42 of the Best Black Wedding Dresses You Can Buy Online

They're not your average little black dress.
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Lauren Rodrigue
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Lauren Rodrigue
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Updated May 01, 2020
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If you want to make a statement and bring the drama on your wedding day, consider a black wedding gown. With so many options out there—ranging from flounce-y and flirty to timeless and elegant to edgy and couture—there's a whole world of style waiting for you beyond the classic white wedding dress. And we've combed the Internet to curate all the most stunning black wedding gowns out there, so all you have to do is add to cart and "'til death do we part."

Ahluwalia embroidered butterflies strapless gown

Fairytale brides with a high-fashion edge, get ready for your hearts to flutter! Colorful embroidered butterflies add a touch of whimsy and romance to an otherwise simple tulle a-line gown.

Ahluwalia embroidered butterflies strapless gown, $3,295, SaksFifthAvenue.com

Likely Mena overlay gown

Sporty on the top, party on the bottom, 100 percent fun. This dress doesn't take itself too seriously, and neither should you, stylish bride! You'll love swishing around in the full cutout skirt, and you'll feel comfy and at ease in the racerback tank bodice.

Likely Mena overlay gown, $348, Bloomingdales.com

Herve Leger metallic fringed bandage gown

For figure-flattering at its finest, go Herve Leger—the name in bandage dresses. This slinky option offers a subtle metallic sheen and fringed skirt that will work together to make for the most epic dance floor pics ever.

Herve Leger metallic fringed bandage gown, $2,990, Net-A-Porter.com

ASOS Design premium lace and pleat bardot maxi dress

A pretty collection of textures (like floaty pleats) and details (like delicate lace inset and trim) make this under-$100 black gown look so much more expensive!

ASOS Design premium lace and pleat bardot maxi dress, $95, ASOS.com

Mestiza Emery dress

This strapless gown with a dramatic ruffled waist detail gets a major dose of drama thanks to an all-over painterly floral motif. Close your eyes and just imagine swishing around in it—magical indeed!

Mestiza New York Emery dress, $550, MestizaNewYork.com

Sachin & Babi sleeveless mermaid gown

If you dare to wear black on your wedding day, that doesn't mean you can't still make it timeless—this impeccable silhouette would be as fabulous in the past, present and future, with a plunging front and back neckline and waist-nipping self tie.

Sachin & Babi sleeveless mermaid gown, $400, SaksOff5th.com

Show Me Your Mumu Winslet cowl neck dress

An ultra-flattering cowl neck bust line and drapey fit-and-flare silhouette add up to one sexy, slinky gown. Cover up with a voluminous black cathedral length veil… or not.

Show Me Your Mumu Winslet cowl neck dress, $184, Revolve.com

Dress the Population Ramona lace popover gown

Fashion-forward brides will love this classed-up, floor-length column gown with a delicate lace short sleeve topper. The sheer-illusion bodice and v-cut back add unexpected sexiness.

Dress the Population Ramona lace popover gown, $268, Nordstrom.com

Likely Miller off-the-shoulder gown

Feminine without being too girly, and made for dancing, this ruffled sheath shows off pretty shoulders and a hint of leg with its salsa dancer-inspired wrap hem.

Likely Miller off-the-shoulder gown, $378, Bloomingdales.com

Morgan And Co illusion jersey mermaid gown

All your Great Gatsby party-of-the-century dreams are realized in this Art Deco dress, featuring ultra-flattering mesh cutouts and a waist-nipping silhouette.

Morgan And Co illusion jersey mermaid gown, $129.95, DavidsBridal.com

Joanna August Brenda dress

Swirls of tulle speckled with glittering golden stars make this gown a celestial showstopper—because you should be the star of the show even if you aren't wearing white!

Joanna August Brenda dress, $325, BHLDN.com

Badgley Mishka asymmetrical bow gown

This beautiful trumpet-cut gown is simple and chic, with a twist—a witty off-the-shoulder strap that ties into a voluminous bow in the back. No veil required here!

Badgley Mishka asymmetrical bow gown, $300, SaksOff5th.com

Dessy Collection lace & crepe trumpet gown

If you've always imagined a long-sleeved wedding gown in addition to a black wedding gown, meet your match. This meticulously tailored pick has all of the above in a classic combo of lace bodice and crepe skirt.

