Take it from us, when it comes to choosing a wedding dress, there are absolutely no rules. If the idea of wearing a white wedding dress leaves you cold, then why not go for something totally different?
Black is always a popular choice for evening wear, so why wouldn’t you consider it for your wedding day? We have found some of the most beautiful black wedding dresses that will leave you wondering why you ever dreamed of a white gown.
From floor-length, celestial-inspired numbers to dramatic ballgowns, we guarantee there's a black wedding dress here that you'll love!
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1. Celeste Dress - £3,500, Temperley London
We know it's a hefty price tag, but this is an heirloom dress you'll hand down the generations. Featuring bewitching midnight starry sky embellishments, a floaty tulle skirt and dramatic sheer sleeves, it comes alive under glittering lights. This black wedding dress is ideal for a boho bride and has the most gorgeous silk bow at the nape of the neck which will look stunning swinging as you walk down the aisle.
2. Valletta Dress - £930, Galvan London
This luxury silk slip dress is utterly timeless. The clean lines and bias cut are hugely flattering, skimming over curves and falling beautifully. If you'd like a understated yet feminine look, this gown can be dressed up or down.
3. TR Style 160 - £505, Pronovias
A black dress doesn't need to be totally black. We adore the statement white, asymmetrical, taffeta ruffle that frames the neck and shoulders on this Pronovias party gown. Add in a sweeping mermaid fit and full train and you've got a wedding gown no one will ever forget.
4. Shirley Ribbon Ankle Length Gown - £550, Needle & Thread
This stunning sequinned gown comes in a mini and maxi version so there's the perfect style for you whatever your vibe. Needle & Thread are one of our favourite brands for fun and feminine gowns, crafted with exquisite embellishment. Here we have sequins and beads in a bow motif, with swishy layers of tulle and ruffled sleeves. That 1930s silhouette is incredibly flattering.
5. ML Monique Lhuillier High-Low Lace Trim Mikado Halter Neck - £524, Neiman Marcus
This elevated cocktail dress is from Monique Lhuillier's diffusion line, meaning you can wear a beautiful look by this iconic designer at an affordable price tag. How stunning is that lace trim, and we're obsessed with the high-low hem which allows you to show off your special wedding day shoes. It does need to be imported from the US, but Neiman Marcus is a fantastic, trustworthy store to buy US designers you can't get easily in the UK from.
6. Sequin Diamond Gown - £550, Needle & Thread
A black wedding dress doesn't have to be simple. This black tulle number is finished with a diamond motif in shimmering, multi-colour sequins and looks truly romantic. It's a graphic, statement pattern that would look amazing under the lights on the dance floor.
7. Cruella Dress - from £1,300, Lucy Can't Dance
Lucy Can't Dance make insanely gorgeous alternative wedding dresses for non-traditional brides. You can choose the colour of the silk slip to go underneath many of their designs and they dye silk skirts in loads of colours, so you can adapt lots of their dresses for a black palette.
If you want a solid black dress, we're huge fans of the Cruella - a full black wrap wedding dress made in luxurious Italian crepe. The v-neck front flatters curves, while the split in the skirt shows off a sexy spy of your legs.
8. Style 44223 - Sincerity Bridal
You'll stand out from the crowd in this incredible black and white sweetheart ballgown dress! Embellished with velvet floral lace and a black satin belt to nip in the waist, this is the dream fairytale dress for the woman who's outgrown the Disney princess stage.
9. Montreal Crepe Maxi Dress - £158, BHLDN
Sleek, chic and sophisticated, this high neck gown is a black take on the beautiful Stella McCartney dress Meghan Markle wore for her evening reception (but for much, much cheaper!). BHLDN are a great starting point for simple black gowns and also offer a range of sizes - this one goes up to a 26. It has a deep slit up the thigh which adds a whole new dimension of sexiness; it's a real sultry look.
10. Tourmaline Dress - Pronovias
There's something so theatrical and 'Black Swan' about this breathtaking Mikado silk ballgown. It's dark, absorbing, elegant and intense - bold brides only need apply! We love the one shoulder detail that bursts from the glossy neckline.
