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

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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.

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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

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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.

Cheers,
FAME

Image credits: Jessica Mumm and Lily Cummings