Dessy Collection lace & crepe trumpet gown, $277, Nordstrom.com

Aidan by Aidan Mattox jacquard high-low dress

If you've ever taken a "what Sex and the City character are you?" quiz and gotten Charlotte as a result, this black wedding gown is for you. It's classic and a little preppy, but the high-low, tea-length hem makes it flouncy and fun. Oh and, as Charlotte would prefer, it sets the stage for a perfect shoe.

Aidan by Aidan Mattox jacquard high-low dress, $296, Bloomingdales.com

ASOS Design cowl front maxi dress

A simple stunner with universally flattering draping and a Grecian-inspired look. Gussy it up with an epic headpiece to amp up the goddess vibe.

ASOS Design cowl front maxi dress, $103, ASOS.com

White by Vera Wang crepe-back satin gown

A column of onyx-black slinky satin gets a pop of excitement with a jewel-encrusted bandeau—truly one-of-a-kind and sexy without being over-the-top (it is Vera, after all!).

White by Vera Wang crepe-back satin gown, $598, DavidsBridal.com

Mac Duggal pearl beaded illusion long sleeve ballgown

So many cool details make this the perfect black wedding gown for an avant garde bride. We're talking a deep v-neck with a long-sleeve mesh overlay and all-over pearl embellishments, plus a sweet little train.

Mac Duggal pearl beaded illusion long sleeve ballgown, $498, Nordstrom.com

ASOS Design bubble hem maxi dress

The classic and slimming mermaid shape gets a pop of unexpected interest from a voluminous pintucked bubble hem. It's not your average train for not your average bride.

ASOS Design bubble hem maxi dress, $151, ASOS.com

Silvia Tcherassi Sotavento off-the-shoulder dress

A subtle chevron pattern in the fabric of this flamenco-inspired gown will make you look taller and leaner, with extra help from the architectural shoulder straps and v-shaped front slit.

Silvia Tcherassi Sotavento off-the-shoulder dress, $1,900, SaksFifthAvenue.com

David's Bridal Collection off-the-shoulder satin ballgown

Turn the volume—and style—way up with this bridal gown's frothy skirt and face-framing neckline. It's a classic silhouette just begging for the graphic pop of a bright white sash or cathedral-length veil.

David's Bridal Collection off-the-shoulder satin ballgown, $599, DavidsBridal.com

Alexander McQueen Ev blazer bodice gown

First of all, Alexander McQueen. Need we go on? Ok, we will. Perfect for unconventional venues, elopements and city hall celebrations, this sleek suit-inspired column gown oozes sophistication and coolness.

Alexander McQueen Ev blazer bodice gown, $3,690, SaksFifthAvenue.com

Marchesa Notte one-sleeve embellished gown

With shoulder-baring and thigh-high cutouts, this luxurious gown still manages to be extra classy—due in part to its rich crystal embellishments and fluid stretch-crepe fabrication.

Marchesa Notte one-sleeve embellished gown, $795, Net-A-Porter.com

BHLDN Galva dress

A classic Grecian-style cut is ever-so-special with mesmerizing constellations of metallic beading. The thigh-high slit adds even more drama.

BHLDN Galva dress, $230, BHLDN.com

Alfred Sung strapless high-low ballgown

You'll float down the aisle and swirl across the dance floor in this high-low ballgown designed to provide magical movement. The simple cut is perfect for a classic bride, and the high-low hem showcases whatever perfect shoe you choose.

Alfred Sung strapless high-low ballgown, $242, Nordstrom.com

Gucci appliquéd grosgrain trimmed gown

"The bride wore Gucci." If that sentence appeals to you, keep reading: With its timeless scoop neck, fit-and-flare silhouette and a pop of unexpected orange in its waist-cinching floral applique sash, this somehow manages to be understated yet eye-catching at the same time.

Gucci appliquéd grosgrain trimmed gown, $4,500, Net-A-Porter.com

Teri Jon off-the-shoulder lace column gown

For when you want to wear black, but still look beautifully boho, this pretty pick is all of the above. Its simple column silhouette gets a punch of style from an off-the-shoulder neckline that ends in swingy, black lace ruffles, while a back slit makes for easy movement.

Teri Jon off-the-shoulder lace column gown, $275, SaksOff5th.com

Bariano full maxi dress with organza bust

The ever-so-slightly high-low hemline on this elegant, horsehair-trimmed organza ballgown will make walking (and dancing!) a breeze without sacrificing any drama from the full, fanciful skirt.

