Is a purple wedding dress timeless?

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Sweetheart Floral Fairy Dress by IrregularBridals

We all know white has traditionally been the go-to color for wedding dresses! Over the years, Offbeat Wed has had the honor of featuring soonlyweds who love breaking away from convention and embracing unique and vibrant alternatives that are authentic to them, like colorful wedding dresses. Would you believe when we first started this blog, wearing a non-white wedding dress was considered the equivalent of slapping your grandma? Despite the backlash at the time, we've been proud to feature all sorts of colorful wedding dresses, from black wedding dresses to every color of the rainbow, including an actual rainbow wedding dress. Lately, we've seen the purple wedding dress make a resurgence in today's wedding trends, and we love to see it!

Let's ogle a few of our favorite purple wedding dresses.

A purple wedding dress can be a bold and colorful statement on your wedding day, two things we absolutely love to see at any offbeat celebration.

Fairy tale purple wedding dress

Offbeat Wed vendor Marion Matrimony Events dreamt up what Rapunzel's wedding would look like in this Tangled-inspired styled shoot. Naturally, there had to be a purple wedding dress involved! We love how this purple wedding dress with 3D flowers brings adds to the magic and enchantment of this fairy tale wedding.

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From this Tangled-inspired fairytale wedding inspiration, Photography by Jillian Hogan Photo

Tulle purple wedding dress

Flowy purple wedding dresses just give instant fairy tale! If you're dreaming of a Bridgerton-esque wedding dress or want to give romance novel vibes on your wedding day, a flowy tulle purple wedding dress with 3D flowers is it. Pair your purple wedding dress with a raw crystal headpiece for that extra ethereal touch!

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Purple Corset Top Bell Sleeves Wedding Dress by Irregular Bridals

Fantasy purple wedding dress

This embroidered Victorian purple wedding dress would be so fitting for a fantasy-themed wedding! As if it wasn't already freaking magical enough, it features a 2-in-1 design with an A-line main design, and a removable skirt. And if you paired it with a sparkly tiara or crown?! OK QUEEN!

Short purple wedding dress

Want to go short for your wedding? This short purple wedding dress was a custom design from Offbeat Wed vendor Wai Ching. Wai Ching is a popular wedding designer among our Offbeat Wed readers! They use exclusively organic, hand-dyed silk and focus on eco-friendly bridal wear. Check out their Offbeat Wed vendor profile to see all the readers who've worn Wai Ching dresses on their wedding day.

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From this intimate Seattle micro-wedding, Photography by Jenny GG

Bohemian purple wedding dress

A soft pastel purple wedding dress is just so dreamy and ethereal. Perfect for a beach wedding or a micro-wedding in the woods! Pastel purple is also a versatile color that suits various skin tones, making it a flattering choice for many marriers. For Taylor Swift fans, this pastel purple wedding dress gives major “Speak Now” album vibes. What a beautiful way to combine softness with stand-out individuality on your wedding day!

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Off-shoulder lavender purple fairy wedding dress by Irregular Bridals
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Pastel purple wedding dress by SumarokovaAtelier

Ombré purple wedding dress

Looking for just a dash of purple? An ombre purple wedding dress gives you the best of both worlds! The ombre effect blends different shades of purple seamlessly, which creates an eye-catching and memorable vision for your wedding day. An ombre purple wedding dress adds depth and dimension, whether it's a subtle transition or a more BAM! type contrast.

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Ombré purple wedding dress by KMKDesignsLLC

Goth purple wedding dress

When it comes to goth weddings, most people think of a black wedding dress. A purple wedding dress for a goth wedding adds the perfect pop of color while maintaining those elegant and dark Victorian vibes. A goth purple wedding dress is a daring choice that breaks away from traditional wedding norms. It's a captivating way to embrace those Edgar Allen Poe vibes while bringing in a touch of spontaneity and fun with color. Not to mention, it looks stunning against a spooky forest background if you're planning an evening wedding in the woods or a smaller wedding in a dark speakeasy.

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From this goth wedding, Photos by Fotograf Kristine Ristesund

Are you obsessed with the gothic purple wedding dress above?! We are too! So we found this gawgeous goth dupe. It's literally a spitting image.

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Purple goth wedding dress by ieie
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From this gothic fusion wedding, Photography by Milestone Images

Don't want a full purple wedding dress? Try a purple wedding skirt!

Two-piece bridal separates are always an option. Mix and match a tulle lavender wedding skirt with a white bridal top (or some other color) for a colorful and timeless look. Bridal separates also offer you endless options when it comes to style, body shape, and personal preferences. Plus, you can wear the skirt beyond the wedding day for other special fancy occasions!

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Lavender wedding skirt by WardrobeByDulcinea

Find a purple wedding dress by searching for purple evening gowns

This marrier loved purple so much, they made it a huge part of their wedding day! We loved her wedding hack of shopping amongst evening gowns and bridesmaid dresses instead of going to wedding dress boutiques! Many readers have claimed they have found their purple wedding dress (or another colorful wedding dress) by searching for purple evening gowns instead. Explore your local boutiques for evening gowns, or hit up a department store during prom season. You might be pleasantly surprised at the options (and the price tag).

Shayla said:

Our wedding will highlight our unique love story and our dynamic personalities. Our wedding will have traditional elements, but will not be bound by tradition. Music, especially hip hop, cake, and purple will be central to the celebration.

Shayla & Isaac from their unique hip-hop wedding
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From this unique hip-hop wedding, Photography by Jully and Alex Photography

We also found these purple prom dresses on Etsy that could totally double as a wedding dress! After all, who determines what's considered a prom dress versus a wedding dress?

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Unique fairy tale prom dress by Lady Versus
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Purple wedding dress with slit by WeddingDressFantasy

Is a purple wedding dress considered timeless?

Let's be real…Your wedding dress won't be considered “timeless,” no matter what color it is. In fact, your entire wedding will be a snapshot of the era it's in, and that's totally ok. Instead of worrying if your purple wedding dress is timeless, it's more important to ask yourself if you would feel amazing rocking a purple dress on your big day versus any other color. Whether you're going for a classic wedding dress, something more alternative like a goth wedding dress, or leaning into a full fantasy-themed wedding, there's a purple wedding dress for every vibe. We love seeing marriers choose purple wedding dresses to express their personal style! From subtle lavender to dramatic plum, a purple wedding dress is sure to create an unforgettable wedding look.

Sold on wearing a purple wedding dress down the aisle? Shop colorful wedding dresses at the Offbeat Wed shop!

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