Black Wedding Dresses for a Stunning Alternative Look

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It's time to get married in what you truly want to wear.

While black wedding gowns are nothing new, they may still seem like a bold choice for brides in the face of tradition. Sure, white wedding dresses are an omnipresent classic, but there's never been a better time for brides to choose a wedding gown that truly reflects their most genuine style and self.

Over recent years, wedding parties have chosen more and more to celebrate their partnerships in untraditional ways––ways that may reflect their individuality more authentically. From city hall nuptials to unexpected and extravagant themes, the modern wedding is more a display of originality and authenticity than convention. If Sarah Jessica Parker is any leading example of modern femininity and style (read: she is), then we dedicate this tribute to the black wedding dress to her and to any bride planning her wedding to the beat of her own drum.

Besides the confidence and glamour imbued by a black wedding gown, this specific shade has an interesting history as a choice for brides around the world. In Spain, traditional Catholic brides get married in black dresses to symbolize their devotion to their partner until death. Whatever the reason, black wedding dresses are definitely a new classic for brides and a totally chic alternative to the traditional white wedding gown. Here, we've compiled a list of our top choices among black gowns, perfect for any modern bride's special day. From Marchesa to Oscar de la Renta (and more Marchesa, of course), these are the most stunning, unique, and stylish black wedding gowns available now.


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Marchesa, Floral-embellished Strapless Gown

We're starting our list off strong. This bold number by Marchesa is the ultimate in alternatively feminine gowns. The graphic pattern, corset, and sheer-on-opaque layering meets hyper-realistic floral detailing to create a complex and totally unique silhouette. 

To buy: $17,774, farfetch.com


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Valentino, Puff-sleeve Embroidered Tulle Gown

Continuing with ethereal, sheer black tulle, this Valentino gown features a bit of sparkle and lots of movement for an elegantly sexy look (because why not?).

To buy: $13,500, bergdorfgoodman.com


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Oscar de la Renta, Strapless Feather-embellished Crepe Gown

This A-line gown speaks to a traditional bridal shape while truly impressing in a black sheen with bold gold detailing.

To buy: $21,590, modaoperandi.com


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Marchesa, Strapless Ombré-pleated Embellished Evening Gown

This showstopping dress pays homage to a classic strapless bodice and empire waist shape, but its ombré black and white layering and intricate gold detailing make it anything but expected.

To buy: $7,995, bergdorfgoodman.com


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Oscar de la Renta, Shimmer Detailed Gown

From afar, this Oscar de la Renta black gown is elegant and clean. But up close, it combines its elegance with a bit of modern flare, as it features feathers and a dramatic bodice. 

To buy: $14,690, farfetch.com


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Rachel Gilbert, Odella Embellished Duchess Satin Gown

This elegant gown would make the perfect black wedding dress for any sophisticated, cosmopolitan bride. Its sheen and draping lend to its clean and flattering silhouette.

To buy: $8,800, modaoperandi.com


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Monique Lhuillier, Strapless Dandelion-Embroidered High-Low Gown

Show off a stunning pair of heels with this high-low black wedding gown. Its floral accents give it a fresh feeling, perfect for a spring wedding.

To buy: $7,595, bergdorfgoodman.com


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Marchesa, Off-the-shoulder Gown

Silver metallic accents, featuring botanics and butterflies, give this black gown a delicate look––the perfect contrast against the black, sheer, layered material.

To buy: $7,995, farfetch.com


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Christian Siriano, Devore-trimmed Off-the-shoulder Chiffon Gown

This gown will take you straight from your wedding to your reception, looking elegant as you flow down the aisle while also offering movement and comfort for dancing the night away.

To buy: $5,858, modaoperandi.com


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Marchesa Notte, Flutter Sleeve Metallic Embroidered Gown

Look regal as ever in this Marchesa gown, which celebrates the motion of tulle as much as the gold wedding dress trend.

To buy: $1,198, farfetch.com