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
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.
Price at time of publish: $699
Best Customizable Style: Fame and Partners Draped Twist Back Gown
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.
Price at time of publish: $303
For the Minimalist Bride: BHLDN Montreal Crepe Maxi Dress
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.
Price at time of publish: $110
Most Romantic: Markarian Arabella Black Silk Dupioni Gown
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.
Price at time of publish: $2,695
Best Halter: Chiara Boni La Petite Robe Slavinka Beaded-Neck Halter Gown
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.
Price at time of publish: $1090
Most Sleek: Galia Lahav Elise Dress
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.
Price at time of publish: $2,790
For the Trend-Setting Bride: Alchemy Black Tulle Floor-Length Dress
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.
Price at time of publish: $1,153
Best Tulle Ballgown: SHERBONclothing Black Gothic Floral Wedding Dress
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.
Price at time of publish: $2,088
Most Ethereal: SkairaShop Black Lace Bohemian Wedding Dress
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.
Price at time of publish: $115
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!
Can I wear a black wedding dress for my wedding?
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.