Can You Wear a Black Dress to a Wedding?

Can you wear a black dress to a wedding without raising eyebrows? At one time, a black dress was taboo and considered unlucky. But luckily things have changed, and now a  black dress is not only acceptable, but it’s also actually quite chic. Here are some tips on how to pick the perfect black dress for a wedding.

1. Choose a Festive Black Dress

dressy black dress for a wedding - Black and Gold Fit and Flare

Wearing a black dress to a wedding is most appropriate when the wedding is semi-formal or formal and held later in the afternoon or evening. Since black is a serious color, you need to be careful that your dress is festive, not gloomy-looking.

Above is a beautiful black floral dress for a wedding. The sophisticated gold botanical print makes it feel glamorous, joyful, and celebratory. There’s no mistaking this dress for the kind of black dress you would wear to a funeral.

All you need are a pair of sleek, black evening sandals, some classy earrings, and a gorgeous black clutch to create a stunning wedding guest outfit.


2.  Sleeves are a Bonus

Black dress with sleeves for a wedding - velvet, sheer sleeves


Many women like the idea of a black dress with sleeves for a wedding, but the trick is to find where the sleeves don’t look heavy, as this can make you look frumpy.

This black wedding guest dress with its sheer sleeves is perfect when you want to cover your arms in the church, or if you have some jiggly bits, you want to camouflage.  Long sleeves are generally hot and heavy looking, but this sheer-sleeved dress gives you the arm coverage you are looking for, and it’s a touch sexy too!


3.  Embellishment Elevates a Black Dress for an Evening Wedding

If you are looking for a classy black dress for an evening wedding, then consider something like the one above with its beautiful jeweled neckline. Embellishment such as beading or sequins or anything else sparkly or decorative was made for after 5 events and will make your dress look more glamorous.

4.  Lace and Embroidery are Right On

Another great idea is a black lace dress for a wedding. Lace and embroidery are feminine and romantic and make a basic little black dress look wow!

5. A Classic Black Dress for a Wedding in a Luxurious Fabric is Perfect

classic black dress for wedding

A black dress is always chic, but a black dress in a luxurious, tactile fabric makes the perfect black cocktail dress for a wedding in the fall and winter. This stunning velvet sheath with the shimmery topstitched satin bodice is simple and sensational.

Team it up with these sophisticated velvet slingback evening pumps and this glamorous blush clutch bag. They’re a great way to dress up a black dress for a wedding and look high-end.

6. Try a Maxi Dress for a Black Tie Wedding

maxi dress for wedding - Black and Silver copy

Black cocktail dresses are acceptable for black tie weddings, but so are maxi dresses.  You can wear all black or a black dress with gold or silver is also very elegant.

Would you ever wear a black dress to a wedding? I haven’t yet, but if you did, I’d love to see a photo!

Finally, A black dress might be fine for a wedding guest dress but what about the Mother of the Bride and Groom? Here’s an article that answers that often-asked question, Can the Mother of the Bride wear black?

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