While a wedding is definitely all about love and two people joining their lives, we’d be lying if we said the first thing we often want to know wasn’t, “What did the bride wear?” From couture gowns to dresses pulled out of the closet on a whim, here are 11 inspirational wedding day looks from brides who truly wowed when they walked down the aisle.
Jamie Chung wore a silk tulle and lace gown by Monique Lhuillier for her Halloween marriage to actor Bryan Greenberg that was a little bit like something Elsa from “Frozen” might wear on her wedding day. (That’s a compliment.) We love that the custom dress was demure thanks to its lace long sleeves, but also a little bit sexy due to the high slit in front. And, of course, the tulle veil was everything.
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Joy Bryant only tried on one dress for her wedding to David Pope, a blush pink Missoni gown she said made her feel like a princess. We love that she opted for a sweet, but certainly not traditional color, and that you can just tell she feels absolutely amazing and comfortable in the gown.
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Lauren Conrad is known for her feminine and romantic style, so it’s no surprise she stayed with that theme on the day she wed William Tell in California. The two-tone ivory gown with Chantilly lace was custom made by Mark Badgley and James Mischka and in a move that’s so LC, originally came with lace sleeves that she just decided to remove at the last minute.
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Olivia Palermo is a true style icon and she proved this yet again on her wedding day when she skipped a traditional gown in favor of a full tulle high slit skirt layered over white shorts and paired with a simple cream cashmere sweater and navy satin heels. Utterly chic.
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We can’t get over the fact that Kiera Knightley wore a dress she’d worn numerous times years before when she married James Righton in 2013. The Chanel dress was a strapless tulle knee-length that on her wedding day she paired with a cropped, boucle Karl Lagerfield jacket, ballet flats, and dark sunglasses. She has since admitted that they had two ceremonies and she wore a custom Valentino gown to the second one, but we just love the fact that she chose to get married the first time in a dress she truly loved. The perfect “something old.”
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Of course Kate Moss had a gorgeous wedding dress—it’s Kate Moss, after all. Her cream bias-cut dress was designed by John Galliano and Moss said her vision for the dress was inspired by Zelda Fitzgerald, the trouble wife of F. Scott Fitzgerald, and the Jazz Age in general. A trickle of sequins flowed down the dress until they made a big puddle of sparkle and shine at the bottom and there was sheer overlay at the neckline. Moss topped off the look with a vintage-inspired veil over loose wavy hair. All-in-all, a gorgeous look that only a super model could pull off so superbly.
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Whatever your opinion about Yoko Ono and John Lennon, there’s no denying her untraditional look on her wedding day in 1969 was fashion-forward and pretty much perfect. Yoko wore white, but in the form of a white miniskirt, knee socks, and floppy hat. The image of her next to John Lennon, also in white, is totally iconic and totally chic.
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Chrissy Teigen wore three dresses on the day she married John Legend, but our favorite was the custom Vera Wang gown she wore during the intimate ceremony in Lake Como, Italy. The ivory strapless gown featured an open back, a slight v-neck at the front, and layers and layers of tulle. Sexy and romantic all at once.
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Kate Bosworth opted for minimalism with her custom Oscar de la Renta strapless gown, but paired it with a dramatic cathedral-length veil and tons of sparkling diamonds. The result was simply stunning.
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We all knew that Kim Kardashian would pull out all of the stops for the dress she wore down the aisle to marry Kanye West. And she didn’t disappoint. The bride wore a custom-made Givenchy Haute Couture gown designed by Riccardo Tisci with long sleeves, sheer paneling and cutouts, a sheer lace back, and a long train that perfectly reflected Kim’s ever-evolving sense of style.
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What kind of list would this be if we didn’t include the dress the Duchess of Cambridge wore on the day she married Prince William? The gown was designed by Sarah Burton of Alexander McQueen. What really wowed us was the hand-cut lace overlay, the pleated skirt that was made to resemble an opening flower, and the nine-foot train. Still, the trend that stuck most was the long-sleeves which is now seen on tons of tons of brides.
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