Celebrities wearing pretty, OTT wedding dresses – need we say more? Whether you’re looking for inspiration or you’re just a fan of A-list fashion, we’ve put together a collection of our 30 favourite celebrity wedding dresses that your inner style icon will love.
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Wallis Simpson (1937)
Worn at one of history’s most controversial weddings, Wallis Simpson’s dress was the perfect example of 1930s tailoring done well, and stole the show when she tied the knot with (the abdicated) Edward VIII. Opting for a flattering shade of pale blue, the ’30s It-girl looked simply chic in silk crepe, designed for her by American couturier Mainbocher.
Love the look? Go for: Tailored slightly flared styles with a nipped-in waist and button details
Queen Elizabeth II (1947)
Her Royal Majesty Queen Elizabeth II will always have a place in our hearts and so will her wedding dress. Utterly regal (obviously), her ivory silk duchesse satin dress featured a tailored bodice, full skirt and plenty of dazzling embellishment. We’re also quite amazed by the impressive 13-foot train.
Love the look? Go for: Heavily embellished styles with a demure V-neckline
Elizabeth Taylor (1950)
Ah, Elizabeth Taylor. The Hollywood icon had a habit of collecting husbands like she did diamonds, but with each wedding (eight in total) came a gorgeous dress. At her first wedding to Conrad “Nicky” Hilton (Paris Hilton’s great-uncle) in 1950, Elizabeth epitomised the bridal fashions of the time with her elegant cinch-waisted silk floor-length dress. We also love her 1957 wedding dresses (yep, she tied the knot twice that year) and the whimsical floral headdress she wore at her 1964 wedding.
Love the look? Go for: Full ballgown styles with boat necklines and a nipped-in waist
Jacqueline Kennedy (1953)
The who’s who of society attended this wedding, so needless to say that the dress had to make an impression. Designed by Ann Lowe, Jacqueline Kennedy’s wedding dress featured some of our favourite details of 1950s bridal fashion: a classic portrait neckline, a bouffant skirt embellished with floral details and layers (and layers) of French taffeta and candy-pink silk faille.
Love the look? Go for: Full ballgown styles with an off-the-shoulder neckline and a nipped-in waist
Audrey Hepburn (1954)
Elfin queen of style Audrey walked down the aisle to meet her first husband Mel Ferrer dressed head-to-toe in Pierre Balmain. The tied bow at the back of her dress paired with the white rose floral crown gave Audrey the perfect ethereal, feminine look.
Love the look? Go for: ‘Puffed’ sleeve styles with a full skirt, plus a floral hair accessory
Marilyn Monroe (1954)
Strutting her stuff in an unassuming brown suit – complete with a white-fur Peter Pan collar – Marilyn Monroe took to the aisle for the second time when she tied the knot with baseballer Joe DiMaggio. While not an obvious bridal look, Marilyn looked stylish as ever and flaunted her dazzling smile and golden curls.
Love the look? Go for: A chic skirt-suit that makes you feel like a boss bride
Grace Kelly (1956)
This was the wedding dress of the 1950s – and possibly the 20th century. Marrying Prince Rainer III of Monaco, Grace took to the aisle in a beautiful, intricately designed lace gown that every woman came to lust after. The timeless and breathtaking trend of lace wedding dresses is still a favourite, with Grace’s look appearing on catwalks today.
Love the look? Go for: Show-stopping ballgown styles with button and lace details
Natalie Wood (1957)
At just 18 years of age, Natalie walked down the aisle in a fashion-forward cocktail dress with a face-framing lace hood. Saying “I do” with fellow actor Robert Wagner, the silver screen starlet embraced the lace trend of the decade and made it her own.
Love the look? Go for: Simple straight-fitted styles with a bodice-covering capelet
Ava Gardner (1961)
Making their tumultuous Hollywood relationship official, Ava Gardner and Frank Sinatra said “I do” in 1961, with the bride wearing a glamorous halter-neck gown and sheer shawl. A drop-dead-gorgeous beauty, Ava could make a brown paper bag look good, but we’re crushing on the eye-catching bodice of this dress.
Love the look? Go for: Styles with halter- or mock-necklines and a unique fitted bodice
Mia Farrow (1966)
And now for another Mrs Frank Sinatra. Mia Farrow’s bridal look perfectly captured her individuality. The chic A-line dress paired with a matching buttoned jacket took the wedding world by a storm in the 1960s and, quite frankly, we still dig it.
