Best Black Wedding Dresses for Modern & Alternative Brides in 2020

Dare to be Different: Rock Your Wedding Day While Rocking the Boat in a Black Wedding Dress

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Who said getting married had to be traditional?

Ah, your wedding day. For years now you’ve dreamed of meeting the perfect person, falling madly in love and joining them hand in hand at the end of the aisle to begin your future together. Congratulations, it’s finally happening!

Weddings are full of time-honored traditions, the biggest of which is probably the bride wearing a beautiful white wedding gown. Mary, Queen of Scots, did it first in 1559, but Queen Victoria gets the credit for this wedding day tradition for marrying Prince Albert in a white wedding gown in 1840.

The Black Wedding Dress

Does a wedding dress have to be white?

But seriously…while traditions are great, have you ever actually seen a written rule stating that the dress you wear on your wedding day must be white? No, I didn’t think so. That’s because there is no such rule.

Enter the Black Wedding Dress

An increasing number of today’s brides are breaking with at least one long-standing wedding day tradition by choosing to wear a black wedding dress on their special day. Hang on, hear me out. Sure, the thought of a bride wearing black on their wedding day might seem a bit goth or even creepy. But this is the bride’s special day and nobody else’s. If the bride feels beautiful and special in a black wedding dress, then who are we to judge?

Besides, black wedding dresses are flat out gorgeous! Here are 10 of my budget-friendly personal favorites.

A Black Dress in Your Style


Deep-V Neck Sleeveless Vintage Wedding Maxi Dress

Stun your wedding guests while showing off those curves of yours in this stunning gown with a sexy see-through back. This beautiful black wedding dress features a deep V neckline, a perfect long length, and a beautifully designed back piece. Available in 7 total colors, but we recommend you get this wedding dress in show-stopping black.

What a way to make a statement on your wedding day!

Sizes Available: S – XXXL


Capped-Sleeve Woman’s Wedding Dress

by Ever-Pretty

If you prefer a little more coverage for your arms, try this gorgeous capped-sleeve black wedding gown by Ever-Pretty. This amazingly beautiful dress, normally advertised as an evening gown, can easily be worn as a wedding dress! This beauty is made from 100% polyester and features an open back, ruched bust, lace neckline and concealed zipper in the back. The delicate lace neckline is dotted with rhinestones.

Be the beautiful Princess that you are with this lovely black wedding dress!

Sizes Available: 4 to 26(W)


Sleeveless Formal or Casual Summertime Wedding Gown


Have you got a Summer wedding planned and just want a gown that’s both simple and elegant? Then take a serious look at this sleeveless black wedding gown by KOH KOH. This amazing black wedding dress is made of a polyester and spandex blend which makes it the perfect choice for your Summer wedding—it’s light, soft, stretchy and most of all comfortable! And this black wedding gown can do double duty later as a cocktail party dress, making it super-versatile.

Sizes Available: XS to 4X


Chiffon V-Back Black Wedding Gown with Beads and Appliques

by Grace Karin

Look every bit the delicate china doll in this amazing beaded and appliqued black wedding dress by Grace Karin (ThreeSeasons). This stunning sleeveless wedding gown is an A-line style that features a crew neckline and V-back with a hidden zipper. If you’re looking for a black wedding gown that can give you a slimmer look, this one is a great choice!

Sizes Available: 2 to 24(W)


Elegant Double-V Evening Chiffon Gown Wedding Dress

by Ever-Pretty

Ever-Pretty hits a homerun again with this lovely double V-neck ruched waist black wedding dress. This super-versatile 100% polyester black wedding dress can also be called on for duty as a bridesmaids evening or prom dress, giving you even more bang for your wedding day buck.

It’s a flattering long A-line style sleeveless dress featuring a front and back V-neck and figure friendly empire waist. The hidden back zipper, full lining and built in bra are also very attractive features of this wonderful wedding day dress.

Sizes Available: 4 to 22


Short-Sleeved V-Neck Black Wedding Dress

by Ever-Pretty

Here’s another glamorous black wedding gown by Ever-Pretty to consider. This lovely black wedding dress features a V-neckline and short ruffled flowing sleeves. Made of 100 percent polyester, this black wedding gown is easy to care for, just a simple hand wash and minimal iron and it’s good to go. And with a padded, ruffled no-bra option you’ll feel nothing but comfortable from start to finish on your big day!

Sizes Available: 4 to 26

Accessory Alert

Discover the Right Shoes

Let’s take a minute and talk about some accessories. To complete your wedding day look, you’re going to need the right pair of shoes!

Check out this pair of chunky heeled open toe tie back sandals by Allegra K. With a 3 1/8-inch chunky rubber heel and padded insole, this classy pair of open toe tie back sandals offers you the ultimate in both style and comfort!

Sizes Available: 5 to 12

More Black Wedding Gowns


Sleeveless Lace Chiffon Black Bridal Wedding Gown

by Erosebridal

Oh, this one is a real beauty! Just look at this lovely black wedding dress by Erosebridal! This sleeveless black chiffon and lace dress is covered with delicate appliques and has a beaded waistline, open back, empire waist and built in bra allowing for maximum comfort while giving you a gorgeous and slimming look.

Sizes Available: 2 to 28(W)


Short-Sleeve Sequin Black Wedding Dress

by Adrianna Papell

Get your sparkle on with this stunning short-sleeved black sequined wedding dress by Adrianna Papell. This is a perfect choice for your wedding dress, especially if you have a formal evening wedding on tap.

Sizes Available: 2 to 16


Vintage Look A-Line Black Sleeveless Wedding Dress

by Belle Poque

Tone it down a bit with this timeless 1950’s vintage look wedding dress by Belle Poque. Made from a 95/5 cotton and spandex blend, this is a great wedding dress choice. It’s versatile and can be easily worn for most any formal occasion. You can easily ramp up the look with the right accessories!

Sizes Available: Small to 3X


Mermaid Style Bridal Gown with Black Lace Appliques

by Erosebridal

Saving the best for last…

I never said that your black wedding dress had to be entirely black, did I?

Experience your own true Princess wedding day moment in this totally knockout wedding gown by Erosebridal. With its off-white tulle lace lining, all-over black lace appliques, sweetheart neckline and lace-up back, this truly gorgeous wedding gown is easily my favorite of all the beautiful wedding dresses we’ve looked at today.

Sizes Available: 2 to 28

This is a figure-flattering dress for most any shape or size.

Closing thoughts

Closing thoughts

No doubt about it, a traditional white wedding dress can be quite beautiful. But it’s your wedding day and if you want to go in a different direction by wearing a black wedding dress then all I’m saying is that’s ok! It’s your wedding, it’s your day and you deserve to feel special and beautiful. And you’ll certainly feel that in any one of these gorgeous black wedding dresses.


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