You’ve sorted the cake, the decorations, the venue, the food, the drink…but wait! The part that some say is the most important, is missing from your collection. The dress! As we soar through eras of fashion, many a wedding dress has graced the tabloids, being seen upon some of the biggest icons of our time, although not all of them good, as you will find out below! Source your frock inspiration here by taking a peek at the top ten timeless celebrity wedding dresses.
Marrying Adam Shulman in 2012, Anne Hathaway said her vows upon a Californian beach at the Big Sur. Needing a practical dress for the shore, the movie star sported a custom-made Valentino bridal gown paired with a full length veil and vintage headpiece. Dotted with intricate lace, the off the shoulder number was combined with a cream arrangement.
We all know her as the Queen of Rock n’ Roll, but ex-wife of late Elvis, Priscilla Presley, still remains an icon to this day. Recognised as having a huge veil on her wedding day, Ms Presley donned a simple and glamourous A-line dress, throwing off all expectation of her family. Found in a small boutique in Los Angeles, she fell in love with the laced full length sleeve and high neckline.
Radio 1 DJ and TV presenter, Fearne Cotton, never fails to shock the public. Even on her wedding day, Fearne wasn’t scared to try something a little different by appearing in ankle-length sparkly number. Designed by Emilio Pucci, the designer dress had a sparkling sequin neckline with matching strappy heels, perfect for their rockin’ wedding! If you’re into disco dancing, then this one is for you!
Kim’s been featuring in the news recently for a number of reasons but nobody can deny that the dress worn on her wedding to Kanye was anything less than stunning.
The laced fitted gown was worn at Kimye’s ceremony, in Florence in 2014. Set out to wow, the bride wore a custom made Givenchy dress initially inspired by the Duchess of Cambridge’s gown. Figure hugging with long sleeves, the look was topped off with a long veil.
Identified for being completely out-there and wacky, Gwen Stefani prides herself for being an eccentric with a wild sense of style, and her wedding day was no exception.
Created for her by John Galliano, Gwen showed off in a one-shouldered pink and white frock, skimming her curves with a flared bottom. Unlike any other, the dress was donated to the Victoria and Albert, being classed as ‘a piece of art’ (and quite rightly so!). It can still be seen today. So, what you waiting for?!
Featuring in Harry Potter and playing the lead in Nanny McPhee, Emma Thompson’s colourful ensemble comes in at number 6. Marrying director Kenneth Branagh in 1989, Emma said goodbye to costumes for the day and sported an 80’s inspired smock.
With a square neckline, sheer whisps for shoulders and an above the knee silhouette, the dress made headlines (and not for the right reasons!). It was taken in two ways, but in fairness, it was very much on trend for the time! Everyone’s tastes are different right!?
1953 saw the marriage of two of America’s most iconic personalities, Jackie and John F Kennedy. Knowing it was going to be the social event of the year, the dress had to be the focal point to the ceremony, and that’s exactly what happened.
The off-the-shoulder ivory taffeta ball gown took over 50 yards of fabric and was designed with pure femininity in mind. Nipping the high-profile bride in at the waist, the gown was chic with a voluminous skirt. Paired with pearls and an attached veil, wedding dresses are still inspired today by the late Senator’s wife.
A divine idol of the 1950’s, movie star and member of regency Grace Kelly, married Prince Rainier III of Monaco in 1956. Having to rise to the occasion, Princess Grace of Monaco didn’t fail to impress the royals, arriving in a fairytale pink taffeta gown made from two different types of lace: Valencennes and rose point. With 3 petticoats underneath, it was surprising Grace could even move, let alone dance! Cinching her in at the waist, her wedding trousseau was completed with kid gloves and a Juliet cap, all designed by Helen-Rose of MGM.
The late Princess of Wales’ dress is one of the most famous in fashion history. Known as the wedding of the century, Diana married Prince Charles in July 1981 at St. Paul’s Cathedral.
Designed by Elizabeth and David Emanuel (who appeared on I’m a Celebrity recently), the bridal gown was to astonish the masses and it successfully did this, as it still holds the record for having the longest train in history, coming in at an amazing 25 foot! The iconic dress pushed fashion boundaries with ivory puffed up sleeves and a multi layered bodice. With tradition in mind, the gown was made from materials sourced in Britain.
Made with six different British fabrics, 10,000 tiny mother-of-pearls sequins and pearls and a hand embroidered bodice, the dress quite rightly exceeded all expectation.
Speaking of royalty, 2011 saw the nation put everything on hold to watch Prince William and Kate Middleton get hitched. Only one question was apparent though; whose dress was Kate going to stun us with? The global speculation was cleverly kept until the Duchess entered the Abbey, to which many were taken aback that it wasn’t another Emanuel classic. However, the dress by the amazing Alexander McQueen, made the world ‘ooh and aah’ as she made her way down the aisle.
Made in two separate parts the bodice and skirt differ slightly; Handmade by the Royal School of Needlework, the bodice is trimmed with lace and the skirt features hand-cut French Chantilly lace with a 9ft train trailing behind. This unforgettable ensemble is sure to have created elegant inspiration for dress-makers everywhere.