With more and more brides bucking conventional wedding traditions, we see more brides veering from the white rule. I did! My dress cost $280, and I bought it on Etsy (a global online marketplace that lives by Buy, Sell and Live Handmade. It’s white in sections and made of recycled fabric so very un-bride-like.

But I will fess up to wedding dress shopping with my girlfriend and bridesmaid Amy and loving the bird cage.