Celebrities, socialites, and royals live a grand and glamorous lifestyle. From their mansions down to their outfits, everything screams luxury. Why not, money is no object for these privileged people. So when they get married, you could just imagine the awe-inspiring and very expensive wedding dresses they choose to wear on one of the most important days of their lives. Of course, they wouldn’t just wear any dress, it should be made by the most famous and influential fashion designers. Nothing but the very best for these queens. Let’s take a look at some of the most famous and iconic wedding dresses ever.
What would this list be without the queen, right? Her Majesty was just 21 when she married Prince Phillip in November 1946. They met when she was just 13 years old at the wedding of his cousin, Princess Marina of Greece. She saved up ration cards to buy the material needed. The dress was made of ivory duchess satin and decorated with 10,000 imported white pearls, silver thread, and tulle embroidery with a 15-foot patterned full court train attached at the shoulders. It also had silk tulle veil held in place by a tiara lent to the princess by her mother.
14. Elizabeth Taylor
An icon and a trendsetter not only in the entertainment industry but during her time. The classic beauty has been married not just twice or thrice but eight times! Each wedding she showed a different side of her and different styles that showcased her beauty. She first got married when she was 18. Her first gown is easily the most classic and beautiful. Her timeless beauty takes center stage.
13. Princess Diana
The late Princess of Whales will never be forgotten. Her Elizabeth Emmanuel dress was celebrated for its enormous Cinderella volume and neverending train. Her gown’s 25-foot train is the longest in royal wedding history. An 18-carat gold studded horseshoe with diamonds was stitched into the back of the dress with a tiny blue bow sewn into the waistband at the same time.
Lace never fails. The fashion designer wore a gorgeous Badgley Mischka custom designed two-tone ivory dress made with Chantilly lace. It was also embroidered with Alençon lace and embellished with crystals, pearls, and baby glass beads. The designers made Lauren’s satin peau de soie heels as well. The couple exchanged rose-gold wedding rings and Lauren’s was embellished with diamonds.
The actress married Prince Ranier III of Monaco and her wedding dress became one of the most celebrated gowns in history. It was designed by MGM costume designer Helen Rose and transformed the Hitchcock blonde into real-life European royalty. The gown was made from 25 yards of silk taffeta, pearls and antique rose-point lace by three dozen seamstresses, who worked on it for six weeks. Her dress was said to have inspired the Duchess of Cambridge’s wedding gown.
The style icon was known for her beauty and timeless film characters. She wore a typically full-skirted Fifties ballerina-length style by Pierre Balmain with roses in her hair and looked every inch the fairytale bride. She married actor Mel Ferrer after starring with him on Broadway in Ondine. Their marriage lasted 14 years which isn’t bad in Hollywood.
9. Jacqueline Bouvier
The stylish future first lady wore a neo-Victorian slim fitting silk taffeta dress with a tight bodice and a voluminous circular skirt that was decorated with tiny wax flowers by New York designer Ann Lowe. She completed her look with little white gloves and a full veil. Together the couple became symbolic of two true American sweethearts. Jackie was widowed 10 years later when JFK was assassinated in 1963.
For this reality star’s wedding with Kanye West, she called on Riccardo Tisci to design her custom-made Givenchy white lace gown. Surprisingly, it didn’t feature her huge assets on full display like she is known for. Despite being covered up by her standard, she didn’t fail to impress with her elegant white lace gown. Kim and Kanye were married at the Forte di Belvedere in Florence, Italy.
Keira and Klaxons musician James Righton secretly tied the knot in the South of France in 2011. Instead of having a custom-made designer dress, she opted to wear something already hanging in her closet. But of course, it has to be Chanel Haute Couture as was well as the tweed jacket. She paired her knee-length pale gray tulle, bustier dress with Chanel pink and gray ballet pumps and a floral garland. It was a low-key ceremony but her dress sure wasn’t.
Supermodel Kate Moss married The Kills frontman Jamie Hince in the Cotswolds in July 2011. Kate wore a custom-made gown by John Galliano with a simple, nostalgic, bias-cut, dress with a splash of hippie-chic. While creating the gown, Galliano said, “She dared me to be John Galliano again. I couldn’t pick up a pencil. It’s been my creative rehab”. The dress was exhibited in the Victoria & Albert Museum in 2014 as part of its exhibition of wedding dresses.
The Grammy-winning songstress looked like a glowing goddess on her wedding day. She wore an ivory silk, a Grecian-inspired gown designed by Wang for her Mediterranean wedding to mega-producer Swizz Beatz. She set off the jewel detail on her back shoulder with crystal-encrusted flat sandals — an elegant headband and a bouquet of purple calla lilies completed her modern goddess look. She was escorted by her loving parents down the aisle.
The American Idol champ looked very romantic and ethereal with her Alice Temperley designed dress. The lace gown had long sleeves with small buttons and a v-neckline that allowed the singer to flaunt her assets in a tasteful way. An empire waist gave way to an A-line silhouette, while the frock featured a small train. She accessorized with a custom-made, filigree Swarovski crystal headband, with a leaf design in Swarovski opals.
Ivanka’s Grace Kelly inspired wedding dress looked perfect from every angle. She rarely disappoints when it comes to her fashion choices so it’s no doubt that she’ll have a perfect dress on her big day. She converted to Judaism to tie the knot with her love Jared Kushner so she needed a conservative dress. Vera Wang designed her a long lace dress with sheer lace sleeves to match. It’s perfect.
2. Christina Ricci
The former child star tied the knot with James Heerdegen over the weekend in a private ceremony in New York City. Designer Riccardo Tisci created a custom-made Givenchy gown with sheer, lace sleeves and cutouts at the shoulders to add enough flair to a delicate, ethereal look. The dress was made of white silk tulle, Chantilly lace, embroidered pearls, and satin. It also had a sheer lace veil that draped from her side bun to her legs.
Prince William and Kate’s wedding is considered the wedding of this century. Of course, the world was excitedly waiting for Kate’s dress but the Royal Household was able to keep it a secret until the wedding day. It was designed by Sarah Burton, creative director at Alexander McQueen. The lace detail featured the four emblems of the UK – the rose, daffodil, thistle and shamrock. Kate wore a Cartier tiara that was lent to her by The Queen and was her ‘something borrowed.’
These stunning and elegant wedding gowns leave you breathless and believe in happily ever after. Unfortunately, it doesn’t exist especially in Hollywood. But we’ll never know. If you’re soon-to-be-wed and looking for some inspiration, these dresses will definitely inspire you. And if there’s one thing in common here, it’s that lace and silk are timeless.