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Wedding Dress With Black Detailing: How Difficult is it to Clean?

Bride N Queen Team | 23 September, 2022

            Wedding Dress With Black Detailing: How Difficult is it to Clean?

If you’ve been keeping up with the Kardashians, you probably would’ve noticed how wedding dresses with black detailing have been making waves in the news lately. Why are they trending, and which celebs made them look cool? 

In this blog post, we share the answers to these questions. We also address how you might clean a black wedding dress and when it’s time to seek a professional.

Celebrities and Black Wedding Dresses

Kourtney Kardashian is the latest celeb in a long list of black wedding dress wearers. Below are some gorgeous displays of non-traditional wedding dresses in recent history. 

Kourtney Kardashian 

Rocking a gorgeous Dolce & Gabbana wedding dress in black to tie the knot with her husband, Travis Barker, Kourtney wowed the audience during their lavish wedding ceremony on May 22, 2022, in Portofino, Italy. Emitting a goth vibe, Kourtney wore a dress that had a similar style to Madonna’s iconic tunic dress, which her sister Kim wore back in 2017. 

Kourtney finished her ensemble with heeled sandals and long black gloves. At the same time, her black veil displayed cobalt blue details, while a custom Virgin Mary appliqué popped right out of her bodice. 

Christine Quinn

Best known for her starring role in “Selling Sunset,” Christine Quinn wore two different Galia Lahav wedding dresses, which came to a total of $50,000 during her 2020 wedding day to entrepreneur Christian Richard. During an interview, Lisa Lafferty — Quinn's wedding planner — confirmed that the star decided to wear black wedding dresses at the beginning of the planning process. Quinn completed her look with a pair of heels from Christian Louboutin, which contained the designer’s signature. 

Kristen Bell

In 2013, Kristen Bell threw out the concept of a dress altogether and wore a matching black top and pants when she married Dax Shepard. Even so, all eyes were on Bell, who pulled off an all-black look complimented with a stunning necklace. 

Avril Lavigne

On her wedding day to Nickelback frontman Chad Kroeger, Avril Lavigne wore a non-traditional, Monique Lhuillier black gown. The singer revealed that she didn’t want anything too puffy or crazy, hence her decision. She had the idea of a gothic wedding and made it possible by holding the ceremony at a castle in France, where black and red roses were the motifs. 

Shenae Beech

The "90210" star opted to wear a black wedding gown by Vera Wang for her 2013 wedding; it had a two-tone tulle skirt and a halter-style top in black. It was sourced from the designer's 2012 fall collection, which wowed her audiences as she said her vows to musician Josh Beech. 

Sarah Jessica Parker

When Sarah Jessica Parker married Matthew Broderick in 1997, she wore a black dress featuring a dramatic skirt she found while shopping at a local store in NYC. The dress was designed by Morgane Le Fay; in 2016, the actress from "Sex and the City" revealed that she regrets her choice, saying she would choose a white wedding dress if she had to do it again.

Tina Turner

Strutting in a beautiful green and black Armani dress, Tina Turner turned heads during her wedding to music producer Erwin Bach in Switzerland. Staying true to her Buddhist faith, the singer explained that her choice of color symbolized harmony and balance in her life. The green cut skirt featured high and low volumes, while it was also covered in Swarovski crystals and black tulle, making it perfect for the day.

Types of Black Wedding Dresses

There are various kinds of black wedding dresses to choose from; while ball gowns are the most popular, many beautiful black wedding dresses are available for you. 

Ball Gown

These types of black wedding dresses are made to have a tight fit on the person who wears them; they also feature a full skirt that adds a glamorous touch. Ball gowns will be fitted across the natural waist, and the bust before it dramatically flows into a full-length skirt and often feature pleats or gathers by the waistline. 

This traditional style will often be seen in fairytales or worn by royalty, which makes them perfect for a bride who has always wanted a fairytale wedding. Ball gowns come with many features, including off-the-shoulder and strapless. 


