The Best Celebrity Wedding Dresses
The Best Celebrity Wedding Dresses
Over 2 billion people watched the royal wedding on April 29, 2011, and Kate Middleton didn’t disappoint. For her walk down the aisle, the new Duchess of Cambridge wore a gown designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. “Miss Middleton worked closely with Sarah Burton in formulating the design of her dress,” the Clarence House said. The hand-cut English lace and French Chantilly lace dress was paired with matching Alexander McQueen shoes.
The future first lady (and fashion icon) wore a voluminous ivory silk taffeta gown by the designer Ann Lowe when she married John F. Kennedy in 1953. A portrait neckline and wide, embellished skirt emphasized Jackie's small waist, and an heirloom lace veil, which originally belonged to her grandmother, completed the super-romantic ensemble.
Megan Fox and Brian Austin Green escaped to a Hawaiian beach for their 2010 wedding. Fittingly, the bride wore a flowing silk chiffon Armani Prive gown and skipped shoes for her walk in the sand.
This Dior dip-dyed silk faille gown was created specifically for the singer's 2002 marriage to rocker Gavin Rossdale, and it's a triumph of personal style—equal parts girlie and punk, just like the pop star herself.
The actress was engaged to stuntman David Pope for almost a year, but she ended up planning her 2008 wedding in less than a month—luckily, designer Angela Missoni is a close friend of the bride's and was happy to whip up this dreamy peach dress.
Holmes once confessed that she fantasized about marrying Tom Cruise when she was a little girl—and the ornate, off-the-shoulder Armani she wore to their 2006 Italian wedding may very well have been the sort of gown she imagined wearing. Adorned with Swarovski crystals, embroidery, and a silk train, and topped with a floor-length veil made of ivory tulle, this was a true dream dress. The couple divorced in 2012.
After dating for three years, Rebecca Romijn and Jerry O'Connell exchanged vows in L.A. The bride paired her lace Ralph Lauren gown with a gold bracelet and chandelier earrings with multi-colored diamonds borrowed from famed jeweler Neil Lane. And her something blue? "I had a tiny blue bow sewn inside my dress," Romijn says.
Tori Spelling wore two Dolce & Gabbana dresses when she married Dean McDermott in 2006. The first was an eyelet gown for an intimate Fiji ceremony and the other was worn to her post-wedding fete.
Salma Hayek and Francois-Henri Pinault, CEO of luxury goods company PPR, wed in a surprise ceremony at City Hall in Paris on Valentine's Day 2009. Two months later, the couple married for the second time at Venice's opera house. For the lavish affair, the bride took the plunge in an appropriately fashion-forward Balenciaga wedding gown by Nicolas Ghesquiere.
When she wed Robert Wagner in 1957, Natalie Wood looked stunning and of-the-moment in a face-framing lace hood, white cocktail dress and ballet flats.
Crown Princess Victoria of Sweden
The Swedish royal married her personal trainer Daniel Westling in a classic off-the-shoulder satin gown by Pär Engsheden, which featured a sixteen-and-a-half-foot train.
In 2006 Nicole Kidman and Keith Urban said “I do” in Sydney. The red carpet style star captivated in an ivory silk chiffon gown by Nicolas Ghesquiere for Balenciaga and Fred Leighton antique diamond-and-pearl earrings.
The wedding of Desperate Housewives star Marcia Cross and Tom Mahoney took place on June 24, 2006 in Pasadena, California. "Walking up the aisle was a glorious moment. I was just so happy," says Cross, who accessorized her custom Reem Acra gown with a cathedral-length veil and Neil Lane platinum-and-diamond jewelry.
Actor Mark Wahlberg and Rhea Durham tied the knot Saturday August 1, 2009 in Beverly Hills. Durham accented her flowing strapless Marchesa gown and Neil Lane cushion-cut engagement ring with a diamond bracelet and earrings.
After a whirlwind courtship and engagement, reality television star Khloe Kardashian and NBA player Lamar Odom tied the knot in Beverly Hills on September 27, 2008. The bride wore a form-fitting strapless Vera Wang gown and added some color with a lavender sash.
