Unforgettable Celebrity Wedding Dresses To Inspire Every BrideBy Amanda Cooper
What bride wouldn’t give everything to find the perfect gown for their big day? Of course, celebrities go all out when prepping for their nuptials. However, the only difference is that they can afford to splurge on the best-of-the-best compared to the average Mrs.-to-be. This list proves just that. From the chic to the extravagant to the understated, here’s a rundown of the unforgettable frocks famous women have worn down the aisle. Check out how styles have changed (or haven’t changed) over time and get a more intimate look into the special day of Hollywood’s brightest stars from the past and the present. Even better, find out what makes each gown special to the celebrity who wore it for the big day.
Philadelphia-born actress Grace Kelly, who an author recently claimed wanted privacy after she got married, has been the style inspiration of women to this day. Praised for her grace and elegance, the High Society actress stunned during her wedding to Prince Rainier III in April 1956 in a ceremony dubbed as the Wedding of the Century.
The elaborate outfit that has a silk skirt was created by Helen Rose and was gifted by Metro-Goldwyn-Mayer. Kelly’s iconic frock inspired the nuptial gowns of several prominent personalities like Kate Middleton, whose 2011 outfit was made by Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton.
Sofía Vergara, who currently stars in Modern Family, and Joe Manganiello’s 2015 wedding seemed to come straight from a fairytale because of how delightful the set-up of the venue was and how her outfit overflowed with beads and pearls. This made the frock, which reportedly took 1,600 hours of work, weigh 17 pounds.
The Colombian actress’ Zuhair Murad-designed gown accentuated her waist, giving off an hourglass figure, and included an oversized skirt. The star-studded bash was attended by Channing Tatum, Reese Witherspoon, and Jesse Tyler Ferguson, who served as the Cupid between the love birds.
When supermodel Gisele Bündchen wed athlete Tom Brady in 2009 in Santa Monica, she sported two bridal outfits: one that shimmered for the reception and this more striking floor-length lace piece she walked down the aisle in. To make the look more dramatic, her veil was hemmed with lace, too.
Just imagine how the couple had managed to arrange everything in ten days! The pair, who share two kids, has suffered a lot of bumps. However, they also hit milestones and celebrated wonderful moments as a family, including in January 2021 when Brady’s team Tampa Bay Buccaneers secured a slot for Super Bowl.
KKW Beauty mogul Kim Kardashian tapped Riccardo Tisci to create this form-fitting Givenchy lace mermaid gown with a cut-out back for her big day in 2014. As per reports, after the reality star and rapper Kanye West got engaged, many designers came to her, asking to make her iconic frock.
Kardashian made the look more memorable with a cathedral-length veil as she exchanged I Do’s with West in Florence, Italy, at a big ceremony attended by their celebrity friends and family. They went on to welcome four kids but unfortunately decided to call it quits in 2021.
Just like her sister, Kate Middleton, Pippa preferred a white lace number for her special day in 2017. The Giles Deacon-designed outfit sported a keyhole back, an A-line skirt, a high neckline, and cap sleeves that hugged her toned body nicely. The designer used bespoke lace and created the illusion that the ensemble had no seams.
Pippa, who welcomed her second child in March 2021, also exchanged I Do’s with James Matthew in a Robinson Pelham-made tiara that complemented the look. As she was on her sister’s big day, the Duchess of Cambridge was also seen fixing the bride’s attire.
Power couple George Clooney and Amal Alamuddin knew that they wanted an elegant wedding, and her decision to wear an Oscar de la Renta lace dress for that special day went with that brief. The Lebanese human rights advocate and the actor exchanged vows in 2014 in Venice, Italy.
Amal rocked a Stella McCartney ecru jumpsuit with navy blue detail for their civil ceremony and completed her look with a clutch, as seen in the right photo. The couple has since welcomed twins Alexander and Ella, who Clooney is recently instilling charitable values on.
