How To Search For
Gothic Wedding Dresses

Gothic wedding dresses can be fun, different and a way to express yourself through your wedding. Although they might not be right for every bride, you obviously have an interest in gothic gowns or you wouldn't be reading this!

As with any wedding dress, you should start looking early. Since you will probably find fewer options than traditional gowns, you will definitely not want to wait until the last minute to start looking.

Your first step should be to decide what type of dress you are looking for. Do you want to wear a dress that is dark and very gothic? Or, are you looking for something that is a little different with a gothic flair to it?

This will help you narrow down your choices as you begin the quest to find your perfect wedding dress. Below are five tips along with more information about dress styles and where to find your perfect dress.

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5 Tips

  • Make sure you match the attire of your groom and the rest of the wedding party.

  • Choose a theme and wedding location that fits in with gothic wedding dresses.

  • Try not to go overboard with your dress and makeup unless your wedding theme and location can support it.

  • Consider having a Halloween or fall wedding. It is the perfect season for this type of wedding theme and dress.

  • Think about having your wedding party and guests dress in gothic clothing as well.

Dress Styles

Styles of gothic wedding dresses can vary. Typically, most people envision them being black, maybe with an accent color like red or pink. Other possible colors include white, purple, green and royal or navy blue.

They usually have long, flowing sleeves or flutter sleeves. Sleeveless and halter styles can also be found, and some of the more risqué styles have a corset top.

Wearing a corset or lingerie underneath your dress is common, and there are many gothic choices available for a sexy transition to your wedding night.

Medieval dresses should also be considered. Similar to the gothic styles, they usually come in colors other than white. Other styles to look at include Renaissance, Victorian and Pagan.
Other alternatives include red and black wedding dresses that are more like traditional wedding gowns. They are a little different without fully going the gothic route.

Where To Buy

The obvious place to star looking is online. There are many great gothic clothing websites that sell dresses. Don't forget to check EBay and other mainstream stores.

Medieval or gothic stores are the next place you can check. Many large cities and towns that center on art and culture will have shops that sell the types of dresses you are looking for.

Hiring a seamstress to create a custom gown for you is another option. Make sure your budget can handle this, and definitely plan early because it could take awhile for them to sew the dress.

Probably the best places to look are Renaissance and Medieval festivals. You can find and meet with dress vendors and see many different styles all in one place.