11. The Vampire's Wife Heartbreaker Mini Dress - £850, Net-A-Porter
Cool and on-trend couples with a more relaxed style will love this Vampire's Wife dress. It's perfect for a low-key registry office wedding paired with a wildflower bouquet and chunky accessories. If it's a warm day, go ahead and wear a mini - all rules are out the window with a black dress.
12. Francine Tattoo Dress - £2,500, Temperley London
This elegant gown is adorned with hand-stitched floral tattoo embroidery that shapes the bodice and adds eye-catching detail to the sheer sleeves. It's glamorous but understated and would suit a bride who loves vintage styling.
13. Ursula Three Piece - from £1,700, Lucy Can't Dance
A three-piece like this is ideal if you want to switch up your look throughout the day. The Ursula comes with a luxurious Italian crepe circle skirt, a cute cami top, and a lace overtop of your choice from the huge selection at Lucy Can't Dance. It's dramatic, quirky and a really unique look for your big day - perfect for alternative brides.
14. Carolina Herrera Bow-Embroidered Silk Organza Gown - £4,025, Selfridges
With a square neckline and dropped structured skirt, there's a fun, '80s vibe to this amazing evening gown. It would be perfect for a wedding dress; just look at those embroidered bows down the centre of the gown and the puffed, mesh net hem. All eyes will rightly be on you.
15. Oceana Dress - £1,295, Galvan London
Hello, showstopper! This gown is covered top to bottom in black mirrored paillettes on stretch tulle. The high halter leading into the low back is sensual and modern and creates a sleek, elongated silhouette. Don't worry, the thigh-high slit makes it easy to move and dance in!
16. Alexander McQueen Cape Overlay Silk Chiffon Gown - £4,290, Selfridges
You had us at cape. This free-flowing gown is a dazzling Alexander McQueen buy, with a nipped in waist that contrasts beautifully with the swishy skirt and the generous sheer cape sleeves. The leather belt comes separately, and while we like it for adding edge to a very feminine dress, it's just as perfect without it.
17. Sigmund Dress Es - £248, Reformation
This smock dress is perfect for plus size brides. It has a front split that gives lots of movement to this laidback wedding gown, which would look ideal at a registry office wedding or small, casual affair. The fitted bodice is super flattering on larger busts and the little puff sleeves are just another one of the many details that make this simple dress wedding worthy.
18. TD Style 142 - £565, Pronovias
The detachable puffball sleeves give you two looks in one! Go for bare arms and a strapless, sweetheart neckline for your ceremony, then add the sleeves for a dramatic entrance to the reception. The silhouette is uber sexy and femme fatale.
19. Maxi Dress with Batwing Sleeves and Wrap Waist - £50, ASOS
If you want to cover-up (especially if you want longer sleeves for winter), this ASOS dress is a dream. It's elegant, stylish and super comfortable to wear, with the waist wrap giving shape to a breezy silhouette and adding a cute bow to the back. An absolute bargain that would be ideal for a micro wedding.
20. Black and Rose Gold Embellished Gown - POA, Rami Kadi
It's hard to know where to look first on this magnificent gown. Is it the bands of metallic scroll sequins? The on-trend cut-out shoulders? The flirty ruffle details at the neck? Rose gold looks gorgeous with black and it works so well in this contemporary yet timeless gown.
21. Scarlett Black Cotton Dress - £275, LK Bennett
Don't dismiss a mini dress, especially if you want to change into something different for your reception. Crafted with a velvet bodice, sheer silk sleeves and crepe pencil skirt, this LK Bennett number is sexy and stylish. It's designed to accentuate your shape and hug curves; dress it up with some wow accessories.
22. Nightcall Dress - £3,010, Ritual Unions
Wow. This is one sexy wedding dress. The Nightcall gown has a light corset made from French corded lace and lace appliques on the skirt. It does come with a black silk lining so it doesn't have to be see-through, but hell, you do you! Be the scene stealer of the day.
23. ATOS Style 128 - £740, Pronovias
This mermaid dress screams classic glamour. It's got Old Hollywood red carpet energy with its sculptural shoulders, plunge neckline and dramatic sequinned embroidery. It's a dreamy winter wedding dress.
Perhaps you aren’t sold on a black dress and that’s fine – it’s not for everybody! But if you are inspired to go for something a little different, check out our round-up of the most fabulous feathered wedding dresses.