Our Favorite Colorful Dresses from Real Weddings
One of the things we love most about wedding dresses—other than how beautiful and well-crafted they are—is how they showcase a bride's specific personality. For some women, classic, all-white garments fit both their big-day visions and personal sense of style. Other women, however, don't connect with the idea of wearing a white gown, which is why more and more brides are walking down the aisle wearing something with a bit more color.
If you're still struggling to find the right hue that works for you, you're in luck. We rounded up some of our all-time favorite colorful wedding dresses, all worn by real brides who decided they wanted to don unexpected looks for their big days. Although many of these stand-out gowns are vibrant, you'll find that they look at home in just about any wedding. In fact, in many cultures bright colors (not white!) are actually part of traditional bridal attire. At this wedding, for example, the bride wore a traditional Indian lehenga (an embroidered, two-piece garment). The ensemble both paid homage to her heritage and proved that color works in just about any setting: While the custom gown featured gold details and a bright red hue, it didn't look out of place at the wedding's rustic venue.
Intrigued by the idea of wearing a colorful gown on your own wedding day? We understand why, especially since there are so many ways to make this trend your own. You can choose a gown in just one color or wear a dip-dyed get-up. Alternatively, go bold with a patterned fabric, or take inspiration from your bouquet by adding custom floral appliqués right onto the material. As you'll see ahead, there's no wrong way to interpret this twist on big-day attire.
Floral and Belted
This floral Monique Lhullier wedding dress came straight off the Spring 2018 Haute Couture Show runway in Paris, France. For a little extra drama, the bride added a wide vintage-inspired belt.
This colorful wedding dress by Leanne Marshall lent a golden touch to the couple's reception, proving that a splash of color is always welcome.
Complete with a bold floral print, this Lela Rose colorful wedding dress was the perfect choice for this couple's tropical locale. The punchy number really popped against the sand.
Asymmetrical and Ruffled
Giambattista Valli designed this ruffled, floral-print gown with an asymmetrical hemline—it was the perfect choice for an intimate, nature-centric wedding, but it would be equally pretty at a garden or beach affair.
A colorful gown works especially well in a more industrial wedding venue, where it really has the chance to pop. This bride chose a yellow taffeta Tory Burch gown, which helped warm up the brick-heavy space.
This bride sported a traditional South Korean garment called a hanbok for her wedding, and the colorful look absolutely wowed. "The first layer acts as a slip; it's called a skirt," she shared. "The second layer is the red dress or chima, the hanbok skirt. Next, the sokchima, a corset-like layer with hanbok jacket, or jeogori, is put on, followed by the wonsamor hwalot, the ceremonial jacket."
Floral, Butterfly Print
Complete with a floral print and butterfly accents, this Monique Lhuillier wedding dress helped the bride make a romantic statement on her big day. The off-the-shoulder neckline and puff sleeves also played into that same vibe.
Gold-and-silver accents covered this red saree worn at a traditional Hindu ceremony.
"Something Blue" Accents
A cotton Oscar de la Renta cocktail dress with three-quarter sleeves and a belted waist added "something blue" with its floral details to this bride's style.
Floral Halter Neck
This Alex Marie dress featured a halter neck, tiered ruffles, and a floral design for a colorful look.
Dark teal velvet and a gold dragonfly broach helped this bride's IconoClasp garment fit right into her elopement's foggy surroundings.
This showstopper by Claire Pettiebone featured warm red embroidery and an ethereal sheer cape.
It's not often that a dress inspires an entire wedding. The floral motifs on this Monique Lhuillier, however, set the theme for this flower-centric outdoor event.
Blush and Functional
A flowy, detachable skirt made this blush Galia Lahav number feel light and functional.
A colorful dress doesn't require ultra-bright shades. This blush Hayley Paige creation was perfect for a bride looking for just a touch of color.
For her traditional Indian ceremony, this bride stunned in a bespoke silver lehenga. A damask lining was added for a luxurious pop of red.
Shop Gossamer designed this blue, sheer gown complete with icy crystals.
Iridescent dove and vine details brought a dream-like quality to this blush Paolo Sebastian dress.
This pink Marchesa number's flowering rose and greenery branches made it seem as if its wearer was walking through a garden.
This bride sported an off-white Sabyasachi gown adorned with floral motifs. The ensemble brought a touch of elegance to the couple's camping wedding weekend.
Emily Riggs crafted the light blue gown seen here, which was the perfect fit for this couple's nontraditional wedding. The pair bypassed a cake, bouquet, and parent dances in addition to the classic white wedding dress.
We love the subtle shade of blue in this bride's traditional Korean hanbok by LeeHwa. Its delicate floral embroidery was another highlight.
The flowy skirt and light blue hue of this Leanne Marshall design reminded us a lot of Cinderella. However, watercolor streaks made it feel more contemporary.
Everything about this unexpected Marchesa wedding dress—from its hot pink hue to its romantic floral details—screams "The City of Love."
To celebrate her groom's Indian heritage, this bride donned a blush lehenga with crystal details.
Try pairing a colorful dress with understated accessories. To showcase her floral Wendy Makin number, this bride went without a necklace and accessorized with only her mother's pearl and crystal earrings.
This couple both sported traditional Indian attire from Manish Malhotra, but the intricate burgundy pattern on the bride's lehenga was a particular stand-out.
Make like this bride and opt for a gown made from just one solid, vibrant color. We love her sunny yellow Sarah Seven dress.
Monique Lhuillier brought cherry blossom branches to life on this bride's gown.
Blue and White
If you can't commit to color completely, take notes from this bride and choose a dress with a white bodice and pigmented bottom, like this Chantel Lauren number.
Both bride and groom wore the same fiery red hue for their big day. Anita Dongre designed the bride's traditional gold-embroidered lehenga.
This Romona Keveža beauty seemed like it came straight out of a painting thanks to its watercolor flowers.
The color on this Truvelle ensemble came in the form of rose gold sequins.
While the gold embroidery and hints of pink in this lehenga were decidedly unique, it's the black fabric that made for an unexpected color choice.
Red and blue flowers gave an otherwise white dress a colorful upgrade. Believe it or not, the gorgeous gown is actually a Mac Duggal prom dress the bride found in a department store.
For her wedding day, the bride-to-be wanted to venture out of her comfort zone. This taupe Inbal Dror dress with dramatic corset fit the bill.
Aidan Mattox crafted this dusty pink gown with a billowing bodice. It gave the ensemble an old-world vibe.
Gold embroidery gave a regal pop of color to an otherwise all-white Binari Art lehenga.
When looking for a dress, this bride wanted something gray to represent her love of rainy days. So, when she discovered Leanne Marshall's "Rain Cloud" dress, she was instantly sold.
As a colorful nod to her Indian background, this bride flew to India where she found the perfect orange lehenga for her big day.
Pink and Sheer
Is there anything dreamier than sheer, blush fabric? Lara designed this off-the-shoulder gown with floral embroidery for good measure.
Dots of Color
Color doesn’t have to be reserved for fabric. Case in point? The small pink flowers that dotted this Needle & Thread beauty.
Hot Pink Lehenga
Even at a traditional Indian wedding full of vibrant colors, this hot pink lehenga still stood out.
Keeping with Tradition
As an homage to her grandmother and mother—who both wore nontraditional bridal attire at their own weddings—this bride chose a Monique Lhuillier ball gown with pink accents.
To create a sentimental and unforgettable look, this bride designed her own dress which featured an off-the-shoulder neckline and metallic oyster leavers lace.
Layers of dusty rose-hued tulle and organza came together to complete this Monique Lhuillier creation.