Damn-Gorgeous Black Wedding Dresses For The Edgy Bride

Goth is out. Style is in.

I wouldn’t change my wedding for the world, but now that it’s been a year and I have time to breathe and think again, I’ve been completely obsessing over black wedding dresses. During the wedding planning process, appearance prep took a serious backseat to the (is uber-gazillion a real word?) many other things on my to-do list. When I did finally sit down to figure out the whole dress-and-accoutrements shebang, I was at a serious loss, and at the time, a black wedding dress didn’t even cross my mind. After all, “inky” isn’t exactly a go-to description for wedding attire. But with some of the stunning gowns and sheaths out there, I can’t help but wonder how sleek (and hello, flattering!) a black wedding dress would have been—especially for a gal who’s always been a little… dark… in the wardrobe department.

Because we’re friends, and because this is APW, I’ll share with you a little secret: I may have gone through a semi-goth phase in middle school. I may have shopped at Hot Topic almost exclusively. I may have gotten eyeliners for Christmas, and I may have owned not one, but two black faux leather trench coats, which, in a tropical climate like the one I grew up in, is even more absurd than it is for a normal twelve-year-old.

I’ve left that dark-style stage behind, but I did get comfortable wearing the ever-flattering, ever-classic non-color color. While in recent years, thanks to Rooney Mara’s actually-kind-of gothic, Dickinsonesque take on her white fashion phase, a stray all-white piece or two has crept into my closet, just slipping on an ebony sheath still makes me feel cool, confident, elegant, and fierce. This means that snagging a full-on ivory formal frock I actually felt comfortable and beautiful in, for the day that would possibly be the most photographed in my life, was a tall order. I opted for a cloak draped around my champagne-sand wedding dress, but since that day I’ve daydreamed about a second wedding for an important anniversary. This time, I’ll wear familiar black—preferably a high-drama black wedding dress with tons of luxe, textured details and feminine touches that give a princessed-out bridal feel, in a totally unique way.

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Damn-Gorgeous Black Wedding Dresses For The Edgy Bride

Fellow black-attire-loving brides looking to escape that white-eggshell-cream-ivory box, check out these stunning black wedding dresses—from lace boho beauties to beaded fairytale masterpieces. Black wedding dresses with sleeves? Check. Black wedding jumpsuit? Check. Plus, get an ogle at those price tags! A lot of these dresses aren’t actually made for weddings (social color conventions die hard, as we all know), which means many are more affordable.

Just one more reason to go to the dark side, eh? Without further ado, here are all the black wedding dresses you could ever want.

The BEST Black Wedding Dresses

Platinum blonde model posing in black Victorian inspired sheath with lace plunge neckline Tadashi Shoji gown Gabriella Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($204)

blonde woman wearing a long black fringe dressLace Deep Plunge Fringe Wrap Dress via ASOS ($119)

Model posing in black halter gown with train Rosemary via Fame and Partners ($299)

Blonde model posing in Stone Cold Fox lace insert boho black maxi dress with slitStone Cold Fox Gene Dress via ModeSens ($421) 

Plus Size brunette woman wearing a black off the shoulder sequin gownBadgley Mischka Palais du Louvre Gown via Rent the Runway ($75)

Brunette mode in off the shoulder Stone Cold Fox maxi dress with sheer skirt Stone Cold Fox Irina Gown via 6 pm ($175)

Tousled hair blonde model in lace overlay black maxi dress with plunge necklineAli Plunge Neck Maxi via Boohoo ($86)

Platinum blonde model posing in dramatic lace neckline with full sheer sleeves Tadashi Shoji gownTravere Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($234)

Plus size brunette woman wearing a black floor length sequin gownClub L Cami Strap All Over Sequin Dress via ASOS ($103)

Blonde model posing in off shoulder tiered black Tadashi Shoji gownAlexia Off-the-Shoulder Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($588)

Plus size brunette woman wearing a black and silver embellished gownMac Duggal Embellished Ballgown via Nordstrom ($298.80)

Blonde model posing in ftted black flared cuff Tadashi Shoji gown Mozelle Crochet Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($708)

Brunette model posing in white lace off shoulder neckline and black narrow column Tadashi Shoji gownTegan Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($508)

brunette woman wearing black fluted sleeve gownLipsy Bardot Flueted Sleeve Maxi Dress via ASOS ($119)

Blonde model in boho peasant rock and roll lace black maxi dressPaige Lace-Insert Maxi via Boohoo ($40)

Blonde model posing in one shoulder banded black Tadashi Shoji gownAddison One Shoulder Pintuck Jersey Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($408)

Short haired brunette model posing in elegant white and black contrast crossover bodice Tadashi Shoji gownHudson Off-the-Shoulder Crepe Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($408)

