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An edgy appliqué. An intricate layer of lace. An unexpected train. These wedding dresses have nothing in common—except that each showcases a single, special feature that elevates it from one pretty dress to one of a kind.
Sheer Wedding Dress With Beaded Embroidery
This Victorian-with-a-twist top by Alberta Ferretti is a little sweet, a little sultry, and a whole lot of stunning ($2,440, 310-652-9000). The beaded embroidery makes it undeniably regal, while the sheer organza fabric adds a touch of rebel.
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Sparkling Sequined Wedding Dress
Consider Mira Zwillinger's "Valentina" gown proof that opposites attract (price upon request, mirazwillinger.com). An otherwise staid plaid pattern joins glittering paillettes to form an intricate design that is infinitely more gorgeous than either would be on its own. You have to sequin it to believe it.
The Details: Alexis Bittar "Crystal Rod" cuff, $295, 877-680-9017. Adina Reyter "Triangle Wing" earrings, $225, peridotfinejewelry.com.
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Hand-Painted Wedding Dress
It would be a stroke of genius to make your photo portrait a multi-media sensation with Naeem Khan's museum-worthy "Positano" tulle gown, which is covered in hand-painted ivory blossoms ($7,995, on special order at Bergdorf Goodman Bridal Salon, 212-872-8957).
The Details: Phyne by Paige Novick "Marta" earrings, $510, paigenovick.com.
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Intricate Lace Wedding Dress
The plunging back and strategically placed row of buttons do their best to play up your, um, assets. What keeps this "Ilari" fit-and-flare by Atelier Pronovias as delicate as it is diva-esque is the guipure lace hugging every contour (price upon request, pronovias.com).
The Details: Jemma Wynne ear cuffs, $3,465, editorialist.com.
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Wedding Dress With Cutouts and Beaded Embroidery
Is the most eye-catching feature of Bibhu Mohapatra's cocktail-length "Kaleidoscope" dress the ornate beaded embroidery on the front panel, or the elegantly edgy cutouts lined in illusion fabric ($8,990, bibhu.com)? It's a tie—or, maybe, the perfect marriage of two equally intriguing elements.
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Polka-Dotted Wedding Dress
With a deep V-neckline and swirling skirts, Vivienne Westwood's "Long Cassock" silk-taffeta ball gown is spot-on, style-wise (price upon request, 323-951-0021). But it's the large tone-on-tone polka dots woven into the fabric that will make everyone who sees it circle back for a closer look.
The Details: Alexis Bittar collar, $495, alexisbittar.com. Tabitha Simmons "Bijou" sandals, $795, 201-541-7330.
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Open-Back Wedding Dress
Change your entire look just by removing your veil—that, and turning around. Amsale's otherwise traditional "Troy" tafetta ball gown has a flattering crewneck in the front and an unforgettable cutout in the back for an overall effect that's as fun and fashion-forward as it is formal ($4,200, amsale.com).
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High-Neck Wedding Dress
There's no need for a necklace when you've got neck lace. The mandarin collar of this long-sleeved "Birchwood Forest" gown by Lela Rose draws all eyes right where you want them: to your blushingly beautiful face ($7,995, lelarose.com).
The Details: Sylva & Cie "Sword" earrings, $13,625, neimanmarcus.com.
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Sheer Wedding Dress
Don't let the groom see your dress before the wedding! We're not worried about bad luck—just ruining the surprise of this subtly daring "Inara" tulle and organza number from Rivini by Rita Vinieris ($7,910, rivini.com). Once he manages to look past the pretty Chantilly lace and floral appliqués on this diaphanous gown, he'll notice the ultramodern lace bralette and shorts peeking through.
The Details: Lorraine Schwartz "Rosecut" earrings, price upon request, Bergdorf Goodman, 800-558-1855.
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The Watteau train gliding off Steven Birnbaum Bespoke's sleek column "Avril" dress provides drama; the clear paillettes down the front, train, and cuffs bring the dazzle ($5,625, stevenbirnbaumbridal.com). It all adds up to a shimmering gown just right for your shining moment.
The Details: Melissa Kaye "Catherine" earrings, $5,720, melissakayejewelry.com.
Styled by John Paul Tran. Market work by Colleen Banks and Carrie Goldberg. Makeup by Samantha Trinh for Chanel les Beiges at Kate Ryan, Inc. Hair by John Ruidant using Kevin.Murphy at See Mgmt.