The dark side: Elegant gothic wedding inspiration


We love colour here at Vintage Bride, and yes, it's spring with its pastel hues and ditsy florals but we have a dark side too...and why wait until autumn?

Choosing an elegant, Gothic-inspired wedding theme, or encompassing elements of one, can create real drama. There is an opulence and theatricality associated with this style that guests will love. It's not all about Morticia-style make-up or clichés, rather it's embracing the velvet richness of jewel tones like aubergine, burgundy, ruby, black, gold and rust and contrasting it with white, cream or ivory. Here is our collation of some elegant, dark, Gothic-style imagery to feed your inner witch...

Images by Natalie Michelle Photography. Team: Dress – Bridal Closet; Designer – Sottero and Midgley; Florist – Debbie Fuchs; HMUA – Vanessa Perkins; Model – Aurora Garner

Vintage styling is the perfect way to add a darker element to your wedding style. Lashings of white lace, touches of gold and black and materials like velvet, tweed and leather add to the look. Photograpy by Tyler Branch.

Hello drama! The sumptuous Joelle gown featuring a corset bodice with organic textured pleating and voluminous scallops from the Vera Wang Iconic collection gives us goose-bumps!

The Psyche Black Butterfly wedding gown by Joanne Fleming marries whimsical motifs with a sultry colour palette of blush and inky black.

For seriously dark ballroom gown vibes, this stunning Chantal Malette Dolce Vita wedding dress offers sleek, classical style.

The Marissa Gown over on Etsy creates the right amount of drama without going too far (£809)

Keeping it black, this stylish Gothic Wedding Dress, £226 from A Little Gals Good on Etsy has the right amount of moody charm.

Simply stunning. A classic white dress juxtaposed with elaborate floral arrangements in Gothic hues gives all the drama! Image by Dalton Smiley


Adding the details

You might not want to go the whole hog with the wedding gown, but there are so many wonderful ways to lend a dramatic feel to the proceedings with clever styling to evoke the perfect Gothic atmosphere.

Fancy keys as table settings make such a lovely keepsake!

Dark and dramatic table settings using net, black fabric, touches of gold and stunning calligraphy create an edgy and stylish look.

We love this atmospheric table decor found over on Ruffled Blog.

Dark and elegant wedding inspiration from Ashley Gerrity Photography shows how Gothic can be elegant and glamorous too.

How about this for a table setting? Using natural items found on woodland walks keeps it earthy with a cool goth edge. Found over on Green Wedding Shoes.


The blooms to choose

Colour-wise, anything goes with the wedding bouquet but adding rich tones of burgundy, oxblood reds, inky blacks, berries, lots of dark foliage and ribbons can create the right vibe. You can add peaches, pinks, oranges and fresh greens to lift the colours and add contrast.

This sumptuous bouquet found over on Weddingomania ticks all the style boxes: moody hues, dark green foliage, berries and pops of blue and peachy blooms.

Sweet Mary Photography captures the perfect dark and moody bouquet - such statement leaves, soft pink roses with large black blooms make it whimsical yet softly structured.


Cakes to die for!

Cakes are the perfect way to really capture the theme of your wedding and show your personality. You can go all out or just give a subtle nod to the dark theme.

This unapologetically Gothic cake is heaped with skulls, scrolls, roses and black pearls...

A naked cake with darker blooms and berries adds an interesting twist to the trad wedding cake. This beauty is by Sugar Plum Cakes.

Gorgeous dark and gold cake by Frost it Cakery is stylish and elegant. Photography – Tyler Branch.


Creating the look: makeup and hair

There are no rights or wrongs when it comes to your own personal style for bridal hair and makeup but to emulate a cool, modern Gothic styling without giving off Halloween vibes, a pared-back look that focuses on colours like rust, plum, burgundy reds, smoky eyes and beautiful skin, is a good place to start. It is a brave choice for wedding makeup and not for everyone, so hairstyling or accessories can help provide the look you want to achieve. Plaiting, long tumbling curls, less structure and more flowing locks is the idea and can soften the overall look. Keeping it vintage is also a good way to go. Below are just a few ideas to inspire you.

Beauty with a darker side - smoky eye and a dark lip is both dramatic and daring while backcombing and crimping hair gives this look an edge. Image by Pickle Photography.

Flower crowns are a brilliant way to soften the modern Gothic look, especially when juxtaposed with a smoky eye and bold lip. We particularly love this 1950's inspired quiff!

Again, a bold red lip adds a vintage touch and sets off darker eye makeup. Image found here.

For a bohemian twist on the gothic look, a soft plaited style works well. This gorgeous look was captured by This Modern Romance photography for Mod Wedding.

Long hair softly curled with pearl accessories create a romantic styling that can fit the darker bridal aesthetic.

Here the vintage styling keeps everything on point. A wine red glossy lip plus purple shadow adds a soft yet darker dimension.

A black floral, horned crown from Lepota Accessories on Etsy (£48.92) is perfect for adding a modern Gothic feel.

Adding hair accessories like this rose crown also help create the right look especially when pared with a daring wedding gown and fierce makeup. This one is from Berta Bridal.


So there you have it. Our collation of Goth-inspired bridal inspiration. We hope you enjoyed it and feel ready to embrace your darker side!

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