Love the look? Go for: Sophisticated skirt-suits with embellished button details, plus accessories with a hint of sparkle
Pricilla Presley (1967)
That hair… that makeup… that dress… that everything! Wearing a white organza gown with long lace sleeves, Priscilla topped off her wedding day look with a gravity-defying bouffant hairstyle and a beaming smile – when you’re marrying the teen heartthrob of the 20th century, who can blame her?
Love the look? Go for: Straight-fitted styles with a lace illusion neckline and long sleeves
Bianca Jagger (1971)
The beautiful Bianca certainly wasn’t the traditional bride, wearing an Yves Saint Laurent tailored suit jacket over a flowy skirt and, of course, nothing underneath. The only tradition she stuck to was dressing in white, making Bianca the go-to example for the ‘unconventional bride’ to this day.
Love the look? Go for: Contemporary tailored tuxedo-style suits with an eye-catching hair accessory
Princess Diana of Wales (1981)
We simply couldn’t talk about A-list wedding dresses without mentioning this mind-blowing creation. Designed by David and Elizabeth Emanuel, Diana’s dress featured a jaw-dropping 25-foot train and inspired the bridal look of every 1980s bride. Those sleeves…
Love the look? Go for: Grand ballgown styles with a voluminous skirt and nipped-in waist, plus a regal veil
Keira Knightley (2006)
Something old, something new, something borrowed, something blue… Believe it or not, this tulle Chanel dress was Keira Knightley’s ‘something old’. We loved her quirkiness of wearing a pre-owned gown and the accessories she teamed it with.
Love the look? Go for: Cute party-dress styles with a quirky jacket or cardigan, plus personality-packed accessories
Portia de Rossi and Ellen Degeneres (2008)
Tying the knot at a private ceremony in their home in LA, Portia looked stunning in a Zac Posen ballerina-style gown, while Ellen rocked a classic white bridal suit. Complementing each other perfectly, this couple looked simply beautiful.
Love the look? Go for: Ballgown halter-neck styles with plenty of tulle and button details
Kate Middleton (2011)
Arguably one of the most famous wedding dress of the 21st century (so far), Duchess of Cambridge Catherine (Kate) Middleton looked every bit the fairytale princess. An elegant throwback to the style and lace details of the 1940s and ’50s, Kate’s Alexander McQueen gown was demure yet utterly romantic.
Love the look? Go for: Elegant ballgown styles with a lace illusion V-neckline and long sleeves
Kate Moss (2011)
Looking glamorous in a shimmering Galliano gown, Kate Moss totally rocked the ‘midsummer eve’ vibe. Showing off tousled curls, relaxed florals and a glowing persona, the natural stunner looked, well, naturally stunning on her wedding day.
Love the look? Go for: Slinky slip-styles with fine tailoring and a touch of embellishment
Chrissy Teigen (2013)
Chrissy Teigen and John Legend said “I do” in 2013, with the bride wearing not one but three gorgeous dresses. Modelling three Vera Wang creations (as you do), Chrissy opted for an open-back tulle-skirted ballgown and two figure-hugging mermaid gowns – one in white, another in crimson. All of us loves all of them.
Love the look? Go for: Slim-fitting mermaid styles with a dramatic skirt, plus simple (but glamorous) statement earrings
Amal Clooney (2014)
Real-life superwoman Amal didn’t let the style-standard slip on her wedding day, wearing a dreamy Oscar de la Renta dress with an equally dreamy veil. Also, we have to acknowledge that white jumpsuit and wide-brimmed hat she wore at the civil ceremony. Perfection.
Love the look? Go for: Lace-detailed styles with off-the-shoulder necklines, plus a lace-trimmed veil
Olivia Palermo (2014)
Olivia Palermo and Johannes Huebl said their “I do’s” at an intimate low-key affair in Bedford, New York. The bride’s three-piece set – including a cashmere sweater, shorts and a beautiful tulle overlay – set the standard for the ‘laid-back bride’ look.
Love the look? Go for: Bridal separates like a tulle skirt with a basic ‘tee’-style top, plus simple accessories
Solange Knowles (2014)
Bold and truly beautiful, Solange’s contemporary caped dress and jumpsuit were just oh-so cool. Trusting designers Stephane (jumpsuit) and Kenzo (dress), the bride nailed the ‘simple but dramatic’ look with eye-catching accessories, expert tailoring and mix of sexy and demure necklines.
