18 Elegant Black Wedding Dresses for Every Bridal Style

Who says you have to wear white?

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Don't get us wrong, we'll always have an affinity for the traditional ivory gown but with so many gorgeous black wedding dresses out there, from dramatic ballgowns to slinky slips, it's easy to see why this flattering hue has quickly become an instant classic suited for any bridal style. And, we're not the only ones crushing on this ultra modern and sleek bridal look either. Celebrities and influencers are hopping on the black wedding dress train, too. YouTuber and influencer Trisha Paytas went the untraditional route with her shimmering black Galia Lahav ballgown which she paired with Jimmy Choo sneakers for her wedding day.

For the bride looking for classic styles with a twist, the options for black dresses with clean and structured silhouettes are endless. A minimalist bride searching for simplicity will find inspiration in sleek slip dresses and body-skimming sheaths. The dark shade is especially perfect for the ultra dramatic bride seeking a statement-making gown. Elaborate ballgowns with cathedral-length matching veils are ideal for the over-the-top bride celebrating Halloween-themed, goth, or even Victorian style nuptials. And destination wedding brides – black is not just for black-tie weddings! We've located easy-breezy styles made from linen and light-weight lace to keep you cool and stylish. No matter your style (or budget), there's a black wedding dress on the market for every bride. Some of our favorite bridal designers who have dove into black dress designs include the Israeli designers Galia Lahav and Pnina Tornai. For the bride seeking a couture look but may be saving her pennies, Maggie Sottero offers several gorgeous options.

Not only are black wedding dresses sleek and stylish, they're also very versatile and can easily be worn again and again long after you say "I do."

Whether you consider yourself an unconventional bride or you're searching for a sleek and statement-making alternative to bridal white, we've rounded up the best black wedding dresses for every style, body type, and budget.

For the Petite Bride: David's Bridal Off-the-Shoulder Satin Gown Petite Wedding Dress

David's Bridal Off-the-Shoulder Satin Gown Petite Wedding Dress

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Size range: 0P-14P | Material: Satin | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 7 days of purchase

This stunner is everything and more. The off-the-shoulder neckline keeps the bride's décolletage exposed for a super elongating look. Plus, we're obsessed with this black hue in satin fabric.

Best Customizable Style: Fame and Partners Draped Twist Back Gown

Fame and Partners Draped Twist Back Gown

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Size range: 0 -22 | Material: Matte satin | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns accepted with $35 Zero Waste Fee

Take the hassle out of alterations by tailoring your dress to fit you perfectly from the start. This style offers the option to change the fabric type, customize the length based on your height and to close the thigh-high slit. Fame and Partners also has a gorgeous selection of bridal party dresses that can be customized to complement and celebrate anyone's personal style.

For the Minimalist Bride: BHLDN Montreal Crepe Maxi Dress

BHLDN Montreal Crepe Maxi Dress

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Size range: 0-26 | Material: Crepe | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Full refund within 30 days of delivery

Conservative in the front but all party in the back, this BHLDN crepe dress is simple, sleek and stunning. Wear your hair up to showcase the sophisticated high neckline and sexy back details.

Most Romantic: Markarian Arabella Black Silk Dupioni Gown

Markarian Arabella Black Silk Dupioni Gown

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Size range: 0-16 | Material: Silk dupioni | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Full refund within 14 days of receipt

For brides looking for understated elegance, we leave you with this exquisite gown from Markarian. Crafted from light-weight silk dupioni, this gown is a special occasion piece meant to wow on your wedding day and to be worn long after you say "I do." Wear yours with cascading pearl earrings for a particularly striking look.

Best Halter: Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Slavinka Beaded-Neck Halter Gown

Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Slavinka Beaded-Neck Halter Gown

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Size range: 0-16 | Material: Nylon/spandex and beading | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of purchase

A halter neckline is never the wrong choice. Universally flattering and elongating, the construction and fabric of this gown only further proves this statement to be true. Plus, the embellished collar only means that there's no jewelry necessary.

