Black wedding dress by Chantal Mallett Couture |

Can I Wear Black to a Wedding?

Can I wear black to a wedding? Yes, you absolutely can. Wearing black, whether you’re the bride or a guest, makes a bold and memorable statement. Here are some of the latest designs and different ways you can wear black to a wedding and look truly amazing.

Black wedding dress by Chantal Mallett | Umbar Shakir |
Black wedding dress by Chantal Mallett Bridal Couture | Image by Umbar Shakir Photography

Black is a strong look for your wedding day. It takes a bold bride to rock this look and for every one of those bold brides there’s a scared one who would love to do it but is worried she’ll look like she’s going to a funeral! My message to you is this –  if you want to wear a black bridal gown, you’re not superstitious and you don’t mind what anyone else thinks – go for it.


Black illlusion dress Calcuta by Pronovias |
Black illlusion dress ‘Calcuta’ by Pronovias

There are two main ways to wear black on your wedding day without colour: on its own for stunning simplicity of style; or with white or ivory for an unusual combined monochrome bridal look.

The benefits of wearing black

It’s well known that wearing dark colours can give the appearance of a slimmer silhouette, so if you’re looking for a shade more flattering to your figure than white, black could be just what you’re looking for. You will also not have to worry so much about walking around outside in a black gown and might even be able to get away without dry cleaning it after your wedding day.

Backless black lace dress by Pronovias |
Backless black lace dress by Pronovias

The Gothic bridal gown

The most striking of black wedding gowns is perhaps the Gothic ballgown style. The dramatic silhouette of a voluminous-skirted black ballgown certainly makes a statement that packs a punch!

Black ballgown by Chantal Mallett |
Black ballgown by Chantal Mallett Bridal Couture

The full-skirted Victorian ballgown

To give the illusion of an hour-glass shape, the full-skirted ballgown with its nipped in waist will turn heads and not just because of its colour. A gorgeous Victorian-style corseted bodice will give you a smaller waist, naturally accentuating the curves of your bust and hips. This is a very flattering style of gown for all body shapes.

Black and white ballgowns by Ashley and Justin Bride |
Black and white ballgowns by Ashley and Justin Bride

Black and white dresses

If you can’t decide whether you want to wear black or white on your wedding day and you’re leaning towards black, you might want to consider wearing both shades. Teaming black with white together tones down the drama and adds interest for a less gothic appearance. For guests who want to wear black but are worried about offending, this is the ideal choice and there are plenty of gorgeous styles around this year, both long and short.

Black and white mermaid dress Ceneida by Pronovias | black and white mermaid dress ‘Ceneida’by Pronovias

Short black and white dress Calista by Pronovias |
Short black and white dress ‘Calista’ by Pronovias
Black and white ballgown by Bellice Bridal at Veromia |
Black and white wedding dress by Bellice Bridal at Veromia

Where to find a black wedding dress

As black is still an alternative colour for bridal gowns, apart from the designer collections, you should look for bridesmaid, prom and cocktail dress styles such as these by Pronovias.

It doesn’t matter that the black gown you wear on your wedding day is not strictly a wedding dress, with the right accessories and attitude anything goes.

Find thousands more wedding dresses and other formal wear styles in Fashion.


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