There is undoubtedly something alluring about black wedding dresses. In 1997, Sarah Jessica Parker visited one of her favorite boutiques and picked one off the shelf to wear to her ceremony with Matthew Broderick. “Our logic was that we didn’t want to get noticed that day because we’re actors and we get attention all day,” said Parker. “Matthew bought an off-the-shelf suit and I bought the first dress I looked at.” Although Parker went on to say that she might have done things differently, the fact is that for something that should be an understated fashion choice, the look still gets attention.

More and more brides are skipping the traditional cream and ivory dresses and saying yes to black wedding dresses. During Taylor Simmons and James McFadden’s small outdoor wedding in Massachusetts, Simmons recently selected an Oscar de la Renta dress that she describes as “ultra-conservative and traditional in silhouette but unexpectedly upbeat black.” And in 2019, Lydia Pang wore a dramatically ruffled and simple colored dress designed by Katie Roberts-Wood to her wedding in Wales.

It’s proof that black can be a festive color, especially when accompanied by gorgeous floral embroidery. Ornaments such as romantic lace, delicate pearls and whimsical feathers also provide adorable accents that are worth a visit.

If you’re considering wearing the unexpected color for your big day, we’ve rounded up 16 wonderful options below. And if you’re looking for less formal options, this is where you should consider the best LBDs for black weddings.

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