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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 ball gowns to slinky slips, it's easy to see why this flattering inky hue has quickly become an instant classic suited for any bridal style.
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. 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.
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 Classic Bride: Markarian Silk Dupioni Gown
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.
For the Winter Bride: Markarian Crystal Embellished Velvet Gown
Calling all winter bride! Sumptuous velvet on your wedding day is a no-brainer. It's warm, it's luxe and it adds a certain amount of richness to your look. This design by Markarian features tiny glinting crystal embellishments along the waist and straps.
Most Unexpected: White by Vera Wang Party Crepe-Back Satin Gown
If just a little hint of sparkle is more your speed, consider this silky body-skimming sheath with a pearl and bead encrusted bandeau. This unexpected detail is different and fashion-forward and with cutouts at the front and back–a little sexy too!
Best Cocktail Dress: Rasario Bow-Embellished Satin Dress
Show off those shoulders and decolletage in this stunning off-the-shoulder number that boasts a flattering corseted bustier and sexy cut-out. Capitalize on the open neckline and wear shoulder-grazing earrings or experiment with a statement-making hairpin.
Carolina Herrera One-shoulder draped silk-faille mini dress
A little black dress is an important staple in any woman's closet so why not consider wearing one for your wedding day? Wear this flirty number with a colorful pair of heels or a whimsical clutch to complete the look. If you love this style but are still unsure about wearing black, fret not because this fabulous mini dress also comes in white!
Most Dramatic: Loulou Cloud Tulle Gown
Talk about drama! Aptly named the "cloud" this tulle ballgown is here to make a statement and we are here to receive it! A fitted waist and a sheer paneled back ensure that you are not completely enveloped in tulle and give your body gorgeous shape. Needless to say, keep accessories minimal to let this gown do all of the talking.
Best Open Back: Cult Gaia One-Shoulder Dress
This cascading one-shoulder dress will have you practically gliding down the aisle and is a seriously chic design suited for a black-tie wedding or a destination wedding along the french riviera. This Cult Gaia dress is particularly striking when worn with your hair up to showcase the asymmetrical detail of the open back.
Best Ballgown: Wedding: White by Vera Wang Textured Organza Wedding Dress
For those who are searching for a wedding dress that's traditional in design but just isn't in white should check out this statement-making gown from White by Vera Wang. This structured and textured ballgown features a flattering draped bodice and is even available in bright red if black doesn't feel quite adventurous enough.
Best Customizable Style: Fame and Partners Draped Twist Back Gown
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 split. Fame and Partners also has a gorgeous selection of bridal party dresses that can be customized to complement and celebrate any person's personal style.
For a Fall Wedding: Needle & Thread Long Sleeve Embroidered Gown
Needle & Thread is a brand beloved by the royals so you know that no matter what style of dress you choose, you're destined to feel regal in it. This unique style features intricate lace and allover sparkle perfect for a formal winter wedding.
Most Whimsical: Tadashi Shoji Fringed Shoulder Gown
Have fun with your wedding day look with a gown that features playful details like dotted tulle, a ruffle peplum or a plunging neckline. This gown is designed with a nude underlay to highlight the unique patterned tulle and softens the overall look.
Most Unique: Prada Crystal-Embellished Taffeta Gown
It's all in the details and the textures when it comes to this black-tie ready Prada stunner. A structured taffeta bodice gives way to a tightly pleated and soft georgette skirt for a dynamic contrast of fabrics. The best part of this gown, however, is the embellished crystal belt–who doesn't want a wedding dress with built-in jewelry?
Thinking about wearing a black wedding dress? We've answered three common questions brides have when shopping for a black wedding dress.
- 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 laidback.