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20 Colorful, Non-Traditional Wedding Gowns Worn by Real Brides

There are lots of reasons a bride might not want to wear a traditional, white wedding gown. Perhaps she’s marrying a second time or is having a fun theme wedding. Maybe she wants to incorporate her dress into the overall color scheme of the wedding, or she’s a fashion-forward offbeat bride. Whatever the case may be, the brides featured below are wearing incredible non-traditional gowns in different colors, sizes and styles, from funky to formal. I guarantee you’ll love at least some of these, and maybe be shocked by a few. I think they’re all fantastic, and one of them literally brought tears to my eyes, I love it so much! (You can guess which one in the comments.) Enjoy!

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    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides
  • Red Mini with Feather Hat 2 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    Such a classy 40's look. The t-strap shoes are understated and traditional, the necklace adds a modern, hip touch. Photo credit: Flickr user gsdali.

  • Ravishing Red 3 of 24
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    The first view of this stunning, ruched number. Photo credit: Flickr user Seb *

  • Red Back 4 of 24
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    Another view of the sexy dropped back on this bold red gown. Photo credit: Flickr user Seb *

  • Renaissance Red 5 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    While the bride's Renaissance look may be a bit too costumey for some, I like how the groom's attire is modern but in the same color scheme. Photo credit: Flickr user LifeInMegapixels

  • Red Lace 6 of 24
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    The bride being escorted down the aisle to the groom, front, in blue. Not only is the red lace eye-popping, but the cut and fit of this dress is perfect. I love how colorful the entire bridal party is. Photo credit: Flickr user johnhope14

  • Yellow Flower 7 of 24
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    This look might best be described as "Belle" on crack - and I mean that in the best way. This dress is super fun. I love the giant flower-shaped gathers in the skirt. Taken at the Hanamaki Rose Festival in Japan. Photo credit: Flickr user IwateBuddy

  • Sunshine Princess 8 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    Now this is an interesting way to use color at a wedding: the bride wears a sunshiney, bright yellow and everyone else wears white. Taken in Angkor, Cambodia. Photo credit: Flickr user TaylorMiles

  • Green and Blue 9 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    I simply love this dress. I love dressing in the colors of the sea like these, and this dress, while flowing and earthy, still feels formal and bridal. Photo credit: Flickr user wildjinjer

  • Nature Bride 10 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    For the plucky pixie bride getting married outdoors. Photo credit: Flickr user morgan.cauch

  • Leafy Bustle 11 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    The detahcable leafy bustle really takes this nature-inspired look over the top into fairy fantasy. Photo credit: Flickr user morgan.cauch

  • Green Lace 12 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    I adore the iridescent green tones under the white lace and the beautiful ribbons up the back of this showstopper. This dress perfectly compliments the bride's shoulder tattoo, and the purple flowers are a great accent. Photo credit: Flickr user Aristophania

  • Green and White Crochet 13 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    What a wonderful bridal look this family of three is wearing! The bride's dress is just darling with its white crocheted lace and green underskirt. I love the way the groom's ascot picks up on the skirt color and the baby's pink and green romper ties everything together - even mom's shoes. Precious! p.s. - The bride made her own dress! Wow! Photo credit: Flickr user estonia76

  • Floral Beauty 14 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    This multi-colored floral stunner is a total dream. Perfection. Wait til you see the back! Photo credit: Flickr user chrissam42

  • Hawaiian Delight 15 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    Taken in Oahu. Look at that ribbon. My God. Photo credit: Flickr user chrissam42

  • Baby Blue 16 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    The baby blue lace sleeve piece over the traditional white bodice makes this dress unique, and the parasol raises the stakes of the overall look. Photo credit: Flickr user brandonmulnix

  • Tiffany Blue 17 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    What a sweet, simple dress in such a special color. The pillbox hat tops the dress off perfectly, and the bride's bouquet is made of jewelry instead of flowers. Photo credit: Flickr user emperialduo

  • Scottish Bride 18 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    Tartan plaid bride! What do you think of this look? I do love a man in a kilt! Photo credit: Flickr user dunikowski

  • Purple Princess 19 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    Many modern brides have tattoos they have to make work with whatever gown they choose, and brightly colored dresses and florals are a great way to do that. Photo credit: Flickr user urbandecay.sugar

  • Purple Bolero 20 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    This short white gown topped with a royal purple bolero and worn with matching purple shoes is charming, kicky and fun. I'm sure you also noticed the purple accent ruffles under the skirt. Fantastic. Photo credit: Flickr user sleepintauntaun

  • Electric Pink 21 of 24
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    Taken on Pont de l'archeveche in Paris. This hot pink dress is a dream. Photo credit: Flickr user waitscm

  • Black and Fuscia 22 of 24
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    Yes, it's a black wedding dress and matching Doc Martens. Deal with it! This bride dares you to! Photo credit: Flickr user OBB Mich

  • Leatherbound Bride 23 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    Why yes, I do believe those ARE eyeballs in her bouquet. WHY NOT?! Photo credit: Flickr user emmadreamstar

  • Rainbow Bride 24 of 24
    20 non-traditional wedding gowns worn by real brides

    Okay, I know some of you will say this is inappropriate wedding-wear, but I really, really love this. It's not my personal style, but girls who dress like this are always cool chicks, and how can this look not make you happy?! Look at that giant flower! And the tights?! Come on. Photo credit: Flickr user sdwbean

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