Blonde model posing in intricate lace black fitted full-length sheath Tadashi Shoji gownKimora Crochet Lace Motif Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($588)

Black embellished floral Needle and Thread gown flat layNeedle & Thread Solstice Gown via Net-a-Porter ($460)

Short haired brunette model posing in delicate white peasant lace sleeves and black skirt Tadashi Shoji gown Idalia Crochet Bodice Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($508)

Brunette model in black wedding gown with satin sash and slit V-neck Halter Gown with Sash via David’s Bridal ($165.95)

Blonde model posing in black banded cold shoulder with lace inserts Tadashi Shoji gown Esme Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($548)

Blonde model posing in white and black cold shoulder Tadashi Shoji gownRani Cold-Shoulder Evening Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($488)

blonde woman wearing short fringe black dressUltimate Fringe Dress via ASOS ($72)

Model in black overlay embellished embroidered floral gown David Meister Long-Sleeve Floral Illusion Gown via Neiman Marcus ($895)

Model in black Adrianna Papell illusion yoke gown with slit Adrianna Papell Embellished Illusion-Yoke Gown via Bloomingdale’s ($179)

Smiling brunette model in beaded black Adrianna Papell cap sleeved gown Adrianna Papell Cap-Sleeve Embellished Gown via Macy’s ($299)

Plus size woman wearing a tea length black lace dressChi Chi London Gilded Grace Lace Dress via ModCloth ($175)

Model in black tulle gown with floral embellished tulle overlay bodice Aidan by Aidan Mattox Embellished Tulle Gown via Bloomingdale’s ($265)

Brunette model swaying in full skirted black plunge maxi with lace edging True Bliss Maxi via Lulus ($94)

Brunette model in embroidered strapless black maxi column dressJess Embroidered Maxi via Boohoo ($86)

Blonde model walking away in deep back criss cross straps maxi dressMythical Kind of Love Low-Back Maxi via Lulus ($66)

Brunette model posing in fitted black midi length lace cocktail dress Pure Passion Bodycon Lace Midi via Lulus ($70)

Brunette model posing in metallic gold bodice with fitted black skirt gown Xscape Long Dress with Metallic Lace Bodice via David’s Bridal ($79.99)

Model in black criss cross strap A-line scuba gown Aidan by Aidan Mattox Scuba Crepe Keyhole Gown via Bloomingdale’s ($136.50)

Smiling brunette model in black lace halter midi length cocktail dressMorgan and Co. Linear Lace Halter Cocktail Dress with Open Back via David’s Bridal ($114)

Girl twirling in black lace tea length dressTea-Length Lace Dress via Etsy ($135)

Brunette model walking in black embroidered structured maxi gown with floral detailing Frock and Frill Embroidered Structured Strap Maxi via ASOS ($206)

Blond model posing in dramatic black and grey tulle ballgown wedding dressCalypso Nightfall Ball Gown via Etsy ($1,849)

Plus size woman wearing a black floral gownBadgley Mischka Louisa Gown via Rent the Runway ($200)

Brunette model Model posing in long sleeve black plunge back tiered gown with bow Westside Dress via Fame and Partners ($349)

Blonde model posing in contrasting black and white deep plunge neckline gown The Eclipse via Fame and Partners ($279)

Plus size woman wearing a black gown with an embellished tulle overlayBesty & Adam Plus Size Strapless Chiffon-Overlay Belted Gown via Macy’s ($269)

Model posing in strapless tiered ballgown with gold floral embroidery The Nova via Fame and Partners ($349)

Redhead model posing in sleek black narrow skirted gown with feather shoulder embellishments The Orion via Fame and Partners ($249)

Model posing in delicate fitted lace gown with plunge back and crossed straps Dragon Eyes Lace Dress via Fame and Partners ($299)

Plus size woman wearing a black and nude lace gownBianca Plus Gown via Tadashi Soji ($294)

Blonde model posing in full length lace black gown with sweetheart neckline The Celestine via Fame and Partners ($329)

Blonde model posing in black wide leg jumpsuit with lace panels and sleeves The Emmeline Jumpsuit via Fame and Partners ($329)

Brunette model posing in black gown with deep back, criss crossed straps and train Outrageous Fortune Long-Sleeve Cross-Back Fishtail Dress via ASOS ($56)

Model posing in black gown with sheer split cape sleeves Maketina Flare Chiffon Sleeve Gown via Amazon ($29.99)

Brunette woman smiling in full black tulle ballgown wedding dress with train Black Tulle Ball Gown with Train via Etsy ($950)

Brunette model in midi length black cocktail dress with lace details and trumpet skirt  ML Monique Lhullier Lace Trumpet Dress via Anthropologie ($695)

 Cachet Stretch Crepe One Shoulder Gown via David’s Bridal ($199.95)

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