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When you think of a bride’s wedding day look, chances are you picture a beautiful white wedding dress. In the modern age, however, brides and taking the opportunity to veer away from the expected and lean into their personal aesthetics more and more on the big day. For some, that means short dresses and bridal suits. For others, that may mean black and white wedding dresses.
These multi-hued gowns are growing in popularity thanks to their sophistication and uniqueness that seamlessly blend with the classic bridal look. From white gowns with touches of black details to elaborately colored and adorned gowns that look straight out of a dream, we’re starting to think it was love at first sight with tuxedo-inspired frocks.
Check out some of our favorite black and white wedding dresses below that’ll stun your guest and give off an unstoppable air of style and stateliness.
For Fashion-Forward Brides: Houghton Alexis Gown
If you view the aisle as your runway, it doesn’t get more stylish than Houghton’s Alexis Gown. With its high, French Chantilly lace neck, long sleeves paired with a curve-hugging silhouette, and floral appliques, you’ll feel as fierce as you will bridal.
For the Sexy Bride: Galina Signature Sheer Beaded Bodice Lace Plus Size Wedding Dress
This seductively soft, curve-hugging crepe gown exclusively from David’s Bridal was made for anyone trying to drop jaws on their big day with its sheer bodice, elegant black lace, and lingerie-inspired strap in the back.
Best Dipped Skirt: Sweet Caroline Styles Cordelia Skirt in Caviar
One of the best things about a bridal skirt is you can easily pair it with any type of top you want—and can switch it out between the ceremony and reception for two different looks. Opt for this sweeping white-to-black dipped option from Sweet Caroline Styles for a marvelously modern look.
Best Budget: Azazie Adelaide BG
If you’re dreaming of a princess ballgown but don’t want to break the bank, Azazie’s Adelaide‚which comes in a variety of hues—boasts layers of fluffy tulle, a chapel train, and a boned bust that will give you that regal feel without eliciting a call from your credit card company.
Favorite Pop of White: Alexander McQueen Crystal-Embellished Scoop-Back Dress
If a sleek black gown is your wedding day vision, but you still want a pop of white to check off that “bridal” box, this superb Alexander McQueen gown with its crystal and pearl-line scooped back and front detail will immediately have your feeling those “I do” vibes.
Most Comfortable: Gabriela Hearst Abbey Lace-Trimmed Cotton And Silk Dress
You might not think cotton works for a wedding gown, but this Gabriela Hearst’s Abbey dress—featuring a bodice made from jersey cotton and a skirt of bias-cut silk velour—proves otherwise. Bonus: The added black lace at the waist adds a touch of romantic and whimsy while defining your natural curves.
Best Convertible Sleeves: Platinum Lace And Tulle V-Neck Long Sleeve Ball Gown In Black Blush Ivory
From the bold floral lace, black detail overlay, and glamorous V-neckline, there’s so much to love about this Adrianna Papell gown. The best part? It's long, detachable black lace sleeves that can quickly convert your look from ceremony to reception.
For the Elegant Bride: Carolina Herrera Cut-Out Tulle-Layered Gown
Elegant-meets-edgy in Carolina’s Herrera’s layered, cut-out tulle gown. With a fitted black bodice on top that gives way to a tulle, A-line skirt, brides who want to turn heads while still nodding to timeless beauty have finally met their match.
For a Beach Wedding: Needle & Thread EVE SEQUIN CAMI GOWN
Tropical weddings call for light and flowy fabrics that flutter and fly in the breeze, which is why we adore Needle & Thread’s Eve Cami Gown...especially because the layered tulle skirt is adorned with sequins that will catch the light and add elegance to your beachy event. Throw on the Eve Cape after sundown to switch up your look and ward off any chill.
For Lace Loving Brides: David's Bridal Collection Sheer Lace And Tulle Wedding Dress
There’s no better way to make your lace pop than with a daring contrast, and this David’s Bridal ballgown does it right with a semi-sheer bodice and trickling lace that trails all the way down the dramatic tulle skirt and train.
For Vintage Loving Brides: Marchesa Notte Bead-Embellished Evening Dress
Whether it’s an art-deco celebration or a vintage romantic wedding, the black sequin art deco details of this Marchesa Notte’s gown are reminiscent of old-world style and elegance that have plenty of modern elements such as the high slit and V-neckline.
Are black and white wedding dresses traditional?
While this style isn't as traditional as pure white or ivory gowns, black and white are classic wedding hues, and blending them together is a sophisticated and timeless choice. This is a great solution if you’re not a fan of a straight white gown, but don’t want to fully eschew the white bridal aesthetic.
Can I wear a black and white wedding dress to my religious ceremony?
The good news: There typically aren’t any color rules for houses of worship. That said, if you’re getting married in a religious setting, it’s a good idea to check with the ceremony venue before buying your gown, just in case your specific location has any clothing rules (such as your shoulders need to be covered or you can/can’t wear a colored gown).
Are black and white wedding dresses expensive?
As with most wedding gowns, prices vary greatly depending on where you purchase your gown, what materials it’s made out of, and who the designer is. Typically the more embellished or ornate the gown is, the pricier it’ll be, but there are plenty of options for every budget, so chances are you’ll be able to find something within your vision and within your budget for the big day.