Walking up the aisle isn’t as cool as it used to be, but wedding fashion is still all the rave. There’s something about the ceremony of it all that gets your heart racing. Imagine the sweeping lace veil trailing behind you and a gentle white dress perfectly outlining your figure. You’re a sight to behold. No wonder they fell in love with you. For a lucky few, these dreams are coming true this summer (or next summer, or the next). If that’s you, get excited and start looking for the perfect dress for your celebration, figure, and personality. For the rest of us, those happily hitched or waiting for the right one to finally come along, there are famous wedding dresses. You may never be able to afford a John Galliano wedding gown, but you sure can admire the heck out of his work for Kate Moss and Gwen Stefani.
When your sister is the Duchess of Cambridge, you can afford to go all out on an elegant lace dress and tulle-filled train. The younger Middleton’s wedding gown wasn’t quite as glamorous as her sister’s, but it will still go down in history.
When you are Solange Knowles, you ride to your New Orleans wedding on a bike in a Stéphane Rolland jumpsuit. Though she changed into a Humberto Leon gown to walk the aisle, it’s the 70s throwback that sticks with you.
Galliano literally dip-dyed Stefani’s white dress and veil in a bucket of pink color. While the result was stunning, we don’t recommend trying this at home. Leave such brave, potentially disastrous decision to professionals.
When Galliano isn’t dip-dyeing famous wedding dresses, he’s embracing the light but innovative touch that made his career. Who knew Moss had a weak spot for 1930s lace and classic Galliano chiffon?
She married a prince in a wedding gown designed by one of England’s finest design houses. It’s practically a Disney fantasy. To further the suspense, Middleton’s designer wasn’t revealed until the bride entered Westminster Abbey. It was Sarah Burton, creative head of Alexander McQueen.
The Kardashian wedding is so 2014 this is almost too much too soon, but when you get married in a white lace gown designed by Givenchy’s Riccardo Tisci it’s worth remembering. It was definitely one of the couple’s more successful fashion outings.
Vintage to the core, there’s still something surprising and unusual about marrying the love of your life in a white mini-dress. Add in the sun hat and over-sized sunglasses and you have Ono. Zsa Zsa Gabor famous described this iconic wedding duo as “two people going to hold up a bank.”
Holmes meant business when she married Tom Cruise in this incredible veil. One of the most elaborate in history, it fell like a waterfall from behind her simple tie-back. Though things fell apart in 2012, these two will always have Italy.
Mike Jagger has a history of marrying unconventional fashionistas, but Hall was the most unexpected. She wore this traditional Balinese gown and headdress for the couple’s unofficial ceremony. Sure, they were in Bali, but the imagination behind this look is still impressive.
Wearing multi-purpose couture as your wedding gown is a growing trend, but when Knightley tied the knot in this Chanel ready-to-wear pale gray tulle it was still a new thing. Her outfit became something of wedding fashion lore. Thank her for helping to dethrone classical wedding gowns and make casual dresses a ceremonial norm.
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Knightley’s millennial outfit and Charlene’s fitted gown summarize the current state of wedding dresses today. You can err on the side of casual or stick to this classic look with a modern twist. Your dress won’t take 2,500 hours to create, but an imitation design doesn’t have to.
Famous wedding dresses offer a luxurious peak into wedding fashion throughout the last few decades. Things haven’t changed much, but maybe that’s the point. As much as fashionistas love new trends, the allure of a white wedding dress never really fades away.
— Timothy Vest