When deciding what kind of dress I wanted to wear for my wedding this year, I knew what I didn’t want. No lace, no veil and absolutely nothing long, corseted, traditional and white.

So, for our tiny May marriage ceremony, I went with an off-the-rack, navy blue sailor dress with a film noir flair. For our wedding celebration with friends and family six months later, I wore a shorter, stretch velvet halter dress in red – my favorite color – custom-made by a Los Angeles boutique I’ve gone to for years.

It turns out that unconventional wedding dresses, while still not as popular as their white, floor-sweeping counterparts, are catching on.