Love the look? Go for: Flared, minimalistic jumpsuits or dresses with dramatic capes
Whitney Port (2015)
Whitney Port gave us a perfect example of how to pull off the LWD (little white dress), looking sweet and downright stunning in a high-low cut gown by Ashi Studio. We love the detailed bodice and cascading skirt.
Love the look? Go for: High-low hemline styles that show off your legs at the front, plus gasp-worthy shoes
Ana Beatriz Barros (2016)
A glamorous destination like Capri deserves a glamorous wedding… and wedding dress. Nailing all the current bridal fashion trends, model Ana Beatriz Barros wore a beautiful off-the-shoulder Valentino gown featuring super-sheer fabrics and fine lace.
Love the look? Go for: Floaty off-the-shoulder styles with plenty of lace and sheer fabrics, plus a breeze-catching veil
Ciara’s wedding dress was all over Instagram, but when it’s as grand as this it’s no wonder. Marrying NFL player Russell Wilson, the singer looked über-glam in a custom Roberto Cavalli dress with billowing sleeves and yards (and yards) of lace.
Love the look? Go for: Impressive ‘overskirt’ styles with crochet-inspired lace, lace-up bodice details and flared sleeves
Nicole Trunfio (2016)
Now for an Aussie bride – other than Portia de Rossi. Model Nicole Trunfio walked down the aisle in a beaded Steven Khalil ball gown that looked straight out of a storybook. Teaming it with a a lace-trimmed Cathedral-length veil, the bride said “I do” in a luxurious Palm Springs wedding with husband and musician Gary Clark Jr.
Love the look? Go for: Old-world ballgown styles with a sexy deep V-neckline and dazzling embellishments
Samira Wiley and Lauren Morelli (2017)
This luxe wedding was another Insta fave… and for good reason. Orange Is The New Black star Samara Wiley also showed us how to take on the Palm Springs trend when she married show writer Lauren Morelli earlier this year. Designer Christian Siriano was the talent behind both brides’ ensembles – we’re all about the embellishment on that pantsuit and the princess vibes of that off-the-shoulder dress. A match made in heaven – the women and the outfits!
Love the look? Go for: Enchanting off-the-shoulder full-skirted styles or tailored pantsuits with capes and eye-catching embellishments
Kaley Cuoco (2018)
Boho-loving brides around the world quickly became obsessed with Kaley Cuoco’s wedding-day look when it flooded Insta… and we don’t blame them! Exchanging vows with sweetheart Karl Cook in a breezy Reem Acra dress with a lacey cape, the Big Bang Theory star later changed into a body-hugging lace Tadashi Shoji jumpsuit with a navel-grazing V-neckline.
Love the look? Go for: Boho-chic floaty styles with plenty of lace and a dramatic cape, and funky lace-detailed jumpsuits with a deep V-neckline
Meghan Markle (2018)
The other famous royal bridal look of the 21st century, Meghan Markle’s clean and simple Givenchy dress was chic minimalism at its best! Still inspiring trends on the catwalks a year later, the bride’s elegant look was made truly outstanding by a timeless boat neckline and expert tailoring. Switching things up for the reception (and inspiring another trend), Meghan’s contemporary mock-neck Stella McCartney dress was all class while still keeping things youthful and fun. Iconic.
Love the look? Go for: Chic minimalist styles with fine tailoring and boat necklines, and glamorous halter or mock-neck styles
Priyanka Chopra (2018)
Who can get over the beautifully over-the-top styles worn by Priyanka Chopra in her wedding to Nick Jonas? First saying “I do” in a floaty east-meets-west Ralph Lauren dress with toe-to-neck button details, she had us all gasping in awe when her pinch-me-now 75-foot veil was revealed. As if that wasn’t enough, she later wore a gorgeous traditional red lehenga for the Hindu ceremony and a glittering golden-hued version for the Hindu reception. We. Love. It. All.
Love the look? Go for: Styles that embrace your cultural heritage and show off your personality
Sabrina Dhowre (2019)
Embracing one of 2019’s biggest trends, model Sabrina Dhowre ticked all the right boxes for the ‘return to old-world elegance’ look when she tied the knot with Idris Elba. Wearing a sophisticated off-the-shoulder Vera Wang dress, she completed the outfit with a floaty veil and stunning statement earrings.
Love the look? Go for: Simple but elegant off-the-shoulder styles, plus sparkling statement earrings
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