Danny Moder and Julia Roberts celebrated the Fourth of July weekend with a small ceremony at the bride’s New Mexico ranch. Roberts wore a blush embroidered halter gown and a floral wreath in her hair.
In December 2010, Joanna Garcia and New York Yankees outfielder Nick Swisher tied the knot on in Palm Beach, Florida. Garcia, star of ABC’s Better With You, chose a strapless ivory drop-waist gown and tulle veil by designer Monique Lhuillier. “I don’t think I’ll ever love a dress more than my wedding gown,” the bride told InStyle exclusively. “It made feel like a princess on the most magical day of my life.” For the lively reception Garcia changed into a party-ready Melissa Sweet mini.
Jenna Bush Hager
Jenna Bush and Henry Hager said “I do” in front of 200 friends and family on May 10, 2008 at the Bush's family estate in Crawford, Texas. The former president’s daughter looked stunning in beaded organza gown designed by Oscar de la Renta with a short train.
The reality star let cameras in for her 2010 wedding to Jason Hoppy. A pregnant Bethenny Frankel hid comfortable white sneakers under her satin sweetheart Amsale gown.
On her first day at the University of Pennsylvania, Elizabeth Banks met Max Handelman. Ten years later, he proposed and they were married on July 5, 2003. Banks walked down the aisle at the Greystone Mansion in Beverly Hills in an off-white silk-chiffon Christian Dior gown and a veil handmade by her mother.
When she wed Dave Annable, Odette Yustamn walked down the aisle to the Beatles hit “All You Need is Love” in a strapless Monique Lhuillier gown.
Surrounded by 400 friends and family, Chelsea Clinton wed longtime boyfriend Marc Mezvinsky in a lavish 2010 affair at Astor Courts in Rhinebeck, New York. As rumored, the bride wore a dress custom-made by Clinton family friend Vera Wang–a strapless silk organza gown with a diagonally draped silk tulle bodice and a crystal-embellished belt. For the reception, the new bride changed into another Vera Wang design: this time, a silk tulle Grecian gown with a criss-cross back and narrow grosgrain black belt.
Brooklyn Decker flaunted her swimsuit model curves in a shapely custom Vera Wang gown when she married Andy Roddick in 2009 at the tennis pro’s Texas home.
After dating for three years, Michelle and Barack tied the knot on October 3, 1992. A lifelong fashion lover, Michelle Obama was stunning in an off-the-shoulder duchess satin gown with a sweetheart neckline. She accessorized the dress, which also featured floral appliqués, with a princess-length veil and opera gloves.
Actress Alyssa Milano and her fiance David Bugliari tied the knot in New Jersey Saturday August 15, 2009. The bride wore a custom Vera Wang crumb-catcher gown and carried lilies of the valley.
On October 11, 2003, Alyson Hannigan married Alexis Denisof during a three-day celebration at Two Bunch Palms resort outside Palm Springs. The bride wore a custom-made ivory satin gown with Chantilly lace and bead overlay by Badgley Mischka. Of her dress, Hannigan simply stated, "It was perfection."
Alicia Keys looked goddess-like in an ivory silk, Grecian-inspired Vera Wang gown when she married Swizz Beatz at their 2010 Mediterranean affair.
Bessette asked close friend (and then-unknown designer) Narciso Rodriguez to design the gown she wore to marry John F. Kennedy Jr in 1996. The resulting simple bias-cut silk dress launched his career—and cemented her status as a new style icon.
Portia De Rossi and Ellen DeGeneres
Both blondes wore Zac Posen to their 2008 ceremony: Portia de Rossi chose a dramatic backless gown with a ballerina-inspired pale pink tulle skirt, while Ellen DeGeneres (the only bride not wearing a dress on our list) opted for a tailored ensemble consisting of white pants, a dress shirt and a white vest.
When the artist formerly known as Posh Spice married soccer player David Beckham in 1999, she did so in a structured, ballgown-skirted Vera Wang; the trend-setting star may very well have played a role in the subsequent ubiquity of the strapless wedding dress.
Lady Diana Spencer
Yes, her puff-sleeved, ruffled, silk taffeta gown—decorated with lace, embroidery, sequins, and around 10,000 tiny pearls—wasn't exactly understated. But then neither was anything else about Diana's royal wedding to Prince Charles in 1981.
