Gothic Wedding Dress Styles

Amy Finley
gothic wedding dress

As you search for the perfect gothic wedding dress, you may be surprised at the variety of styles that fall under the term gothic. A gothic wedding dress may be similar to a Renaissance dress, or it may be closer to the dark style of the underworld. Either way, you can plan a wonderful gothic wedding, and find the perfect dress as well.

The Look of Gothic Wedding Dresses

There are many reasons a bride might be looking for a gothic wedding dress. These styles tend to have a sense of elegance, glamour, and old world romance as they often take elements of Victorian or Elizabethan era gowns. Since gothic dresses also take some cues from punk fashion, they might be the ideal choice for the woman who wants an alternative wedding dress. A goth look with macabre accents may also be perfect depending on the theme and locale of the wedding. It may enhance a Halloween wedding, for example, or one that that takes place at a historic castle. Some couple embrace a gothic theme and even exchange gothic wedding rings.

Style Elements

Goth wedding gowns come in many styles. While the classic corset-style wedding dress is popular for this category of dresses, there are numerous other options, including mermaid silouhettes, ball gowns, shorter or combination gowns, and more. They often have lace or beadwork, and may have tulle or ruffles. Some have an underworld feel that would work for a vampire-inspired wedding or a deep plunging bodice, while others have flowing skirts and high, Victorian-inspired necklines.

Woman in white Victorian dress

Colors

Black may be the first color that comes to mind, but gothic gowns can also come in many colors. Red dresses, along with rich jewelry tones like deep purple or emerald green are good choices. White or colored wedding dresses with black accents or black lace might be a good choice as well. Even pastels, done in a Victorian or historic style can work for a gothic-themed wedding.

Woman in a Victorian manner

Gothic Wedding Dress Style Examples

Whether you are looking for a classic black goth gown or you want just a hint of gothic style in a medieval-inspired dress, there are plenty of options for all body types.

Gothic Black Wedding Dress

A full-length dress like this is excellent for a formal wedding. The corset-like bodice, black color, and lace are all common the the gothic look and are flattering for most figures. Ladies with large busts, however, should make sure they are comfortable with the strapless style.

Gothic halloween clothes

Elizabethan-Inspired

A wedding dress inspired by Elizabethan times with a lower neckline, form-fitting bodice, ball gown skirt, and puffy, dramatic sleeves is an elegant take that has a slightly gothic feel. If you are looking for a bold look that is still classy and elegant, a style like this could be an option. This type of dress works well for rectangular figures (it can create the illusion of curves) as well as pear-shaped brides because it creates balance and skims over the hips. If you have a natural hour-glass figure, this can work well for you too.

Elizabethan Inspired Dress

Romantic Gothic Dress

Gothic dress styles can be lighter colors as well. The long, flowing skirt, lace-covered bodice and romantic style of a dress like this blush pink style would work well for a gothic fairy or woodland wedding. It's a good choice for pear shapes because it skims the hips, and may work for apple shapes because it defines the waist and creates balance.

Romantic Gothic Dress

Elegant Black Overlay

A flowing dress that's white underneath bu covered with a sheer black overlay creates a sophisticated yet gothic feel. With it's flowing split sleeves, long skirt, and lightly defined waist, a look like this works well for most body types, although very petite women may want to avoid the look because it can overwhelm their frames.

Lady wearing fashion dress in castle

Vampire-Inspired Wedding Dress

If you are going with a Halloween ior vampire-themed wedding, a completely black dress can be a great option. An a-line design with thin straps like this suits most body types, including plus sizes. The daring addition of an accent like the black and red cape can add to the theme, while the dress style keeps the look grounded and elegant.

beautiful bride in black wedding dress

Renaissance Style Gothic Gown

Simple, soft, but with a gothic feel thanks to it's high vintage neckline, small ruffles, and lots of lace, a dress like this makes a good option for a wedding with a subtle gothic theme. This dress types works well for many body types, including angular and pear figures, but those with larger busts and apple shapes may find it too restrictive because of the higher, form-fitting neckline and waist.

woman in a white dress renaissance

Mermaid Violet Dress With a Goth Feel

A deep, rich jewel tone color, such as the dark violet shown here, are popular for gthoic wedding themed. The beadword adds an extra touch, and the ribbon accent at the waist helps define it. Mermaid dresses like this work well for hour glass and curvy figures, but the fitted form can with flared hem can also work for rectangular shapes.

Beautiful woman in violet dress

Victorian-Inspired Wedding Dress

The high neckline, long sleeves, and use of lace give this a Victorian era feel, but with lightweight and sheer fabrics, it could be appropriate for an outdoor or even beach wedding. Most body types can wear this dress because it draws in at the waist and creates balance, but petite ladies may be wary of a style like this because it may overwhelm a smaller frame.

Young woman at beach

Red Velvet Dress

Red velvet and black lace are often key components to a gothic dress, and this one takes advantage of them in a flattering way. The shorter length of this dress make it more suitable for a less formal wedding. The slip-dress style may work well for pear, apple and hourglass figures, but ladies with athletic or rectangular builds may find it doesn't provide enough curves.

