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You've probably heard other brides wax poetic about how important it is to feel like you on your wedding day but it's a very valuable piece of advice! The beauty of your wedding is that it's unique to you and that you have the freedom to omit any traditions that you just don't vibe with. Not thrilled about wearing a garter? Don't do it. Not into the bouquet toss? Don't do it. Thinking about forgoing traditional bridal white for a black wedding dress? Go for it!
Don't get us wrong, we'll always have an affinity for the traditional ivory gown but with so many gorgeous black dresses out there from dramatic ball gowns to slinky slips, this flattering inky hue has become an instant classic suited for any bridal style. The edgy bride will love tuxedo-style dresses and gowns with asymmetrical hemlines. The classic bride looking for something a little different will gravitate towards clean and structured silhouettes and ball gowns made from soft tulle and lace. A minimalist bride searching for simplicity will find 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.
Carolina Herrera Embroidered Tulle Gown
Carolina Herrera knows her way around white wedding dresses and elegant red carpet-worthy gowns. This stunning number is crafted from soft fine tulle and features a corset-like bodice for a modern meets vintage-inspired vibe. Wear yours with black heels for a chic and monochromatic look.
Jenny Packham Tiered Glittered Tulle Gown
For brides looking for head to toe sparkle, direct your attention to this heart-stopping gown by Jenny Packham crafted from tiers of tulle and flocked with flecks of light-catching glitter–you'll have no choice but to make a grand entrance in this exquisite ballgown.
White by Vera Wang Party Crepe-Back Satin Gown with Encrusted Bandeau
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!
Michelle Mason Crystal Embellished Asymmetrical Gown
Who says no to a wedding gown dripping in jewelry? Not us! Crystals trace this sultry gown from the bodice to the mega high slit to the ultra-modern asymmetrical back. This gown is guaranteed to leave your partner and your guests speechless (in a good way!).
Reformation Deep-V Long Sleeve Dress
Whether you're a winter bride or not, sleeves are in and are a supremely sophisticated and elegant choice. This Reformation design knots in the middle of the bodice for a waist-cinching fit and gives way to a flowy skirt complete with a daring high-slit–hello legs for days!
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.
Rosario Bow-Back Silk-Dupion Gown
We love a good oversized bow, especially if it's attached to a glamourous gown! A structured bodice and a gently flared hem make for a very flattering silhouette. Pair this dress with shoulder-grazing earrings and a classic sandal for a completely put together and polished look.
Tadashi Shoji Illusion Back Gown
The back of your gown is just as important as the front and you can quote us on that! This Tadashi Shoji gown has a conservative and sophisticated neckline making it's impressively detailed sheer illusion back all the more unexpected. Who doesn't want to stun from every angle in every photo?
Rochas Bow-Bodice Puffed Satin Gown
For a ballgown that doesn't feel too princess or too precious, look to this gorgeous design by Rochas. Made from weighted satin, this gown holds its shape and will feel extremely luxe and important on. An impeccably made bow defines and drapes beautifully over the bodice while seamless pockets in the skirt make for a fun and useful added bonus.
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?
Staud One-Shoulder Dress
Beyond its decorative shoulder bow with trailing ties and flattering fitted bodice, this Staud dress is crafted from ribbed fabric making it a truly unique choice for a wedding dress. Heavyweight and stretchy by nature, this ribbed fabric will stay in place and is guaranteed to be comfortable.
Balmain Halterneck Double-Breasted Crepe Gown
A tuxedo-inspired dress is an impossibly chic and fashion-forward alternative to a traditional wedding gown. This structured and elongating design features a halter neckline with crisp peak lapels made for showing off bare and statuesque shoulders. Complement the silver buttons with a matching silver clutch and heels.
Acler Off-the-Shoulder Linen-Blend Dress
Elegantly draped and exaggerated sleeves make this off-the-shoulder dress a real showstopper. Made from linen, this Acler design would make the perfect wedding dress for a summer or destination wedding. Wear yours with minimal mules or sandals for a sleek and paired back look.
Oscar de la Renta Fil de Coupé Floral Gown
Undeniably for the bold and statement-making bride, this jawdropping gown won't make you think twice about forgoing bridal white on your wedding day. Vibrant embroidery featuring floral and butterfly motifs make this gown one of the most enchanting and transporting of the season.
Carolina Herrera Bow-Embellished Silk-Taffeta 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!
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.
Cult Gaia Open-Back 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.
Marchesa Notte Off-the-Shoulder
Looking to break up the black a little bit by adding a pop of color to your wedding dress? Consider this off-the-shoulder Marchesa Notte dress with fushia puff sleeves complete with fun floral embellishments. This design hits just below the calves giving you the chance to pair this look with some fab new shoes.
Needle & Thread Long Sleeve Embroidered Gown
Needle & Thread is a designer beloved by the royals so you know that no matter what style dress you choose, you're destined to feel regal in it. This long sleeve style features intricate lace and subtle beaded embroidery perfect for a formal winter wedding.
Aqua Strapless Scuba-Crepe Gown
Flaunt your curves and bare some skim in this strapless gown. Cut from a scuba-crepe fabric, this style will cinch and hug you in all of the right places. A thigh-high slit is not only sexy, but it also frees the skirt up for some movement–perfect for when it's time to hit the dancefloor.
Marchesa Notte Glitter Tulle Tiered Gown
If your personal style gravitates towards feminine details like gauzy fabrics, delicate bows, and tiered ruffles but you're looking to up the ante with a little bit of sparkle, check out this stunning gown from Marchesa Notte. Flocked with flecks of glitter for a shimmery finish, you'll be sure to shine in every photo.
Prabal Gurung Long Sleeve Lace Gown
Sometimes asymmetry is a good thing and in the case of this Prabal Gurung dress, it's a very, very good thing! This creation features an asymmetrical neckline that showcases where clean and modern jersey fabric meets scalloped eyelash lace. Expertly placed ruching meets at the left hip for a supremely flattering fit.
Rachel Zoe Fil Coupe Gown
This fil coupe gown evokes the easy and breezy nature of the bohemian bride. A delicate ruffled plunging-V neckline meets a cinched and pleated waistline for a feminine and flattering silhouette. Crafted from light and airy fabric, you'll keep cool during your summer wedding. This style is also available in white if that's more your vibe!
Jason Wu Collection Lurex Lace Gown
We could go on and on about how much we love lace sleeves especially if they're as delicate and divine as these floral pretties from Jason Wu Collection. You may not notice it at first, but this gown boasts a shimmering lace overlay for added fun and dimension perfect for a winter back tie wedding.
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 bridesmaids dresses that can be customized to complement and celebrate any bridesmaid's personal style.
LEIN Flocked Lace Dotted Top and Skirt
Is there anything more romantic than this sweet number crafted from ruched french dotted lace? We think not! If you're wearing black on your wedding day then you're already in the mood for something a little different so why not go for a daring but sophisticated sheer look? Pair this style with a high-quality bandeau bra and a high-waisted brief or opt for a seamless slip for a little more coverage.
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.