5 alternative wedding dresses for brides who aren’t into the big white gown.


White wedding gowns are synonymous with tradition these days–but did you know that first white wedding gown was actually considered rebellious? In 1840, Queen Victoria choose to wed in a white dress even though brides back then were expected to wear their best gown for the wedding, typically, a heavy silk satin dress in a bright, bold color. Queen Victoria’s sartorial rebellion was so iconic that almost 200 years later, brides are still emulating the look.


In the original spirit of Queen Victoria, we present 5 ways to rebel on your wedding day, from floral maxis to menswear-inspired jumpsuits and everything in between. Alt brides, here’s what you’ve been looking for.

ONE. A jumpsuit


Newlywed Whitney Tingle rocked our Katharine Jumpsuit for this feature–but how cool would this look be at the altar instead? Shop the look.

TWO. A floral maxi


When we saw this image of Rauha Alexander wearing our Queen Ann Floral Maxi (exclusively available at Free People), we nearly shed a tear. Have you ever seen a more romantic bride? Shop the look.

THREE. A two-in-one


The Gemini Dress was appropriately named for its two-in-one versatility. We suggest wearing it as a long gown for the ceremony, then reverting to a mini for the reception. Shop the look.

FOUR. Millennial pink


We’re picturing the Delphine with a major flower crown and a sash at the waist, perfect for the bride who wants to shock and awe as she walks down the aisle. Shop the look.

FIVE. Sequins


White is eye-catching for sure; but you know what’s more eye-catching? Sequins. Depending on how you style them, sequins can seem ultra-glam or rocker-chic. Shop the look.

For more on the nontraditional bride, click here. And don’t forget the bridesmaids.


Image credits: Jessica Mumm and Lily Cummings