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.