The traditional color palette for the bride has been full of white, ivory, and creams since Queen Victoria walked the aisle in white in 1840. While popular silhouettes, fits, and fabrics have evolved over the past 180 years, colors have not evolved, with white continuing to dominate. But 2021 brides might just be the markers for change. Given that most have to adjust countless aspects of their wedding day in the face of Covid-19, a bold dress tone no longer seems like a dramatic leap.

A black dress might be the perfect fit for a modern bride looking for something that reflects her pared-back festivities but is in no way lacking in impact. The LBD is the MVP of most women’s wardrobes, so those who choose bridal black will have countless options in the future to wear their chosen dress again – whether in a nutshell from Gucci or Dior or a romantic iteration from Simone Rocha or Rodarte. Here are 15 black wedding dresses that deserve a very special wedding day.

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