They seemed, to some, like a match made in heaven: the big-screen siren and the baseball star. While Monroe's marriage to Joe DiMaggio didn't even last a year, the fur-collared brown wool suit she wore to their 1954 ceremony at San Francisco's City Hall was utterly timeless.
Elizabeth Taylor's Cleopatra co-star Richard Burton was her fifth husband. (And her sixth—they remarried less than two years after their first divorce.) So it makes sense that, in 1964, she decided against a traditional white dress. Instead, Taylor opted for a round-necked daffodil yellow chiffon mini topped with a headdress made of white hyacinths and lilies of the valley. (She wore green to their do-over in 1976.)
Donald's daughter was reportedly inspired by Grace Kelly's classic gown: She converted to Judaism in order to marry Jared Kushner in 2009, and required a slightly more covered-up style. Vera Wang was happy to oblige. "I seized on the chance to do a dress that wasn't naked," the designer said at the time.
At 21, she personified the adjective gamine: Her close-cropped hair perfectly complemented her delicate features. And the ensemble she wore to wed Frank Sinatra in 1966—a pale mini-dress paired with a short, boxy matching jacket—likewise balanced sweet with chic.
The red-headed star's lilac Prada wasn't exactly traditional—but then again, neither was her 2003 wedding to director Bart Freundlich: The ceremony was held in the couple's Greenwich Village backyard and attended by their son Cal, far left. (The groom's coordinated shirt and tie were a nice touch.)
She played a water sprite in a 1954 Broadway production of Ondine, then chose a decidedly elfin tea-length, chiffon-sleeved Balmain for her wedding to co-star Mel Ferrer later that year. A wreath of fresh flowers completed the magical effect.
One might have expected the pop/folk singer to choose a slightly more glittery gown for her 2008 wedding—she was, after all, marrying a rodeo star. But the form-fitting lace Monique Lhuillier gown that Jewel wore when she said her "I Dos" with Ty Murray was simply gorgeous.
Bianca Porez Morena de Macias
The soon-to-be Bianca Jagger wore a white YSL "Le Smoking" jacket over a long white skirt to marry Mick at St. Tropez Town Hall in 1971. Amazing, right?
Jada married Will Smith on December 31, 1997, in a unique (and very of-the-moment) silk and crushed velvet mock turtleneck gown designed by Badgley Mischka.
In 1956, she played a princess onscreen in The Swan and then assumed the role in real life: The pearl-studded, long-sleeved gown she wore to marry Monaco's Prince Rainier was a parting gift from Grace Kelly's former studio, MGM. Conceived by costume designer Helen Rose—and constructed by three dozen seamstresses over six weeks—the elaborate silk faille, silk tulle, and rose point lace confection was pure Hollywood fantasy.
In 1998, the already-flawless supermodel chose a simple John Galliano slipdress for her barefoot beach wedding to Rande Gerber. It's unclear if she bothered with the old, borrowed, or blue—perhaps people this good-looking don't need good luck.
The multi-media artist married John Lennon in Gibraltar in 1969, clad in a very counter-culture ensemble: a textured mini-dress, kneesocks, and a white felt hat.
When Christina Hendricks and Geoffrey Arend tied the knot at N.Y.C.’s Il Buco restaurant our then Winter Weddings cover girl worked her curves in a strapless Carolina Herrera gown.
The first wedding to ever to take place in the White House Rose Garden was Tricia Nixon and Edward Cox’s 1971 fete. The bride wore a classic lace design by Priscilla of Boston.
In 1950, Liz Taylor took her first trip (of seven) down the aisle, marrying hotel heir Conrad "Nicky" Hilton in a Hollywood ceremony. Her silk, basque-waisted gown cost a then-staggering $1,500 (almost $14,000 in today's dollars) to make and was a gift from her studio, MGM.
For her second marriage, the voluptuous bride highlighted her curves in a lace mermaid gown at her 1958 wedding to Mickey Hargitay (Mariska’s dad!).
In 2007, Julianna Margulies wed Keith Lieberthal in a Narciso Rodriguez empire gown. Long white gloves and flowing curls completed her romantic bridal look.