Bariano full maxi dress with organza bust, $348, ASOS.com

Marchesa Notte strapless tiered tulle gown

If you expect nothing less than Oscars-worthy style for your wedding day, this tiered tulle gown with allover gold glitter will set the tone for sure. Its airy movement and flashbulb-catching sparkle will land you on every best-dressed list.

Marchesa Notte strapless tiered tulle gown, $895, Net-A-Porter.com

Basix Black Label sequin tiered gown

There will be tiers at your wedding, alright. Gold-flecked ones that channel old-Hollywood glam! Coated in sparkly sequins arranged in a subtle ombre across layers of floaty tulle, this gown might just make you misty eyed.

Basix Black Label sequin tiered gown, $430, SaksOff5th.com

TopShop black organza jumpsuit

You're already taking a fashion leap by wearing black. Why not double down with a jumpsuit? This one's so chic, and still manages to be dressy thanks to high-drama organza sleeves. Extra-cool for a sneaky City Hall affair!

TopShop black organza jumpsuit, $95, TopShop.com

BCBG Max Azria chiffon lace tiered gown

This dreamy bohemian pick is fuss-free and perfect for an outdoor fete, with is easy popover fit and airy lace details. Why not wear it barefoot?

BCBG Max Azria chiffon lace tiered gown, $698, Bloomingdales.com

Catherine Regehr off-the-shoulder floral applique crepe gown

Why carry a bouquet when you can wear one around your neckline? Flattering on any and all body types, this shoulder-baring, close-fitting gown becomes unforgettable thanks to a collar of crisp white silk blooms.

Catherine Regehr off-the-shoulder floral applique crepe gown, $3,070, SaksFifthAvenue.com

Adrianna Papell long sleeve beaded gown

Bring out your inner Daisy Buchanan with this Gatsby-inspired beaded beauty. With a stretch under layer, it'll wear beautifully right off the hanger.

Adrianna Papell long sleeve beaded gown, $329, Bloomingdales.com

Michael Costello X Revolve Natalie dress

If you see "bodysuit with multicolored polka-dotted tulle overlay" as a fashion risk, keep scrolling. If you see it as a fashion moment, this just might be your big day dress.

Michael Costello X Revolve Natalie dress, $408, Revolve.com

Theia embellished sleeveless v-neck gown

Fit for a (very stylish) royal, this gown takes a classic v-neck ballgown shape up a few notches with richly beaded embellishment—as fit for a wedding in downtown NYC as it is for one in Downton Abbey.

Theia embellished sleeveless v-neck gown, $650, SaksOff5th.com

Maticevski Accompany one-shoulder draped cady gow

Statuesque AF, this classic cut is the black wedding gown of your black tie fantasies. It's meticulously tailored to flatter every body type, with subtle seaming to enhance your curves from every angle.

Maticevski Accompany one-shoulder draped cady gown, $2,060, Net-A-Porter.com

White by Vera Wang textured organza dress

The larger-than-life organza skirt says classic princess, the chic black color says edgy fashionista. We dare you to wear this ballgown with a pair of Converse!

White by Vera Wang textured organza dress, $998, DavidsBridal.com

Likely Desi feather embellished strapless gown

Hello, fabulous! An unforgettable marabou trim adds levity to a sleek column fit with a daring high-leg slit. Pair with satin slippers and simple sparkly studs to complete the boudoir-but-make-it-bridal look.

Likely Desi feather embellished strapless gown, $398, Bloomingdales.com

Jenny Packham geometric beaded v-neck gown

Known for her richly beaded, flapper-inspired designs, Jenny Packham spares no detail in this sumptuously embellished, long-sleeved slip dress. We love it for a winter wedding or holiday season soiree.

Jenny Packham geometric beaded v-neck gown, $4,200, SaksFifthAvenue.com

Rasario crepe lace and tulle gown

Channel some serious Black Swan vibes for your wedding day (why not?) in this ballet-inspired ball gown with a tutu-like skirt and lace-inset corset.

Rasario crepe lace and tulle gown, $1,850, Net-A-Porter.com

Versace embellished v-neck gown

Cool brides wear black, sexy cool brides wear black Versace. Made from sleek, shiny acetate, this gown features tons of seductive details, like curve-enhancing seaming, a flattering v-neck and intricately embellished, criss-crossing straps.

Versace embellished v-neck gown, $2,200, SaksOff5th.com

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