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 27 ahead, suited a range of styles and price points. Noir never looked so good.
Bradley Crop Top and Full Ball Gown Skirt, price upon request, Hayley Paige available at JLM Couture
Arden Silk And Velvet V Neck Gown, $3,380, Alex Perry available at Moda Operandi
Corded Lace Gown, $8,265, Alexander McQueen available at Net-A-Porter
51774 Black Formal Gown, $480, Sherri Hill available at Madame Bridal
Daisy Shimmer Gown, $689, Needle & Thread available at Shopbop
Corded Lace Gown, $8,895, Dolce & Gabbana available at Net-A-Porter
Faille Ball Gown with Corset Bodice, $199.95, Truly Zac Posen available at David's Bridal
Eliana Dress, $428, Reformation
Havana Gown, $23,990, Naeem Khan
Earlina Gown, price upon request, Yumi Katsura
Kane Gown, $388, LIKELY available at Shopbop
Lace High Neck Maxi Dress With Open Back And Front Slit, $458, Aijek available at ASOS
Laced Victoria Dress, $329, Fame and Partners
Madison Dress, $200 - $280, Katie May available at BHLDN
Mareeka Dress, $385, Terani Couture available at BHLDN
One Shoulder Mikado Gown with Ruffle Accent, $229, Adrianna Papell
Off The Shoulder Mermaid Gown, $5,995, Marchesa available at Moda Operandi
Risa Floor-Length Gown, $995, Chiara Boni La Petite Robe available at Saks Fifth Avenue
Satin-Jersey Gown, $2,580, Givenchy available at Net-A-Porter
Stretch-Crepe One-Shoulder Gown with Cutout Detail, $199.95, Cachet available at David's Bridal
Stella Gown, $498, Tadashi Shoji
Style 634972112, price upon request, Leanne Marshall
The Black Edit, price upon request, Halfpenny London
Textured Crepe Off The Shoulder Draped Gown, $5,020, Christian Siriano available at Moda Operandi
Tulle Illusion Long-Sleeve Silk Faille Trumpet Evening Gown, $5,990, Zac Posen available at Neiman Marcus
Verdelle Gown, $900, Grace Loves Lace