Non-traditional weddings and bridal dresses are a favorite for many couples who want something completely different for their special day. Themes such as hunting or steampunk have a personal appeal and finding the right wedding dress can sometimes be a challenge. Or a non-traditional wedding with no particular theme in mind can leave the bride-to-be wondering what color dress might be best. For the summer 2014 season, look for black, blue, navy, and lots of lace. There is also the traditional white color with a unique lacy pattern, such as the octopus lace dress by Tsumori Chisato below. Here are the five most popular non-traditional bridal dresses for this summer:
Navy blue doesn’t seem like a popular color for a non-traditional wedding dress, but this attractive lacy dress by Adam Lippes is ideal for the woman who wants something really different but stylish. The dress has shift lines, an opaque navy blue underlay, with a long sleeve lacy overlay. The skirt comes to above the knees. For shoes, go with a silver pair. This is the type of dress that can double as an evening dress for the honeymoon. Available from Neiman Marcus for $1390.00.
During the early 1800’s, black, not white, was the main color of wedding dresses, and this elegant lacy sleeveless peplum trumpet-skirt gown by Dolce and Gabbana evokes that pre-Victorian time period. The top of the bodice is scalloped, with the trumpet skirt being floor length. For jewelry, go with a combination of pearls and diamonds. This is a non-traditional wedding dress that is meant to be passed down to the next generation. Available from Barneys for $6995.00.
For the bride-to-be who plans on having a steampunk-themed wedding, this white octopus-patterned lace dress by Tsumori Chisato is perfect. Just looking at the dress makes me think of Chthulu, the popular Lovecraft character. But the dress is much prettier, especially with its simple lines and boatneck collar. All it needs is a Victorian locket and a bracelet of clock parts for non-traditional bridal jewelry. Being into steampunk, this is my personal favorite. Available from Saks Fifth Avenue for $575.00.
Cobalt blue is a rich color, often beautiful in glassware, even more beautiful on this long-sleeve lacenon-traditional wedding dress by ABS. The lace pattern is very dainty and delicate, with an opaque underlay of the same color. The sleeve cuffs and skirt hem have a scalloped finish. The skirt of the dress is knee-length. For shoes, go with silver or crystal. Not real crystal as in Cinderella’s shoes, but something clear and sparkling. Available from Saks Fifth Avenue for $250.00.
There is a lot of sparkle in this navy blue strapless floor length dress by Sean Collection. With a hint of seductiveness in the hip-length left side split, beads and sequins decorate every square inch of the fabric. Very non-traditional for a June wedding, the bride who wears this dress will feel glamorous at the altar. Wear a pair of rhinestone-decked shoes with this non-traditional bridal gown. Available from Bloomingdale’s for $348.00.