A far cry from the outfit she wore on her and ex-husband Orlando Bloom’s wedding, Victoria’s Secret’s Angel Miranda Kerr rocked a conservative long-sleeved dress from Maria Grazia Chiuri when she tied the knot with Snapchat CEO Evan Spiegel in 2017. The Australian businesswoman’s frock also had a full-volume skirt with floral appliqué.
The love birds have two kids while she shares her son Flynn with Bloom. Of late, Kerr opened up about co-parenting with her ex, who recently welcomed a daughter with Katy Perry. The Kora Organics founder shared she felt happy when the actor found happiness again with his new partner.
Quantico star Priyanka Chopra and singer Nick Jonas got married twice; one in a Christian ceremony and another in a Hindu service. For the first event, the Bollywood actress donned a gorgeous long-sleeve Ralph Lauren piece adorned with Swarovski crystals, pearls, and beads that took 1,826 hours to finish.
Back in her home country of India, the former Miss World impressed in a traditional sparkly red lehenga made by famed designer Sabyasachi Mukherji which took over 3,700 hours! Jonas, who was recently injured on the set of a TV show, also donned a gold sherwani and wore a diamond necklace.
Staying true to her brand as Posh Spice, Victoria Beckham stopped the show with a golden Vera Wang creation as she walked down the aisle in 1999. To complete the Victorian vibe of the bodice and volumized skirt, the singer also pulled a 20-foot train.
Wang revisited the strapless gown that Victoria used to exchange vows with David Beckham to celebrate the brand’s tenth anniversary. The iconic couple has been involved in many business ventures, and of late, the former Spice Girls member tapped her husband to head her beauty campaign.
Only a few photos managed to emerge from Grammy-winner Beyoncé’s wedding to husband Jay-Z in 2008. In this image, the Lemonade hitmaker looked every bit the ethereal bride in her outfit designed by no less than her mother, Tina Lawson. She and the rapper exchanged vows in their Manhattan home decorated with flowers from Thailand.
To top her strapless sweetheart gown, Beyoncé went with a blue manicure, which would turn out to be the name of their first child. The couple also shares twins Sir and Rumi, who arrived in 2017. Jay-Z, who rarely talks about family, recently revealed that they wouldn’t enforce show business on their kids.
Singer Celine Dion’s fans who waited outside the Notre-Dame Basilica in December 1994 weren’t disappointed to witness her grand entrance wearing show-stopping Mirella and Steve Gentile attire that featured a ballgown skirt, a sweetheart neckline, and a fitted waist, reminiscent of the ’80s and ’90s.
Unlike typical veils, Dion donned a sparkly headpiece that was embellished with 2,000 crystals imported from Austria. The lavishness didn’t end there as she also topped her outfit with a fur coat after the ceremony. In January 2021, the hitmaker paid tribute to her late husband, René Angélil, on his fifth death anniversary.
There’s an unspoken rule that the bride is the only one allowed to wear white on the big day. However, No Doubt frontwoman Gwen Stefani chose to don gradient white-to-pink attire when she exchanged I Do’s with Gavin Rossdale in 2002 in Covent Garden. She tapped John Galliano for Christian Dior to create this hand-painted masterpiece.
Stefani loved the frock so much that she donated it to be displayed at the Victoria and Albert Museum. However, things didn’t work out for the singer and Rossdale, but she has found love again in Blake Shelton, with whom she has plans of tying the knot this summer.
While Audrey Hepburn’s ensembles in Breakfast at Tiffany’s will always be iconic, her wedding gown was just as memorable. When she tied the knot with Mel Ferrer in 1954, the star entrusted Pierre Balmain to create her look, resulting in a vintage ballet frock with a cinched waist and puffy long sleeves.
Hepburn’s outfit also featured a big bow at the back and was complemented with white gloves. She ditched the typical veil and opted for rosebuds on her head to finish the Hollywood glam vibe. The iconic star, who passed away in 1993, would have turned 92 on May 4, 2021.
Portia de Rossi
Zac Posen created Portia de Rossi’s blush halterneck ballgown for her special day in 2018. The muted tone subtly matched the engagement ring that TV show host Ellen DeGeneres gave to the Australian actress. The comedian, meanwhile, donned a white suit.
