There is an undeniably flirtatious aspect to black wedding dresses. In 1997, Sarah Jessica Parker went to one of her favorite boutiques and chose an immediately ready-to-wear one for her ceremony with Matthew Broderick. “Our logic was that we didn’t want to draw attention to ourselves that day, because we are actors and we draw attention all day,” Parker said. “Matthew bought a suit off the shelf and bought the first dress I looked at.” While Parker went on to say that she could have done things differently, the point is that for something that was meant to be a low-key fashion choice, the look still commands attention.
More and more brides are skipping the traditional cream and ivory dresses and saying yes to black wedding dresses. Last spring, at Taylor Simmons and James McFadden’s little outdoor wedding in Massachusetts, Simmons selected an Oscar de la Renta gown which she describes as “ultra-conservative and traditional in silhouette, but unexpected in optimistic black.” . And Lydia Pang wore a sheer, ruffled, ink-colored gown, designed by Katie Roberts-Wood, for her wedding in Wales.
This is proof that black can be a very festive color, especially when accompanied by beautiful floral embroidery. Ornaments like romantic lace, delicate pearls and whimsical feathers also create delightful accents worthy of a walk down the aisle.
If you’re planning on sporting the unexpected color for your big day, we’ve rounded up 19 delicious options below. And if you’re looking for less formal options, consider the best black wedding LBDs here.