I wouldn’t change my wedding for the world, but now that it’s been a year and I have time to breathe and think again, I’ve been completely obsessing over black wedding dresses. During the wedding planning process, appearance prep took a serious backseat to the (is uber-gazillion a real word?) many other things on my to-do list. When I did finally sit down to figure out the whole dress-and-accoutrements shebang, I was at a serious loss, and at the time, a black wedding dress didn’t even cross my mind. After all, “inky” isn’t exactly a go-to description for wedding attire. But with some of the stunning gowns and sheaths out there, I can’t help but wonder how sleek (and hello, flattering!) a black wedding dress would have been—especially for a gal who’s always been a little… dark… in the wardrobe department.

Because we’re friends, and because this is APW, I’ll share with you a little secret: I may have gone through a semi-goth phase in middle school. I may have shopped at Hot Topic almost exclusively. I may have gotten eyeliners for Christmas, and I may have owned not one, but two black faux leather trench coats, which, in a tropical climate like the one I grew up in, is even more absurd than it is for a normal twelve-year-old.

I’ve left that dark-style stage behind, but I did get comfortable wearing the ever-flattering, ever-classic non-color color. While in recent years, thanks to Rooney Mara’s actually-kind-of gothic, Dickinsonesque take on her white fashion phase, a stray all-white piece or two has crept into my closet, just slipping on an ebony sheath still makes me feel cool, confident, elegant, and fierce. This means that snagging a full-on ivory formal frock I actually felt comfortable and beautiful in, for the day that would possibly be the most photographed in my life, was a tall order. I opted for a cloak draped around my champagne-sand wedding dress, but since that day I’ve daydreamed about a second wedding for an important anniversary. This time, I’ll wear familiar black—preferably a high-drama black wedding dress with tons of luxe, textured details and feminine touches that give a princessed-out bridal feel, in a totally unique way.

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Fellow black-attire-loving brides looking to escape that white-eggshell-cream-ivory box, check out these stunning black wedding dresses—from lace boho beauties to beaded fairytale masterpieces. Black wedding dresses with sleeves? Check. Black wedding jumpsuit? Check. Plus, get an ogle at those price tags! A lot of these dresses aren’t actually made for weddings (social color conventions die hard, as we all know), which means many are more affordable.

Just one more reason to go to the dark side, eh? Without further ado, here are all the black wedding dresses you could ever want.

The BEST Black Wedding Dresses

Platinum blonde model posing in black Victorian inspired sheath with lace plunge neckline Tadashi Shoji gownGabriella Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($204)

blonde woman wearing a long black fringe dressLace Deep Plunge Fringe Wrap Dress via ASOS ($119)

Model posing in black halter gown with train Rosemary via Fame and Partners ($299)

Blonde model posing in Stone Cold Fox lace insert boho black maxi dress with slitStone Cold Fox Gene Dress via ModeSens ($421) 

Plus Size brunette woman wearing a black off the shoulder sequin gownBadgley Mischka Palais du Louvre Gown via Rent the Runway ($75)

Brunette mode in off the shoulder Stone Cold Fox maxi dress with sheer skirt Stone Cold Fox Irina Gown via 6 pm ($175)

Tousled hair blonde model in lace overlay black maxi dress with plunge necklineAli Plunge Neck Maxi via Boohoo ($86)

Platinum blonde model posing in dramatic lace neckline with full sheer sleeves Tadashi Shoji gownTravere Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($234)

Plus size brunette woman wearing a black floor length sequin gownClub L Cami Strap All Over Sequin Dress via ASOS ($103)

Blonde model posing in off shoulder tiered black Tadashi Shoji gownAlexia Off-the-Shoulder Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($588)

Plus size brunette woman wearing a black and silver embellished gownMac Duggal Embellished Ballgown via Nordstrom ($298.80)

Blonde model posing in ftted black flared cuff Tadashi Shoji gownMozelle Crochet Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($708)

Brunette model posing in white lace off shoulder neckline and black narrow column Tadashi Shoji gownTegan Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($508)

brunette woman wearing black fluted sleeve gownLipsy Bardot Flueted Sleeve Maxi Dress via ASOS ($119)

Blonde model in boho peasant rock and roll lace black maxi dressPaige Lace-Insert Maxi via Boohoo ($40)

Blonde model posing in one shoulder banded black Tadashi Shoji gownAddison One Shoulder Pintuck Jersey Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($408)

Short haired brunette model posing in elegant white and black contrast crossover bodice Tadashi Shoji gownHudson Off-the-Shoulder Crepe Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($408)

Blonde model posing in intricate lace black fitted full-length sheath Tadashi Shoji gownKimora Crochet Lace Motif Gown via Tadashi Shoji ($588)

Black embellished floral Needle and Thread gown flat layNeedle & Thread Solstice Gown via Net-a-Porter ($460)

Short haired brunette model posing in delicate white peasant lace sleeves and black skirt Tadashi Shoji gown

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