25 Black Wedding Dresses for the Alternative Bride

Cue the moody romance

Updated 02/01/18
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It takes a daring bride to choose a black wedding dress — a bold style statement that exudes a sense of moody romance. Who doesn’t love a bit of mystery?

Opting for a black wedding dress is, of course, unconventional, but it’s incredibly liberating, too! You’re opening you up to a realm of options. You can go traditional in shape whether you want something voluminous like a ball gown, mermaid, or a full-skirted A-line silhouette. If you like something simpler, go for a column, slip, or wrap dress. A modern silhouette is also a way to make black feel at once fresh and bridal, whether with an asymmetric shoulder, sliced with side cutouts, or unexpectedly draped.

The beauty of a black wedding dress is that the allure lies in the details. For those craving something ornate, feather trim, glittering bead work, and intricate lace are a spectacular way to bring a black gown to life. Naeem Khan’s Havana Gown is a true work of art, featuring a full skirt with beading and dark floral appliqué. Leanne Marshall offers a strapless gown that appears somewhat ravaged with frayed ornamentation and glistening beads — the ultimate Black Swan wedding gown.

A black lace gown is incredibly beautiful, too. When modernized like with Alexander McQueen’s corded lace gown featuring a high neck, sheer lace back, and side cutouts or Dolce & Gabbana’s short-sleeve billowy silhouette, the effect is fashion forward and oozes moody elegance to a T.

If you’re keen on simplicity, an unexpected or modern silhouette will suit you. Alex Perry is a newer bridal designer with a gorgeous silk and velvet V-neck gown (with pockets!) that is impressively minimal yet striking. Same goes for Halfpenny London, a newcomer with a perfectly simple column with a dramatic bow-tie in the back. Reformation’s black slip dress with a low, sexy back and Givenchy’s long-sleeve satin-jersey gown are also killer options for the bride craving easiness.

We even love a play on the tuxedo —Christian Siriano offers a textured crepe off-the-shoulder draped gown with a high-shine lapel.

Think you’re willing to try a black wedding dress? We rounded up 25 ahead, suited a range of styles and price points. Noir never looked so good.

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Bradley Crop Top and Full Ball Gown Skirt, price upon request, Hayley Paige available at JLM Couture

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Arden Silk And Velvet V Neck Gown, $3,380, Alex Perry available at Moda Operandi

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Corded Lace Gown, $8,265, Alexander McQueen available at Net-A-Porter

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51774 Black Formal Gown, $480, Sherri Hill available at Madame Bridal

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Daisy Shimmer Gown, $689, Needle & Thread available at Shopbop

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Corded Lace Gown, $8,895, Dolce & Gabbana available at Net-A-Porter

Courtesy of David's Bridal

Faille Ball Gown with Corset Bodice, $199.95, Truly Zac Posen available at David's Bridal

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Eliana Dress, $428, Reformation

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Havana Gown, $23,990, Naeem Khan

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Earlina Gown, price upon request, Yumi Katsura

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Kane Gown, $388, LIKELY available at Shopbop

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Lace High Neck Maxi Dress With Open Back And Front Slit, $458, Aijek available at ASOS

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Laced Victoria Dress, $329, Fame and Partners

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Madison Dress, $200 - $280, Katie May available at BHLDN

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One Shoulder Mikado Gown with Ruffle Accent, $229, Adrianna Papell

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Off The Shoulder Mermaid Gown, $5,995, Marchesa available at Moda Operandi

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Risa Floor-Length Gown, $995, Chiara Boni La Petite Robe available at Saks Fifth Avenue

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Satin-Jersey Gown, $2,580, Givenchy available at Net-A-Porter

Courtesy of David's Bridal

Stretch-Crepe One-Shoulder Gown with Cutout Detail, $199.95, Cachet available at David's Bridal

Courtesy of Leanne Marshall

Style 634972112, price upon request, Leanne Marshall

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The Black Edit, price upon request, Halfpenny London

Courtesy of Moda Operandi

Textured Crepe Off The Shoulder Draped Gown, $5,020, Christian Siriano available at Moda Operandi

Courtesy of Neiman Marcus

Tulle Illusion Long-Sleeve Silk Faille Trumpet Evening Gown, $5,990, Zac Posen available at Neiman Marcus

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Verdelle Gown, $900, Grace Loves Lace

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