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23 Unconventional Wedding Dress Styles That Are Pure Eye Candy

While a bit quieter than the fashion weeks that preceded it, Bridal Fashion Week wrapped up earlier this week in New York. Though spring is often credited as being wedding season, let us assure you that matrimony is on the mind following the collections that came down the runway this fall, especially with a slew of new ideas that’ll appeal to the nontraditional bride-to-be.

The latest wedding day style ideas speak to some of the biggest of-the-moment trends, such as statement sleeves (both in length and volume), elements of classic tailoring (especially appealing to the bride who prefers pants), and lots of colors, the very least of which includes something blue. And though timeless elements of bridal design can still be found in spades, it’s the convention-challenging styles and unexpected details we most appreciate.

Ahead, peruse all the unique new styles we spotted at Bridal Fashion Week that will surely make their way down many aisles in the years to come.

Zuhair Murad’s all about a balance of frills and restraint.
Vera Wang challenges all the bridalwear conventions with this colorful, metallic exposed-bra creation.
While Elie Saab is a purveyor of epic gowns, this clean, simple wrap dress feels so refreshing for a modern, nontraditional bride.
Cushnie’s first bridal collection had a strong debut, to put it mildly.
This Viktor & Rolf creation really makes a case for statement cummerbunds.
The shine on this Temperley London design is so pretty, but we’re really here for the tiers of ruffles. This dress is party-ready.
We can’t recommend a touch of color, à la this Monique Lhuillier bodice, enough.
Did anyone else just say wow to this triple-cutout silhouette?
Vera Wang makes the most beautiful case for choosing nude over white.
Ball gowns might not be new in bridal, but this allover lace-and-sheer motif feels like something truly out of a fantasy.
Big slits. Big skirt. You can have both with this   design.
If you live in button-down shirts, this Viktor & Rolf design may speak to you on a deep level.
Reem Acra is encouraging us to pick a color, any color.
This pairing of a big satin bow and a dainty lace dress by Lela Rose is perfect.
Or forgo the long veil with these Inbar Dror statement sleeves.
This Rime Arodaky dress kind of has Kim Kardashian West–at-the–CFDA Awards vibes, and we’re into it.
This Tadashi Shoji caped jumpsuit is the ultimate bridal power piece.
This understated Carolina Herrera dress is all about that bow.
The ball gown–pants hybrid from Gala by   is the best of both worlds.
This David’s Bridal piece is having us consider welcoming back the high-low hem trend.
The doubled-up sleeves on this Galia Lahav piece kind of act like evening gloves. Count us in.
Skip the super-body-hugging silhouettes for this playful column design by Lela Rose.
We might not expect a minidress to be so ethereal and elegant, but this Rime Arodaky number is.

Next up: Don’t miss what Princess Eugenie wore to her wedding—it was quite the curveball.

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