Black Wedding Dress 2013: Celebrity Brides & Vera Wang Designs

black wedding dress by vera wang - janice - back view

When we first saw Vera Wang’s black wedding dresses from her Fall/Winter 2012 Bridal collection we were like, “Ehhh. Do you really think some bride will be brave enough or non-superstitious enough to wear a black dress to her wedding?” Turns out that there are some brides who are brave/non-superstitious enough to do so. One of them is 90210 star Shenae Grimes who wore this Vera Wang dress to her recent wedding to British model Josh Beech.

black wedding dress - shenae grimes - by vera wang

It’s hard to appreciate the dress from the wedding photo above, so here’s the dress on a model.

black wedding gown by vera wang fall winter 2012-13 - josephine

Back view of the “Josephine” wedding gown.

black wedding gown by vera wang back view

Interestingly, unlike us who are admittedly kinda superstitious when it comes to wedding colors, the internetizens’ reaction to Shenae’s dress is mostly positive and supportive like this one:

This shouldn’t be a taboo. Brides used to always wear whatever color they favored. It wasn’t until Queen Victoria of England wore white at her wedding did “white” wedding gowns became the IT color to wear. I say, whatever makes the bride the happiest. Everyone shouldn’t feel like they should conform to society, especially on their special day. FYI – Greeks wear black to their weddings because it is a sign of luck. So for this particular article – may there be many blessings for you Shenae!

Interesting to note that white wedding gowns are fairly recent and that it only became popular after Queen Victoria. Who says you don’t learn anything from internet commenters?

Anyhoo, here are some of Vera Wang’s black wedding dresses for those of you who are planning to wear one on your wedding day. We’re told they cost around £3,200. First up is the Janice wedding dress.

black wedding dress by vera wang - janice gown

Then here’s the “Jessica”.

black wedding dress by vera wang - jessica

And the “Jocelyn”.

black wedding dress by vera wang - jocelyn

Last, but not the least, here’s the “June” wedding gown. [Note: All photos are courtesy of]

black wedding dress by vera wang - june

Aside from Shenae Grimes, are there other celebrities who wore a black gown to her wedding? Apparently, the fashion queen herself, Sarah Jessica Parker, wore one during her wedding to Matthew Broderick. Check it out.

black wedding dress - sarah jessica parker

For some reason, she now regrets the decision. From Harper’s Bazaar:

If she were to renew her wedding vows with Broderick, Sarah Jessica, who famously wore black on her wedding day, would choose white. “I’m not kidding. White it up. I’d wear a beautiful, proper wedding dress, like I should have worn on the day. James Wilkie’s teacher is getting married, and he said, ‘Do you think she will be wearing black?’ I said, ‘No! I can almost assure you.’ Then he said, ‘Do you still regret it?’ and I said, ‘Yes, I still regret it.’”

We hope the writer who interviewed Jessica did a follow-up question and asked why Jessica regrets her decision but, unfortunately, the writer did not so we don’t know why our Jessica is regretful.

Anyhoo, do you know any other celebrity who wore a black wedding dress? Do tell in the comments. For more colored wedding gowns, check out Red Wedding Dresses on Celebrities.