a portrait of a young woman posing in a black Gothic wedding dress on a plain background

Without a doubt, designer wedding gowns are costly with the price tag ranging from $2k to $10k. Depending on the material, the complexity of the cut, and the house, the price of such a dress can fly to the sky. However, who said you have to get one when you can simply take a look? If you are looking for just the right black dress for your Gothic wedding ceremony, you can always draw a little bit of fashion inspiration on the side. Just so you know what you like and want for your big day. Take your time to appreciate these 10 astounding black designer dresses. Who knows, maybe you'll be able to create your Gothic wedding gown, by sewing it with the help of professionals.

model wearing a black gothic dress on the Christian Dior, Paris Alta Costura fashion show
Christian Dior, Paris Alta Costura (Autumn/Winter 2017/2018)

#1. Black Velvet

Black velvet is an iconic material often used in Gothic fashion. This fabric is soft, stretchy, and insanely posh. It has the power to reflect and consume the light, depending on the angle of the dress's folds. Italian fashion designer Maria Grazia Chiuri made this fantastic black velvet dress for Dior's Autumn/Winter 2017/2018 show. I knew I must include it in today's list, as it is perfect for the dark-themed Gothic ceremony based on a Medieval setting.

model wearing a black gothic dress on the Julien Macdonald, London Fashion Week
Julien Macdonald, London Fashion Week (Fall 2011)

#2. Glam And Tore

Certainly, the black wedding dress isn't for every type of bride! It is a non-trivial choice for the brides with the most exquisite taste. If you are looking for the perfect black dress for your Gothic wedding ceremony, maybe you'll like this delicate floor-length dress with a satin plisse skirt? The whole Fall 2011 collection by designer Julien Macdonald was very alternatively directed, infused with grunge and punk elements, but not without a touch of glam. 

model wearing a black gothic dress on the Roberto Cavalli 2022 show
Roberto Cavalli (Fall 2022)

#3. Bondage Couture

Well, it wouldn't be a Gothic wedding without some BDSM elements, right? Alternative fashion frequently uses fetish elements like spikes, chains, leather belts, and even piercing in its favor. But we all agree that these elements make a great accessory! And the next dress from Roberto Cavalli's show is not an exception. A flowing, a-silhouette dress made of lightweight black tulle, decorated with heavy later belts that connect to the thick choker necklace. This is a dress that is worthy of your attention.

model in a black gothic dress at the Blugirl Milano (Fall/Winter 2017/2018) fashion show
Blugirl Milano (Fall/Winter 2017/2018)

#4. Modesty in the Darkness

A wedding is always a big and important day in everyone's life. But, if you feel like using your wedding dress afterward for more casual occasions, you can opt for a simple black dress with a vintage vibe to it. The Blugirl's black dress with floral lace inserts looks like something your granny would wear to a funeral, but that is the intention. For what wedding is if not a funeral of a single life? 

Combine this simple black dress with a wide belt, pearl accessories, and a pair of black vintage shoes. Go for a matching head accessory instead of a black bridal veil.

model in a black gothic dress at the Julien Fournie fashion show
Julien Fournie (Fall 2015)

#5. Starry Night

Did you know that a nighttime wedding is a thing? Yeah, you can actually plan and hold your Gothic ceremony at night under the stars! Of course, it could be an evening ceremony that slowly fades into the night and finishes early in the morning. To emphasize the beauty of the venue and the charming dark setting around, try picking a black tulle dress abundantly decorated with rhinestones. Julien FourniĆ© dedicated a whole collection to 20th-century fantasy movies. Among other charming women's dresses was this gorgeous Gothic dress, which I think perfectly fit the dark, moody wedding ceremony.

model in a black gothic dress at Valentino Ready-to-Wear fashion show
Valentino Ready-to-Wear Collection (Fall 2015) 

#6. Innocent And Gloomy

If you are trying to pursue the innocent look of a very gloomy doll, then the next dress should be a great inspiration to you. This mesmerizing black gown is a part of the all-black capsule collection by the Valentino fashion house, and it is perfect for the Gothic wedding theme! Just imagine how beautiful a long, floor-length bridal veil will look with this or a similar wedding dress.

model in a black gothic dress at Bottega Veneta Ready-to-Wear fashion show
Bottega Veneta Ready-to-Wear Collection (Fall 2018)

#7. Velvet And Lace

As mentioned above, velvet is a prevalent material for black bridal dresses. But, if you want to take a step further, you can incorporate delicate black lace into the design. Bottega Veneta designed an incredible floor-length Gothic dress for their Ready-to-Wear show in the fall of 2018. Flowing velvety skirt – check! Tender lace trim – check! Relaxed royal silhouette – check! You'll only need to add a few heavy silver bracelets and a beautiful black veil to your hair.

model in a black gothic dress at Andrew Gn Ready-to-Wear (Fall 2012) fashion show
 Andrew Gn Ready-to-Wear (Fall 2012)

08. Spider Queen 

The Victorian period is dearly loved by modern Goths. It is hard not to love all those heavy gowns, tight corsets, stockings, and mercury-based medicine. Fashion designer Andrew Gn definitely agrees with the statement, designing the most gloomy, yet romantic Ready-to-Wear collection in the fall of 2012. You'll find here everything a Victorian Goth holds dear: from breezy blouses to elegant black dresses. My personal favorite is this wonderful dress with a spider web design on it.  

model in a black gothic dress at Gareth Pugh Ready-to-Wear Collection (Fall 2013) fashion show
Gareth Pugh Ready-to-Wear Collection (Fall 2013)

09. Victorian Grace

Another Victorian-inspired wedding dress, yet, this time, with a crazy twist to it. This black wedding gown with a high collar and floor-sweeping skirt is a dream come true. It is posh, has a classic silhouette to the cut, and is decorated with the most unique crumbled-like texture along the skirt's trim. The shiny effect on the material is what makes this dress stand out from the crowd. This black wedding dress takes the best of both worlds: a class with a modern approach. Do you like it?

model in a black gothic dress at Jean Paul Gaultier (Spring 2009) fashion show
Jean Paul Gaultier (Spring 2009)

10. See-through Mystery

And, lastly, a Gothic pearl which is worth remembering! It's been more than a decade since this French maestro Jean Paul Gaultier created the show. Still, every single dress looks just as special, as it at first glance. Certainly, it is not your classic wedding dress, but what is classic on a dark-themed Gothic wedding ceremony anyway? If you are not afraid of a little fashion challenge and are ready to rock this gem then get into it without a doubt! 

Final Thoughts...

That's all for today's compilation. Hopefully, these designer dresses will inspire your dark-themed wedding ceremony.  May your journey to the altar be as enchanting as the dresses that adorn you, as you pledge your eternal devotion in a ceremony that echoes with the timeless elegance of the night.