Does the idea of a traditional white wedding dress leave you recoiling in horror? Then consider wearing a gothic wedding gown. Gothic wedding dresses don’t have to feel gimmicky or like something out of a Halloween dressing up box – a black wedding dress or a deep shade of red can really vamp up your bridal look. You will also be in great company as celebrity brides Sarah Jessica Parker and Shenae Grimes both walked down the aisle in black bridal gowns.
To help you find your perfect dress, we have picked our 17 of the most stunning gothic gowns from our favourite wedding dress designers, featuring everything from fitted fishtail wedding dresses to the most dramatic bridal ballgowns.
Bellice - Style MW1154
Style MW1154 from the Bellice collection by Veromia is perfect if you want a traditional style wedding dress with a gothic twist. The wide cinching belt will really highlight your waist and the applique detail on the bodice will further emphasise an hourglass figure.
Modeca - Oleda
If you want to go all out with your gothic bridal style then the Oleda dress from Modeca is perfect for you. The ballgown skirt will give you lots of drama and you can complete the style perfectly by wearing your hair swept up to show of the detailed neckline.
Karen George - Vixen Damson
If you love the idea of going gothic but black is a step too far then consider wearing deep purple. The Vixen Damson dress from Karen George has a simple neckline that then leads to the most amazing feathered skirt.
Modeca - Odessa
Go for some chic gothic style in this black satin Odessa wedding dress from Modeca. We love the rushed bodice that will really pull you in at the waist and then the draped skirt with subtle floral detail to add a twist to your bridal look.
Ian Stuart - Britannica
If you are searching for a wedding dress that is full of drama then Ian Stuart is the designer for you. The Britannica dress from Ian Stuart-Bride oozes indulgence. Ornate beading and oversized sleeves make a real statement – if you are having a wedding day in a dramatic castle setting then this dress will suit the style perfectly.
Modeca - Oriel
The Oriel dress from Modeca is perfect if you want to add a touch of glam to your gothic bridal look. The fitted fishtail shape is a real figure flatterer and the ribbon belt with beaded detail will add a hint of sparkle to your style.
Art Couture - Style AC363
For just a hint of gothic style then dress AC363 from Art Couture could be exactly what you have been searching for. The black bodice is encased in metallic detail and this then leads to a flowing ballgown skirt in traditional white.
Madeline Gardner - Style 37035
For a traditional bridal gown with an edge, style 37035 from Madeline Gardner is for you. This traditional ivory wedding dress is then toughened up with black edging and floral detail that cascades that down the A-line skirt. We love the bold necklace that completes the strapless neckline beautifully.
Kitty Chen - Vanessa
Who says gothic can’t also be super-glam? The Vanessa dress from Kitty Chen oozes style and sophistication. The fitted bodice is super sexy and the sweetheart neckline is a flattering shape for any bust. The crossover detail on the bodice will highlight a small waist further and then leads to the flowing ballgown skirt.
Rosa Couture - Elmira
The Elmira dress from Rosa Couture is a gothic gown with something different. The asymmetrical beaded neckline is a flattering and glamorous touch and the black gown leads to a monochrome ruffled skirt that keeps the dress feeling suitably bridal.
Enzoani - Gali
If you want to channel some gothic glam without having to opt for a black gown then consider the Gali dress from Enzoani with its exaggerated mermaid skirt and scattered flowers. The deep purple tone is a refreshing change from black and the tulle skirt keeps the dress beautifully bridal.
Sincerity Bridal - Style 3716
For a black wedding that still feels light and fun consider style 3716 from Sincerity Bridal. We love how this traditional white wedding gown is given a gothic makeover with the addition of a black bodice, cinching waist belt and a scattering of black blooms.
Eternity Bride - Style D5221
You can easily give this deep red Hollywood-glam style gown from Eternity Bride (style D5221) a gothic makeover with the addition of black diamond jewellery and a beautiful black birdcage veil. The really vamp it up with smoky eyes and a dark lip.
Blue by Enzoani - Farley
The Farley dress from Blue by Enzoani is a traditional strapless fishtail wedding gown that is given a scattering of colour in the form of purple applique across the bodice.
Mori Lee - Style 1925
Vamp it up for your wedding day with this dramatic and vibrant ballgown wedding dress from Mori Lee. Style 1925 offers a beautiful bridal feel with a traditional ballgown shape but then goes on to break all the rules by being in a vibrant red hue. Go bold with this look at choose dramatic makeup and accessories.
Alfred Angelo - Style 2455
We are more used to seeing the gorgeous Disney wedding dress collection from Alfred Angelo, but as this style proves, this well-known designer can also offer some grown up gothic glam in the form of dress design 2455. We love the bold purple shade and the on-trend sheer illusion sleeves.
Victoria Jane - Style 17610
Style 17610 from Victoria Jane has a striking silhouette and can add some gothic style to your day with a super sexy edge. The asymmetric shoulder and bold mermaid shape of the gown are what makes it really stand out from the crowd.
If you love the idea of a gothic style wedding dress then visit our bridalwear section where you can browse some of our favourite black wedding dresses.