With Halloween right around the corner, we ALWAYS love when brides come in with gothic, alternative styles. Fall is the most popular time of the year for nontraditional weddings and if ~spooky is your vibe, then we have some great dresses for you! Lots of our designers feature nontraditional styles + colors that are perfect for brides who want to add a little drama to their wedding day. Some of these styles are here at Dress Gallery year ’round, while others we have to loan from our designers. Find a dress you love?! Text us prior to your appointment to confirm its’ availability! But without further ado, here are 10 of our favorite alternative dresses for 2022 brides!
Style 3400 from Allure Bridals
This spicy yet super comfortable A-line gown features TOTALLY BLACK EVERTHING. From black tulle to black lace to black beading, this is the ULTIMATE gothic dress! The soft A-line skirt is flowy, not poofy, allowing her silhouette to shine yet still able to dance the night away. The neckline features petite, delicately beaded straps, a modest plunging neckline, side cut outs, and an open back! This dress is perfect for any alternative bride who wants a truly unique, dramatic dress for her wedding day. She lives at Dress Gallery full time, so we can always pull this dress during your appointments!
Tristyn from Maggie Sottero
Tristyn is a gorgeous balance between edgy, yet traditional with her soft, strapless sweetheart neckline and full ballgown skirt. The bold lace appliques are available in both black and ivory, allowing for every bride to choose their color preference! The patterned glitter underskirt creates shimmer with every step! Tristyn also comes with a matching cathedral-length veil with the same bold, black lace! Tristyn is no longer at Dress Gallery, but can be loaned from the designer for a small fee, so ask when booking your appt!
Hesper from Rebecca Ingram
Want something totally unique + different, but not wanting to commit to black? We totally understand! Not every alternative bride wants to go dark and moody, so Hesper is a great option! This flowing glitter tulle gown features a soft A-line silhouette, textured glitter tulle, a plunging neckline, trendy beaded banded waist, and a slit perfect for highlighting your silhouette. Available in Misty Mauve, our newest fav color, this gown has a subtle purple undertone that is great for brides who want something ~different, but not noticeably untraditional. We think Hesper is a perfect combination of modern, yet classic! Dress Gallery is her permanent home, so we’re happy to pull her anytime!
3455 by Allure Bridals
What if you’re not an A-line girl? If you’re wanting to show off your hips, we got you, too, boo! This sexy yet sophisticated off-the-shoulder gown features a fitted silhouette with a stretch liner, so you can boogie the night away. Her black lace features black sequinning, allowing you to shimmer, while the blush undertone creates a romantic and edgy color palette perfect for any fall bride. Add in the black fabric buttons down to the dramatic train and we’re waiting for the first bride to pick up this stunner! She’s a DG forever babe, so we can pull her anytime!
London by Maggie Sottero
Loved Tristyn, but not looking for a ballgown? Introducing her little sister, London! London is Maggie Sottero’s newest edgy gown, a stunning fitted strapless sibling complete with this same bold, black lace. The textured glitter tulle creates visual dimension throughout the dress and we love the detachable off-the-shoulder straps. The see-through bodice keeps the dress just a touch sexy while still allowing your silhouette to totally shine! She also comes with a matching cathedral length veil for extra drama. London has to be ordered from the designer for a small fee, so definitely check with us before you book!
Adara by Wilderly Bride
Wanting to elope in the mountains / desert / rainforest but need the ultimate dress with the fluffiest skirt to pull off the photos? Look no further than Adara! Here in store, we have her in a gorgeous smoky blue/grey color, the same as overcast skies, that gives the lace appliques and extra “pop!” We love the detailed banded waist, open back, and effortless volume of the skirt! Adara is a permanent member of the Dress Gallery fam, so stop by anytime to see her!
9861 by Allure Bridals
Not sure if you want to commit to a fully black wedding dress?! Hopefully this style can help you choose! Available both in traditional bridal ivory and edgy black, we love this soft A-line gown featuring a gorgeous off-the-shoulder neckline, see-through bodice, and bold lace appliques throughout the skirt. The softly plunging neckline is sexy, yet still modest, allowing you to be the star of the show in this gown. This style is a permanent member of the DG fam, but we have her in the traditional ivory color; if you’d like to see the black in person, let us know prior to your appointment so we can look into loaning it for you!
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