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21 Black Wedding Dresses Wednesday Addams Could Get Married In

As Refinery29’s fashion writer Frances Solá-Santiago previously reported, black wedding dresses are on the rise for brides-to-be. While wearing black is certainly the atypical route — white wedding dresses obviously still reign in the bridal category — the idea of a noir-as-night dress for nuptials is far from just a style trend. Solá-Santiago points out that plenty of notable folks have worn black as an alternative wedding dress: Chloë Sevigny got married in black for City Hall (and subsequently wore white for her actual ceremony and parties) and Sarah Jessica Parker wore black for her 1997 wedding (though she had told Andy Cohen on Watch What Happens Live years later that she now regrets the decision).

But the bold decision to wear a black wedding dress should be far from regretful, and instead be an act of defiance against the wedding tradition of sending off the “innocent” or “pure” bride. For creative director Lydia Pang (who is also a former R29 staffer), wearing a black gown for her wedding was an absolutely fitting choice given her everyday black-on-black aesthetic. Sometimes, white simply isn’t someone’s color — why spend money on a white dress if it goes against a bride’s personal style? In turn, black is a natural option for the white-adverse, nontraditional bride. You can never go wrong with black: it’s elegant, classic, and dramatic no matter how you slice it.

Ahead, we round up an assortment of inky-black dresses we think Wednesday Addams would approve of for her own hypothetical wedding day. From under-$100 stunners to mid-range black dresses embellished with sparkles to a nearly $6K sculptural column gown, all of these picks are high-octane chic and could absolutely be pulled off for any kind of unconventional nuptial.

Free People Isabel Maxi Dress, $250

Step out with a little leg.

Shop Free People

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Morphine Fashion Strapless Tiered Tulle Asymmetric Gown, $1,700

Go big with heaps of black tulle.

Shop Anthropologie

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Sachin & Babi Keira Embellished Bow Strapless Gown, $895

A sweet bow in the back to tie it all together.

Shop Anthropologie

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City Chic Athena Maxi Dress, $249 $99.60

Sequins make an all-black look feel a little less goth and a little more New Year’s Eve.

Shop Avenue

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Bernadette Daffodil Off-the-shoulder Silk Gown, $1,165

Black can also be drapey and romantic.

Shop MatchesFashion

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Reformation Marguerite Silk Dress Es, $298

A simple, wrap-around slip dress for the minimalist.

Shop Reformation

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Cecilie Bahnsen Beth Flared Spaghetti-strap Dress, $1,369

A voluminous textured midi amps up the oomph factor.

Shop Farfetch

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Eloquii Surplice Bodice Maxi Dress, $129.95

Slightly witchy Elvira sleeves are never a bad thing.

Shop Eloquii

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ASOS DESIGN Off-shoulder Mesh Insert Cocoon Maxi Prom Dress, $170 $144.50

Have you ever wanted to dress like a black tulip?

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Milla Black Ruffled Tulle Midi Dress, $470

It’s low-key giving black swan.

Shop Milla

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Torrid Maxi Lace Strapless Ruffle Dress, $95 $47.95

Springtime black floral lace is a dreamy move.

Shop Torrid

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Marchesa Tiered Column Gown with Satin-Faced Rose Detail, $5,995

This sculptural gown is a showstopper if we’ve ever seen one.

Shop Bergdorf Goodman

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La Femme Long Sleeve Lace Trumpet Gown, $438

The decolletage on this long-sleeve maxi opens up the whole look.

Shop Nordstrom

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Kika Vargas Tatiana Ruffled Taffeta Gown, $593 $296

This empire waist dress is guaranteed to stay comfy all night long.

Shop MatchesFashion

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Ever-Pretty Short Sleeve Ruffled V-Neck A-Line Lace Evening Dress, $110.98

Perfect for a casual City Hall wedding.

Shop Dia & Co.

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Amsale Bow Back Trapeze Dress, $550

This bell-shaped dress is made for dancing legs.
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Bloomchic Bloom Dress, $35.80

This star-studded frock is absolute magic.
Shop Bloomchic

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Mac Duggal Embroidered Floral Long Sleeve Gown, $798

This embroidered gown is for the boho bride gone gothic.
Shop Nordstrom

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For Love & Lemons Astrid Maxi Dress, $329

If you want the sheer truth, this see-through skirt is a stunner.
Shop For Love & Lemons

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Harbison Pisces Ruffled Sequinned-tulle Gown, $2,295

It’s giving regal, a tad futuristic, and a whole lot of evil empress (in the best way).
Shop MatchesFashion

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Kiyonna Seraphina Mesh Gown, $198

Get swathed in layers and layers of soft mesh.
Shop Dia & Co.

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