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Not All Brides Want to Wear Princess Dresses

BY: Michelle Schuman | Mar 10, 2014
Not All Brides Want to Wear Princess DressesNot feeling the poofy dress? Check out these 10 unconventional gowns, some of which aren’t even white. Some brides dream about a fairy-tale wedding, tearing out pictures of poofy bridal-magazine gowns starting from childhood. Other brides stumble unexpectedly upon their dress at a vintage shop. Whatever a woman’s approach, the definition of a wedding dress has expanded beyond pure-white princess gowns in recent years, thanks in part to Keira Knightley’s short, sweet frock, Kaley Cuoco’s bubblegum-pink gown, and the sleek, black-bodiced designs Vera Wang swears are bridal. For those leaning toward a nontraditional design, we’ve rounded up 10 stunning, bride-worthy dresses that are similar only in their uniqueness. (Just don’t be surprised if your choice leaves grandma scratching her head in confusion.) For the modern bride:  not-all-brides-want-to-wear-princess-dresses_modern_600c412 Left: Cutout gown by Houghton (price available on request); Right: Two-piece dress by Candice Lee Bridal ($1,569.19 on Etsy) For the boho bride: not-all-brides-want-to-wear-princess-dresses_boho_600c430 Left: Floral dress by Alice + Olivia ($597 at Bergdorf Goodman); Right: Macrame dress by Dolce Vita ($242) For the metallics-loving bride:  not-all-brides-want-to-wear-princess-dresses_metal_600c423 Left: Germaine gown with French lace by Houghton (price available on request); Right: Ombre gown by Alice + Olivia ($898 at Bergdorf Goodman) For the bride who thinks floor-length is passé: not-all-brides-want-to-wear-princess-dresses_length_600c429 Left: Sorbetto dress by McGinn ($180 at BHLDN); Right: Strapless tea-length dress by Jill Jill Stuart ($398 at Bloomingdale’s) For the Greek goddess: not-all-brides-want-to-wear-princess-dresses_grecian_600c391 Left: Strapless dress by Alice + Olivia ($358.20); Right: Draped gown by Jane Norman ($115 at House of Fraser)