Black wedding dresses

We have officially decided that black is the new white! If you are looking for an alternative wedding dress color then we say go black.

A black wedding dress is super stylish and makes a bold fashion statement!

They are so versatile with many options available now. And best of all, you can wear it again and again after the big day.

Head to our colored wedding dress blog for all the best nonwhite dresses.

We believe no matter your bridal style there is a black wedding dress to suit any bride.

We have done the hard work for you and found the best super stylish black wedding dresses on the market for all wedding styles.

bride in black gothic dress with groom

Where to buy a black wedding dress?

A lot of wedding dress designers and bridal shops stock colored wedding dresses now.

The beauty of a black wedding dress is that you can look for your favorite fashion designers online and wear an off the peg black number as a bridal outfit.

If you are looking for a one-of-a-kind black wedding dress then there are lots of wedding dress designers that will design you a bespoke dress.

Look for nontraditional wedding dress designers in your area.


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The best black wedding dresses for 2023 and beyond

1. Urban editors choice – Vera Wang

The queen of black wedding dresses in our opinion.

Vera Wang is for the fashion forward bride looking for a bold modern statement dress.

Head over to her website for many more stunning black dresses.

2. Best lace black wedding dress

We love legend bridal and we just love this take on a lace black wedding dress.

It is super stylish and comfortable at the same time. It has those sexy vibes without being too much.

Legend Bridal also make bespoke dresses so get in touch to design your perfect dream dress or outfit. 



This classic Zuhair Murad design will have you channel your inner goddess with its provocative lace accents and sultry silhouette.

Made of gorgeous velvet with barely-there lace cut-outs along with the skirt, it lets you show off your smouldering dark side.

Complete with Zuhair Murad’s signature power shoulders (perfect if you’re looking to feel like a queen) and slim waistbelt adjustment to keep things comfortable.

This is the ultimate Halloween wedding dress.


 I am trying to think of a reason to wear this dress!

I just love the silhouette of this dress. It really has a wedding dress feel even though black and not bridal. 

5. MOst romantic  – ZUHAIR MURAD

This dress is so pretty and romantic. Just goes to show that even if wearing black you can have romantic wedding style. 

6. More from Zuhair Murad

7. Lace and velvet – RASARIO

This dress has some gorgeous details. The top is velvet and then a lovely lace bodice. 

The big tulle skirts gives it all the bridal vibes you need!

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Size: FR34 – 46 | Fabric: Tulle | Neckline: Queen Anne | Length: Floor | Silhouette: Ballgown



8. For the minimalist bride – Simkhai

Bridal slip dresses are all the rage right now! This is the perfect black slip wedding dress, simple and stylish.

Size: 4 – 16 | Fabric: Satin | Neckline: Cowl | Length: Floor | Silhouette: Slip



9. Best short -NEEDLE & THREAD

Sequin-Embellished Eve Mini Dress

This chic design is loaded with black sequins that will bring all the attention your way.

The strapless neckline and short length offer a look that’s sexy but practical, so you can enjoy the party without worrying about tripping over your gown at every turn. 

10. Best Halterneck -NEEDLE & THREAD

I love the halter neck bow, i love the sleeves, I love the ruffled lace skirt! 

If you haven’t guessed I just love this this dress! 


11. More from Needle and Thread

12. Best with Long sleeves – Caroline Herrara

This dress is so stunning!

The detail in the embroidery, the full skirt, and those stunning embellished long sleeves!

13. Best plus size

Julia Miren Dresses on Etsy

This black tulle wedding dress with a long train and hand-embroidered beaded lace on the bodice is perfect for a curvy bride. The fluffy skirt made of tulle consists of many layers and will flow elegantly behind you.

The incredible design for the lace bodice was created specifically for this dress and is meticulously embroidered with beads, glass beads, sequins, and crystals.

14. For the boho bride – Stylish Bride Accs on Etsy

Looking for a unique and stylish option for your black wedding dress? Look no further than these Boho black wedding separates! 

You can wear each piece separately, meaning you can wear it after the wedding! 

The beautiful French lace is delicate and rustic, perfect for any outdoor wedding. You can also choose the lining color to perfectly match your wedding theme.

15. Best black and white – My Wony Bridal

This is perfect if you are looking for something with drama and romance for your big day.

The detail and design of this dress is just everything! 