De Rossi and DeGeneres got married during an intimate ceremony in their Beverly Hills home in front of only their closest family and friends. In 2020, the TV personality shared a throwback photo of them during the big day when their dog Wolf passed away.
From the start, Princess Eugenie already knew what she wanted to wear when she would marry Jack Brooksbank. So for the 2018 affair at Windsor Castle, she tapped Peter Pilotto and Christopher De Vos to create her dream outfit. The result was a V-neck gown with a pleated skirt.
Princess Eugenie also specifically requested the plunging back to highlight the scar from the surgery for scoliosis that she had when she was a child. She and her husband, Jack Brooksbank, welcomed their first child, August Philip Hawke Brooksbank, in February 2021. The name is said to honor the Duke of Edinburgh.
Six months after Big Little Lies star Zoë Kravitz tied the knot with Karl Glusman in June 2019 in Paris, she shared snaps from the special day. Fans saw her ankle-length gown with a tulle skirt that she paired with kitten heels and a dainty headband, care of Alexander Wang.
Some of the guests included her celebrity friends Shailene Woodley, Eddie Redmayne, and Nicole Kidman. However, earlier this year, news broke that Zoë and Glusman split only 18 months after they exchanged vows. It was unclear what led to that decision.
In front of less than a hundred friends and family, GOOP founder Gwyneth Paltrow walked down the aisle wearing the creation of Valentino’s Pierpaolo Piccioli. Her bridal gown featured a nude lining complemented by floral appliqué and a keyhole back. Although not obvious in this picture, she also donned a cathedral veil.
After the Oscar winner and Brad Falchuk’s ceremony, the Avengers star switched her formal attire to a Stella McCartney-designed jumpsuit before she danced with her beau and mingled with other guests. In March 2021, Paltrow shared a sweet snap of her husband as a greeting for his 50th birthday.
Suits actress Meghan Markle formally joined the royal family on May 19, 2018, when she exchanged vows with Prince Harry at Windsor Castle. For this special occasion, the star sought the help of Givenchy for a bridal gown that was relatively simpler than Kate Middleton’s.
However, the minimalist style may have served its purpose because the boat neckline beautifully highlighted Markle’s shoulders and collarbone. The Duchess of Sussex, who is currently expecting her second bundle of joy with Prince Harry, also donned simplistic Stella McCartney attire after the ceremony.
The Sinner star Jessica Biel wasn’t crazy about white, so when Giambattista Valli asked her if he could make her strapless wedding frock pink, she agreed. At first, the decision seemed like a leap of faith, but when she walked down the aisle in 2012, it felt like a dream come true for the actress.
For this elegant pink attire, Biel paid at least $100K. She partnered it with a long veil that featured the heirloom pearls from her grandmother’s tiara. She and her husband Justin Timberlake share two sons; the youngest, Phineas, quietly arrived in January 2021.
Kate Middleton and Prince William’s royal wedding in 2011 was one of the most iconic events because of the billions of people that tuned in. The Duchess of Cambridge rocked a long-sleeve, V-neck frock with a long train from Alexander McQueen’s Sarah Burton. She completed her look with a tulle veil and Queen Elizabeth’s tiara.
It remains a legendary outfit that was said to be inspired by Grace Kelly’s nuptial attire in the ’50s. This moment also solidified Middleton’s role as an influential style icon, and another proof of which was her appearance during Prince Philip’s funeral service in April 2021.
While The Voice coach Christina Aguilera’s marriage to manager Jordan Bratman didn’t last, her gown on her wedding day has become memorable. The then-24-year-old Genie in a Bottle hitmaker wore a custom frock with a very detailed train made by Christian Lacroix.
Aguilera revealed that she wanted something dramatic that would accentuate her curves during the big day. The lavish nuptials held at Santa Barbara were pegged at $3 million, but the couple called it quits six years later. The blond singer is currently engaged to Matthew Rutler.
How can a wedding become even more special? For Eva Longoria, she tapped her best friend, Victoria Beckham, to help her with her outfit. Posh Spice did not disappoint as she created a sophisticated sweetheart-neckline, body-hugging dress that emphasized the bride’s figure.
