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.
#1. 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.
#2. Gene Tierney (1941)
From one controversial bride to another. Designed for her by husband-to-be Oleg Cassini, silver screen starlet Gene Tierney never wore this full-sleeved lace creation down the aisle thanks to a speedy elopement. The dress (thankfully) didn’t go to waste though, when Gene wore it in the film Razor’s Edge and stunned audiences.
#3. 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.
#4. 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.
#5. 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.
#6. 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.
#7. 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.
#8. 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.
#9. 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.
#10. 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.
#11. 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.
#12. 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?
#13 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.
14. 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…
15. 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.
#16. 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.
#17. Kate Middleton (2011)
Arguably 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.
#18. 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.
#19. 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.
#20. Poppy Delevingne (2014)
When one wedding just won’t do, you get married again in Morocco, apparently. Supermodel, actress and big-sis of Cara, Poppy Delevingne married husband James Cook (again) in a star-studded Marrakech wedding dressed in a floaty, Moroccan-inspired Peter Dundas dress. We love the pops of colour and 1970s-esque bodice.
#21. 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.
#22. 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.
#23. 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.
24. Arlenis Sosa (2015)
Victoria’s Secret model Arlenis Sosa swapped the catwalk for the aisle, marrying Donnie McGrath at a beautiful beachside wedding. Looking amazing (in true VS model form), she wore a divine lace-illusion gown by Reem Acra.
#25. Beatrice Borromeo (2015)
When one wedding just won’t do, you tie the knot again – at least, that’s what European aristocracy Beatrice Borromeo and Pierre Casiraghi (aka grandson of Princess Grace) did. We particularly love the bride’s Chantilly lace Giorgio Armani gown – so delicate, so elegant.
#26. Allison Williams (2015)
Girls star Allison Williams had us all pinning photos from her 2015 wedding to Ricky Van Veen, thanks to her enchanting Oscar de la Renta dress. Including a satin sheen, sheer neckline and hand-embroidered lace overlay, Allison’s dress was the perfect example of modern glamour.
#27. 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.
#28. Ciara (2016)
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.
#29. 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.
#30. 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!
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