Wearing white to a wedding is overrated, right? I mean, do you really want to look like a perfect virgin bride or a steamy fallen angel at your wedding? A black wedding dress is a guaranteed way to stand out from all the other weddings hitting social media this season, plus it suits everyone!
Our Favourite Black Wedding Dress Designers:
Our Commitment To Quality
While we would love to have sampled each of these black wedding dresses individually it would be very difficult. And if we did then the chances are that our experience would not be the same as everyone else’s. Dressmakers may struggle with a particular order just as a factory abroad might have a bad shipment despite normally satisfying hundreds of customers in normal trading.
We have therefore based this list mainly on aesthetic but also made sure that every designer has fulfilled lots of orders before and has a high rating. It is for this reason that we couldn’t feature June Bridals despite some amazing designs because of their low Trustpilot score.
This designer black wedding dress features more than 1500 pieces of hand-beadings and is made of Duchess satin with tulle layers underneath for added volume. It also has pockets!
Award-winning Brides & Tailor’s mission is to empower women to look and feel their best. “We know how hard it is to find a stunning wedding dress at an affordable price . We know the rising expenses and challenges awaiting every bride and groom as they plan the budget of their wedding day. We also know how hard it is for plus size brides to find their perfect fit without feeling exhausted!”
This dress encapsulates a wonderful combination of a fitted bust that flares out with an untamed skirt of lace folds.
Beautiful Day is wedding boutiques that offer a wide selection of unique dresses to brides across the globe both online and through its bridal shops in the heart of Riga.
Although the owner Olga is based in New York, the dresses are made by well-established dressmakers across Europe.
Xiaolin Design – Black Swan Inspired Feather Masquerade Wedding Dress
This dramatic Black Swan inspired feather dress has hundreds of gorgeous feathers applied individually by hand to a natural kona cotton base.
As the feathers are originally green and gold and dyed black they have a glossy iridescent sheen that will show in sunlight and photographs. Be careful as the dye can rub off on lighter clothing.
Xiaolin Design is an experienced couturier who makes a variety of custom garments with a specialism for feathers.
WeddingDressFantasy – Layered Black Wedding Dress
We love how the pleated bodice of this dress reflects in the wild organza layers of the skirt.
Based in Teaneck, New Jersey, Wedding Dress Fantasy is an award-winning boutique created by bridal gown designer Tova Marc. They specialise in custom designs as well as alternative styles including black wedding dresses.
“My goal is to make you feel absolutely beautiful on your Wedding Day by offering luxurious wedding gowns made with high quality fabrics and a Couture construction,” said Marc. “Never settle on the most important day of your life. You deserve to look and feel stunning, and that’s my mission.”
Plus size black wedding dresses are available for an additional fee additional. While this features a zipper back you can request a corset-laced back for $75.
With a dedication to quality, fair wages, ethics and body-positivity, KMK Designs is a woman-owned small business in St. Paul, Minnesota with all garments made in their own studio.
For more than a decade they have specialised in Steampunk, Gothic and Neo-Victorian clothing and wedding dresses with care and great craftsmanship.
Made from gorgeous black silk dupioni this goth gown is corseted to the hip and then flares out for extra mobility and comfort. The steel boned black corset dress also features a hidden zipper in front so you can get in and out easily while still enjoying the amazing lacing at the back.
Black Lace Wedding Dress
Have you read our guide to vintage lace wedding dresses? Well you can have all the benefits of a sexy black wedding dress combined with the elegance of lace.
The Anya wedding dress is a black lace overlay bridal gown with a flesh tone lining and tulle skirt. This truly unique bridal gown features a medium weight built-in corset and bust cups as well as a sensuous low-v cut back.
While such an exquisite garment can take 16 – 20 weeks to make, Nu Bridal offers an express service of 12 weeks for an extra $250.
Your wedding guests will have the amazing view of the ruched back of this wedding dress and incredible train.
Twee Tran of Make My Dresses is a creative dreamer who wanted her wedding dress to be one of a kind. So she made it happen by designing her own dress and having it made by her seamstress. The end result was a wedding dress of her dream and fitted perfectly!
Twee thought about the thousands of other brides who would love the same experience. She partnered with a team of seamstresses to create beautiful, customized dresses. Their dresses are affordable and created with the best construction and top quality fabric.
You don’t have to go all black with your wedding dress. These designers offer beautiful wedding dresses in black with red, white, purple and more!
Wedding Dress Fantasy – Black and White Gothic Wedding Dress with Sweetheart Neckline
Another great gown from award winning WeddingDressFantasy. Created with white chantilly lace and black beaded Alencon lace appliques, the bodice features a strapless sweetheart neckline design and skirt is A-Line style with gorgeous lace trim at the hem. The beautiful beaded sash completes this stunning look.
A favourite both of ours at The Costume Rag and the designers KMK Designs, this Tim Burton style wedding dress cinches your waist emphasises the bust for a fun flirtatious look but also has the modesty of sleeves and a closed back.
This magnificent ballgown-style red and black wedding dress is like a fairytale brought to life in faux silk and rhinestones.
The corset is steel-boned and can be changed to a sweetheart shape if you prefer. Small dark red rhinestones are glued around the bodice for extra sparkle.
Belinda at Romantic Threads is an incredible independent couturier who makes all these breathtaking dresses herself. Although she lives in California half her orders are shipped internationally. Watch out though as like many artisans her images have been stolen and used to sell fake manufactured products.
Black Wedding Guest Dresses
If you’re not the one getting married then you might be wondering about choosing a black dress for wedding days this season. This too is a great choice and definitely not a faux pas. Some people worry they look like they’re heading to a funeral and mourning the union that is taking place – and this is indeed a tradition associated with the mother of the bride. But on the contrary for other wedding guests, a sexy black wedding guest dress will stand out, looking subdued and sophisticated.