Longoria and Jose ‘Pepe’ Baston, who now have a son named Santiago, got married at their home in Mexico, witnessed by their dearest friends and family. Apart from motherhood, the Texas native is busy with a slew of projects, namely Unplugging, Women’s Stories, and 24-7.
With friends and family and their infant daughter as witnesses, Reddit co-founder Alexis Ohanian and professional tennis player, Serena Williams, tied the knot in New Orleans in 2017. For her fairy-tale moment, the athlete stunned in not just one but three lavish gowns.
In the photo was Alexander McQueen’s strapless creation that she walked down the aisle in and which the 200 guests saw. Williams changed her outfit for a Versace feathered piece for the reception and a cocktail number from the same brand for her first dance. Of late, the family was seen at the WTA Parma Open.
Not just superheroes, but brides also wear capes. Beyoncé’s younger sister, Solange Knowles, donned two capes when she said I Do to director Alan Ferguson in 2014. She also ditched the gown and opted for a plunging Stephane Rolland-power jumpsuit for the ceremony.
Her outfit came in handy, considering they arrived at the venue using their bikes. Solange later changed into a caped gown by Kenzo’s Humberto Leon for the reception. Unfortunately, they called it quits five years into the marriage. She is currently dating composer Gio Escobar.
In 2020, Bad Boys actress Gabrielle Union revealed that she shopped for her bridal gown while her peers were busy finding their outfits for the 2014 Met Gala. When she and basketball player Dwyane Wade got married, she wore a dreamy Dennis Basso sweetheart-neck ballgown.
Wade matched his bride’s ensemble with his ivory suit. Union’s second frock for that day was a beaded piece that showed her lean legs, thanks to the high slit. Of late, the Hollywood couple is at the helm of a children’s book to honor their daughter, Kaavia.
Sparks flew when Angelina Jolie and Brad Pitt worked together on the 2004 movie Mr. and Mrs. Smith. However, it would take them a decade before tying the knot in the scenic Chateau Miraval property in France. Only around 20 guests witnessed the stunning SALT actress saying I do in this iconic Versace gown.
More than Jolie’s silk frock itself, the design of the bespoke piece stole the show. It featured the drawings of the power couple’s kids, and she knew she wanted the little ones to have a big part in this celebration. Unfortunately, she and Pitt split in 2016 but remain in a legal battle to this day.
Supermodel Kate Moss went for the chic, bohemian vibe during her star-studded marriage to rocker Jami Hince in 2011. The stunner exuded timelessness in her sparkly gown designed by Dior’s John Galliano, who thought of his muse’s classic beauty when creating the piece.
Despite the happy faces in this photo, the couple’s marriage only lasted for six years. Moss, whose child Lila was present on the big day, is currently in a relationship with Nikolai von Bismarck, although she clarified that they aren’t engaged after she was spotted with a diamond ring.
Friends and family of actors Ian Somerhalder and Nikki Reed thought they were just attending a housewarming party in April 2015, but little did they know that the lovely pair were getting married at a boho-themed ceremony. The bride rocked a backless chic gown created by Clarie Pettibone.
Reed ditched the veil, so Pettibone made the train more dramatic by incorporating another tulle layer. In a February 2021 interview, The Vampire Diaries star opened up about the secret to his six-year marriage, revealing that communication and having individuality are the keys to a healthy relationship.
Princess Diana’s taffeta gown for her 1981 wedding to Prince Charles may be over-the-top, but it became iconic. Designed by couple Elizabeth and David Emmanuel, the frock featured around 10,000 pearls, and to make the look more luxurious; she pulled a 25-foot long train.
Princess Diana’s gown was also traditional as it contained Carrickmacross lace, formerly belonging to Queen Mary. Sadly, the People’s Princess passed away in 1997, and she left this frock to her kids, Prince William and Harry. In a May 2021 Vogue article, it was said that a single person embroidered her veil.