Woman with red velvet dress

Black Long-Sleeved Wedding Dress

An iridescent black fabric gives this dress a goth feel, and the long sleeves make it ideal for a fall or winter wedding. The wrap-style dress is perfect for apple and pear figures to create balance and skim the hips. If you are opting for a dress on the simple side like this, choose statement making jewelry, like a bold choker or necklace.

Black long-sleeved wedding dress

Blue-Gray Medieval Style Gothic Dress

The flowy style of this dress, paired with its inky dark colors, off-the-shoulder look, and full sleeves give it a medieval gothic look. The higher empire waist and body-skimming style make it perfect for apple and pear shapes. This is best for an outdoor or more casual wedding.

Blue-Gray Medieval Style Gothic Dress

Black and Purple Goth Dress

Black and purple are a great combination for goth weddings. The classic corset styling, tulle skirt, and black color paired with the sheer purple sleeves give it a goth look. Since the sleeves are sheer, a dress like this could be worn in spring or summer and would work well for an outdoor wedding.

Black and Purple Goth Dress

Where to Buy Gothic Gowns

While there may not be many gothic wedding dress stores in your community, don't think you have to settle for another type of gown for your once-in-a-lifetime day. If you want a gothic wedding dress, there are several online stores with many gothic styles and options to choose from like these:

MoonMaiden Gothic Clothing

Plunging necklines and tightly cinched bodices paired with dark, rich colors of velvet, cotton, brocade and other fabrics are what make these lovely gothic dresses from U.K. based MoonMaiden Gothic Clothing so special. Choose from gowns, dresses and mini-dresses. Clothing is made to order; they request that customers provide them with at least their height as their standard garments fit someone 5'7." Stock garments may be returned by prior agreement; special orders are not returnable. Prices are shown in British Pound Sterling, but you can use a currency assistant to convert those prices to U.S. dollars (USD). Prices range around $67 to $195 USD. Pay by international money order in British Pound Sterling or by PayPal. Email them for a shipping estimate.

Devilnight

Devilnight is a U.K. based online vendor for Gothic attire that services and ships to customers worldwide. Prices are quoted in British Pound Sterling so U.S. customers will need to use a currency converter; stock garments are available in U.S. sizes 2 to 28. They carry a large inventory of Gothic wedding dresses in a full range of sleeve options from strapless to long sleeves with neckline options from deep V-necks to deceptively demure sweetheart necklines.

Order stock or custom made garments - use these how to measure tips to ensure a perfect fit. Alterations are free, but customers must pay shipping costs. Devilnight offers a 24-hour cancellation window, but they also have strict return and exchange policies. Pay for your order safely and securely with PayPal or Western Union.

The Dark Angel

The Dark Angel, also in the U.K., carries a small inventory of gothic themed dresses in signature black and dark colors like red, green and purple. Most of the styles are ball gown length with long sleeves with or without diaphanous oversleeves and tasseled hip-slung belts, and the flowing lines of the dresses are fairy-like and ethereal. However, they also stock a few mid-calf length dresses with asymmetrical hems.

Sizes range from XS to XXL with prices from around $75 to $575 USD. They stock standard sizes or you can have selected designs custom-tailored to fit. Custom orders are non-returnable. Garment weight determines shipping rates and international delivery times are approximately five to 14 days. They accept PayPal and most major credit cards.

Matrimony Prep

Matrimony Prep has a large selection of gothic style wedding gowns, with many dresses that have medieval or vintage elements. Along with many black formal dresses, they also have reds and rich jewel tones like emerald green, violet, and dark pink. You'll find neutrals accented with black lace as well. Most dresses range in price from just under $600 to around $1000. Use their dress measurements to ensure the correct sizing. All major credit cards and Paypal are accepted; place orders at least 120 days in advance. Shipping is free within the U.S.

Wedding Dress Fantasy

Wedding Dress Fantasy offers a wide range of gothic styles, including those steampunk or vintage influences. These are handmade gowns that come in numerous colors and styles. Most dresses range from about $1000 to $2000 in cost. All sizes are available, including tall and plus, and they offer worldwide shipping; cost varies by location. Use their measuring instructions to ensure a precise fit. Returns or refunds are not accepted unless there is an error on the part of the company.

Ordering Tips

Do use caution before you buy a gothic wedding dress online.

  • Check out return policies and read the small print concerning guarantees and shipping charges. Remember, you may have to pay someone local to do a few alterations once you receive the dress so add that possible expense to your budget.
  • Orders from vendors outside the United States could be subject to custom fees or import duties, so it's best to check with your local customs office prior to placing an order; if your order is held up in customs, you might not receive it in time for your gothic wedding ceremony.
  • Finally, if you are purchasing from an international vendor, it's probably wise to communicate with them early in the planning process to see how much lead time is needed to turn your order around so you can be assured of receiving your gown prior to your wedding date.

The Perfect Goth Wedding Gown

Gothic wedding gown styles are as varied as the women who are searching for them. The wide selection of unique styles, along with different colors and style elements, mean that there is a dress for every woman. You may want to consider adding to you look with goth accessories, like gothic cross necklace, and goth makeup to complete the look.Whether you are opting for an edgy punk goth wedding dress, or a more demure Victorian-inspired style for your gothic wedding, there's a dress for you.

Gothic Wedding Dress Styles