Fitted black wedding dresses wrap around the body and highlight natural curves. These come in different sub-categories, such as fit-and-flare, mermaid style, and more. 

These are designed to hug the body from the bust, waist, and through the hips. The more traditional designs will also follow the shape of the legs, but some flare out anywhere from the hips and further down, like a mermaid gown. Due to their features, fitted wedding gowns are perfect for women with hourglass figures. 


As its name suggests, embellished black wedding dresses will use various embellishments to add another dimension to the design and fabric used. You’ll often see black wedding dresses covered in timeless embellishments such as beading, lace appliqués, buttons, sequins, and more. 

There are also black wedding dresses with light-reflecting embellishments made from artificial items such as acrylic or glass. This includes rhinestones that work to copy the appearance of diamonds and gemstones but come with a much lower price tag. 


You may also see black wedding dresses with gems, crystals, glass, or pearls that may have been sewn or glued onto the gown. Some of the most commonly used embellishments for wedding gowns include silver and ivory beads, which will vary in shape and size. 

Heavily beaded black wedding dresses usually come at a higher price because of the hundreds of hours it takes to sew each bead by hand into the dress. Some of the most popular embellishments on beaded black wedding dresses include: 

  • Pearl beads

  • Crystal beads

  • Bugle beads 


Lace is an elegant and timeless piece of decoration used time and time again on wedding dresses, so you can’t simply ignore the beauty that black lace wedding dresses possess.

Lace embodies a hint of sexy and class making it the perfect embellishment to add to a wedding gown, and it is one of the most sought-after styles in the industry. A laced wedding dress paired with a matching corset allows the bride to display sophistication, beauty, and grace. 

How to Clean a Black Wedding Dress

If you’ve opted for a black wedding dress or are thinking about it, you will probably have questions about caring for and maintaining its beauty. Luckily, we’ve done the research, so you don’t have to. 

Will the Black Dye of the Fabric Come Out?

Like any of your dark or black clothing, you will need to wash your black wedding dress separately from the lighter colors. To stop your black dress from fading and bleeding into your lighter clothes, be sure to rinse it using a cold water cycle that’s between 60 to 80 degrees. 

It will also help to use the shortest cycle, and be sure to set the correct setting depending on the fabric used on the dress and how much cleaning they’ll need. Regarding your detergents, experts believe they don’t have a hand in fading. While some formulas may be specifically formulated for dark clothing, a liquid detergent will be delicate.  

Will Any Beads, Sequins, or Diamonds Fall Off? 

If you intend on washing your wedding dress in the washing machine, there is a big chance that this will happen. As such, you need to consider the details and style of your wedding gown when it comes to washing it. 

Throwing your beaded, laced, or embellished gown into the washer is a recipe for disaster. Instead, look into the accents you can find on your dress and decide how to deal with each of them. 

Appliques, beads, lace, and other decorations must be removed before you start cleaning, whether done by hand or machine. Doing this will keep these small bits and pieces intact and safe from damage, but you will also need to know how to put them back in place. 

How to Avoid These Problems

If you want to make sure that your dress keeps its beauty and rich black color, contact Laxa Cleaners Bride N Queen. Our team provides professional wedding dress preservation and cleaning services. 

We’re a wedding dress cleaning and preservation company that entirely operates online, making it fast and easy to contact us for any of your needs and concerns. We provide three packages for bridal gown cleaning and preservation:

  • Sweetie Package: $199

  • Queen Package: $249 

  • Luxury Package:$419

Our Queen Package is the most popular among our clients, where you can get a complete cleaning and preservation package for just $249, which will ensure your gown’s beauty for the years to come. Using 100% organic coconut water, our formula is gentle on delicate fabrics. At the same time, our refined processes will ensure that your dress will look just as heavenly as it did on your special day. 

To lead your black or white wedding dress to a happily-ever-after, give us a call today at (317) 209-9951 or visit our website.