Sarah Jessica Parker
Actress Sarah Jessica Parker was a true style icon when she tied the knot with Matthew Broderick in a black frock in May 1997. However, it was one of her biggest regrets, and had she done it today; the HBO star said she would opt for a white one instead.
Parker was shy to shop for bridal dresses at the time, so she went for the style and color that didn’t attract much attention from a boutique that she liked. Nonetheless, the pair have been married for over two decades and remain sweet on social media. For Broderick’s birthday in March 2021, the actress shared their throwback photo.
Mariah Carey’s diva-ness is understandable with multiple albums, chart-topping hits, and many prestigious awards under her belt. During her June 1993 wedding to Tommy Mottola, this was also observed, where she wore an elaborate gown inspired by Princess Diana herself.
The Vera Wang ivory silk piece featured puffy sleeves and a 27-foot train. Carey also added a tiara, just like the late People’s Princess. The couple eventually split in 1997, but she found love again in Nick Cannon. However, these days, the Always Be My Baby hitmaker is dating Bryan Tanaka.
The Devil Wears Prada star Anne Hathaway got married to Adam Shulman in 2012 wearing a tulle Valentino gown with an ombre pink train adorned with satin floral designs. The bride also sported a headpiece with lace and beads to solidify her classic look.
Hathaway’s piece was said to be created in Rome and designed by Valentino Garavani himself because he treats the actress as a relative. She and Shulman share two kids, and despite raising two boys, the star remains on top of her acting game as she’s set to star in Armageddon Time.
Frida actress Salma Hayek married French billionaire François-Henri Pinault in 2009 at a star-studded ceremony attended by the likes of Penélope Cruz and Bono. The couple spared no expense on their special day by splurging an estimated $3.5 million for the event.
It isn’t clear if the amount already included Hayek’s gown, made by Balenciaga’s Nicholas Guesquiere. The froufrou skirt perfectly contrasted the embellished bodice. The pair remain in love with each other, with the Mexican star crediting Pinault for making her a better person in a February 2021 interview.
Equally good-looking couple, Katie Holmes and Tom Cruise exchanged vows in Italy in 2006. As with any bride, the Dawson’s Creek alum wanted to be the scene-stealer on her special day, and she managed to do so by donning this off-shoulder silk gown ornamented with Swarovski gems.
Holmes’ simplistic Giorgio Armani attire, created in over 350 hours, is estimated to be worth $50K. Although their union got bigger with their daughter Suri’s arrival, the couple ended their love story years later. In a 2020 interview, she described the split as an intense phase of her life.
In marrying her true love Prince Charles in 2005, Camila Parker-Bowles decided to be simple yet elegant in her wardrobe choice. After all, the Prince of Wales wanted a small ceremony that was a far cry from his grand wedding to Princess Diana.
The Duchess of Cornwall looked classy in an Anne Valentine frock with a gold and blue coat that matched her gold feather headdress. In April 2021, the royal couple celebrated their 16th anniversary and expressed gratitude to their fans, who extended well wishes.
The late Elizabeth Taylor’s first marriage to Conrad Hilton in 1950 may not have lasted, but her gown has become iconic. Then 18, the actress sported a frock made by Helen Rose, who also designed Grace Kelly’s wedding attire. It was said that the legendary clothing fetched $187,931 at an auction.
Taylor passed away in 2011 at 79, but despite this, she remains an influential style icon. During the 2021 Brit Awards, singer Harry Styles was seen holding a bamboo handle bag reminiscent of the actress’s purse, as seen in a 1950 photograph.
While many thought Priscilla Presley created her own gown for her May 1967 Las Vegas wedding to the King of Rock ‘n’ Roll, Elvis Presley, she went for an off-the-rack piece. She went shopping in disguise to keep the upcoming ceremony under wraps from paparazzi and big brands.
Priscilla opted for a babydoll look, pairing her long-sleeve frock with a big hairdo. Only 14 people witnessed the pair’s union. However, they called it quits in 1972. Of late, she was linked to Tom Jones, the late musician’s friend, although the Welsh singer denied the dating rumors in an April 2021 interview.
