL 6 years ago

      Nice hub. I Love that fairy dress.

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      FOREX NINJA 7 years ago

      Very beautiful piece of article which has more pics of unique and attractive weeding gowns which really fascinated me.

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      bestforbride 7 years ago from Toronto, ON, Canada

      Love dresses with pink color. White is too boring these days.

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      BallGownsWeddingDresses 7 years ago

      i like the ivory colored wedding dress, it's so beautiful.

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      Runway 7 years ago from New York

      very pretty and really different!

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      Carol Gartrell 7 years ago

      Make a sketch or find a picture. Then get a seamstress who can sew from a picture and you can have the dress of your dreams!

    • profile image 7 years ago

      I like the black and white tulle wedding gown it truly is a unique wedding dress.

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      Wedding Trendista 7 years ago

      I love the dresses with color, especially the fairy one!

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      jshop 7 years ago

      I really like unique dresses, but I don't think I'd ever wear a short one ...

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      poison808 7 years ago

      i love the fairy dress! who is the designer? can someone help me out? this was an awesome selection of dresses!!

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      amesplaza 7 years ago from starbucks

      That baby pink dress is stunning.

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      nicole.reilly 7 years ago from Austin, TX

      I always wanted my wedding dress to be unique as possible. This hub gives me an idea. I also love the Medieval wedding dress images. Thanks for sharing. Nice hub!

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      wedding reception denver  7 years ago

      I like the Intricate white medieval dress and the unique black and white tulle wedding dress. Any woman who will wear intricate white medieval dress will look like a true princess, resembling Belle of "Beauty and the Beast". While the unique black and white tulle wedding dress is fit for a rock star wedding theme or Gothic/Emo wedding theme.

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      janehilario 7 years ago

      Thanks for sharing these gorgeous wedding gowns. But the BEST is "Blood-red silk and white tulle wedding dress "

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      Cynthia Davis 7 years ago from United States

      I love these dresses! They're so beautiful.

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      kooshi 7 years ago

      these dresses are awsome

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      Elayne 8 years ago from Rocky Mountains

      Beautiful selection of dresses. I love the ivory Medieval wedding dress. Thanks for a great hub.

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      Gracy 8 years ago

      I want my dress to be dark age kind of thing like the theme for my entire wedding. It will be beautiful!

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      Jan Walker Pinnington 8 years ago

      I love the fact that you promote uniqueness. Every woman is different, and every woman is beautiful - just the way she is. I will be happy to pass along your site to my friends and customers. Jan Walker Pinnington

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      Kristy 8 years ago

      @ eve - well as we all know Eve wedding dresses that girls spend thousands of dollars on are meant to fit like potato sacks and not be figure hugging or flattering at all. I mean who wants to look beautiful and feminine on their wedding day after all.

      Grow up girl. All these girls looked awesome and each had their own style. And if your at someone's wedding "making fun" of the bride. I would question your motives for being their in the first place.

      And as for the blue dress, she looked beautiful. Maybe you don't appreciate that style of dress, but plenty of others do. But maybe we can all turn up to your wedding and point and laugh and you and return the favour.

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      hanan 8 years ago

      wow they are really amazing especialy the red dress,it is so nice

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      eve 8 years ago

      some of these dresses r totally ugly and some look OK but i think that some of the girls don't compliment themselves by having dresses that were really snug to them like the blue dress she has awesome taste but it was to snug on her so people will make fun of her and who wants to be made fun of on their wedding day

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      ella 8 years ago

      wow they r okay but some of them are very good!!!

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      morgen 8 years ago

      theese are amazing im only 12 and i was looking 4 ideas 4 my mom you will make her rocker wedding amazing when shea on stage getting married she will loook like a rockstar

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      With This Favor 8 years ago

      Great photos of absolutely gorgeous wedding gowns!

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      artists job 8 years ago

      Beautiful gowns!

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      febriedethan 8 years ago from Indonesia

      Lovely gowns and pictures!

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      Suzie Parker 8 years ago

      Beautiful pictures of the gowns!

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      michelle.dragon99 8 years ago

      beautiful wedding gown:)...especially the beautiful ivory colored wedding dress...great hub!

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      emma watton 9 years ago

      the dress with the subtle of pink peeping out of the dress is nice

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      Betsy Baywatch 9 years ago

      Love that fairy dress! thanks for sharing.

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      Kim 9 years ago


      Does anybody know where to find / to buy the Blood-red silk and white tulle wedding dress? Who is the designer?? If you know more about this, please respond here or with the contact form on my website. Thanks!

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      Tanya 9 years ago

      Gasp! Those two ivory dresses are sooo stunning - I want to get married again xx

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      Dabbler 9 years ago from Los Angeles, CA

      love the different styles! especially the ones with just a splash of color!

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      Priyanka Swamy 9 years ago from Concord, CA

      I like the wedding dresses that just have the hint of color with the sash or the color peeking out from under the dress. I don't think I could do anything like the wedding dress with fairy wings.

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      lacey marie 9 years ago from United States

      I have always wanted my wedding dress to be different :) white is boring! I love the idea of having a bit of pink too. Neat pics!

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      crystal_witch0603 9 years ago

      Was just wondering if anyone knows where or how I can get hold of the Fairy Wedding Dress with Fairy Wings? Or where the picture came from?


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