16. Formal Cape black wedding dress

Jenny Packham

This formal number feels so royal when on. The sleeve and neckline crystal detail adds so much luxury only enhanced by the cape sleeves. 

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Size: 6 – 18 | Fabric: Crepe | Neckline: Straight | Length: Floor  | Silhouette: Sheath




We are loving the moon and star design on this stunning celestial wedding dress. 

18. High-neck black wedding dress

This gothic vibe high-neck wedding dress is a stunner! Perfect for a formal wedding or if wanting a moody fairytale vibe. 

19. Best Fishtail

You can’t beat a fishtail wedding dress for giving you a stunning hour glass figure!

Size: 8 – 18| Fabric: Yepka | Neckline: Sweet heart | Length: Maxi  | Silhouette: Fishtail



20. Witchy vibes black wedding dress

This boho long sleeve lace wedding gown is perfect for a relaxed or outdoor wedding. 

21. Best black and  nude dress

This ethereal dress is stunning! Perfect for ant style wedding from formal to beachy relaxed day. 

22. Perfect winter for a winter wedding

Noma Kamali

Drama, drama, drama! This dress is perfect to show off all your curves. You feel super sexy wearing it while being covered up completely.

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Size: xxSmall – xLarge  | Fabric: Lace | Neckline: Turtle  | Length: Floor | Silhouette: Fishtail



23. Best Ballgown – Maggie Sottero

How can you not love this black wedding dress? Even though black this one really does have a wedding dress feel. 

24. Best black wedding cape

We love a bridal cape and this black one is stunning! Would be the perfect way to add some black without a full black dress. 

Check out even wedding capes!

25. For the Edgy Bride

Alexander McQueen

Now this one is very me! The neckline and off the shoulder details add a modern edge to the dress.

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Size: IT38 – 42 | Fabric: Satin | Neckline: off the shoulder | Length: Maxi | Silhouette: A-Line



26. Best black tie

The perfect formal black wedding dress. 

27. Puff Power Sleeves

The fun party dress I call this one! If you want to sparkle and shine on your big day this is for you! The puff power sleeves at some modern drama!

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Size: FR34 – 46 | Fabric: Tulle | Neckline: V Neck | Length: Midi  | Silhouette: A-Line



28. Lace midi black dress


If you love guipure lace, like me, then you know self portrait is they dress designers to know! This dress would be perfect for a court house or intimate wedding.

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Size: 4 – 14 | Fabric: Lace | Neckline: High | Length: Midi | Silhouette: A-Line



29. Ball gown black wedding dress


Best of both worlds with the princess ball gown feel but in modern stylish black. For the moody princess at heart!

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Size: FR34 – 46 | Fabric: Tulle | Neckline: V Neck | Length: Floor | Silhouette: Ballgown 



30. For the older bride

We are asked about black dresses for older bride a lot! I always say there are no restriction but if you are worried stick to a simple elegant design. This dress is the perfect choice, elegant and modern!

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Size: 0 – 10  | Fabric: Jersey  | Neckline: Off the shoulder | Length: Maxi | Silhouette: A-Line



Styling a black wedding dress

Styling and finding the perfect accessories for your black wedding dress will depend on your overall wedding style. 

The beauty of a black wedding dress is it goes with any color. You can go with gold, silver, or even a pop of color with your jewelry. 

The same with your wedding shoes. I do love when a bride adds a pop of color with their shoes, especially if they have a high split in their skirt.

Here are some different ways to accessorise a black wedding dress.  



What does it mean to wear a black wedding dress?

The color Black has many different meanings depending on the culture. But black is generally associated with power, elegance, and sophistication.

Black can be seen in ethnic cultures too. Black in African culture represents fertility, richness, and femininity. In India black signifies life, strength, and power. In Western culture, black represents power, elegance, seduction, and mystery. 

Head to our black wedding dress meaning blog to learn more. 


Is it disrespectful to wear a black wedding dress?

If it is not seen as disrespectful in your culture or religion then of course not! It is instead a huge statement to make on your day and is a great bold stylish choice.


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. While also with added bold statement that a black dress will make!


How can I accessorize my black wedding dress?

This will depend on how bridal you want your overall look to feel. Adding a veil is definitely the best way to add a bridal feel. For an alternative wow factor we recommend a bridal cape.

For jewelry, we suggest keeping it simple and letting the dress do all the talking.


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

Yes! Black is a highly versatile color and can work for a wedding in any season. Think about your fabric choice, keep it light and floaty.


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