Mark Badgley and James Mischka were the brains behind The Hills star Lauren Conrad’s lace gown embellished with precious gems and glass beads when she wed William Tell in September 2014. The duo was also responsible for the bride’s satin peau de soie footwear.
Conrad’s high-neck, sheer-back, figure-accentuating frock also featured a ten-foot train, which was manageable thanks to her ten bridesmaids. She shared snaps from the big day on her namesake website. Of late, the businesswoman is busy with a kids clothing brand, Little Co., which recently launched its summer collection.
Actress Kate Upton was a stunning bride in her Valentino lace gown when she married MLB superstar Justin Verlander in November 2017 in Tuscany. About her frock, the Sports Illustrated stunner said it was a collaborative effort between her and the brand’s team.
Upton partnered her outfit with an old Hollywood look that went well with the fairytale ceremony. The couple shares a two-year-old child, Genevieve, who thinks that her father is a golfer after seeing him play golf more than baseball, the matriarch revealed in an April 2021 interview.
For her 1973 Westminster Abbey union to Captain Mark Phillips, Princess Anne opted for a Maureen Baker Tudor-style piece, different from previous royal nuptials. Over 500 million viewers waited to see her walk down the aisle in her long-sleeve, high collar attire.
Princess Anne and Phillips’ marriage ended in 1989, and it took three years for their divorce to be finalized. The 70-year-old, who recently launched the Princess Royal Respite Fund for Carers as part of her birthday celebrations, and her ex-husband share a son, Peter Phillips.
Nicole Richie is one petite woman. So, it’s not surprising to see that she chose a dress with some serious volume when she wed Good Charlotte vocalist Joel Madden in 2010. Here she is rocking the froufrou-style Marchesa gown at her star-studded big day. The long-sleeve frock is just one of the three outfits she wore during the celebrations.
The cut on this one shows off her tiny waist, while the layers of delicate fabric add some drama to the whole look. The Simple Life star, who designed a summer clothing line in 2021, can look fondly on this picture as she’s still happily married to Madden.
The Hills star Whitney Port is another celebrity who picked a gown that complemented her features. Showing off her long legs, the five-foot-ten stunner wore a frock with a high-low skirt and intricate fabric pattern made by the Lebanese designer, Ashi, for her nuptials in 2015.
Port, who launched her new loungewear brand, Cozeco, in 2021, came across Ashi’s work on Pinterest and immediately got in touch with him. Her gown perfectly matched the desert chic Palm Springs location she picked for her big day with TV producer Tim Rosenman.
Olivia Palermo let her impeccable style shine through when she wed German model Johannes Huebl in 2014. Unconventional yet chic, her ensemble is a Carolina Herrera-designed sweater and tulle skirt combo. But that’s not the only thing that made her look unique.
The City star also wore shorts underneath her outfit, giving the look a more casual vibe. And for her “something blue,” Palermo donned some Manolo Blahnik pumps in the shade of deep royal blue. Still married to Huebl, she launched her own beauty line in 2021.
On her second trip down the aisle, The Big Bang Theory star Kaley Cuoco stunned guests and her groom Karl Cook by wearing a custom Reem Acra lace gown. Coming complete with a cape in the same material, ten seamstresses laboriously made the wedding dress over the course of 400 hours.
All that hard work definitely showed in the finished product (pictured right). Cuoco, who impressed critics in the 2020 HBO series The Flight Attendant, then changed into an equally fashionable Tadashi Shoji jumpsuit (pictured left) to better enjoy the reception festivities.
Broadway star Idina Menzel is another celebrity bride who put her trust in Carolina Herrera for her special day. And it looks like she didn’t make a mistake in doing so. Here she is looking radiant and happy wearing her off-the-shoulder lace gown while posing with her husband, Aaron Lohr.
Not seen in this romantic snapshot, though, is the long train that accompanied the frock as well as the black ribbon belt that accentuated her waist. Topping off her ensemble is a bedazzled Jennifer Behr headband. Menzel will grace the screen next in the 2021 Cinderella adaptation starring Camila Cabello.