For the Summer Bride: Charo Ruiz Aida Dress

Charo Ruiz Aida Dress

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Size range: XS-XL | Material: Guipure lace | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Full refund within 14 days of delivery

Summer and destination wedding brides looking to show some skin and keep it casual should opt for this lace-trimmed and super sultry dress. Designed with sheer guipure lace panels, you'll be sure to stay cool even in the height of summer.

Best Gold Detail: Pamella Roland Off-the-Shoulder Beaded Tulle Cape Gown

Pamella Roland Off-the-Shoulder Beaded Tulle Cape Gown

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Size range: 6-12 | Material: Tulle and beaded embellishment | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of purchase

We're picking our jaws off the floor after catching of glimpse of this tulle and gold-embellished beauty. Featuring an off-the-shoulder neckline and cape, the Pamella Roland gown exudes a look that is angelic, regal, and couture. You'll practically float down the aisle in a piece like this.

Most Sleek: Galia Lahav Elise Dress

Galia Lahav Elise Dress

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Size range: Inquire with retailer | Material: Satin | Shipping: Inquire with retailer | Return policy: Dependent on bridal retailer

This bias-cut beauty is instantly elevated by its luxurious satin fabric and show-stopping slit. Our favorite detail: the effortlessly striking asymmetrical straps along the open neckline.

Best Long Sleeve: Maggie Sottero Zander Dress

Maggie Sottero Zander Dress

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Size range: Inquire with retailer | Material: Tulle, lace motifs, and chantilly lace | Shipping: Inquire with retailer | Return policy: Dependent on bridal retailer

The Zander dress is the epitome of drama and softness all rolled into one. The plunging V-neckline and elongated waist accentuate the body beautifully. We can't fail to mention the incredible lace detail which speaks for itself.

For the Trend-Setting Bride: Alchemy Black Tulle Floor-Length Dress

Alchemy Black Tulle Floor-Length Dress

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Size range: XS-L | Material: Tulle| Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Free returns within 14 days of purchase

For the bride who isn't afraid to make a statement, this one's for you. We love a leg moment and a little ruffled texture for a fashion-forward walk down the aisle.

Best Back: Pnina Tornai Black Lace Embellished Wedding Dress

Pnina Tornai Black Lace Embellished Wedding Dress

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Size range: Inquire with retailer | Material: Satin and embellished lace | Shipping: Inquire with retailer | Return policy: Dependent on bridal retailer

Stun your guests with this exquisite black wedding gown by Pnina Tornai. In a figure-hugging black satin fabric, the illusion lace detail cascades across your back as if it's merely floating—how romantic?!

For the Untraditional Traditionalist: Maggie Sottero London Dress

Maggie Sottero London Dress

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Size range: Inquire with retailer | Material: Sequin-embellished lace motifs and sequin-embellished tulle | Shipping: Inquire with retailer | Return policy: Dependent on bridal retailer

For the bride who is seeking a gown that combines tradition with a little something unexpected, your search stops here. The London gown features the most intricate lace detail that contrasts beautifully against it's champagne underlay. Did we mention there's a matching veil?!

Best Sweetheart Neckline: Pnina Tornai Black Guipure Lace Wedding Dress

Pnina Tornai Black Guipure Lace Wedding Dress

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Size range: Inquire with retailer | Material: Glitter-embellished guipure lace | Shipping: Inquire with retailer | Return policy: Dependent on bridal retailer

This thick glitter-embellished guipure lace is sure to keep you feeling secure and looking ultra sleek. The sweetheart neckline is timeless and perfectly frames the bride's face and décolletage.

For the Chic Bride: Oscar de la Renta Magnolia Guipure Lace Open-Back Trumpet Gown

Oscar de la Renta Magnolia Guipure Lace Open-Back Trumpet Gown

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Size range: 2-12 | Material: Guipure lace | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Free returns accepted within 30 days of purchase

How incredible is this ultra chic Oscar de la Renta long-sleeve materpiece?! Featuring black guipure lace all throughout the floor-length gown, the craftsmanship of this beauty simply speaks for itself.

