Black and white wedding dresses aren’t new to the bridal world, but they’re also not the norm. Reserved for brides who want something a bit different, black and white dresses bridge the gap between the dark, dramatic, sophistication offered from a black gown, and the bright bridal white that so many brides prefer.
This classic contrast can be accomplished in so many ways. We’ve included gowns that offer bold prints, simple and classic blocks of color, and even black and white embellishments that add texture and visual interest to a gown. Many of these gowns can’t be found in your typical bridal store, but are fit for a bride, nonetheless.
Ranging in price from $40 – $10,000, shop our top picks for black and white bridal gowns below.
1. MILANO BRIDE Black & White Mermaid Strapless Bridal Gown
You can save a ton on wedding dresses by purchasing from an oversees designer like this one. This black and white wedding dress is extremely affordable, with a good mix of the two colors, and a gorgeous lace pattern on the bodice and skirt hem of the dress. The dress is made with both satin and lace, making it extremely formal and elegant. It’s available in both standard and plus sizing, fitting a wide range of shapes and sizes. If you’re purchasing this dress, you’ll want to make sure that you also have the right undergarments on hand. Don’t miss this post with a guide to the best wedding undergarments.
2. D.W.U Vintage Gothic Wedding Dress
You’ll find quite a few black and white wedding dress styles under this listing, with something for every bride. This is a flattering option, with a few gothic elements that make it stand out. The dress features a flowing A-line skirt which is a lovely contrast to the more structured lace up corset style bodice. If you prefer a bigger skirt or a sizable train, scroll through some of the alternative black and white options under this listing to see the various designs. Complete your wedding day outfit with a simple black cathedral veil for a dramatic look.
Price: $129.90 – $175.90 depending on size
3. ERIN erin fetherston Women’s Camila Floral Organza Dress
If buying a designer gown for your wedding is a priority but you want something a little but outside of the box, this stunning dress by Erin Fetherston might be a great option for you. The narrow black belt accentuates the waist, while the overall pattern is vibrant, dramatic, and fun, great for a bride who wants to make a statement. The dress is made from ivory and black floral filigree organza, perfect for any season.
Price: $544.07 – $695 depending on size
4. Vera Wang Women’s Sleeveless Lace Gown
While you may have originally thought that purchasing a Vera Wang gown was out of your budget, this dress (which isn’t actually part of the bridal line) is priced at a fraction of most Vera Wang gowns and makes it quite affordable. The black and white design is striking and unique, with layers of exquisite lace detailing. Aside from having to hem the length to accommodate your height, the dress fits true to size and should require minimal alterations. If you are interested in wearing a black Vera Wang dress, this option is priced similarly and would make a wonderful wedding gown as well.
Price: $141.30 – $368
5. Carmen Marc Valvo Printed Mikado Ball Gown Dress
There’s no question that this dress is dramatic enough to pass as a wedding gown. With a bold and modern black and white print, a full pleated skirt, and an illusion strapless neckline featuring lace yoke, there are so many good design elements to focus on. Even taking all those features into account, the dress isn’t overwhelming in any way. Don’t hold back on the shoes either – these bowed heels from Kate Spade are the perfect accessory for this dress.
Price: $202.98 – $495
6. Marchesa Women’s Sleeveless Ombre Draped Halter Neck Ball Gown
It can be hard to find discounted couture gowns online, but we’ve managed to do just that with this show stopping dress from Marchesa. This is a statement gown (with a capital “s”) and if you can make the splurge, there’s no way you’ll regret this wedding dress choice. It’s straight off the runway, with layers of gorgeous ombre tulle, for a ballerina inspired bridal look. There’s no question any bride would truly feel like a princess wearing this number on their wedding day.
7. Mac Duggal Women’s Floral Makkado Ball Gown
Mac Duggal has quite a few black and white gowns to choose from. There’s a few with floral prints, one with a black and white chevron print, one with a black lace top and cream skirt, and this black satin gown with a few thick white stripes. The floral gown pictured above is a favorite from the designer, featuring a flattering and full A-line skirt, a beaded neckline, comfortable pockets, and an all over floral print.
Price: $162.36 – $458
8. Charm Bridal Strapless Hi-lo Ball Gown
If prints, beading, and embellishments aren’t quite your style, the black and white wedding gown look can be quite simple, with blocks of colors that create a very tailored look. We love this sleek and sophisticated gown, which features a trendy hi-lo skirt hemline and a feminine sweetheart neckline. If you like this style, check out this alternative gown with a similar color block vibe.
Price: $126.69 – $136.69 depending on size
9. HALSTON HERITAGE Women’s Sleeveless Boat-Neck Gown with Tiered Skirt
The best part about this dress is the way it looks when you walk – something any bride will appreciate for her walk down the aisle. To see the dress in action, click through to the product page to see a video of the dress in movement. The dress features tiered ombre layers of black, white, and grey and a high bateau neckline that provides a good amount of coverage and can be worn with a normal bra.
Price: $315.15 – $695
10. Women’s Black Lace Sleeveless Hi-lo Formal Gown
If you don’t have the budget for an expensive wedding dress but you still want something that looks and feels special, this beautiful gown is less than $50 but still works well as a wedding dress. With a beautiful lace design, a hi-lo skirt, and a large satin bow at the waist, the dress is the perfect mix of modern, classic, and elegant. Shop our post with the best bridal shoes to find the perfect pair to complete your wedding day ensemble.