Bridal Gowns For A Dark & Dramatic Wedding


Bridal Gowns For A Dark & Dramatic Wedding

Maggie Sottero, style Ally: If a black wedding gown is simply too much, consider this gorgeous Black Lace Mermaid gown instead. This fit-and-flare wedding dress hugs the curves in all the right places. Black lace motifs create this eye-catching style, giving a nod to the popularity of incorporating black accents into your wedding. Enjoy the soft velvet ribbon belt sold separately. Try on a vintage-inspired cape complete with feathers and sequined tulle to stay warm and even more fabulous on your big day. Available colors: Black over Antique Ivory gown with Nude Illusion (pictured above), Ivory gown with Nude Illusion or Ivory over Blush Gown with Nude Illusion. Available sizes: 0-28.

Combine High Fashion With A Spooktacular Theme

If the recent Halloween season inspired you to consider a dark and dramatic wedding, you’re not alone. As a holiday, Halloween seems to be growing more popular with each passing year. Little wonder that it’s also inspiring an increasingly popular wedding theme that can only be described as spooktacular. Here at New York Bride & Groom of Raleigh, we love unique weddings and we pride ourselves on offering gorgeous dress options that will work with offbeat themes and idiosyncratic personal styles.

We’ve dug up some great Halloween-inspired touches for your dark, dramatic wedding:


Give your bouquet a creepy-chic vibe with black and purple.

Invitations & Stationery

Thrill your guests with invitations modeled after Ouija boards.

Guest Book

For a fun guest book, have your guests write their predictions and enter them into a haunted house. For more hauntingly fun ideas, check out Bridal Guide


Kenneth Winston, style, 18352: We’re highlighting this divine wedding dress for it’s three-quarter sleeves — perfect for the cooler temps of a fall-time wedding — but the Corded Alencon Lace, Organza and English Net make it worth a mention in any conversation. The fully lined front bodice is completed with a stunning illusion back. Available colors: Champagne/Ivory/Silver (pictured above), White/White Silver or Ivory/Ivory Silver. Available sizes: 2-28.

Wedding Gown Sleeve Lengths

The traditional spooky season of fall is the perfect time of year to consider a variety of sleeve lengths. Enjoy the 3/4 option shown above, opt for full sleeves or go glam with a sleeveless dress accessorized with gloves. Capes, veils, wraps and jackets can transform your bridal ensemble from monstrosity to masterpiece. Our friendly team of Bridal Consultants will be delighted to show you numerous options when you visit us. Since no appointment is necessary, your haunted shopping trip can take place anytime we’re open.

Once you’ve found your wedding dress, you’ll want some great decorating ideas to pull everything together. Check out these dead-on decor suggestions:

“Til Death Do Us Part” Sign

Give your sweetheart table a dash of ghoulish glam with a “’til death do us part” banner connecting the his and hers chairs.

Chic Pumpkin Decor

Bright orange gourds don’t exactly compliment every wedding color palette. Make hollowed-out pumpkins completely wedding-worthy with a fresh coat of white paint and a pretty flower filling.

Halloween Wedding Shoes

If a black dress is too bold, opt for black accessories, like these chic bridal shoes. Country Living is full of gorgeous wedding decor inspiration that you have to see!


Allure Bridals, style C564: This Mikado ballgown has more dramatic flair than a Transylvanian castle. Beaded Lace Appliques adorn this gorgeous wedding gown and embellish the long train. Available colors: Desert/Champagne/Ivory/Nude/Silver and Ivory/Nude/Silver. Available sizes: 0-30.

Ghoulish Weddings Don’t Have To Be Garish

If you’re unsure of a Halloween-inspired wedding because you don’t really want the entire wedding party to end up dressed like zombies…we get it. Thankfully, there are plenty of fun ways to give a nod to the glam without the gory. Take a look at these tips for more:

Alternative Wedding Makeup

When it comes to your wedding dress, play with deep colors and antique embellishments for a moody, gothic feel. Since it might be trickier to get your hands on a specifically Halloween-themed wedding dress, simple accents can help turn your gown from ordinary to Halloween-worthy in no time. Try a dark-hued sash cinched at the waist with an embellished brooch, or opt for a black birdcage wedding veil, a pair of short gloves and antique jewelry.

Dramatic Makeup

Unless your wedding is a full-blown Halloween costume party, you probably won’t want your makeup to be too Halloween-ish. Instead of asking your makeup artist for Halloween wedding makeup specifically, come to them with a few dramatic ideas, like a darker smokey eye or a deep plum lip color. To avoid going overboard, choose to highlight one area such as the eyes or lips. View more wedding inspiration, compliments of The Knot

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