5 Unique Wedding Dress Themes

5 unique wedding dress themes

Your wedding day is the perfect opportunity to show off your personal style—through the venue where you say, “I do”, to the wedding ceremony color scheme, and of course, your wedding dress! There are so many wedding dress styles to choose from, but we love seeing the not-so-traditional themes. Here’s some unique options for the bride who wants something outside the box.

Vintage-Inspired Gowns

vintage uinspired gowns

Courtesy: Asta Darling (Quartz Downton Abbey Tea Party Gown), Dartarasova (Titanic Tea Dress Party Gown), and Fiore Vanil (Vintage Downton Abbey Tea Party Gown)

If you value all things vintage and unique, a vintage-inspired gown is the perfect way to pay homage to your personal style. No matter what era you’re into, you’re sure to find something you’ll love.

Whether it’s a retro tea-length gown or an elegant boho dress, designers like Nataya have endless options for the vintage-loving bride. We love that each Nataya gown features intricate embroidery, ethereal silhouettes, and exquisite attention to detail. You can find her vintage-inspired gowns on her website or shop at Wardrobe Shop.

Fairytale Princess Gowns


Allure Bridals D325 Pocahontas dress Disney Fairy Tale Weddings Collection Ariel dress Norvinia Lynettedress by Sottero and Midgley


Courtesy: Allurebridals.com, Kleinfeldbridal.com, Maggiesottero.com

If you’re wanting to feel like a princess on your big day, a fairytale-like gown is perfect. You can go full princess with a voluminous ball gown or something more contemporary like a flowy A-line or trumpet skirt. This unique theme is probably the most traditional, if you’re wanting to stick with a classic bridal look.

There’s even a Disney Princess Wedding Collection where you can wear a gown designed after your favorite princess (like the Pocahontas and Ariel gowns shown above)! Plus, wedding designers like Maggie Sottero have jumped on the princess carriage and created fairytale-like gowns within their collections. For a true touch of royalty, add a sparkling crown!

Black Gowns

Aster black boho wedding dress Arabella black silk Markarian gown Black velvet wedding dress


Courtesy: etsy.com, Markarian-nyc.com, chicvintagebrides.com

This next option is definitely non-traditional. Black wedding dresses are increasing in popularity and are a great choice for brides wanting something totally unique. Whether it’s for your fun and free-spirited elopement or something with a gothic twist for your outdoor Halloween nuptials, the options are endless.

We also love a black dress for a classy black-tie wedding. Keep it a surprise from all your guests (and even your wedding party) and reveal your stunning black gown when you walk down the aisle! They’ll definitely be surprised and it’s very memorable.

The Great Gatsby Gowns

Eliza Jane Howell Sibella gown Lisa Gowing Millicent gown David’s Bridal mini dress with fringe


Courtesy: elizajanehowell.com, lisagowing.com, davidsbridal.com

Why not base your entire wedding on a great American novel like The Great Gatsby? Think eye-catching details, 1920s elegance, and Art Deco flair. It’s a classic choice for the bride who wishes she was born in another era, and there are plenty of Gatsby-inspired wedding gowns to fall in love with.

We love the variety of options, whether you want a more formal debutante look or a flirty flapper-girl dress made for dancing the night away. Don’t forget the fun headpiece to finish the look.

Fashion-Forward Styles

Sarah and Emily gowns Vera Wang Fall 2020 Nicolas Jebran Seventh Heaven structured dress Viktor & Rolf 136 pantsuit

Courtesy: verawang.com, nicolasjebran.com, viktor-rolf.com

For the bride with serious attitude, these more edgy styles are amazing. They’ll definitely be show-stopping, and can range from a bubbly hi-low dress (paired with combat boots, of course) to a sharp, fashion-forward pantsuit.

These brides are ready to break all the traditional wedding rules and we’re here for it. We love the small details that really bring the edginess, like the funky black embroidery, the unusual neckline and super-high slit, and the asymmetrical top. Any of these options will be sure to turn heads down the aisle. Bonus points if you ride off on a Harley for your reception exit.