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For many brides, envisioning their wedding dresses means a gown in the brightest of white or richest of ivory. But if you find yourself looking at gowns and feeling like a white hue isn’t your style, consider a gown with some color. At Brides, we love pastel wedding dresses for this occasion because they’re the perfect mix of light bridal with bold color.
While it might seem a little strange searching for a dress that isn’t traditionally white, you should know that there are endless pastel dress options at your disposal. From dramatic ballgowns to chic slips, there's a pastel hue for every style and wedding color palette. Even better? Pastel wedding dresses are extremely versatile—and since some of them aren’t blatantly bridal—you might be able to wear them again.
Whether you want something casual and colored or something bridal with a hint of pastel, we’ve got you covered. Peruse some of our favorite pastel wedding dresses that will make any bride feel beautiful, no white dress required.
For a Boho Wedding: Abigail Tulle Dress
Boho weddings call for light fabrics and off-the-shoulder details, which is why Revelry’s Abigail gown continues to be a favorite for both brides and bridal parties alike. This versatile gown also comes in chiffon, and both options boast a plethora of pastel color options for the perfect palette match.
For a Beach Wedding: BHLDN Jules Beaded Maxi Dress
Made from nylon mesh with a comfortable crepe lining, this BHLDN maxi features delicate beadwork, fit for a formal occasion in the sand. The mint hue is the perfect amount of color for brides who still want a white-ish vibe—but if you want something with more pop, opt for the style in moss or dusty rose.
For the Ethereal Bride: Claire La Faye Float On
Claire La Faye’s Float On gown has it all for brides who want a little whimsy with their wedding day looks. The silk organza draping paired with the structured bodice, puff sleeves, giant bow, and watercolor style ombre is a dream-come-true for ethereal "I dos".
For the Sexy Bride: Katie May Surreal Gown
Coming in both sage and blush, Katie May’s Surreal gown is artfully scrunched to highlight your figure. It features a peek-a-boo lace detail, in the plunge back, that adds a touch of sultry to your sophisticated look.
For the Classic Princess: David’s Bridal Collection Off the Shoulder Satin Ball Gown Wedding Dress
This classic princess ballgown is a perfect off-the-shoulder number from David’s Bridal. The crisp satin silhouette, paired with the pretty petal pink hue, will make you feel like you’re stepping out of your own unique fairytale.
Best Purple Hue: Marchesa Notte Floral-Print One-Shoulder Gown
We think a light, hazy purple adds a little extra romance to a brides’ wedding day, which is why we adore this soft, floral print gown for any celebration. The one-shoulder sash and sweetheart neckline further elevate the gown’s enchanting allure.
Best Cape Gown: Azazie Linnea BG
Whether you don’t want a traditional veil or just want a dress that exudes class and regality, a bridal cape elevates the formality of your wedding day. This highly-rated Azazie cape gown_which comes in pink, cream, and white_also features a scoop back and chapel train to complete your royal look.
For the Contemporary Bride: Dolce & Gabbana Wide-Sleeve Draped-Bodice Silk-Chiffon Gown
Drama-meets-current in Dolce & Gabbana’s Italian film-inspired gown. This nod to bygone-era beauty is crafted with pastel blue, pink, and yellow silk chiffon that sweeps the floor and will turn heads as you walk down the aisle.
For the Eclectic Bride: Temperley London Floral-Embroidered Sequin Tulle Gown
If you can’t imagine walking down the aisle in anything less than unique, the search ends here with this Temperley London tulle gown. The rose gold sequin bodice adorned with silk flowers flows into a blush tulle skirt creating a look unlike any other.
Can I wear a pastel wedding dress?
No matter your season, venue, or style, pastel wedding dresses are the perfect twist to any wedding day. Lean into a color that’s part of your wedding palette and consider pairing with white flowers and a white veil for a look that’s both bridal and bold.
Why should I wear a pastel wedding dress?
If the idea of a white gown just isn’t your style, but a brightly colored dress doesn’t feel bridal enough, a pastel gown is the perfect in-between. Ranging from very slightly colored to dustier, more muted hues, pastel gowns give you some color without being too loud. Whether you’re a classic bride or an eclectic one, odds are there’s a pastel gown that makes you feel ready for “I do.”
Are pastel wedding dresses more expensive than white or ivory ones?
Not only are pastel wedding dresses typically no more expensive than traditional hued bridal gowns, but oftentimes they’re cheaper! Since wedding dresses are typically “white,” similar styles in colored hues typically aren’t marketed as bridal gowns. This means you can get a pastel wedding dress of the same style and quality as a white gown, but for a lower price.