I'm Donna Marie
An inclusive adventurous destination wedding and elopement photographer livin' in upstate New York. I'm here to empower all couples to create an intentional wedding day that focuses on the experience and the feels.
When you take back control of your wedding day, I really mean it. You’re free to make any decision you’d like, including wearing an “unconventional” dress or wedding attire. You’re not bound to white, ivory, or champagne if you’d love to have some color on your day. Non-traditional wedding dresses, mini suits, and jumpsuits can absolutely be a gorgeous option for you to look amazing on your wedding day.
If you’re the fashion-forward type, being bold and breaking rules will always be fashion forward. When you start searching for a dress that truly reflects you options become endless. Color, sparkle, separates, floral prints, feathers, organza, and tulle suddenly become easily available options for your wedding day. (As the wedding industry tends to keep fashion pretty straight and narrow.)
I’ve curated 9 of my favorite non-traditional wedding dresses/attire as inspiration for those who want to make a statement on their day. I’ve also included some thoughts on feasibility for dress/attire use in non-traditional celebrations, such as an adventure elopement.
A stunning, soft pink (that’s not blush!) a-line chapel train dress with dreamy (detachable!) organza sleeves. The bodice features boning to keep shape, with a built in bra. This dress would be a little more difficult to pack for an adventure elopement, but can you just imagine wearing it for an elopement in the mountains? Or even at a small villa in Italy?
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Absolutely stunning tulle wedding dress that features hundreds of gold and silver stars. It’s a two piece wedding dress—a body suit with cape sleeves and an a-line skirt. It is lined with a thick satin which gives the dress some weight, but in comparison to more traditional wedding dresses this dress is weightless. This dress would make for an excellent option for adventure elopements as you can hike in pants while wearing the body suit portion, and then throw on the skirt after you’ve reached your ceremony location. The designer also offers just the skirt, or just the body suit with cape sleeves if you’d like to build a slightly different style.
This dress is truly stunning in that it’s so different from the traditional wedding dress, but cannot be mistaken for anything other than a wedding dress. This could absolutely be the perfect dress for a fun spring or summer downtown elopement. You wouldn’t even have to worry about paring it with bowling shoes for an awesome time at a bowling alley with your closest family and friends after your ceremony.
Extremely fashion forward designer, Selkie, has some amazing dresses that could absolutely be used for some jaw-dropping wedding attire. With sheer sleeves, and a sheer skirt, this dress is guaranteed to be stunning in all kinds of light. While it’s not the most light weight option of the options thus far, it’s still a viable dress for an adventure elopement should you desire.
Keeping on with the sequins of the last dress, this sequins covered dress features a body suit, under a fully transparent slip dress. Absolutely stunning for any kind of wedding, but I can see this fitting a non-traditional wedding perfectly. Available in 12 different colors, the rose gold is my personal favorite. This dress is custom made by the seller, so if you love it, make sure you look at the processing time. I love dresses that feature a transformability so that you can move from day to night looks with ease if you’d like.
Who says your boho-style wedding dress has to be white? Pair this gorgeous crochet separates dress with your favorite pair of sandals, or boots it’s just that versatile. This dress would be amazing for someone who wants a darker themed boho wedding, with contrast-y and punch-y pops of color.
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If the thought of a wedding dress makes you cringe, this stunning jumpsuit just may be the answer for your non-traditional wedding needs. The bodice has boning, and it is padded for bra support. I can absolutely envision this wedding attire at an elopement StreetSide in Boston’s historic district. Or at a small intimate wedding at a remote Airbnb near the Finger Lakes.
If you’re not the type of person to wear a dress, you can absolutely wear a tuxedo. F*ck gender roles and binding traditions, and wear what you will feel your best in. You deserve to feel loved, beautiful, seen, and heard on your wedding day. HER Tuxedo specializes in crafting tuxes that are designed for the female body. While transporting a full tux may be difficult for an adventure elopement, it’s not impossible.
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If you’ve been following me for a hot minute, you’ll know that I love it when someone chooses to feature an “unconventional” pattern on their wedding dress—some of you were probably waiting for me to mention BHLDN. So, I am here to deliver. This gown from BHLDN is breathtaking. If you decide to elope and plan on wearing this dress, please bring me with you.