Best Tulle Ballgown: SHERBONclothing Black Gothic Floral Wedding Dress

SHERBONclothing Black Gothic Floral Wedding Dress

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Size range: Inquire with retailer | Material: Tulle and floral lace appliqué | Shipping: Free shipping | Return policy: Final sale

This show-stopping ballgown combines a gothic flair with a bit of Victorian style. Our favorite part—those super dreamy bishop sleeves.

Most Ethereal: SkairaShop Black Lace Bohemian Wedding Dress

SkairaShop Black Lace Bohemian Wedding Dress

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Size range: S-2XL | Material: Tulle and lace | Shipping: Shipping rates vary | Return policy: Final sale

Ideal for outdoor nuptials, this soft and bohemian gown features stunning lace details throughout its sheer tulle skirt. We especially love the double slit and ultra striking plunging neckline.

Best Plunging Neckline: Galia Lahav Jasmine Dress

Galia Lahav Jasmine Dress

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Size range: Inquire with retailer | Material: Stretch Crepe | Shipping: Inquire with retailer | Return policy: Dependent on bridal retailer

The full coverage stretch crepe fabric of this elegant gown allows all eyes to focus on its skin-bearing neckline. This daringly low plunge is both subtly sexy and super elongating.

For the Princess Bride: Maggie Sottero Norvinia Dress

Maggie Sottero Norvinia Dress

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Size range: Inquire with retailer | Material: Sequin-embellished lace motifs and sparkle tulle | Shipping: Inquire with retailer | Return policy: Dependent on bridal retailer

We can't think of anything more dramatic than a ballgown—and the color black only enhances the drama! This stunner features the most regal design consisting of sequin lace motifs over sparkle tulle.

What to Look for in a Black Wedding Dress

Whether you're completely set on a black wedding dress or still debating the modern move, it's important to consider a few factors that will influence your look and your unexpected walk down the aisle. Most importantly, determine the vibe that you're going for. Black wedding dresses can come across as anything from sleek and minimal, to grand and dramatic, to goth or even Victorian. By having a vision and curating a look that reinforces that style, your bridal look will appear cohesive in the most elevated and jaw-dropping way. With this being said, how you accessorize your black wedding gown becomes one of the top priorities. Ask your bridal consultant if your black gown has a matching veil. If you're going custom, inquire with your designer if he or she can create a matching veil that incorporates black details or (dare we say) is entirely black! We also think a black birdcage veil is incredibly chic, dramatic, and slightly mysterious. If you're truly going untraditional in all aspects, ditch the veil and opt for show-stopping jewelry. Gold and silver tones pop even more against the dark hue. Skip the necklace and go for chandelier drop-earrings for an elegant and elongating look. Or, slip on a stack of bracelets for another bold option. Long story short—the options are endless!

FAQ
  • Can I wear a black wedding dress for my wedding?

    Absolutely! A black wedding dress can be just as timeless and elegant as a white wedding dress.

  • How can I accessorize my black wedding dress?

    When it comes to choosing bridal accessories, let your personal style and wedding gown guide your decision. Minimalist brides may opt for delicate jewelry and monochromatic accessories while statement-making brides might be drawn to accessories in bold pops of color.

  • Can I wear a black wedding dress for my summer wedding?

    Yes! Black is a highly versatile color and can work for all types of weddings. For a summer wedding, opt for a black wedding dress crafted from a light and airy fabric like cotton or linen and keep accessories simple and laid-back.

Why Trust Us / About the Author

With over seven years of industry experience, contributing writer Sophie Moore is a former fashion editor at Brides and is an expert in all things bridal attire. She researches and sources the best fashion items for brides, grooms, wedding parties, and guests.

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