It’s my favorite time of year: The first warm days of spring, when it finally feels safe to put away those bulky winter coats and unleash my summer dresses from their cold-weather hibernation. During this year’s sartorial swap-out ritual, I was surprised to find my wedding dress folded in amid the summery casual wear. It’s not your average bridal gown; mine is short, and a non-traditional gold. It does double duty as a party dress from time to time, and has held up well over the years. But if I had it to do all over again, I might choose something different. Likely something vintage and maybe even something white (though probably not). It would definitely have to be silk-free, just like the original—my ethics haven’t wavered over time. These three gowns are just a few of the possibilities out there for compassionate brides-to-be.